View Full Version : Anyone use corn yarn?
02-12-2008, 11:21 PM
I've been expanding my horizons in fibers and really like natural fibers. I see that corn yarn is 'popping' up everywhere :teehee: It comes in all sorts of beautiful colors! I've seen that some corn yarn is DK weight and some is worsted. If you've used this: 1.) What did you knit with it? 2.) Did you like it?
Thanks in advance!
02-12-2008, 11:32 PM
I have some on the way--I was curious, too. I'll let you know how it feels and knits.
'popping' up everywhere:rofl:
02-13-2008, 03:17 AM
I'd order some, but I'm afraid to mix it with my hemp yarn and get the munchies.
02-13-2008, 07:08 AM
I'd order some, but I'm afraid to mix it with my hemp yarn and get the munchies.:roflhard:
02-13-2008, 07:54 AM
What is corn yarn?
02-13-2008, 08:33 AM
I have some Maizy sock yarn (by Crystal Palace) that is 82% corn adn 18% elastic. I haven't knit with it yet, but in the ball it feels quite soft.
http://www.knittersreview.com/article_yarn.asp?article=/review/product/060803_a.asp There is a review of another brand of corn yarn here.
02-13-2008, 11:27 AM
Oh hell yes, corn. Never knit with it, never touched it, but corn is AWESOME.
You can eat it, make environmentally friendly gas out of it and, get this, make biodegradable see through plastic with it!
02-13-2008, 11:46 AM
I think though if you check into it that corn yarn is far from "natural" but is an extruded cellulose derived artificial fiber.
02-13-2008, 12:05 PM
I stand corrected - it isn't even cellulose based. The primary ingredient in the new "corn" yarns is PLA - a trade name for polylactid polykmer; PLA is a biodegradable thermoplastic derived from lactic acid. with added plasticizers, etc. because under normal conditions it is stiff and brittle. It also has a low melting point.
02-13-2008, 01:05 PM
I used Amaizing by southwest trading company. The label says 100% corn fiber. Not sure about all the technical stuff.
I made the "Blossom" dress by Melissa Wastney. I used side 4 and 6 needles and was really happy with the outcome.
02-13-2008, 01:21 PM
uh-huh. SouthWest Trading company - who push their "natural" fibers. SoySilk, an extruded fiber made from soybean protiens, tencel, bamboo ( extruded cellulose derived fiber) Silk Latte - derived from milk protiens.
Don't get me wrong - these are all made from renewable resources, and are certainly better then petroleum derived plastics, but "natural" they are not.