You don't even have to love frogs to fall in love with this adorable Frog Footstool made with t-shirt yarn.  But before you consider making it, make sure you have plenty of green t-shirts.  
PictureCrochet Tarn Frog Footstool
Please welcome Recycled Into Yarn's newest 
Recycled Designer,  AnneMarie's Haakblog
You can read more about AnneMarie and the other recycled designers on the 
Meet the Designer page.

Let's see what Maria Merlino has been up to - check out her 
free crochet 
Tarn Family Wall Rosary pattern
Tarn Family Wall Rosary
Maria Merlino, Yahoo Contributer
I'm so excited to share that Recycled Into Yarn has kicked off the 1st Tunisian Crochet Recycled Yarn Along Part 1 which is how to make a swatch with the Tunisian Crochet Simple Stitch.
You can see that the Tunisian Simple Stitch looks awesome with the different types of recycled yarn.   
White Tarn (t-shirt yarn)
Green Pants Yarn
Kroger Plarn (plastic bag yarn)
The tarn and plarn swatches were made with an afghan hook size I.  Because I did not have a afghan hook bigger than size I,  a regular crochet hook size  was used to make the pants yarn to make the simple stitch stand out.

You can find step by step detailed instructions on the Part 1 Tunisian Simple Stitch (Tss).  

For those that would prefer to watch how to make a Tunisian Crochet Simple Stitch, you can access this YouTube link to Kim Guzman's video tutorial

Come back and visit on 9/22 to see 
Tunisian Crochet Recycled Yarn-Along Part 2 stitch instructions

The name says it all - RecycleCindy.  Over the years, we have enjoyed with enormous pleasure the free patterns RecycleCindy has generously offered on her website and await with great eagerness what this fabulous designer will make next.

This creative designer has made things from children to adults, from kitchen/bath to rugs, from dolls to holidays.
RecycleCindy has recently expanded her clothing/accessory line into a new territory - footwear. 

Recycled Plastic Bag Sandals

And why not?  I've always said that there is nothing that can't be made with plarn that can be made with regular yarn.  

Any plarn crafter knows that an item made with plarn is not only very durable but even washable. 

   If you want to make a pair for yourself or surprise someone with a pair, RecycleCindy also offers an easy to follow tutorial on how to make plarn from plastic bags.  

Thank you again, RecycleCindy, for another fabulous design!!  

You can  read more about RecycleCindy and the other recycled designers 
on the 
'Meet The Designer'  page.
When faced with a decision of what to do with extra fabric laying around the house, contibuting to overfilled landfills wasn't even a consideration for Teresa.  She knew the easiest way to recycle textiles is to repurpose them.   And,  I'm sure you'll agree with me when I say her efforts were successful.  
Recycled Into Yarn's newest Recycled Designer, Teresa Alvarez, shares with us her unique fabric yarn bag designs.
Please welcome Recycled Into Yarn's newest Recycled Designer,
Teresa Alvarez
You can read more about Teresa and the other
recycled designers on the
'Meet The Designers'  page.

Kayla not only enjoys coming up with new designs but enjoys giving them away as well to family and close friends.  Her designs are user-friendly and made to be enjoyed by everyone including the family pet, Tony.    

Kayla's most recent design is Tony's Toy Tote that was created with plarn and  finished with tarn.  This design is a successful example of how beautiful recycled yarn combinations can be. 

If you need help in making plarn, Kayla has done an  awesome job with this instructional how-to  'Prepare Your Plarn' tutorial.


Let us not overlook this very creative dish scrubby made from potatoes, onions, apples, and garlic food packaging mesh bags that Kayla recycled into yarn.

Please help me give a huge thank you to Kayla on her adorable free crochet patterns that she makes available on her website, Kayla K's Thirfty Ways for all to enjoy.
RecycledCindy  continues to delight us with her most recent beautiful designs  - 
Plarn Laundry Basket 
Recycled Pink Plastic Purse.   
We can't help but marvel at the beautiful colors, the size and style of each bag. 

However, what makes the 2 newest designs even more remarkable is the number of plastic bags she used to create them.  RecycleCindy has successfully kept 200+ plastic bags from ending up in the trash which is  200+ less in the landfill which is 200+ less from harming the environment .


Please help me give a huge thank you to MyRecycled Bags on the two newest free patterns that are made available on her website, MyRecycled Bags for all of us to enjoy.
When you stop and think about it, there is always potential 'recycled yarn' lying or hanging around the house.   It's there because we're looking right at it.  It may not be recognized at first but eventually we see it.  For example one minute you're sleeping on a bed sheet and pillow case and the next scrubbing dishes with it or even fashionably wearing it over the shoulder.  It's really hard to describe that feeling of gratification that comes with creatively extending the life of an item beyond what it was originally intended.  

If you're looking for potential recycled fabric or rag yarn, the best place I know to start looking is that one place we continue to pile up the old bed sheets & pillow cases that we dare not use again or the curtains that at one time had seen many sunrises and sunsets.  Some of us have them in bin(s) or stacked up on a shelf in that 'one' closet  waiting to decide on what to do with them.   We hold onto them because we know that there are so many wonderful projects that can be created but just not sure where to start.   
Look no further because Sharon of Laughing Purple Goldfish Designs shows us just how much fun it is to make fabric yarn.  Below are 2 different tutorials she has created for us: 
No-Join Method of Cutting Fabric Strips
Join Method of Fabric Strips
Okay, now that you have all of this beautiful fabric yarn made up, 
what to do - what to do ?? 

We have the answer to that question as well -
Laughing Purple Goldfish Designs 
offers this quick and easy rag coaster pattern.

Ready for more, check out Sharon's beautiful Rag Bag patterns also.
Cheerful Rag Bag by Laughing Purple Goldfish Designs
Anatomy of a Rag Bag by Laughing Purple Goldfish Designs
Please welcome Sharon of Laughing Purple Goldfish Designs 
as Recycled Into Yarn's  newest Recycled Designer.

You can read more about Sharon and the other recycled designers on the 
'Meet The Designers' page.

DON'T FORGET to cast your vote for the 1st Recycled Yarn-Along by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on January 24th.  See for yourself what is in the lead....