Marie asked for my opinion of the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino yarn that I'll be using for my next project.
I hesitated before buying this yarn and briefly looked for a substitute. First off, this yarn contains 33% microfibre. If I'm going to hand knit a sweater, I usually try to avoid yarns that are not 100% wool. Perhaps it is an unreasonable bias but I just prefer to wear and knit natural fibers. Another reason I hesitated was because of its strange twist. I think this twist causes the "V" shape of knit stitches to be out of whack and I'm not sure if I like this effect. Despite these reservations I decide to go ahead and give it a try.
So far I like it, but won't have a truly informed opinion until the sweater is finished. The swatch is very, very soft which is due to the merino (55%) and cashmere (12%). No wonder Debbie Bliss calls it baby cashmerino. I think it would be perfect for baby clothes.
The pattern for the pullover mentions that this yarn tends to relax so it is really important to knit a swatch and wash it just as you will wash the sweater. I followed this advice and found that my swatch did indeed grow a bit. I would venture to guess that the microfibre causes the yarn to relax.