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 06-20-2008, 08:59 AM   #11
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I think it has it's uses. For the charity knitting we do it's essential. The hospital washes the blankets in hot water and puts them in the dryer, you just cannot use wool for that. In my own knitting, I usually use yarn with some wool content because I like it and I like natural fibres.


Have you checked out the many many threads about this on Ravelry? Or is that where the idea came from?
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Old 06-20-2008, 09:47 AM   #12
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My stash consists of about half and half. Ever since I started working on charity blankets, my acrylic stash has grown. I have my favorites...Caron Simply Soft and Hobby Lobby's "I Love this Yarn" are my favorites. As other people have stated, it has its uses. I've seen beautiful things made out of it.

:::AuburnChick now takes her leave to go shopping for green acrylic for the latest charity blanket she's working on:::
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Old 06-20-2008, 11:56 AM   #13
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I mainly use acrylic yarn because I'm a wash and dry person. I hate hand washing and despise dry cleaning. I also will use it if I'm making a gift so the recipient won't have to worry about washing instructions.
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Old 06-20-2008, 12:10 PM   #14
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There are some great acrylics available just like there are some horrible wools. So like any fiber - synthetic, natural or a blend, I pick and choose what is suitable for the project, what feels great and what fits in my budget.
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Old 06-20-2008, 01:58 PM   #15
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Yep, it's all in the application. No way would I make this bag out of anything but a washable acrylic, and there's no way I'd make someone allergic to wool a scarf out of it.
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Old 06-20-2008, 03:36 PM   #16
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I'll use anything as long as it's soft.
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Old 06-20-2008, 04:58 PM   #17
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It all depends on my budget.
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Old 06-20-2008, 08:53 PM   #18
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Two of my favorite summer tops are knit of acrylic blends. They are both Sirdar brand yarns and I really love them. I throw them in the washer and dryer, fold and put away til worn again. They are soft and drape well and look great. I get lots of compliments on them.
I agree with others that not all acrylics are alike and I think some of the nicer yarns for summer weight clothing are made with acrylic and other manmade fibers.
I personally wouldn't make myself clothing from most of the yarns at Michaels or other discount yarns, but love them for afghans and other household items.
It comes down to personal choice. When you hold a yarn in your hands and fondle it what comes to mind as a potential project.
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Old 06-21-2008, 01:06 AM   #19
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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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Have you checked out the many many threads about this on Ravelry? Or is that where the idea came from?
I'm not on Ravelry.
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