They'll Make Yarn From Anything!

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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