What is a yarn snob?
It’s when a knitter (or crocheter/weaver/etc) has expensive tastes. When the 3-for-£1 offer on acrylic yarn in the pound shop makes a person recoil. Only fancy pants natural-organic-spun-by-angels-crying-with-joy yarn will do.
Confession: I’m really not a yarn snob.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of quality yarn. I knit with sea silk, with baby alpaca, with merino blends. I like locally hand-dyed stuff and get a kick out of meeting the person who made it. I think there’s something wonderful about all the different fibres there are. Having fondled some qiviut, I am in a constant state of lust to own some of my own.
But I truly believe acrylic has its place too.
Right now I’m knitting a blanket for my girlfriend’s 30th birthday which, okay, it was totally in July. But I am seeing her in person in a couple of weeks for a holiday – probably the only time I’ll see her while we’re applying for my permanent residency – and it would be nice to give it to her in person. It’s acrylic. Yes, that’s right, I’m giving a blanket made of acrylic to the person I love. There’s no place for yarn snobbery when you need your expendable income for a holiday in Las Vegas, and this blanket is going to be all the colours since it’s based on Avengers. (Yes, there will be pics when it’s done.)
It’s true that the squeaky feel of acrylic is starting to get to me, but I have some delicious dark blue locally hand-dyed 100% silk to knit with when I’m done. Maybe I’m just an occasional snob.
What about you? To you shun acrylic or embrace it?
- The Science of Bio-Synthetic Yarn (persephonemagazine.com)
- New Pattern: Cobblestone Hat (danadoodle.wordpress.com)
- Knitters cover Pittsburgh’s Warhol Bridge in yarn (pennlive.com)
- Level Up Your Knitting: The Yarn List (secretlifeofyarn.wordpress.com)
- The Materials I Use (buildabeanienews.wordpress.com)