If you are looking for a yarn store online that will check all the eco approved boxes, this is it! Knit For Brains (a name that makes me giggle) carries all natural fiber yarns that are not only made of yummy fibers such as soy, corn, banana, milk, organic cotton and bamboo but they are all cruelty free or %100 vegan. Being that I had never crocheted with a yarn so edible and luxurious I had to order some soy and banana fiber yarns from them. You’re not really supposed to eat this stuff (even though half of them are also names of stir fry ingredients), but my kitty did think the soy was delicious and slurped some of it up like spaghetti!
Corn, soy and bamboo are all very similar in texture and feel, being very smooth, silky and soft. The soy was totally easy to work with, in fact it was like a crochet dream come true – it never got caught on the hook like the funky acrylics do, it pulled through so easy my project went twice as fast, and the end product was soft and pretty. I didn’t get to try my banana fiber yarn yet, but the texture is really fascinating – it looks a little wild, frayed and fun…could possibly get caught on the hook? I asked my local yarn shop owner what she thought about the banana fiber to get a better idea, and she revealed that sometimes it pulls apart. Yikes! That is like a yarn project nightmare for me, but I have not ruled out it’s yearn worthiness just yet. (I will keep ya updated on this one.)
Knit For Brains also carries other eco friendly diddies for your knitting habits, like bamboo needles and hooks, patterns and adorable vinatge buttons! Also you can find used books and vinatage patterns. I love it when really cool people with a really cool vision make a perfect store for us! Vegan! Natural fiber! Pure knitting fun! Thanks Knit For Brains.
Have any of you tried the foods turned yarn fiber for your needling pleasure? Please share your thoughts, trials, and experiences with natural fiber yarns!
PS- If you made any projects with these yarns that you would like to share, e-mail a pic of it to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can feature them here on Crafting A Green World.
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Sounds awesome. They should make some yarn out of spaghetti. Then your kitty could totally slurp it up like spaghetti. BAH HAHAHAHAHAHA.
The banana silk yarn sounds ideally sustainable, not only because it’s made from banana fibers, but that the ones used in the yarn are made of scraps from textiles production. I wonder where I might find some of this in roving form?
I’ve used soy and bamboo yarn – love them both! They have a nice “hand”, soft and come in such yummy colors, I had to have them.
Knit for Brains is a cool name – I’ll have to check them out!
Looks great! Although I’m really not sure how the milk yarn qualifies as vegan OR cruelty-free, since it looks like they claim that all the yarns are cruelty-free … any information on that?
I totally agreee that milk yarn is definitely not vegan, but it can be cruelty free. It depends entirely on the practices of farmers, and then where you personally draw the line with animals & ethics. Just as much organic dairy & egg production is made cruelty free, free range, and do not torture animals – the yarn can also be made this way if it is done correctly from step one: the farmer. There is very little going on with milk fiber production, I have only seen one clothing company ever use it (Machja in France), who explains the process post farmer: dewatering, skimming, and getting the protein to spin out the milk, and then they blend it with wool. In the case of KINT FOR BRAINS it is blended with organic cotton.
Can I garuntee their claim that the milk blended in was done cruelty free at step one? No, but we can ask them cause it is absolutely possible 🙂
Wow! This was awesome to read. Knit for Brains is my shop, and I just started in September 07. I love to knit and crochet, and it’s important to me that wool alternatives be made widely available, not just for vegans but also for people who are allergic to wool. That people who choose not to use wool have Red Heart as their main alternative is really sad to me!! There are plenty of yarn shops offering alternative fiber yarn on the coasts, but I don’t think it’s widely available everywhere yet.
The milk fiber yarn is not vegan, and I wish I could tell you exactly how it’s produced, but I am a reseller of the product. It is Southwest Trading Company yarn. I have inquired with them about the process and will continue to do so–not sure if I’ll continue carrying the yarn in the future. I think it’s innovative and the yarn is wonderful (plus I have had a hard time finding other organic cotton to make available) but it’s raised a lot of questions.
Thanks for your support, crafting a green world is a great site.
Knit for Brains
Thanks so much for all the info! I personally like the milk fiber, because I am all for promoting any fiber that is not chemically produced, and that could be safe for chemically sensitive/allergic people who need alternatives to craft with and wear. Thank you so much for sharing your story, sources, and for being honest about your knowledge of where the fiber came from. We are all working together to find green supplies that fit our ethics!
Hey, it was great to get some feedback on that. Personally, I wouldn’t purchase the milk yarn, but I do agree that it is great to have options if one is allergic to wool and all that. Plus the fact that it definitely is more natural than acrylic!
Thanks again for the info!!
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