Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Blog Contest for knitters and spinners

Alright people, It's Contest Time!


As I said yesterday, my loss if your gain. I have two prizes to give away.


First Prize: a full oz (that's around 28g for us Canadians) of soy silk spinning fibre (undyed).


Here is an excerpt from the original description:



SPIN, DYE or FELT, these mini-samplers are a perfect taster for these wonderful
eco-fibers.Soy silk is a recycled fiber made from the residue of the tofu
manufacturing process! Especially perfect for vegan, environmentally conscious
crafters & people allergic to animal fibers.


Second Prize: Two beautifully blended fibre samples also by Wool Dancer.


These gotta go because they also contain soy. These are small samples, but an absolute dream to play with. If you don't spin, I bet you could needle felt with this.


I love Wool Dancer's products and I suspect that two people are in for a real treat with these. I'm sad to see these go, but that's life.


I hear you say, "So, quick, tell me, how do I enter?" I say to you, there are three ways to enter this contest.


First: leave a comment (something legible) on this blog entry. Easy right?


Second: If you would like to have an extra entry, go to your kitchen or cleaning product cupboard and find something that has soy in it that you didn't think had soy in it. Please tell me what it is. Please don't use something someone else has already used. Please don't use something obvious like soy sauce. Include this in your comment and that automatically gets you two entries (that's one for leaving a comment and one for telling me about the soy). For example, caned chicken soup broth has soy in it (you can't use that one).


Third: tell the world about the contest. If someone tells me that you sent them here, you get another entry.


Hopefully that isn't too confusing for me to keep track of. Contest will end at midnight on the last day of January, 2008. I'll draw on the first of February using some sort of random selection process.




43 comments:

Marigold said...

most sliced bread has soy products in it. Even if it says 100% whole wheat :(

The fiber's lovely, but I don't spin! so this one was more of an FYI

Joanna said...

OHHH...I'm sorry about your possible soy allergy. As a vegetarian I don't know what I would do without my tofu and soy products!...As to something that has soy that I wouldn't think did: Master Choice Extra Chunky Mild Salsa...aparently (according to the ingredients) the garlic contains soybean oil. Who da thunk?

Curlysalamander said...

Newsprint. Any commercially made food that says lecithin, i.e. just about all baked goods. If this checks out to be the case, I'm so glad you were able to connect the dots. And I'm so sorry that you will have to make such big changes to your life.

Nat said...

:(
This is such a bummer, but it's good to hear that you may have found the source--it means you can start making things better. Can you get tested for that specific allergy?

Vitamin E supplements (in oil form) are often soy-based.

Addition to the newsprint idea: many books use soy ink too, so that may have been why reading was making you sick (A.F. often reads books through clear plastic bags, that might help).

Wee bit more internet research:

"Hidden sources of soy products"
(look at ingredient lists for these)

* Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) (contains MSG)
* Textured vegetable protein (TVP) (used in imitation meat)
* Monodiglyceride
* Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
* Natural flavoring
* Vegetable gum
* Vegetable starch

sarsbar said...

Hi Raven -
Good to meet you at the guild meeting the other night. Best of luck with the allergy possibilities. My wrist is still sore, so I won't go digging around the cupboards right now... but I'll try to get to it soon.
Sarah

Anomaleah said...

I found a jar of multi-vitamins, a can of After Eight hot chocolate mix, and a box of PC Dipped & Chewy granola bars had some form of soy in the ingredient list.

karen said...

I have to say while I have no allergy to soy, the taste of silk milk is VILE. Having said that, I'm so ok when they hide it in things like Presidents Choice Veggie Chili. And even pizza sauce. :)

Anonymous said...

I found bovril and bisto in my cupboard hiding soy. At the grocery store, found Lindt chocolate and Twizzles licorice (which tells you what part of the store caught my interest).

The plastic bag idea might help with the reading - I sure hope so.

A.Rose

Susan said...

Great contest!!!

Wheat Thins-Toasted Chips contain soy oil...........hope that one counts

Josiane said...

It's a good thing you've found out the likely cause of your health problems, but I'm so sorry to read that it's a potential soy allergy, soy being used in such a wide variety of products...
As I'm a vegetarian eating mostly very low-processed food, I couldn't find anything containing soy in my cupboards (besides the obvious soybeans, soy milk, tofu, and miso), but I've found something on my boyfriend's side of the cupboard: Campbell's Chunky soup. I don't know if there are soy ingredients in all of the varieties, but at the very end of the list of the "3 Bean Grilled Pork" variety, I've found some "smoke flavour in hydrogenated soybean oil".
Good luck with dealing with this new challenge, and I hope you'll soon see your health improving significantly!

Becky said...

Having food allergies bites. I'm allergic to eggs and oranges. I rooted around in my cabinet and the only thing I found that hasn't already been mentioned is ramen noodle soup and some flavors of Pop-Tarts.

Good luck learning to manage your new lifestyle.

Spinster said...

Oh that's sad to part with fiber. Well you know any of us would give it love and attention.
Here's my contribution. I just found out that Worcestershire sauce contains soy - who knew!?

Robyn said...

De-lurking here, sorry to hear it maybe soy, which is so hard to deal with. I can't do eggs, many nuts, almost all seafood (although I tested shrimp this year after 10 years of no seafood at all and I didn't have a reaction, YAY!) and I sometimes have problems with wheat/glutin.
The good news is that most people can learn to live without those things and most people get less sensitive to them over time, especially when they are removed for a while(yay shrimp!).
I found soy in Quaker instant oatmeal.
Plus I can tell you about Harvest sausages (in case you eat meat), which unlike most sausages do not contain soy fillers. As well my soy allergy friend who turned me on to them toured their super clean factory and definatley approved of the cleanliness and care there.

vloula said...

yikes about the allergy. i developed an allergy to soy after my daughter was born lactose NON-tolerant(!!!) and i had to give up dairy as well. I was drinking soy milk and my sister kept making endame when i visited. After 3 years soy free I tried some soy milk again and seem to be okay, but don't over-indulge. No secret ingredients, but what a great list has been compiled! I just love to spin everything i can ;)

Cynthia A. said...

My Hellman's Mayo and Dijonnaise both have soy oil, and my "Better than Bouillon" Broth base has Hydrolyzed soy protein. It is pervasive, isn't it?

~laurie said...

We deal with allergies on a daily basis so i feel for you :(
I'm going to have to look into that wooldancer stuff -it's beautiful!
The only different thing i can find in my kitchen with soy in it is my doglet's puppy chow

teacherlady said...

Well that's a bummer. A good friend of mine has the soy allergy too. I've got the severe peanut/nut allergy. Gah.

Well, I'm not sure if you'll consider this an option since supplements have already been mentioned, but I occasionally take Soy Lecithin capsules to induce sleep. They lurk in the kitchen. Another thing I found that contained soy was some sort of dijon mustard that's in the fridge - but it's not something normally found. I'm certain my dad has been on a 'weird foods' kick lately :P

Oh, and cheez whiz might have some, or so I've heard.

teacherlady said...

P.S.

It might be helpful to know that I spin. I found your blog thanks to ravelry

Five Ferns Fibreholic said...

A product with soy? My can of New England clam chowder.

Sorry about the allergy, soy silk is just lovely to touch.

Sharon Rose said...

Dove Dark Chocolate Mint Flavored Caramel chocolates contain soy lecithin. Unbelievable! I haven't spun soy before but I suspect it's like silk. Yum!

Craftypiggie said...

for first comment i like to say thank you for the beautiful contest your having how fun and great blog!!!
for second part i have new wheat thins cream cheese and chives i recommend them to everyone
have a good contest
hugs kat

Marigold said...

Dove Chocolates are some of my favorites, but most chocolates these days include soy lecithin. Including my Godiva hot cocoa mix. Argh! i'm not allergic, but I try to avoid feeding extra soy to my family. I know that it's an important protein source for a lot of people, but there's also enzymes present in soy that acn cause problems with digestion.

~Tonia~ said...

That really sucks. I am sorry. I am just getting around to reading some 500 + blog posts and saw that you were looking for things that were containing soy. I went looking and came up with Nilla Wafers, Jiff peanut butter, Kroger Brand Pizza Sauce and Kroger brand canned chunk light tuna in water. If I am too late for the contest that is fine, but I had to look and see if there was anything that I could find that I didn't see anyone else list. Take care.

Shain said...

The fiber is beautiful.

For the product containing soy: My jar of Heinz Homestyle Classic Chicken Gravy has soy in it. Who knew?

Anonymous said...

Crunch'n' Munch from ACT II has Soy Lecithin and soybean oil.

I feel like we should be giving you a list of positive foods as well!

-Jennifer/Legerdemain on Ravelry

Lisa L said...

The fiber is beautiful! I'm sorry about your soy allergy :-(

Laurie said...

Nice contest! My broth soup base has soy in it

mshanane said...

Ok,,,Sign me up...I am learning to spin and I would love to play with either one.

when I get home from classes I will look in my cabinet and find SOY, totally sucks that you are allergic, that is kinda like being allergic to gluten or peanut these days.

Trista said...

Allergies stink! I am allergic to cinnamon. It turns up in some unexpected and unpleasant places sometimes!

I discovered that my Back to Nature, Strawberry Fruit and Grain bar contains Soy Lecithin. I've never thought about Soy being in so many things!

Also, my bath and body works Anti-Bacterial Moisturizing hand soap has hydrogenated soybean oil in it.

Lindsay said...

I am surprised at how much stuff has soy in it! My pantry is pretty empty right now. (grocery day tomorrow) but I'm sure it's no shock that Thai Kitchen noodle soups all have soy protein in them.

Aster said...

Wow, I just realized that Nutella and Ritz crackers have soy products in them! Actually, most of the food in my pantry has soy in it. I never knew soy products were used in so many things.

Erin said...

Wow! Italian Style Bread Crumbs have two kinds of soy in them! I'm so grateful I don't have any food allergies to deal with. The fiber is gorgeous! I'm just learning to spin...

Carissa said...

1) This is me commenting to enter

2) A package of chocolate flavored almond back has soy in it.

I'm guessing you need contact info if I win, eh? My Ravelry name is CarissaMarie.

Anastacia said...

Found you through ravelry! Here's me commenting to enter. I don't think I saw anyone mention salad dressing in comments, but that has soy in in. Once upon a time we thought my husband was alergic to soy; luckily he isn't!

If I win, I'm anastaciaknits on ravelry

llamalady said...

Hi,

Allergies seem to be more and more common - have several myself and it isn't always fun. Fortunately mine are foods that don't 'hide' like soy does.

If you want to get this fiber off your hands, I am more than happy to take it. I am llamalady on Ravelry, where I found out about your contest.

anne said...

I have a soy allergy as well! Anything with lecithin has soy in it...which is sad....I used to love oreos.

I'm irish99 on ravelry

mirandaest said...

So sorry to hear about your soy allergy! I discovered I was allergic to wool after beefing up my stash with it, though I can knit and spin it for very short increments before I start to react. I'm also allergic to chocolate - oh cruel world!! :) I had no idea that all these things listed had soy - makes me want to carefully read all ingredients lists when I shop...

Birchmom said...

Canned tuna in 'vegetable broth' generally has soy in the broth (at least in the US)

Marce (BrownBerry) said...

Man oh man, we are BIG time soy fans around here because the cow's milk messes with us big time. But as I found out with most food/material allergy issues, it's just better to know. Thanks for turning this into a "gain" for others. :)

MamaMay said...

That sucks but rocks at the same time for some commenter. I spin so put my name in the hat!

Yvonne said...

So sorry to hear about the allergy -- but would be glad to help you out of your fiber dilemma.

Birchmom said...

I know the contest is over, but I just checked my pantry and Ovaltine has soy flour in it.

stephanie said...

Um, i found soy in fake bacon bits. It be vegetarian or something. Such lovely fiber!