Tomorrow we'll be hitting Pudding Yarns, a high end yarn shop that the female sibling unit tells me seems to be proud that they carry no 100% acrylic (? synthetic?) yarns. To each their own, but there are some fun yarns that will be 100% acrylic or synthetics. But, the female sibling unit expects that they will carry Truffles, a yarn we picked up when we went to the Boxing Day sale at Knit One, Chat Too. I *really* like that yarn and even though it's been put away, I still remember how it feels to pet. It's a merino/cashmere blend IIRC and it's so *soft*!
As to how close I am to actually *completing* my current project... -_-; I'm about 12-13.5" in length at the moment depending if you go to the tip or trough of the edging. I'm also only in the middle of "ball" #2 ("ball" because we wind them into balls ourselves). IIRC, I get about 12 repeats per ball, and am now ~6 repeats into the current ball. So another half to go and ~4 repeats per day. Each repeat takes me about 1 hr. -_-; Yes I'm very slow. The pattern itself though is quite simple; Feather and Fan. Looking at it today, I'm finally able to see the pattern as it is and it's looking reasonable. Before today, I much preferred the *purl* side of the work compared to the patterned knit side. ^^;
I might look for a nice wool or similar in worsted weight to do the first pattern if I can't manage doing a DK version with the Barkarole. The really bad (good?) thing is that the yarn might get here as early as Friday since Elann ships express post. >_<;; And as to how much of a knitter I'm not, my sister has to tie in new balls of yarn for me since I don't know how to do that yet. I can cast on (sort of), knit, purl, YO, and slip stitches. And I'm very good at accidentally dropping stitches. I think that's about it at the moment. ^^;;
I'm learning... slowly. :P