Monday, January 21, 2008

Soy yarn

A yarn made from soy? You betcha. Think about it. Cotton, linen, and flax are vegetable fibers, and they work beautifully in knitted fabrics. So why not try it with an even more abundant crop, soy?
Although it sounds new and revolutionary, the concept of turning soy fiber into wearable clothing has been with us for years. In fact, on South West Trading Company's Web site you'll find a picture of Henry Ford wearing a Soy Silk suit as far back as the 1940s.
Soy Silk is an environmentally friendly fiber made from tofu manufacturing waste. Soy protein is liquefied and then extruded into long, continuous fibers that are then cut and processed like any other spinning fiber.
Soy Silk Phoenix yarn has a knitted tube composition that lies flat like a piece of linguini. It is available in undyed form, which is a supersoft shade of ivory, as well as several dyed forms, all of which have a somewhat rougher hand as a result of the dying process.
When my mother was shopping for yarn she came across some soy yarn and couldn't help but think of me and decided to knit the hat above for my birthday! I'm very pleased with the softness of this hat and the colours! Thank you mommy dearest!


lemonverbena said...

I was thrilled to find yarn with soy in it. I knew you would really be impressed. Amazing what we can now get.... bamboo bedding, organic cotton clothing.... Kind of makes you feel good getting back to our grassroots.
Now, your grandfather thought it was amusing that your hat was made from soy. He figures if you are out for a walk, get waylaid and hungry, you can always eat your xxxx

lemonverbena said...

Happy birthday....Hippie Girl......
Love and hugs, mom and dad xxxx

Chile said...

Thanks for this post. I'm planning to look for this in the local craft stores.