Karen at Avoiding Milk Protein Blog, brings to our attention something else to be wary of this holiday season (not the secret ingredient in the stuffing that the chef won't disclose) corn fiber yarn.
Cornupia is yarn made from 100% corn fiber.
One more reason to keep speaking up so your knitting friends and people around you know that you are allergic to corn. It would be awful to accidentally wrap yourself in 100% corn fiber. That sounds like a bad horror movie device, something straight out of my nightmares, putting on a beautiful handmade scarf and breaking out in hives, or having your throat swell shut. I'm sure, like corn plastic, it is considered to be hypoallergenic. (Considering the reactions many of of us have had to corn plastic, we know that is not the case). I don't really want to find a store that carries it and go rub it on myself to see what happens, but if anyone has encountered it, I'd love to know what happened.*
I know that corn is used in paints can be in eco friendly tiles and carpets, but now that yarn can be 100%, it makes want crawl back under my cotton sheets.
Speak up, stay safe!
*11/28 Stephanie Lee has just confirmed (in the comments) a contact reaction to corn yarn.