They'll Make Yarn From Anything!

Apr 1, 2013

It seems like they are making yarn out of just about anything these days. When I learned to crochet in a small town, I only had access to a few yarn fiber types. There was the thrifty and accessible acrylic, cool crisp cotton, and lovely warm wool.

Now, I am fascinated by the wide variety of yarns and fibers that are being developed. Did you know that they are genetically engineering goats that produce spider silk proteins in their milk? We are a long way from turning that silk into a readily available skein of yarn, although I have seen yarn derived from milk, but there are still some pretty amazing yarns out there!



Soy yarn is created by spinning fibers derived from soybeans. Soy can be blended with cotton, wool, or acrylic, and creates a yarn that is incredibly soft has a beautiful sheen, much like silk. Soy yarn has a very higher breaking point than wool or cotton, and it has antibacterial qualities.



Corn yarn looks very similar to cotton. It also has many of the same qualities, including wicking ability, breathability, and fire resistance. Corn yarn is created by fermenting the simple sugar in the plant. The finished fabric has fabulous drape and easy care instructions.



Yes, that's right, everything is better with bacon! The protein byproducts from this breakfast favorite make a strong and smooth yarn, and imagine the fun of watching your friend's faces when you tell them your hat is made out of bacon.



Can you believe you can make yarn out of banana? So this textured and silky yarn is not spun from the sweet white fruit we enjoy with our morning cereal but from the renewable banana stalk. I have yet to crochet with this unique yarn, but I hear it is a great crochet accessory yarn.



It's a delicate job shearing tiny garden caterpillars, but when the yarn is this luscious, it is worth the extra effort. This fuzzy yarn is so much fun to crochet with and creates a delicious fluffy project. I love using caterpillar for hats and cowls.


Happy April Fool's Day! Some of the above yarns are real and some are purely imagination. Soy, corn, and banana are real yarns, but bacon and caterpillar are figments of my imagination. I started to write about an imaginary spun sugar yarn only to discover they really make a one hundred percent sugar yarn.

A special thank you to Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Sport for standing in for bacon yarn and Blue Sky alpacas Brushed Suri for playing caterpillar yarn. The other yarns in order are Bernat Soy, Kollage Yarns Corntastic, and Frabjous Fibers Banana Silk Yarn.

Now it's your turn. If you could make yarn out of anything, what would you choose?

Best wishes,

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ilehlia wrote
on Apr 11, 2013 1:19 PM

What would I make yarn out of?  How about wheat?  Or bulrushes?  Or milkweed fluff?

Are you sure Bernat is still making soy yarn?  When the stores around here stopped carrying it, I wrote to Bernat to ask about it, since the factory is in a town not far from where I live.  I got a rather surly reply from the customer service department informing me that if people weren't going to buy it, what was the point of them making it.  I had only just found out about it and hadn't even tried it yet when I found out they already weren't making it any more.  I don't think they gave it enough of a chance.  I really liked the look and feel of it, and thought it was a great environmentally friendly idea.  I've made two sweaters with their Cot'n Corn, and love the softness of it.

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Apr 11, 2013 3:06 PM

ilehlia, I think my mom spun milkweed fluff once, so that might be possible. As to the Bernat soy yarn, it is a skein I have had for quite some time. It was just an example of a soy yarn that I happened to have on hand. I'm sorry to hear it doesn't sound like they are making it any more.