My parents went through the great depression before WWII. I suppose it was for this reason that we didn’t spend hard earned money for something as ordinary as yarn to make hats and scarves for winter. After all, especially for us kids, they would get lost before spring.
So, I grew up crocheting with the cheapest yarn Mama could find. The one exception was mercerized cotton for doilies and lace for trims and bedspreads. Those items would be handed down to the next generation. Mama always bought her yarn at the Five & Dime. The Five & Dime was a lot like the 99 cent store today.
When I had children of my own, I followed suit and looked for the lowest priced acrylic yarn I could find. It was usually on sale. Fifty-nine cents a skein was a real find.
Now that I am crocheting professionally, I find myself getting more and more taken with the finer yarns. If I use acrylic, now, it has to be by a good company. Mostly I have gotten into Alpaca’s and high mountain wools. Just recently I bought cashmere. I could barely believe that I actually did it! Cashmere is the greatest yarn to work with and soft just doesn’t describe it well enough.