Yarn Snob?

11:54:00 AM

Yes, I am. Guilty as charged. I will go to great lengths to get my hands on that special organic cotton/bamboo mix spun by a cooperative... Does this sound like you? I can't help it. In my eyes (and hands) I believe that one cannot possibly compare cheap scratchy acrylic yarns to high quality natural fiber ones. That being said I understand that a lot of acrylic yarns, especially those blended with a natural fiber such as wool, have come a long way in the past few decades. Perhaps I am recalling working with my first yarn purchased from a local five and dime store and wincing at the thought of ever having to go back to using that. It wasn't until my grandmother showed me a small fuzzy ball of pale pink angora that she had brought over with her from Argentina that I realized there was much more out there than the plastic-like yarn I was currently using. It was as if a whole new world had opened up before me and I've been exploring it ever since.

My fiance equates my yarn snobbery it to his preference for fine craft beers. He can't stomach the taste of Bud Light or some of the more popular mainstream American beers. We're like that with our music too. I've always been a huge fan of underground bands in the more extreme genres of music. Perhaps it's my curiosity, or my need to continuously question things not taking anything at face value. Whatever it is, there are so many fantastic yarns out there made from innovative fibers (got milk?), handpainted and handspun yarns, wonderful small companies that just beg to be sought out and discovered. Are they more expensive? Sure, but they are definitely worth it.

Unfortunately, more and more each day I am realizing that most consumers want to spend next to nothing on a handcrafted product made from high-quality yarns. Don't get me wrong, I love a great deal as much as the next gal, but you do get what you pay for. At times I feel torn. I waver between wanting to stick to my guns and offer the high-quality product that I would want wear myself and charging a fair price for my work or just throwing in the towel and buying cheap acrylic yarn thus marking down prices to like $9.00 for a hat. I often wonder if people are looking to buy something just for looks and not caring what it's made from. Still, I know there are those like me that do care about the quality of the material an item is made from. In the end I think I'd rather be slightly poorer but satisfied at the end of the day with my choice of quality over quantity.

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