Hmm, what an interesting thread! I personally have used Homespun for 3 afghans, and all 3 are *well* loved and have held up nicely for years. I made my 6'2" hubby one using a large basket-weave design with a garter stitch border with doubled yarn in a lovely woodsy brown shade ( I can't recall what color way) and he absolutely adores it. It literally took me over a year because it is HUGE and heavy, but its his favorite cuddle-up nap blankie..and when I'm really cold its also my favorite
. I also crocheted one in green shades (it was "Crochet a Cozy Afghan" from the Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting and Crocheting) using triple strands of Homespun and a GIANT size Q hook that only took like 4 days to finish~gotta love that! And my sister does-she says her and DH fight over it, lol! And finally I made a garter stitch square afghan for my DD using country red (I so love that color!) and it is soft and lovely.
I also made DSis a scarf from it in red and she was wearing it the last time she came for a visit and said how much she likes it.
So although I can't say I love this yarn, I do really like it for certain things, and the receipiants seem to like it as well. My Mom has used it to make afghans for me ( a log cabin with all the leftover and orphan colors I had in my stash and was wanting to use up) and my DD (same colors different pattern) as well as afghans for 2 of my sons.
I can't say that I'll go out of my way to buy it again, but I don't really have trouble with it, as long as I use big needles and weave in those ends for about 2 miles