I'm knitting for a baby, so softness and superwash are my primary concerns. I know this mom - if I say handwash, she might decide to throw it in the machine anyways. I can't say enough great things about this yarn. Leave it to superwash merino to save the day.
Yes I've found softer merino than this, but I don't think I've found a softer superwash. The colors are lovely, and the stitch definition is crisp. The finished product will hardly need to be blocked, the stitches are so uniform. This yarn makes my day - knits up effortlessly into a professional-looking product.
I bought one skein of Plymouth Merino Superwash to test it before buying enough to make the Big Easy sweater. I really enjoyed knitting with it. Comfortable in my hands, soft outcome, nice stitch definition. I look forward to using it again. I made a cowl & mitts to test it, and so far, so good. I'll wait for a good washing to decide for sure for the sweater (wondering if it will pill too much).
I picked up some of this yarn not too long ago in hopes of making something for a friend. I've now frogged five different projects because I just cannot stand the feel of this yarn. It's not at all soft on the hands, I've had issues with splitting and the one small project I did finish was stiff and uninviting to the touch. This stuff is going into the junk yarn bin.