Sample garments sell patterns - of which I don't carry many because of Ravelry being so rich with free ones. I am knitting up a pair of Susie's Reading Mitts for a future class. And let me tell you, they are so soft that they may not make it to the sample display!
But, sample garments also sell yarn. And the yarn I am using now is like knitting with butter! It is Cascade's Cash Vero DK. I have to say it is similar to Debbie Bliss CashMerino in that it has just a small amount of Cashmere. But oh does that Cashmere pack a punch!
Cascade's blend is 55% Extra Fine Merino, which gives the yarn a wonderful elasticity and makes it behave as a good wool should. Then they added 33% microfiber acrylic to the blend which gives the yarn a nice handle and added sturdiness. Add 12% cashmere to the mix and you have knitting heaven!
I don't know how it washes up yet. But I can tell you it is truly a dream to knit with. The mitts slide on and off so easily. They are so warm and so soft that I want a pair in every color! And there are many to choose from. Currently I have given this yarn top place in my baby yarns. I carry the soft baby colors of pink, blue, mint green and white, along with black, wine and gray. As the cash flow pick up I hope to bring in more colors.
If you have never tried a cashmere blend yarn before I would highly recommend this as a starting point in your fiber exploration. It is easy to knit with, relatively affordable at under $9 a ball, and so soft that you will want to spoil yourself and knit up something to keep! Head to your LYS as soon as you can and give it a touch and a fondle. If you don't have it locally, give me a holler - here, on Ravelry, or Facebook and we can get you taken care of. You have to try this yarn!!!!
I give it a Blue Yarn Ball!
+It is soft to the touch
+It is easy to knit with and doesn't have a tendency to split
+It show great stitch definition
+Is relatively affordable
-Only has 125 yards per ball.