Count me among the people who aren't fans of the RHSS. I don't like how it feels when I work with it. But I would never
look down on someone who knits (or crochets) with it or likes to work with it. If RHSS floats your boat, then go for it!
It pains me sometimes that some of the most affordable yarn is also the ones I like to work with the least. I would love to make an afghan, but buying yarn for that can be expensive. I once attempted an afghan with Bernat Softee Chunky, but quit because I could literally feel the petroleum in it to the point where I was sure I could take a ball of that yarn and wring the oil out of it.
I ended up giving the yarn away.
Most people who aren't knitters probably won't know the difference between natural and artificial (unless they're allergic), and at least from judging from the reactions that I get when I've given knitted things to people, they're more impressed with the fact that you took the time to make something hand knit for them. When I gave my son his gloves
for his birthday, he didn't care that I did not buy the most expensive wool yarn at the LYS (I used Lion Brand Lion Wool I bought at one of the bigger box stores). He was touched that I took the time and made them for him.
People should knit with what they can afford and what they like. Knitting should be for everyone
, not just for those who can drop a large chunk o' change on enough cashmere to knit a sweater and not bat an eyelash when the total comes up. Just because someone only buys the most expensive yarn at the LYS doesn't make them a better knitter than the person who bought a boatload of RHSS at Hobby Lobby on clearance. It just makes them a knitter with a bad attitude.
One the subject of yarn snobs, I haven't come across many true yarn snobs on this forum. I see people refer to themselves as yarn snobs, but I don't see them put someone else down because they knit with RHSS or other synthetic/inexpensive yarns. But my definition of a yarn snob is someone like the person who wrote the pattern for the Big Bad Baby Blanket in the first SnB book. She suggests that we should knit a baby blanket in a very expensive hand painted 100% wool yarn and forget about ease of care because acrylic yarns are "cheesy" (her words, not mine). I don't know about you guys, but I don't think I would appreciate having to find the time to hand wash a blanket when I barely have time to think, much less having to wash baby poo out of a blanket made from hand painted wool yarn because the diaper leaked.