A few thoughts on being a “yarn snob”...
I actually cringe a little at that term, without thinking less of anyone who uses it. Often, it is used to express revelation, or discovery--and I understand that! For a lot of us, the first time we use something other than a mass-produced synthetic yarn, we nearly gasp at how it changes our experience of knitting or crochet, and that is something to celebrate.
That said, there are good quality yarns at a variety of price points (see photo at left!), and there are any number of occasions when we don’t need to use the very finest yarn that is available. Sometimes, the item is going to see hard use, sometimes it won’t be used for very long, and sometimes the way the finished item feels isn’t terribly critical.
Other times, there are compelling reasons to use the best we can afford (although that can mean different things in different situations). We might be looking for the softest hand of the knitted fabric--which can vary from person to person, but might take us into the realm of luxury fibers. Or maybe the broadest color palette is what we need. Or we’re looking for a great yarn that combines durability with a cozy feel. Or the maybe the way the yarn is hand-dyed makes our hearts sing. Some of those factors can contribute to a higher price point.
There are great choices at $4 per skein, and great choices at $40 per skein, and the higher priced yarn might not be the best option for your project. It’s all about finding the perfect match, and there are lots of variables.
But here’s the thing: no matter the cost of the yarn, the single most valuable resource that goes into a hand-crafted item is TIME. Which is the thing--maybe the only thing--that everyone has the same allotment of, at least on the daily level. That’s why I think there is a case to be made for choosing materials based on what will serve the project best. Materials + Time = the true cost of a project, and nobody’s time is inherently more valuable than anyone else’s. My gentle suggestion is to rethink the idea of being a yarn snob. Seeing the value in the time you spend making things by hand, and choosing your materials and tools with that in mind isn’t snobbery, and it doesn't automatically mean spending a small fortune.
Enough of that; let's talk about classes and yarns!