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Milk Protein Fiber Hype


I found this article and thought more people should know about it before spending a lot of money on a scam. This is posted on the Cascade Yarn website. There is additional information as well if you follow this link.

http://www.cascadeyarns.com/milkproteinfiber.asp

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There has been a lot of hype recently about a fiber advertised as “Milk Protein Fiber.” Given the substantial price that “milk” yarns command, it made sense to investigate what this “milk” fiber actually is.

We were surprised to learn that three “milk” yarns sourced from Knitting Fever were nothing more than common acrylic blends. Acrylic is an inexpensive fiber, which is often added to make yarns soft and affordable. Beyond the lack of milk, two of these yarns did not contain either the cashmere or alpaca, listed on their labels.
We presented this information to KFI, first to their attorneys informally, then later to the Court. KFI raised questions regarding the testing methodology of our expert, but chose not to have these yarns actually tested. So far, KFI asserts that the yarns, listed below, contain milk, alpaca and cashmere, purely because the salesmen who sold it to KFI says that they do. We attached the documents from Cascade’s fiber expert, as well as the response from KFI’s plastics expert.

1) Ella Rae Milky Soft: advertised as a 50/50 cotton milk protein blend is actually cotton and acrylic.
2) Laines du Nord (KFI) Baby Milk: advertised as 63% wool, 30% milk fiber, and 7% cashmere is actually 68%  wool and 32% acrylic.    A. Retails for $6.60 for a 25 gram skein or $26.40 per 100 grams.    B. Cascade Pacific 60% acrylic 40% wool (merino) retails for $6.50 per 100 grams.
3) Ella Rae Latte: advertised as 30% alpaca, 30% milk, and 40% microfiber actually contains neither milk nor  alpaca and is 69% acrylic and 31% wool.    A. Retails between $9.00 to $10.00 for 50 gram skein or $18-$20 per 100 grams.    B. Again Cascade Pacific retails for $6.50 and has a third more wool.

 

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4 thoughts on “Milk Protein Fiber Hype

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  2. I never like when companies go and spy on other companies and then put down the product. I see that here there is proof, that the product is questionable, but to go about it this way is just wrong in my opinion. There are channels that Cascade should have gone through. This seems so petty in some ways. I understand that their point is to make the customer aware, but it seems to me they have only sent a letter to the lawyers of KFI and not gone through any other channels. Like Better Business, etc…. They should have gone to the places that actually can stop KFI from selling something wrongfully labelled.
    I would like to k now who made Cascade the judge and jury and said to go to court? Their yarn is cheaper and according to them better, so why go through all the court costs? Something is weird there….I just can’t put my finger on it…..

  3. As professionals in the yarn industry with very good rep with their yarn, I think they are the perfect people to look into things that could cost the customers money on something that’s outright scam. I would fully expect a company like them to be on the alert for rip-offs. I mean they aren’t telling people not to buy it, but are giving information. I much prefer to be educated about things like this. Buying yarn from a company (not just yard sales and flea markets) is a real treat for me and I’m glad someone is giving me information that may save me a lot of unneeded expenditure.
    When someone is cheating the public on any product, its up to those who are experts in the field to let us know. I mean Ralph Nader has been doing it for years. You can look up a company’s rep and the complaints with them on the BBB, Even Consumer Reports does this precise thing. Thank goodness someone is blowing the whistle on scams that could not only cost me money, but blowing the whistle on things that could hurt the industry as a whole.

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