Are You A Yarn Snob?

Yes Susan, you can still come…but dang! $44 a skein?!? :??

I’ve said it before, I’m not a yarn snob. I firmly believe every yarn has it’s place. Even Red Heart Super Saver. I am NOT knitting a sweater for a 4 year old boy out of anything more expensive. It’s silly. They’ll wear it out, stain it, and pour grape juice on it, rip holes in it and then out grow it. Likewise, I wouldn’t knit my Dad a sweater out of Red Heart Super Saver. He deserves something finer like a cashmere blend. Scratchy yarns are best for rugs, bags, etc. Fine yarns are for babies, and next to the skin items.

No offense to self-proclaimed snobs, but if you find you have a tendency to be a yarn snob, maybe you should expand the range of items you’re knitting. :wink:

It depends on what I am knitting if I am a yarn snob. My grandchildren get acrylic because they aren’t as careful as they should be with their clothing. My daughters-in-law don’t want to be bothered with items they can’t throw in the washer. For myself, I am a yarn snob. I can’t wear wool next to my skin, so I buy cones of cashmere or silk online to knit my sweaters. (much cheaper than LYS) The finished product is something I can be proud of and wears well and looks good for a long, long time. I put a lot of hours into a sweater and am meticulous with finishing and I rationalize that if I am going to spend a lot of time, it should be with quality yarn. When I was learning, I used cheaper yarn. Now that I am more experienced and have confidence in sizing and technique, I want the best.

I guess I lean that way… I love gorgeous yarns, but I’m still willing to use other yarns for certain projects. I’m using Cashmerino, Ultra Alpaca and Softwist as well as some custom dyed yarns at the moment. However, I’m also using cheap crochet cotton for a few things. They each have their place. However, there is some amazing bamboo at my LYS that I’m really coveting.

I’m in with the group that is happy with Patons, Lion brand, etc. Yarns that are readily available at Michael’s and JoAnn. Right now I’m more of a process knitter and don’t put a lot of stock in the finished product. Maybe once my skills are better I’ll be more likely to make the investment on better/luxury yarns. One day…

I dont consider myself a yarn snob… I knit mostly baby stuff… so I get acrylic or cotton most of the time… Id love to knit with expensive and different types of yarn, but with a baby on the way… it is just not affordable.

I voted Yes because it’s been 2 years since I bought yarn at Michaels, so I guess that means I’m a yarn snob. :smiley:

I don’t consider myself a yarn snob, though I tend to be drawn to exceptionally soft Merinos. I’ve knit with Tilli Tomas at $42 per skein (recently) because the yarn itself fit the giftee. Mostly I don’t check the price, I go for softness first then take it from there.

Because some of you suggested it, I went to Michaels and bought some Carons Simply Soft for a baby blanket I’m going to make. So soft :slight_smile: