the reason I'm knitting a sweater is because the scarf was too itchy!
I didn't wash it, but I had the feeling at the time that that probably wouldn't have changed things.
I think it actually feels a little softer in the skein than knit into something...
Ingrid - I now have 8 balls, split into 2, 2, and 4 of three different lots.
one lot seems like it looks different than the others, but I'm not really sure. maybe if I have to keep them I can just put dark stripes in between changes?
but I guess I will call them and see what they say.
thanks for the moral support, everyone!