knitting with suede yarn
I promised my mom I'd make her a scarf (I plan to make her more than one). I bought some Homespun and found it way too frustrating for my beginner's skills, so I returned it last night to Michael's in exchange for a yarn easier for me to work with. (That said.... Homespun is very popular, looks good, feels good, but I've read/heard that it is difficult for newbies. So, maybe someday, but not for me now...)
Anyway my mom gave me her color preferences and wants something soft and not scratchy on her neck. That leaves out wool and even wool blends. So, I bought 2 skeins Patons Simply Soft 'Shadows' (100% acrylic), and 2 skeins of Lion Suede (color 'Mocha').
Now I'm having second thoughts about the suede. It's very soft to the touch.... but, a suede scarf for my 77-year-old mother? She is stylish, and can be daring with new things..... but a suede scarf? I do think a lace pattern would be nice
And what about the durability?
Has anyone here knitted with suede -- in particular new knitters -- and lived to tell about it? Is it easy to work with? Anything I need to know or avoid?
Are there other yarns you'd recommend for softness (on a sensitive neck -- we can't stand scratchy things against the neck) that I can get elsewhere, such as KnitPicks.com? As a beginner I'm just getting acquainted with the different types and textures of yarns and I have a lot yet to learn.