Knitting with Milk:
Sometimes it's pretty amazing what knitters and chemists can come up with. Milk fiber is made by extracting the protein from milk and extruding it into a fiber.
You might not care how it's made, but if you want to knit with a milky yarn, such as Kollage Yarn's Creamy, you will want to know that milk produces a soft, smooth, silky feeling fiber that's a lot of fun to work with and to wear.
- Content: 80 percent milk, 20 percent cotton
- Yarn Weight: Fine
- Gauge: Yarn label says 28 stitches per 4 inches on size 3 US needles; I got 27 stitches per 4 inches on size 3 needles
- Yardage: 200 yards in a 50 gram skein
- Color Availability: 6 colors plus natural undyed
- Color Used in Swatch: Turquoise Sea
Calling this yarn Creamy is a pun, but it's actually an apt description for this silky smooth wonder. It's a really soft fiber that's easy to work with, and once you get a swatch knit you'll find yourself rubbing it against your skin.
The stitches are slightly uneven in the knitting, but they smooth out pretty well after blocking. It's easy to work with, even on the small needles, and virtually all of the stockinette curl blocked out with minimal effort.
The cotton in the yarn gives it some structure but you don't really feel it when you touch the yarn, which is nice.
Uses for Kollage Creamy:
This is a yarn that begs to be worn against the skin. It would be perfect for summer tanks and tees, or even a pair of socks.
The Kollage website features a picture of the yarn used to knit a lace shawl, so clearly it would also work well for delicate, lacy scarves, shawls and wraps.
Because of the silky feel and nice drape, you could use it anywhere you'd normally like to use silk, from wraps to stockings. The price (I've seen it ranging from $17 to $20 for 200 yards) certainly makes this yarn a luxury, but choosing a silk yarn instead would raise the price of your project even higher.
Care of Kollage Creamy:
Kollage Creamy should be hand washed and laid flat to dry. Since it's not animal fiber, it can take a bit of agitation and warmer water than wool can, or you can wash it the same way you would your favorite wool sweater.
Kollage Creamy is a lovely yarn with a wonderful feel that would be great for a wide variety of projects. The price may keep you from working with it very often, but if you want to knit up something special for yourself or someone else (as well as getting to tell the great story that you're wearing or giving milk fiber) this yarn is a great choice.