Okay, my mom wants me to knit her an afghan for Christmas. She wants the yarn to be machine washable, but still very soft. I'm kind of a newish knitter, so I don't know my yarns real well yet. I've mostly been knitting with fabulous wool that can never see the inside of a washing machine. She has found the pattern she wants me to knit: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/autumn-lace---winter-lace---mayfield-afghan
The pattern calls for Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, which is machine washable, so that's good. My problem is that none of the yarn stores anywhere near me carry this, and I usually like to feel the yarn before I buy it. Have any of you used it, and it is it really soft? Is there another similar yarn that would be better (softer but still easy to care for)?