Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Cornupia - Oh no!

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.


Stephanie Lee said...

My friend knits and crochets, and we have craft nights. I had unwittingly encountered this terror completely by accident the other day.

For me, the reaction was mild...but there again, my allergy is considered milder than most..BUT...i did have a reaction to it.

There were blisters on my hands, and they had this deep itchy thing going on (which is a reaction i typically get from consuming corn based products) it was strange. I know its not my diet because there is no luxury to change the food i eat at this moment. I also had red blotchy where the yarn touched.

It was mostly allieviated after a benadryl coma and sleep. I wouldnt do it again though.

Christine said...

Hi Stephanie,
That is awful, and it is our first confirmation that corn fiber is not safe for the corn allergic. :(

I was hoping that corn yarn would be more expensive/special that it would not make it into the general stock of things.

I was just looking at some down alternative comforters on overstock and found one called " Eco-Friendly Natural Corn Fiber and Feather Comforter."

I'm really ready for that bubble now!

Be careful out there!

Dottie said...

This is how I discovered that my problems were from corn allergy--I slept on a NaturWorks pillow, made from corn. The next morning I had blisters on my face and neck (where they had touched the pillow) exactly that same as I had been getting on my hands, systemically. NaturWorks bedding is now used in many hotels, unfortunately. But I was happy to find out what was wrong, as my hands were covered in blisters and the doctors had no clue how to help me.

Christine said...

Your story strikes terror in my heart!I've had an issue with bedding before but never a pillow.

I'm thinking about taking a trip that may involve a few hotel stays and now I need to make room for my pillow in my suitcase!


Anonymous said...

It's not just pillows--all bedding is suspect as far as I know. NaturWorks has made mattress pads, etc., as well. Not to mention the fabric softener and detergents used to launder the sheets. When I travel (infrequent) I bring a silk sleepsack, and usually a sleeping bag as I don't want to risk sleeping in hotel bedding.

Anonymous said...

Many hotels use ozone in water to wash their linens. However, when I stayed for three nights, the maid sprayed the sheets with something that nearly killed me the second night. It took me some time to figure out the sheets were sprayed.