I love natural fibers...whether they be animal-based, or plant-based.
I like some acrylic yarns. And there is a definite good case for the purchase of acrylic yarns.
Matching the right yarn to the right project is a GOAL that I swear is never fully attained!
I can still manage to blunder in this department!
However, that said...my worst blunders in the past two years have always been because I didn't use the yarn recommended. AND I MEAN WORST. My alternative choice of yarn was a total trainwreck. WRECK.
But who knew?
if you chose an alternate yarn...find your project
on Ravelry...and LOOK AT all the other projects knit up. Read the knitter's notes. ALSO, find your yarn
on Raverly, and READ all the notes made by others about the yarn.
A lot of problems can be avoided if you research your project and your yarn in this way.
I do it ALL THE TIME. I learned the hard way. I don't consider myself an expert at all.
So I do my homework before launching into a major project. Even a scarf is a major project
because you spend a lot of time on it!
When I read other's notes...I learn what NOT TO DO. And/or what yarn NOT TO USE.
In addition to reading the success stories!