The reason I wanted to post today is because there is an ongoing debate in the craft world that will most likely never come to a resolution as there are as many answers/reasons as there are knitters/crocheters. One of the most common questions I get asked as an instructor is "What do you think of acrylic yarn?" Well, ask the spinner in me and she would say "acrylic what? let's go shear some sheep and pretend you never said that word." But ask the crafter in me and I reply " Oh, there is a time and place for all yarns".
The main reason I have for loving luxurious, natural fibres is literally just that! They are luxurious, natural fibres that feel amazing on your skin, wear well, last forever (provided no moths got the munchies around them) and it is comforting to think about the process in which the wool I have the privilege to knit with came to be. But let's be honest, sometimes - like in the case of jellyfish legs* - you need some bobbles and bits to add to texture! Or, natural wools are hard to find in fluoro yellow, or face it you know you need to wash the baby jacket a lot and instead of felting it you make it in a soft synthetic... And sometimes, you just don't have the money.
As a responsible human living on planet Earth, the only opinion I have is -be not wasteful and enjoy what you make.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments below or the facebook page!
* I know jellyfish don't technically have legs.