Last Christmas I knitted my (male) room mate a lovely ( if I say so myself) Aran sweater. It`s a cream sweater for a guy - you bet your life it was knitted in Acrylic - that thing is going need washing a lot !! ( If you want to see said sweater pictures - and a more detailed blurb about the making are at the bottom of my blog )
I did take the half finished project to a knitting group at one point - while most people were very nice about my sweater - someone said something about knitting it in acrylic. I explained it was for a guy - There then follow much garbage about sweater curses < insert eye roll >
Anyway - the gift was well received - room mate commented how soft it was - he doesn`t seem to be cursed and neither do I.
I actually have knitted a couple of garments with "real wool" recently and honestly they look like crap in no time because the pill and fluff and bobble so much - not to mention the TLC they need to was them... I say yeah for anything I can stuff in a washing machine that doesn`t leave hair balls every where !