Flossie Matthews – York County’s Oldest Recycler


With Earth Day just around the corner, I thought it only proper that I introduce you to Florence Matthews, aka Flossie.  Flossie is 99 years old and she loves to crochet.  Flossie doesn’t go out and buy yarn, friends and family don’t bring her yarn.  So what does Flossie crochet?  Trash bags!

That’s right, she crochets bags, Easter baskets, hats, placements and many other items from plastic bags that you get every time you go to the store and buy an item.  What makes her creations so beautiful is all the different colors that bags come in.  So how does a 99-year-old lady get all those bags?  Friends and families bring them to her.  Staff from the assisted living facility she lives in brings them to her and she keeps them in even larger bags.

The preparation for crocheting with these bags is completed in steps.  First, she cuts the bags in strips about 1 inch wide and she loops them together alternating colors.  There is no particular pattern so that’s what makes each one unique.  As she loops the bags together, she winds them into a ball.  She may spend most of her day doing that and then the next day she will crochet.

To make an Easter basket, Flossie begins by forming a loop with the end of the bag and placing it on the crochet hook.  Then she chain stitches six stitches and crochets back into the first loop to form a circle. She continues on until she has the size basket she wants.  Then she crochets handles to complete the bags.

Flossie gives her creations away and she sells them also.  Can you imagine being 99 years old and having a side business?  I think Flossie is amazing, don’t you?

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About Denise

Sundays after church, big dinners, sweet tea, eavesdropping on the older ladies, learning to make fried potatoes and homemade biscuits at Muca Mac's knee, making birdhouses in Daddy's cabinet shop, the smell of sawdust and cherry pipe tobacco, shopping trips with Mama, matching shoes, Easter ham and Christmas plays, brothers playing tricks, cousins, friends, neighborhood ball games, bird dogs, Tupperware parties and Girls Auxillary, azaleas, dogwoods, good times.
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