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Definding theSimple Things in Life

I'm not a big fan of yarn snobbery. Actually, I'm not a big fan of snobbery in general. But I'll stick to yarn snobbery...and Nilla Wafers.

There is a lot of knitting in my family. I've seen fashion knitting with beautiful, expensive yarns and I've seen the Red Heart sweaters.

I have the beautiful, expensive sweaters and cherish them. I wear them on special occasions and I often take them out and admire them.

My Red Heart sweaters are long gone since they were the sweaters I received as a kid. My Mom must have done a good job impressing on us how much work went into them because I remember marveling over the stitches and appreciating the time my Grandmother put into them.

I see people curl their lip at Red Heart yarn and at acrylic yarn in general. I can never quite understand it. OK, it might not be your cup of tea and not what you want to use for your project. But those Red Heart sweaters gave as good as they got when we were kids and they looked cute.

My Grandmother was a skilled knitter and using inexpensive yarn never changed that.

So when I hear people mocking Red Heart I think, "Hey! It is a good, utilitarian product. When did that become distasteful?"

I was on a job interview once. With a well-known, popular, cooking website. I was being interviewed in a restaurant by two women and it was going really well. We had great conversations, I was really qualified for the position and I love cooking and food so I could bring something more to the job. Then they started mocking recipes their Moms had made. Simple stuff. One was a kind of trifle and the woman was laughing and bemoaning the fact that her Mom had "cheated" in making the trifle by using Nilla Wafers and vanilla pudding.

They started ripping on Nilla Wafers. Now I can't even remember the last time I bought Nilla Wafers but there isn't anything wrong with them! And a trifle of Nilla Wafers and vanilla pudding sounds pretty good! I sat there and listened to them knowing I shouldn't say anything. They were food snobs but, well, it was their business. But after a while I thought, "I have to be honest. I have to be who I am and that person doesn't think there is anything wrong with Nilla Wafers." So I spoke up. I defended Nilla Wafers.

I did not get the job.

And I was OK with that. Because I appreciate utilitarian things like Red Heart yarn and Nilla Wafers. Nothing wrong with them. I was always a little disgusted with the lifestyle shows that imply that derisive snobbery. I was going to do a cookbook for people on budgets. Both money and time budgets. No recipes that call for saffron and to prepare half of it the night before. Mine was going to show how to doll up Hamburger Helper or how you can jazz up that Top Ramen. Realistic tips.

All of this doesn't mean I don't appreciate rare and special things. Martha would probably approve of my lifestyle (yeah yeah, I've got the candles, nice linens, antiques, and I've made the "real" trifle). I just don't like the snobbery.

I'm well aware how many of my mistakes and learning is hidden behind beautiful, expensive yarn. I'll know I've truly become a skilled knitter when I can make something up in an inexpensive yarn. And let me tell you what! With seven dogs in my family and four cats, I have NO problem with inexpensive, acrylic yarn!