Milk?

I’ve seen milk listed as a % in some yarns. Is this made from milkweed or is it something else? I can’t imagine how it could be from cow’s milk so someone enlighten me please.

I just did a quick google and found this so I think they mean milk as in the drink. Very interesting if I do say so myself!

Yes, it is milk as in MOOOO.

Milk weed fiber is a baste fiber made from the stalks (also very nice to work with!)

They are based on casein - the protein in milk, as is the fiber, I suppose. They are said to be warm to the touch when knitting with them.
Donna

I still don’t see how you can turn a liquid into a solid. When I get more time. I’ll research it on Google or Bing.

The same way they turn it into a solid for cheese, only more so,

A LOT of yarns involve turning liquids into solids, including silk, rayon, acrylic.

Most of the new fibers not only involve turning a liquid into a solid, but they FIRST turn solids source material into liquids.

This would include your bamboo, soy, corn, etc yarns.

Maybe this can answer your questions…
http://www.ecofashionworld.com/Glossary/Milk-Fabric.html
http://www.teonline.com/articles/2008/11/wear-milk-if-you-cant-drink-it.html

Thank you Jan. The second link is very informative and answered my questions.

Milk yarn has a wonderful sheen and is comfortable to wear, just like silk. It contains 18 health-friendly amino-acids. It’s durable and will hold up to wear.Milk yarn contains natural protein so it feels soft and smoth on your skin.The amino-acids also make milk yarn antibacterial and antifungal.Milk yarn is moisture absorbing and will keep you cool on hot days