Hard on my hands?

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4]I have some vintage Bucilla yarn that I picked up when a yarn shop was closing. It’s a blend of acrylic, rayon & linen. When I was swatching it, I noticed that it seemed to feel pretty rough on my hands. I hate to sound like a wimp but I’m afraid I will grow weary of working with it before I am finished with the sweater. Do you ever just give up before you even get started & just put the yarn back in the stash?[/SIZE][/FONT]

Linen yarn is pretty stiff and rough right off the skein, but softens up the more you use it. I have some rayon/linen blend that feels really rough, but after knitting with it (and ripping out - I was trying out patterns) it softened up a lot.

Have you ever just put all your skeins in a lingerie bag & washed them before knitting?