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Jul 11, 2019 06:14:12   #
NanaFran
 
I've used tofutsies for socks, and it's very nice. It's great for summer socks. Had no problem knitting with it, but I don't have any allergies, either.
 
Jul 11, 2019 06:46:32   #
rujam (a regular here)
 
Margot in FL wrote:
I only know of chitlin in the plural and chitlins are a dish made from intestines, I believe, so that’s not it!


I think the word you mean is chitterlings, Mum gave me a recipe book years ago and there was a recipe for them plus black pudding and sweetbreads.
Jul 11, 2019 07:04:54   #
NRoberts (a regular here)
 
I knit several pair of socks from Tofutsie's yarn which contains a small amount of chitin. The chitin makes it antibacterial.

They came out all right but it wasn't my favorite yarn and I haven't purchased more of it. I have no idea about allergies.
Jul 11, 2019 07:05:55   #
SueFerns
 
fergablu2 wrote:
I think you mean chitin:

a fibrous substance consisting of polysaccharides and forming the major constituent in the exoskeleton of arthropods and the cell walls of fungi.


Makes me wonder who was the first to say “by golly, I think I will grind these shells up and make yarn”!!
Jul 11, 2019 07:38:50   #
susanmjackson (a regular here)
 
Margot in FL wrote:
I only know of chitlin in the plural and chitlins are a dish made from intestines, I believe, so that’s not it!


My Mom is from the south and used to serve these when we were kids, I was thinking the same Hong as you when I read the title.
Jul 11, 2019 08:01:45   #
LovesK2P2 (a regular here)
 
SueFerns wrote:
Makes me wonder who was the first to say “by golly, I think I will grind these shells up and make yarn”!!


me too...

 
Jul 11, 2019 08:18:26   #
marciawm (a regular here)
 
Never heard of it, but what does it add to the yarn? In other words, why would I want to use it?
Jul 11, 2019 08:29:57   #
chemknitter (a regular here)
 
Joyce Martin wrote:
Does anyone know about allergies to Chitlin. It is made from seashells and shrimp shells. Usually these are food allergies. Would like to make some socks with Wool that has a chitlin additive and am concerned about the allergy when in contact with the skin..


So, back to your original question, which is (I think), can you make wool sock for someone who has a chitin allergy? I think the answer is yes. Chitin is a polysaccharide and wool is a protein. These are very different substances (trust me on this, I’m a biochemist) and a sensitivity or allergy to one would not mean that the person was sensitive or allergic to the other.

Of course, people often have more than one type of allergy so make sure that your sock recipient is not sensitive to wool before you make those socks.
Jul 11, 2019 08:38:47   #
Grannie Sandy (a regular here)
 
Why not ask that special person you are knitting for if they have shellfish allergies? No sense wasting your precious time on knitting that cannot be used. Good luck with your next project.
Jul 11, 2019 08:39:27   #
saxen
 
I am allergic to seafood and have had no trouble wearing the socks that I made with it.
Jul 11, 2019 09:15:08   #
kelsogal
 
I am allergic to shellfish and also get big nasty hives on my legs if I wade in the ocean. So I would be very leary of using this yarn. Thank you for pointing this out.
 
Jul 11, 2019 09:46:14   #
Grisby
 
Hello! Just one question. Why would you want to knit with anything that is made from artificial fiber that could possibly cause an allergy? There are so many better existing alternatives.
As far as chit'lins, they are called 'tripe' here and in GB too I believe. Many manners of preparation and are very commonly enjoyed. But not chitins!
Jul 11, 2019 09:51:07   #
Grisby
 
Please tell us, Chemknitter, what this polysaccharide would do to improve wool socks?
Thanks so much for your input, we are lucky to have you on KP.
Jul 11, 2019 09:52:58   #
JTM (a regular here)
 
Joyce Martin wrote:
Yes, I meant Chitin not chitlin. Sorry. It’s found in Tofutsies yarn.


Tofutsies sock yarn is not one of the yarns I enjoy using. I still have several skeins....that I will most likely give away since it feels rough when knitting. I gave the socks away. I have no allergies, but the yarn just does not feel good.
Jul 11, 2019 10:42:01   #
flitri (a regular here)
 
no1girl wrote:
being an Aussie I have not heard of either..LOL

No me either. Amazing what you learn on this site.
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