Yarn Snob

Yarn Snob. For some it’s worn as a badge of honour and for others, it’s the worst thing in the world, but what exactly is a yarn snob? And why are we talking about it on today’s podcast? Well, it’s a word that is thrown around the bazaars quite a bit, and it’s also a word that tends to provoke strong opinions in people. That’s as good a reason as any to going into it a little deeper here.

Yarn Snob Definition

There was (unsurprisingly) no dictionary definition for yarn snob, so I looked up both words individually to arrive at the following:

Yarn Snob noun – A person who believes that their tastes in spun thread used for knitting, weaving or sewing are superior to those of other people.

Types of Yarn Snob

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all description when it comes to describing yarn snobbery – I find it can take many guises, depending upon the attitudes of the people involved. It isn’t simply a case of snooting down the nose at certain fibres or blends.

I looked far and wide to come up with 6, gusting 7 different types of yarn snob, and I’m looking for your help to get that up to a solid ten types.

In no particular order…

Fair Isle is so street these days

1) Acrylic Yarn Snob.

Would rather be found face down in a pool of their own urine than knit with acrylic yarn.

May have a point with the very cheap and squeaky acrylic, but there is some really reasonable acrylic blends out there today that are perfectly suited to certain jobs, like items for kids. Yeah, it gets a bit sweaty, but even my Mum can wash it without cocking it up, and it will survive the eventual heat death of the universe, so it has its benefits!

I know it’s terrible. I make no excuses!

2) Novelty Yarn Snob.

May or may not embrace the acrylic but would definitely not be seen working with eyelash yarn, tinsel yarn, fun fur, pom pom yarn or any other novelty type yarn.

(These people are missing out on a major joy of life – tinsel yarn. Ed.)

Box of Chocolates

3) Indie/Hand Dyed Snob.

If a real person they know hasn’t sweated on or broken their back over it, they don’t want to know. Machine dyed yarn is the work of satan himself.

I get this snob, as I am a huge fan of hand dyed yarn myself, but there are situations when hand dyed is inferior to machine dyed yarn. Case in point – knitting socks. The German machine dyed yarn brands are indestructible (Regia, Opal) whereas I have found that hand dyed yarns with the same fibre composition tend to fade faster.

Dragonfly Wings shawl by Aimee Nicholson. Image reproduced here with kind permission.

4) Luxury Fibre Snob.

They won’t even knit with a 75/25 Merino/Nylon if it is hand dyed – it’s cashmere, alpaca, baby camel and silk all the way here.

Luxury fibres don’t always make the best materials for a project, especially is they are soft and loosely spun. Case in point – pretty much any Boo Knits shawl. She uses so many beads, you need yarn that is strong enough to hold the weight.

5) The Trendy Name Snob.

This is the artist formerly known as Wollmeise circa 2012, when people would full up brawl to get their hands on it. Back then, it was the yarn to have (current comparable: La Bien Aimee). They won’t use anything that has had its jour.

6) Price Snob.

Don’t care what it’s made from as long as it’s stupidly expensive.

Wanting a cheeky discount? Gotta get past Sanimal first…

7)* The Confused Yarn Snob/ Yarn Swinger.

Likes your luxury and hand dyed but also vocal about love for tinsel yarn. Swings all ways when it comes to yarn; doesn’t like to save the love for one subset. All yarn is great yarn and all yarn has a purpose!

Which Yarn Snob Are You?

Do you identify with any of these? Any more you’d like to offer to get us to ten?

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