I happen to be a bit of an under-buyer (and I'm slightly cheap). I buy about 80% of my clothes at Target (even though the quality really is NOT GOOD). I almost never buy organic produce. I get all of my kids' clothes at consignment sales (or as hand-me-downs from family and friends). I wait until I can't stand it anymore before getting my hair cut. I buy all of my make up at the drug store. I itemize every receipt that comes from our bank account and categorize our spending TO THE PENNY.
Despite that natural tendency, though, I have not bought yarn at a craft store in 9 years (and, no, I don't think yarn from a craft store is all bad. But it ain't all good, either). I don't flinch (much) at spending $27 on a single skein of hand-dyed merino and silk deliciousness. Don't get me wrong- I don't buy a LOT of yarn. But I only buy GOOD yarn.
I am a yarn snob. And I am darn proud of it. Here are some reasons why I think you should join me in becoming a yarn snob (if you're not one already).
1. YOU GET MORE PREDICTABLE RESULTS
When you know the natural attributes of the fiber you're using, you take your projects to a completely new level. And when you plan your project with those attributes in mind, you can predict how your new garment will function. We'll save the specifics about fiber attributes for another day, but basically: if you want a garment that has nice drape or excellent stitch definition, you can plan for those based on the type of fiber you select. With synthetic material, your options are limited when it comes to selecting the final qualities of your fabric.
2. YOU SUPPORT INDEPENDENT and WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
Local yarn stores stock high-quality yarns. Local yarn stores also tend to stock at least some yarn from independent dyers. Big craft stores do not. Most independent dyeing operations are owned and run by women. Most local yarn stores are owned and run by women. Soooooo, when you choose to buy high-quality yarn from independent businesses (direct from the dyers online, at fiber festivals, or through your local yarn shops), you are doing the Excellent Work of supporting women entrepreneurs and other independent entrepreneurs. Yay you!
3. YOUR FINISHED PIECES WILL LAST FOR GENERATIONS
I think this may be the crux of the reason why I feel that emotional need only to use good yarn. If I'm spending 3 months of my life making every single lace-weight stitch by hand that will become a full-size wrap, why would I do that with cheap yarn? If I'm going to create a lasting piece of art, I'm going to do it with high-quality materials. Plus, who wants to play with squeaky yarn every day?
Are you a proud yarn snob, too? If so, I have made some things for you! Feel free to use them (for personal use only), just give a link back to this page, please!