Thank you! The yarn is very soft and has just a bit of shine. Really pleasant to wear. Not at all scratchy. I blocked it and have hand washed it a couple of times. I'm not brave enough to throw it in the washer. The only negative is that mine, from the beginning had a tendency to pill. But I use a disposable razor to shave the pills and it works well. I hope you enjoy the class. Try the sweater on as you go and adjust the increases/decreases as needed for your fit.