miccisue, I myself use mostly manmade fibers to knit with (and when I chose to knit with an animal fiber, nine times out of ten, it’s Patons Classic Merino Wool, because it’s a great value for a natural fiber, and because it’s widely available at the chain retail craft stores). I’m a stay-at-home mom, and although I consider my knitting to be an “addiction”, I just can’t justify spending boatloads of money on yarn…it’s just not in our budget. I’m not ashamed to admit it and don’t feel like I have to apologize for that. Also, my LYS are SEVERELY limited on varieties of yarn, so in my opinion, they’re not really worth driving out to (closest one is like 1/2 an hour away). So I frequent Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, Joann’s, etc. for my yarn. I’m not ashamed of that, and I don’t feel like I have to apologize to anybody, and neither should you. I will say that perhaps some people have a negative perspective on acrylic yarns because the ones they used to make many moons ago were rough and kind of poor quality, but now, they’ve come so far and there are so many beautiful textures and they can be so soft (yes, there are still some rough ones out there I think), I don’t feel there should be “yarn snobbery”. Knitting just means a person, their knitting needles, and their yarn, whatever yarn that happens to be. When I hear criticism over the use of non-animal/non-plant yarn (or even non-designer yarns), it reminds me of a high school mentality all over again–“You’re an outcast if you’re not using this type of fiber”. It’s kind of silly in my opinion. :teehee:
Don’t worry about anything you might hear about using acrylic yarns. You’ve found yarns that work beautifully for your projects–whether it’s based on preference, availability, or cost (doesn’t matter!)–and you’re knitting…just ignore anything you feel is negative. You’ll never hear me scoff at acrylic yarns–I use them myself, and if it weren’t for other acrylic knitters posting about their pleasant experiences with certain brands, I wouldn’t know which ones to try that would yield good results.