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 06-22-2008, 11:33 AM   #21
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I have used acrylic, I have ONLY used acrylic. There are times when it is a pain in the butt, but other times it is nice and lovely. And the only reason why I only use acrylic is because I have never SEEN or TOUCHED any real yarn in person. How lame of me.
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Old 06-22-2008, 12:42 PM   #22
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I've used a lot of acrylic, especially Caron Simply Soft, and especially when I was first learning. I think the durability of acrylic is really appealing. I just felted a little purse, and based on what the washing machine was able to do to that fabric I think I may be permanently scared off from ever using 100% wool for something I don't want to felt!

I think my very favorite stuff is going to be blends. For example right now I'm knitting a lace scarf with yarn that's 50% cotton, 50% acrylic and I LOVE it (Plymouth Yarns Jeannee).

From what I've seen of yarns, it seems to be not so helpful to simply lump every yarn which is made of the same material all together - there's a lot of variety, even in the stuff that you can find at Wal-Mart.
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Old 06-23-2008, 09:11 AM   #23
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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   #24
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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 06-23-2008, 02:14 PM   #25
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I've also used Caron Simply soft twice for Irish Hiking Scarves and I love the sheen. Now I'm using Paton's Shetland Chunky for a quick top down cardi (Sunkist) it's an acryllic/wool blend and I'm loving it very much!
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Old 07-03-2008, 08:35 AM   #26
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Old 07-03-2008, 10:47 AM   #27
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It has its uses. And if you think it's awful now, let me tell you it was much worse 30 years ago.
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Old 07-03-2008, 11:06 AM   #28
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I don't like that if someone loves acrylic, some people act like they're less of a knitter. I also don't like that if someone hates acrylic, some people act like they're being a snob or judgmental - it's just yarn, they're not offending it or hurting its feelings by not liking or using it.

I personally don't like acrylic, though I'll sometimes use Caron Simply Soft, Vanna's Choice, or something similar. I don't like the plastic-y feel of even the softer ones, and I love the properties of natural fibers. I like to think I enjoy the finer things in life, and nice natural fibers seem to be a realistic extension of this. My fiber preference does not reveal my social, religious or political ideals, what I think of people who use any type of yarn, or how I feel about a host of other issues. It certainly is not related in any way to my current income, in fact, the amount of money in my bank account inversely correlates to the amount of quality fiber in my stash. It's just my yarn preference, and it makes me happy.

People should use what works for them and what makes them happy. And acrylic doesn't make me particularly happy. If it's what you love and it works well for what you want, then more power to you (and more natural fiber to me) :-D
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Old 07-03-2008, 11:27 AM   #29
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i have just descovered 'better' yarn in the last few weeks, so am a little giddy with the softness etc.

but i still love my acrylics. they are great to make ds quick projects that i dont mind so much that he reuins. i wouldn't want to spend 30+ on a jumper for him to wear it and trash it day no 1 (boys will be boys i guess haha).

for things that i make for adults i tend to buy 'better' yarn as they will last that much longer and usually the adult wont grow outa them
so all in all i love them as well, they are just a differect type of yarn to me. no better no worse
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:49 PM   #30
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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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