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Snobbery Does Pay (and Cost)

During my teaching years, I had a number of deaf students, and, therefore, a number of ASL interpreters, in my classes.  One interpreter, at Alabama, was rather chronically late to class, so she taught me a few rudimentary signs to help the student keep up until she got in.

One quarter at Athens Tech, I had two deaf students, each with her own interpreter.  It turned out that both the interpreters were knitters.  One morning, I was wearing a hooded sweater I had made, and rather than the usual "Good Morning" when they came in, one of them said,  "That's Noro, isn't it?"  She then admitted to being an unrepentant yarn snob, "never ever" using anything but top quality yarn in her work.

As, I assume, every knitter realizes, good yarn does make a remarkable difference in a project.  Personally, I've not always been able to afford top of the line yarn;  in fact, the Noro for the sweater mentioned above was on deep clearance in my favorite Nashville yarn shop.  It took me a while to find enough matching skeins in the big sale bin for any size project.

I've worn sweaters and scarves and gloves made from Red Heart, and from K-Mart store brand yarn.  I've worn things made from pricey yarn my mother got from the yarn store for which she did custom work.  I've knit with Caron and Habu.  I like Lion Brand, and I've had Fun Fur in my stash.  That made me no less a knitter than someone who only use cashmere or quiviut or Manoush.

Look. . .  Knit what you want.

Knit the way you want.

Use yarns that make you comfortable, in every way.

Knit to be happy,

to be creative,

to relax.

Not compete.


  1. Awww. All good things to keep in mind .Knitting is my JOY. That's why im unabashadly knitting granny slippers

  2. Reading this post just totally brightened up my day. I love your outlook! :)


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