I armed myself with a list of possible yarns on a trip to Webs during their New Year sale. I had the prices, content and available colors all mapped out in my spreadsheet. (I know I'm such a dork) There were yarns where the color was perfect, but I didn't like the texture or content and others where the yarn was so soft and lovely but the color was garish. So hard to decide!
Creative Focus Worsted was a happy compromise with its 75% wool, 25% alpaca content. The color, carnation, is not my favorite, but something that I would definitely wear. I can't have my whole wardrobe painted turquoise!
I'm not a yarn expert, but CFW is not twisted tightly, it's like a twisted roving and breaks easily. I had the most trouble casting on. With my usual long-tail cast-on, the yarn would start breaking after about 30 stitches. I tried different cast-ons, but since the cast-on edge as the actual neckline of the sweater, I didn't want anything loose or stretchy. I VERY CAREFULLY cast on 83 stitches with a long-tail cast-on, switching the tail every 20 or so stitches.
I'm only about half-way done with the garter-stitch yoke, and so far, the fabric is very soft and fuzzy. It's like knitting a soft bunny.