Here’s the thing: I think wool is the very best thing to knit with, followed by organic cotton.
I think acrylic has its place, and that place is my Aunties’ apartment, with all its little trinkets just so and the dollar they press into your hand when your parents aren’t looking. They were my father’s Aunties, really, my grandfather’s unmarried sisters. And they knitted and crocheted with the most revolting squeaky acrylics you can imagine, and it is just right that they did. Nothing else would have been right, really. But those Aunties are long gone now, even Auntie Ann who we all thought would live forever just to be mean.
Today I bought two balls of yarn to make Sammy a little pair of pants that I saw and fell in love with on Ravelry. I used the yarn that’s called for in the pattern with no hesitation, because (here’s the confession) I have used it several times and I LOVE IT. Lion Brand Cotton-Ease is my secret half-acrylic lover on the side. Andrea and I designed a project that uses it! I have substituted it for other, technically superior yarns! I am a fiend for the stuff.
And now you know.
It doesn’t hurt that it only costs $4 a ball. But I really love it, cost aside.
Since it is still March and I am stubborn, here is a list of projects I have started even though I am still not even halfway done with my sister-in-law’s stole (her birthday was yesterday so it is now officially a Christmas gift):
- A Better Bucket Hat–so far I’ve only swatched
- Green Gable– about 1/3 through, considering bust shaping
- Monkey Socks–still cannot get gauge, looking for 2.5 mm needles
- Kanoko Pants–cast on, despite promising myself I would not
Sigh. I need to actually finish something, but I keep starting new projects instead.