I feel like a yarn weenie today. Its evident I'm not a yarn snob.
I'm on a yahoo group that uses various types of 100% Wool yarn, silk, Alpaca, 100% cottons etc and they talk of acrylic like it is the most evil horrible creation in the world and those who use it are poor excuses for human beings. But there are some I rather like.
Red Heart has its uses - I can't say I love the feel of it but it has its uses, just like anything else... Other acrylics I like because I can toss them no guilt into the washing machine and promptly dry them without worry of shrinkage or other horrible disasters occuring.
I've knit for almost 28 yrs and there is no way in this day that I would make sweet baby outfit in anything that is hand wash or special care... its just not nice. Ya it might be soft, but the way I look at it,... if it is special care how likely is the baby to wear it? and isn't that why I'm making it - for everyday use?? For me I wouldn't use it because I don't want the hassle and don't have the time to stand and wash by hand.... maybe that's just me. Baby S here is a puker and 5 minutes in a cutesy handwash and that's it. What fun is that?? It would be banished to the bottom of her keepsake box just because it was a pain in the butt to use.
I have yards and yards of Sayelle yarn from years ago when Sears.Ca used to do their promotionals. You know that stuff knits up stiff but after its first wash it is so sweetly soft. I was cursing at its roughness as I made S's Baby blanket mere days before she was born, then mum tossed it in the wash and it was super soft... even I would snuggle up with it.
So tell me yarn users... would you shun me if I sent you a beautiful hand knit outfit that you could toss in the wash without a thought? Even if it was soft?
I'm feeling rather sensitive these days about this issue because I've made about 6 different outfits for friends new babies in yarns like Bernat Baby Softee and the like - washed them so they're soft (with no harsh chemicals) and sent them on their way but if you wouldn't wear it on the baby what was the point of my making it?! Maybe I'll resort back to buying cheapo outfits and keep my hand knits to myself... *sniff*
Tell me, I'm curious.....