Now, speaking of soy (yes, as in soya bean), there's an interesting fiber.
It's a beast to spin, all fluffy and flyaway and getting-all-over-your-clothes and even up your nose. And spinning it to a fine thread has occupational hazards. Paper cuts, anyone?
But it has a lovely silky sheen, and it's so strong that I can't snap the thread but have to go fetch a pair of scissors. And it drapes like a dream: heavier than bamboo, more sinuous than silk.
It's the perfect fiber to ply with cashmere, of which I had a precious modicum left. Adds just that touch of subtle shimmer--not at all metallic; more muted. Adds just that hint of difference--not variegated; just a whisper of an accent.
But what it really contributes is strength. The way we used to knit the heel of a sock in nylon. It's going to be invaluable when I get to the buttonholes. Without the soy ply, I'd be knitting in a thread for those two rows. With the soy, the reinforcement is built in.
Of course, I'll have to save the spit splice for the cashmere; there's no spit-splicing soy.