I confess, I'm a full blown fibre snob. I like the natural fibres - wool, silk, alpaca, cotton and the like. But, there are some acrylic blends I will use, and I do like a bit of nylon in my socks for wearability.
What I really don't like are acrylics and mostly-acrylic blends that try to masquerade as wool. The Red Hearts, The Shetland Chunkys and the like. They aren't wool, and should stop pretending they are. I know natural fibres are more expensive, but for the most part, you can find great wools for good prices. Patons Classic Wool, and any of the Knit Picks wools will do the trick.
So I have to confess to this: I knit this last night for a friend of mine. She mentioned that she'd like a funky black and white scarf about 2 years ago. We've worked together for about 3 years, and have become great friends - sharing lunch many times a week. We're both moving on this week, and won't see each other much now. While I can't bear fun fur, this Frill Seeker hit the mark. I saw it at Tove's shop last week, and knew that, not only would Mary adore it, but so would so many people I like to knit for. (I've tried to educate them, I really have...)
I knit a scarf in an evening - it's perfect for people I like, but don't want to commit to an entire sweater or lace shawl for.
I have 4 more balls of it, and this will clear off a chunk of my Christmas list easily. And the recipients will love these scarves more than Noro, more than Misti Alpaca, more than the good stuff. It kills me to admit it, but really, forcing my likes and dislikes on others hasn't worked in the past, so I'm caving.
So why do I feel vaguely dirty?