i found a post this morning on ravelry while i was looking for inspiration on what to blog about for today.
the post amounted to, don’t you dare knit with acrylic for gifts because oh gods what will pepole think of you!!!?!!!
sigh…the man-made versus natural fiber debate.
i think that if you knit with a group or are relatively active on ravelry you’re going to come across this at some point. you’ll be knitting along happily and someone will come along and tell you that your fiber choice is shamefully wrong, and HERE’S WHY.
personally, i have no idea what making statements like ‘acrylic is a bad fiber to work with and here’s ten reasons why you should never touch the stuff’ is supposed to accomplish. it doesn’t matter what the fiber in discussion actually is- if you don’t like red heart, then don’t use red heart. if you hate cashmere, don’t knit with it. if you don’t like x then just. don’t. knit. with. it.
i’m not sure what commenting on the materials choice of others does other than make the person who’s knitting with it feel bad. there was a moment fairly recently at my knitting group where i just wanted to crawl under the table because the only retort i could come up with was, ‘why yes i would love to work with madeline tosh or some of the other indie dyers, but you know what, most of the time the only thing i can afford is red heart.’
that’s right people. i’m broke. i would rather keep knitting with red heart (and quite happily at that) than only knit every few months when i can get the money together for ‘better’ yarns. (and i have no interest in taking apart other people’s sweaters for yarn).
my personal stance is, the only time you should be commenting on another’s fiber choice is when it’s blatantly a bad idea for the project, and even then proceed with caution. maybe they’re aiming for something to felt, or they just like acrylic socks.