I have made two of the Cascade Heritage Paints Sparkle cowls pattern free on the Cascade website. I had no problems with the yarn and the cowls were both beautiful. My youngest daughter begged for the first one I made so I had make another! Easy yarn to use and soft enough for necks!
I was a beginner sock knitter, struggling to do top down socks with the cast ons and kitchener stitch, when I found Wendy's Socks from the Toe Up book. I've never looked back. It has all the information you will ever need to knit a beautiful pair of socks, easily,in almost every size starting with a small woman's to a man's. Her patterns are beautiful and you can choose your own level of expertise. I love this book! It's the best sock book .