Have you seen/felt soy yarn?

sheilajoyce_gwMarch 31, 2006

Saw a quick bit on TV the other day about yarns made of food sources. They looked fluffy and were in great colors. Anyone seen them? They must be costly. Just wondering about them--feel, looks, how they work up, and cost. I avoid costly yarns.

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wombat

Not so much yarn made from food products (although soy silk is a byproduct of soy beans) but yarns made from plant sources. And remember that linen and cotton both come from plants.

Try The Knitting Closet for Southwest Trading Co yarns and prices. Phoenix (soy yarn) is on special at the moment - $11 for a 100g ball.

Southwest Trading has an introduction to soy silk at http://www.soysilk.com/about.html. Make sure you check out their site for descriptions of their yarns made from soy and other fibres.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.theknittingcloset.com/cat_soy.cfm

    Bookmark   March 31, 2006 at 5:01PM
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minnie_tx

I've never heard of Soy yarns

    Bookmark   April 1, 2006 at 11:53PM
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threejsmom

Here's a link to a review of soy silk. I think there's a banana silk yarn too. Wonder if it's prone to being nibbled on by insects!

Here is a link that might be useful: Soy silk review

    Bookmark   April 4, 2006 at 11:47AM
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sheilajoyce_gw

I would think plant or animal based yarns would suffer from some kind of insect attack, just like wool. I just saw the brief news report, and the source of the fiber was from products we think of as food sources. Using the plant's fiber makes sense. There was no discussion of how the yarn was made or from what part of the source.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2006 at 3:50PM
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wombat

Southwest Trading gives a brief description of how soy silk is made.

And try http://www.yarntraders.co.nz/bananayarninfo.asp
for info on Banana Silk. While you're there have a look at some of the other luscious yarns they sell.

Don't forget that normal silk has been spat out by a caterpillar.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.soysilk.com/about.html

    Bookmark   April 6, 2006 at 8:04PM
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lori_58

I've got a wool/soy blend from Patons (made in China) -- it's 70/30 wool/soy, so feels more like wool. Somewhere between sock and DK weight. Makes great socks (I use bamboo DPs, re another thread; I'm a slow knitter and likely to drop stitches with metal DPs, and socks take long enough!). Soy yarn is 100% recycled from tofu waste, of all things, then mixed with (I don't know what!) and "extruded" from a machine into the ribbon type of soy yarn. You can also get "rovings" sort of stuff and spin your own, if you like that kind of thing. Allegedly it spins like dupioni (sp?)silk. I don't do much spinning, and am sticking to the cheapest wool I can find for that. But I'm interested in soy yarn options!

    Bookmark   May 17, 2008 at 10:54AM
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tajm

I have been using soy yarn for everything lately. It is so soft and strong....lovely for those close to the body items. It looks like silk, lasts like cotton!

    Bookmark   May 23, 2008 at 3:33PM
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