Before I click on paste and let you in on Kersten’s thoughts I must note that Maizy is a rather unique yarn with its 82% corn content (grown in the USA), and unexpected softness. The remainder is elastic nylon which allows the knitted fiber to maintain its shape and gives it a bit of stretch. With that here is what Kersten thought about Crystal Palace’s Maizy:
Growing up, were you a Tony the Tiger or a Corn Pops fan? I was fed corn flakes, but yearned for Corn Pops. I also grew up in the Midwest where corn was a staple, not just for the kitchen table, but as a way of supporting the family. Around July, you could buy corn in roadside stands, 20 ears for $1, fresh from the farm.
It instantly looked like a great alternative to cotton for tiny tot clothes. I decided to try a quick pair of Better than Booties Baby Socks, from knittingdaily.com (and a prior IK issue). Winding the yarn was no problem. You may recall my recent trials with winding mohair. Let’s just say that all housecleaning supplies stayed in the closet.
The yarn is a ply of 4 double strands. This was a bit of a challenge with my cable cast-on. I had some issue with splitting until I loosened up on my vice-like tension. Things were much better after that. While knitting, the fabric was not as stretchy as anticipated. It does not have a hand as soft as wool, but it’s not too rough either.
I was a smidge apprehensive about dropping these into the washing machine. This was corn after all. I know what happens to Corn Pops when they sit in milk. Will my pieces turn to mush? I put on my Big Girl pants and did the deed. Beautiful! The fabric softened up and seemed to be a little more elastic as wellâ€¦or it may have been my relief at not mixing corn bread in my washer. After blocking, the #2 swatch had a gauge of 26 stitches x 19 rows per 4 inches.