Forest Hills — Hadley Urrutia took up crocheting when the stay-at-home order was enacted in the spring to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Eventually she expanded her crafting to plarn — aka plastic yarn.
By way of online tutorial videos, the Northern High School Project Next student learned to crochet using strips of plastic bags such as those from grocery stores. So far she has made a small purse and a small area rug for a makerspace class, and currently is working on a larger tote.
Given that “I hate what (discarded plastic bags) do to the environment,” Hadley said she’s pretty stoked to repurpose them into items that will be used more than one time. Her first purse took about 30 bags, she said.
When hybrid learning resumed in the fall and industrial arts teacher Eric Baird learned what Hadley had been up to, he thought Project NEXT sophomores might want to look…