Monday, June 07, 2004

Just curious...

Since I keep getting wind of this common anti-acrylic fiber theme amongst knitters, I feel as though I need to ask these questions for those of you who fall into that camp.

1. Open all your drawers, peek inside your closets. Now, look at the tags. Is every article of clothing in there a 100% natural fiber? I doubt everything you wear that's premade is 100% natural, so why are you such a hardass when it comes to this?

2. In reference to "special pieces", if everything you knit is made from the finest fibers you can buy, then how does one differentiate between the piece that is your typical project for everyday use and the piece that is made for a special occassion?

For instance, Knitter Acrylic makes her everyday projects using acrylic yarn. However, when Knitter Acrylic wants to make a special item for a special occassion or event, Knitter Acrylic uses non-acrylic yarns. Therefore, the project is even more special. On the other hand, Knitter Wool uses only natural fibers for everything. When Knitter Wool wants to make a special project, she still only uses natural fibers, so the making of the piece isn't quite as special because she is used to that caliber of fiber. Get it?

I mean, really now. Is it me or is this whole thing starting to sound a lot like grade school where it was only cool if you wore the brand name clothes? Its freakin' yarn, people. Get over it! Its a hobby, not a competition. Besides, if it WAS a competition, I'm positive that I could knit circles (cables? lace? short rows? I dunno!) around a lot of the people who use natural fibers only, ya know what I mean?

Be proud of WHAT you knit, not what you knit WITH.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh so true! There seems to be an elitist movement of knitters. If you don't use the ultraexpensive stuff then you are just not a "real" knitter. I really hate the snob appeal of it all. There is even a Snob Stash Reduction Project being organised! Only the wealthy need apply - the rest of us can just look on. I would love to be able to knit with only the best, but I need to feed my children! To me the sign of a truly great knitter is one who can make a stunning garment using the most basic of yarns. And it is also one who doesn't need to brag to the world about their expensive stash. Susan

June 13, 2004 at 4:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen sister!! I have to tell you that it is so amazing that there are people out there that are actually judgemental about what yarn you use! I personally think that man made materials are the simplest to work with, before & after, best to wash & dry by machine & just plain cool!! I have more comments on items I have made out of man made fibers than out of the really expensive stuff! People don't know & knitters shouldn't care! Just thought I would throw that in. Feel free to visit my blog sometime.

June 21, 2004 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger lisa said...

I am totaly with you on the acrylic thing. I mean, why would I knit something out of wool, if I know the recipient wont take care of it? It's not because I love them less, its because I don't want them to feel bad by shrinking it, or moth holes or something. Besides, alot of the "special" yarns have acrylic mixed in, to make it better than just wool alone. I started the Acrylics Anonymous webring, jut to bring acrylics users out of the closet. Check it out at

June 21, 2004 at 6:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree. Well said.

June 26, 2004 at 11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It isn't a thing of "brand name" with me, it's the fact I can't stand to have acrylic tension across my fingers, just like I don't like cotton yarn rubbing my index finger when I strand. It's also a case of acrylics do not block well, EVER. So, in knitting, natural fibers can be better, but they are not the only thing to use. My closet has a majority of cotton, very few of my tops are less than 95% cotton. I do not purchase sweaters unless they are 100% cotton or a high blend of wool. But for dress things I can only find man-made, since I can't afford to dry clean silk everytime I wear it. But I much prefer wool slacks and buy them when I can afford them. I just do not like the sweat inducing, non-breathing quality of man-made fibers.

November 30, 2004 at 10:14 PM  
Anonymous linda said...

Yes, when I read some of the Blogs I feel like I did in high school when it was how much your clothes cost, not how you looked in them! I myself have A few skeins of the high and mighty yarns, But when I use them I have to be extra careful because I am not throwing them away. I have frogged one sweater of nepalese sari silk three times. But when I go to a yarn store and spend $200 and come home with a small shopping bag half full,(of course there was a set of Denise needles in the bag too). I feel a little silly-when I can go to a hobby lobby and come home with 60+ skeins of yarn, and some of the new modadea yarns and lionbrand yarns are fantastic. I have enough simply soft to knit a room. I knit everything from it or homespun. But for felting you have to buy wool. Right now though I am on a yarn diet-Unemployment doesn't cover much more than groceries.By the time I get another job though I will be desperate to get to a real yarn store,because I love to felt things. Time off is a good thing-talk about a stash reduction. After housework its knittin' time! Or crochet! Sorry don't get me talkin' about yarn.

March 8, 2005 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger fibergal said...

Oh, but you are missing out on the best part. The joys of wool - especially handspun, unchemical-ed pure new wool - so soft. Who wants to wear a plastic bag when they can wear a breathing wonderful soft fiber. And you can wear it everyday! Save the cashmere for something special (or better yet wear it often). Knit natural. Besides, wouldn't you rather give your money to farmers than chemical companies? Remember, there is more in the store, so use those great wool yarns.

September 12, 2005 at 3:12 AM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hm. Some of those folks are "yarn snobs" in reality, and I think some of them just take a lot of joy in the different yarns that are out there. I fall into the second category. I always like it when someone names the yarn they are using, because it frequently lets me know what's available. Personally, I prefer natural fibers just because I like the way they feel much better - but that doesn't stop me from using acrylic in certain situations. Many things I make for my son, for example, have a lot of acrylic in them because he is 5-almost-6-hey-look-at-that-mud-puddle and I don't really feel like hand washing all his stuff all the time.

The trouble often is that I frequently can neither find nor afford all those yarns. That's okay though, because (ta-dah) I am a spinner! So, when I want some lovely wool or silk, I hit e-bay until I find great prices on the fiber I am looking for, then I spin it up myself. I highly suggest it. ;-)

-Mental Rose

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Blogger Kathy said...

Great post. I agree wholeheartedly. I am so uncomfortable in wools, I want to knit with soft acrylics. I actually am swapping with a nice blogger named grace. We are supposed to send each other enough acrylic for a nice scarf. What is the nicest acrylic you know of? Any varigateds?

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