I love Simply Soft, but I didn't in the beginning! It does split frequently (which got on my nerves at first), but the more I work with it, the less I have these problems. I wouldn't boycott it completely; just use it for little projects and see if it gets any easier for you to use. If it does, then you'll be able to appreciate how soft & inexpensive it is as well as how great the colors are.
OTN: Drawstring Chemise (IK, Spring '08 Issue)