Hartley... I think you might have to join us...
Think about it, you'll have all of us supporting you... Well, we're mostly not starting till Feb 1, so you have plenty of time to think. And if you wait till Feb 15 or so, Artlady will probably be FINISHED and at least the rest of us will have had a chance to start making mistakes!
Slugmom, sorry if I discouraged you!
I think wool or superwash wool would be the best yarn for the coat. I know some are using Knitpicks Wool of the Andes (I have a color card but haven't used it before). Maybe Lion Brand superwash wool has a super bulky option, does anyone know? I got the Cascade 109 since it was so cheap, and once it's blocked I'm hoping not to have to wash it very often since it is
a coat! Since it's so big, I'll probably have it dry cleaned as needed instead of trying to care for it myself.
Before I started knitting last year, I hated wool and would never buy anything made with wool since it was too itchy. I actually WANTED to get sweaters only made of cotton or acrylic!
And I didn't want anything that was dry clean only. I wanted to be able to at least hand wash and dry flat (especially since I can never find those cool DRYEL refills anymore). Now that I'm a knitter, I LOVE wool and will tolerate a fair amount of itchiness, as well as I even have handwash only SOCKS!
I guess I'm just saying that I think once you've made your SYLVI you'll love it so much you will want to do what it takes to keep it looking nice.