View Poll Results: Care for Acrylic?
Love it! 24 34.29%
I have a love/hate relationship with acrylic. 18 25.71%
Hate it! 4 5.71%
I don't really care. 25 35.71%
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Old 06-19-2008, 07:48 PM   #1
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Care for Acrylic?
Just another quick question......

Is acrylic horrible to you, so-so, or just bliss?

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Old 06-19-2008, 08:15 PM   #2
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Along with your messy house question.

I'm a slob. If there's dirt I'll find a way to get it on me.
I have my dogs sleep on my bed.

I NEED acrylic.
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Old 06-19-2008, 08:22 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Mike View Post
Along with your messy house question.
You crack me up!
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Old 06-19-2008, 08:38 PM   #4
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Like all fibers acrylic has it's place.
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Old 06-19-2008, 09:15 PM   #5
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Depends on what I'm making and my knitting/crafting budget (which is usually next to nothing.)

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Old 06-20-2008, 02:28 AM   #6
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All acrylics are NOT created equal!

I've been knitting for a couple of years now (I first learned how about 30 years ago), and I'm just as crazy about Malabrigo, cashmere, silk, etc., as most knitters. In fact, I have a bit of all of the above in my fairly generous stash.

But I also have a bunch of acrylic yarns, and I wouldn't trade them for anything. I own some 100% acrylic yarns that are incredibly soft and lovely, and that includes stuff that's 30+ years old!

I understand that some folks just don't care for acrylic, and some people are uncomfortable with some of its properties. I'm not trying to convince anyone to knit with something they just don't want to knit with.

But it does bother me when people assume that all acrylic is nasty, rough, ugly, and good for only pet bedding. Like all yarns, those made with man-made materials cover a wide range of quality and textures. It's really inaccurate and unfair to say all natural yarns are good and all acrylics are bad. Yarn is yarn -- some you want to use, and some you don't.

Okay, end of lecture.
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Old 06-21-2008, 01:06 AM   #7
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"A place for everything, and everything in its place"

Acrylic yarn has its usefulness, and it can knit up very nicely, and the price-point is usually affordable...and it is washable...which makes it wonderful for baby and kid knits.

My favorite acrylic yarn is Simply Soft by Caron. I like the soft luster and sheen. The colors are subtle and very pretty. I've never seen a Simply Soft project that I didn't like. The yarn just makes the project all the better!



I also like making baby and kid knits with Encore Colorspun by Plymouth.
It's 75% acrylic/25% wool. It is nice, and washes well!

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Old 06-23-2008, 09:11 AM   #8
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I like that Acryllics soften up after washed, and I like having some articles, like ponchos that I throw on to take the dogs out or something without worrying about messing up a wonderful hand-knit item
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Old 06-23-2008, 01:08 PM   #9
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I love acrylic; I love superwash wool; I love anything that is smooth and easy to care for!

When I was actively crocheting many many years ago, my favorite yarn was Red Heart Super Saver. Apparently, this is an evil yarn and I have horrible taste!

I learned how to knit on Cascade 220 Superwash, so I can see where the acrylic doesn't "feel" as nice, but I still love how easy it is to work with and how well the stitches show up against it.

I'm sure other (more expensive) acrylic yarns are a dream to knit/crochet, but I still have a large stash of Super Saver to work through and I think I'll quite happy with it until it is all gone.

My only problem with it right now is that I don't know what I was thinking when I bought some of those colors!
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:49 PM   #10
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The only bad thing is that everything sticks to it. Dog hair, fuzz everything. That's the only downfall. Its definetly the easiest to work with.
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