The most thoughtful gift I received last Christmas was 10 balls of Debbie Bliss yarn from my husband. He says he put a lot of research into it....which I suspect just involved asking the ladies in his office. I was thrilled with the present and Hubby was thrilled that I was thrilled.
Not wishing to sound ungrateful, I wouldn't have chosen 4 ply or even this colour. But I found a pattern for a vest top with interesting detail on the front. It is actually knitting up very pleasantly. The yarn is 100% wool but it is also machine washable. It fits in with my 2014 resolution to update/upgrade my knitwear. It is a splitty yarn which surprised me as I had heard good things about Debbie Bliss. But the finished feel is smooth and silky. The pale stone colour goes well with some of my blouses. The ladies in the office have good taste.
I have set myself a target of knitting one pattern repeat each day. It will grow reasonably quickly if I manage that and it should be ready if we ever get any spring-like weather.
One problem with the yarn is that it is almost exactly the same colour as my knitting needles. That causes a bit of eye strain. I told Hubby that I COULD buy different colour needles but I DON'T USUALLY KNIT WITH 4 PLY. Hopefully, he might remember that next time he wants to surprise me with wool!