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Published on February 21st, 2008 | by Victoria Everman

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Yearn-Worthy Yarns: Kollage

Kollage YarnsPop corn, corn on the cob, creamed corn, corn chips, corn flakes … and yarn?

Admittedly, when I think of the hearty, diverse vegetable we know as corn (maize to the Native Americans who received the seeds from tribes in what is now Mexico), I don’t usually think of making sweaters and purses.

Alabama-based Kollage Yarns is looking to change that food-focused perception with not one, but two 100% corn yarns.

The first of their two corn-based yarns is called Corntastic (my kinda word!): Our new Plied 100% corn yarn is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional cotton and wool yarns. Smooth and round, it shows stitch detail beautifully and has a light, soft hand. Corntastic makes great sweaters, skirts and even socks for both children and adults. Vibrant colors make Corntastic a staple yarn that you can depend on for superior results. Titled Cornucopia, the second corn yarn is one of Kollage’s all-time best sellers. Perfect for summer or winter, both Corntastic and Cornucopia can be both machine washed and dried.

Venturing into other natural fibers, Kollage also makes Creamy – an 80% milk/20% cotton yarn in seven unmatchably smooth colors, perfect for detailed or lace pieces. Made from 100% soybean fiber, Delicious comes in nearly 30 vibrant colors, as well as two stripped versions.

Looking to make even more of a difference in the crafty world, Kollage has created the U.S.A. Yarns Project, “a program whose yarns are produced entirely in the USA, helping to keep jobs here. From the field to you, the yarn is grown, processed and dyed in the USA.”

The first yarn from the USA project is Hope – 100% cotton available in Lace, DK, Chunky and Bulky dyed in 18 beautiful colors or undyed. Recently, they also introduced a DK weight 100% organic cotton undyed yarn.

[Image courtesy of Kollage Yarns; Corntastic 100% corn yarn in "Jade"]

Who makes your favorite sustainable yarns?

Which natural fiber is your favorite to work with? (i.e. cotton, wool, bamboo, hemp … etc.)

Let us know what you love to create with and we might feature them in the next installment of Yearn-Worthy Yarns!

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About the Author

I think of myself as a creatively versatile eco-powerhouse. Freelance writer, life-long model, on-camera personality, public speaker, official U.S. spokesperson for Twice Shy Clothing - I'm a classic Renaissance woman and mistress-of-all-trades. Though my days of growing up in the corn fields of central Indiana are behind me, forgetting where I came from is not an option. I lost my father unexpectedly in March of 2006, months before moving from NYC to San Francisco, which helped to amplify my zest for life and thirst to help change the world. Perpetually looking for fresh ways to share my unquenchable green knowledge, I blog about everything eco on my own website, as well as for All Green Magazine and select others. Additionally, I am the editor/head writer of Crafting a Green World (part of the Green Options blog network) and a writer/web editor for Building Green TV. My diverse articles have been published in variety of reputable magazines, such as: Yoga Journal, Venus, CRAFT, Yogi Times, Recovery Solutions, M+F, and Office Solutions. In my spare time, you can find me knitting, reading, singing, taking pictures, practicing yoga, taking long walks, and working on my first non-fiction book. Other random facts about me: I'm a Buddhist, latex fan, have four tattoos, and an attempting locavore. MOVING TO PORTLAND, OREGON IN JUNE 2008



  • http://www.studentbingo.co.uk/ Diane

    I’ve just been crocheting with some jaeger pure cotton double knitting “wool” and it’s lovely. I’m really into these cottony threads at the moment as I got a bag of it for next to nothing at a charity shop.
    I love the idea that craft materials can be sourced more locally!

  • http://www.studentbingo.co.uk/ Diane

    I’ve just been crocheting with some jaeger pure cotton double knitting “wool” and it’s lovely. I’m really into these cottony threads at the moment as I got a bag of it for next to nothing at a charity shop.
    I love the idea that craft materials can be sourced more locally!

  • http://www.studentbingo.co.uk/ Diane

    I’ve just been crocheting with some jaeger pure cotton double knitting “wool” and it’s lovely. I’m really into these cottony threads at the moment as I got a bag of it for next to nothing at a charity shop.
    I love the idea that craft materials can be sourced more locally!

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