New Wool Stainless Steel Yarn from Lion Brand

Our friends from Lion Brand just sent us some of their new Wool Stainless Steel yarn in shimmery black and gray. Now we need to come up with some great projects to show it off!

Here's the what-what:
75% Wool
25% Stainless
Semi-conductive (offers a lot of resistance)
Size 0 needles, lace weight

We want to wow them with what we can come up with to use this delicate, ethereal fiber.

What would you do with it?

Post your ideas, pictures or patterns and we'll get to work!

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headspider7 years ago
Habu Textiles has a similar product made from silk and stainless steel http://www.habutextiles.com/webfile/a-20.html. They have some very interesting knit pieces that you can scrunch because of the metal content.

With the wool content in the Lion Brand yarn, I'm really interested to see what would happen if it's felted...
Kiteman7 years ago
Has anybody actually made anything from this yarn yet?
scoochmaroo (author)  Kiteman7 years ago
Lion brand has come up with a couple suggestions for a knitted scarf and a crocheted necklace.
But I haven't been able to come up with much else. It's extremely fine yarn, which is a bit frustrating for me. It seems like the best use of it is to add to another yarn to help whatever you're making keep its shape.
Too bad the yarn is not flame retardant, one could make a self-warming sweater the eats batteries :-)
zmarlow7 years ago
Make a haptic (touch communication) interface for a shirt. Hook it up to things like gps for walking, driving, biking instruction. something similar has already been patented actually, complete with bluetooth to cell compatability.

Some kids at my school, ECIAD in Vancouver BC, made a shirt which uses haptics to transmit information to deaf people through touch, so they can feel when noises are happening behind them.

Electrical garmentry rocks. Check in on Marcelo Coelho for inspiration.
caitlinsdad7 years ago
They need to come up with a silver-based metal thread. It has anti-microbial properties so theoretically you can knit a shirt and wear it...well, forever without washing if desired. Or we need some nomex-aramid fiber wool for fireproof garments or kevlar/carbon fiber wool for protective garments against weapons. This stainless stuff must be the new urban style lame. New postal worker uniforms to be dog-bite proof?
They've got that! I'm working with Leach Buechley at the Media Lab now - we get to play with all sorts of conductive threads! (She's even got some purely foil threads that are really conductive!) 'fraid I don't know much about the non-conductive stuff. Although, I doubt a kevlar/carbon fiber jacket (or any of those other fibers in clothing form) would be comfortable at all. Kevlar's really stiff, carbon fiber would shed like none-other, nomex-aramid might work though - that's the spider silk mimicking stuff, right?
Just put a layer of polyester fleece and gortex under everything and you're good to go. btw How are you doing anyway? At MIT?
Haha - fair enough.

I'm alright! I learned a lot 1st semester, and I'm ready to start 2nd semester Feb. 3rd! I'm taking Intro to electrical engineering & computer science, differential equations, linear algebra, toy product design lab (oh man, cotton candy gun, here I com!), and..... get this.... the philosophy of brain science. SO ready for circular logic.

I'm a bit burnt out from January (IAP - independent activities period). I've been working with Leah Buechley on lilypad-related things, expanding onto different media, etc. Made a conductive ink paintbrush (embedded with a reservoir) and crocheted a purple hat with a lilypad on it!

Also working with Jay Silver on drawdio-related things. Trying to make sound an input and color the output (singing into your art sort of thing).

I've been so far away from instructables, I really want to get back! (it seems so busy nowadays, though! It's crazy!) So many new features and stuff, I'm impressed with what they did to the place :-p

I should be posting some stuff soon. We'll see what happens, though!

How'r you?
Same old, hijack a few threads here and there, pun skirmishes with Goodhart every once in a while, usual fun. Check out my contest winner "glove" ible, inspiration came from Ms. Buechley's turn signal jacket. I guess conductive paint should have some properties like powder coat pigments for baked on paints and you could spray areas that are charged. Anyway, make sure your brain doesn't get too toasty and crispy around the edges. Continued good luck.
I wouldn't call them skirmishes so much as exchanges (like Christmas all year long LOL).
Tis a gift to be simple...
now, don't look a gift horse in the mouth ;-)
nor stand behind a colicky one...
I don't stand behind any horse without letting him/her know I am there (hand on the back or rump), they are too skiddish that way (one pair of hoof prints on my chest cured me of that).
schooled in hard knocks...
Indeed. Thankfully it was #1: only a pony (they still kick pretty hard though) and #2: I was just at the end of his reach...so it knocked the wind out of me, and outlined my pecs with inverted red horseshoe markings, but did not break any ribs.
That was lucky, horseshoes pointing up.
If we can call getting kicked by a pony, lucky ;-)
Yeah, I know, you gotta go see a man about a horse...
Perfectly good horse sense.
Don't trade it in for bad advice.
I'm not a horse trader, I don't double cross anyone
At least cross your T's and dot your i's, else no one will know what you are talking about.
nor am I catholic, so you won't find me crossing myself either ;-)
So the only thing you will be crossing is the street.

With mommy's permission, of course ;-)

Although I rarely get cross unless I see someone being hurt or upset.
You got your point across.
Sorry, I don't play Lacrosse.
Going against the ref's words, you play a cross sticks.
Hey ! no high sticking in this hockey game ;-)
Just say you just don't know what the puck happened.
resisting the urge to make a score joke and slowly skates off into the sunset :-)
Till next time, I'll be in the penalty box for crossing the blue line. :-)
You should be, since that is a Thin Blue Line ;-)

See the Thin Blue Line
Didn't want to run afoul of the law.
Well then, my advice is to keep those chickens corralled properly, so they don't run into the paths of the police.
...was blinded by the light
Cut loose like a deuce another runner in the night
Blinded by the light...
What? a deuce, is that all you have?

clowns to the left, jokers to the right here I am, stuck in the middle with you 4 aces
It's hard to keep a straight face the way this is going.
The sad thing is it can go forever into all directions, with the way our language is. And I am as straight laced as they come in that respect (although my laces sometimes get knotty, I have never been to Nottingham).
Exactly what this topic is about, spinning a long thread. That's a yarn of a tale.
AND the fact that we have Hijacked it (stolen it i.e. it was a steal) ;-) Stainless at that...
I was worried about that...on needles and pins...
You may keep your pin-ups in your locker out of sight, thank you.
These post-its are getting tiny.
As long as they don't go postmortem.
A fitting end to this twisted yarn.
Just like the lens grinder's assistant who yelled "the end is near right before the lens grinder backed into the grinding machine and got a little behind in his work (he also made such a spectacle of himself ;-)
You ripeth what you sew, says the tailor...
Oh, let's not get into Manga too (Tailor Moon).
I bow to the Pun Sensei of the highest order. Hail to the master, chief.
I am but a student of the Grand Master: Paul Punyan (distant relative of Paul Bunyan). But you do a really decent job yourself. ;-)
There's some bull involved, but of course, it's D.I.Y.
Yeah, I am just glad we are not in a China shop ...
Not a good place, if you're to bet.
I'm not a betting man...you better believe. I'm better then a betting man. Beside, it's too far east....
Aid but not a bet?
...and for people who enjoy being searched after setting off the metal detectors.
Search? after wearing it a few weeks without washing, I am sure it would pick up a few things that would be easily traced using just one's olfactory senses LOL
Add a ground strap to a sweater made of this and use the static current to charge your phone. Somebody please do that instructable.
:-) yes, that would be interesting....I can't wear sweaters because I hate being shocked and well, I am a static magnet so to speak.
PKM7 years ago
Knit a self-heating scarf attached to a battery pack? Turn a t-shirt into a wearable touch pad? Attach magnets to your socks?
purduecer PKM7 years ago
I second this idea.
Sandisk1duo7 years ago
and scratchy?
if i were to sow something with steel, why not knit things out of steel wool?
The stuff you buy in the hardware store, labelled as "steel wool" is not in a single thread or cord - it would need to be spun before you could knit with it.
i know
Plasmana7 years ago
I don't have any ideas at the moment, but that sounds like a cool product they had created!
Lftndbt7 years ago
Make a RoBot T-Shirt here.
I just learned how to crochet.... I'm thinking completely conductive (but stylish!) hats to protect us from the imposing government mind-overlords!
Goodhart7 years ago
Ah ! another way to keep aliens foreign governments the medical profession big Brother from getting into our heads with their mind control waves !!! Make a domed hat from it :-)

Seriously though, one would have to be careful wearing something with this in it in places where there are really big magnets, like where Kelsey works, hospitals, where I work (midframe HD's don't have the monster magnets the Mainframes had, but they are still pretty powerful), etc.

But there are numerous costumes that would benefit from the shimmer look.

Like these....
or This one

But I don't suppose it would look anything like THIS one :-)
Somehow I just can picture some innocent person walking by an MRI machine and having their clothes ripped off of them by the huge magnets :-)
True stainless is non-magnetic. It's also a very poor electrical and heat conductor.
I am not sure what you mean by true stainless steel, as there is quite a wide range of alloys classified as stainless, with additions of chromium, nickel, etc. making them more or less resistant to stain and rust.
jeff-o7 years ago
This wool could be sewn into a skin-tight t-shirt, to be worn under a regular shirt. The purpose would be to send electrical impulses to various points on the wearer's back - not enough to cause a spasm or anything, but enough that the wearer could feel 'feedback' in that area. The fibers would be connected to a sensory network monitoring IR and ultrasound outside of the wearer's visual periphery. The sensors would detect proximity and movement, relaying those signals to the wearer. This would give the wearer extra-sensory awareness of his/her surroundings, allowing them to avoid dangers and attacks from behind.
=SMART= jeff-o7 years ago
Blimey ! that would be awesome !
Derin =SMART=7 years ago
Fails would be catastrophical though... Imagine this: Guy:Hey,I can feel the rem.......AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHRFHHHHJHHHSCRREEEECHSPARKSPARK Guy:ack Ambulance guy:He is dead
LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
I'd imagine with the right current it would heat up and possibly ignite....
Kiteman7 years ago
Knit a bobble hat and give it to an enemy to wear in a thunderstorm.
I was just thinking that a sweater made from this would NOT be a golfer's helper in a storm LOL Talk about a handicap LOL
Kiteman7 years ago
I wonder what would happen if you knitted something and then set fire to it? I can imagine it leaving an ashy-looking "ghost" of an item...
scoochmaroo (author)  Kiteman7 years ago
that's cool. . .
hold on, is it a thin steel wire wrapped in wool, or is it kind of mixed in?
scoochmaroo (author)  mynameisjonas7 years ago
Thin steel wire twisted with wool fibers
whatsisface7 years ago
Heated gloves?