Oh yes I remember those large cardies from Starksy and Hutch my mother knitted a few different designs for people.
I prefer DK yarn and I don't like wool as I have very sensitive skin so trying to use wool makes my skin itch/sting and red.
I tend to use Acrylic yarns but I do sometimes use 4ply when making Christmas decorations.
I do some fairisle work as well.
I enjoy crocheting with 2 strands of yarn at once so as to get a mottled effect. I sometimes do that with knitting as well. I've often found putting 2 rather drab colours together suddenly brings them alive as if they really require each other to work.
I hate plastic too LadyA. Do you remember in the 70s there was a craze for poker sized needles ? Well I still have them but hate using them because they are plastic.
I have a pair of 50 mm needles if anyone wants to borrow them! And yes they are plastic! I inherited both my Mothers and Grandmothers knitting needles so I have a mix of very odd needles. In all different sizes and types from plastic, metal and some bamboo so I have my knitting needle gauge to convert to French (mm), US or Uk, if needed. I wonder why they just don't standardize them all.
I did start a hat just this spring that was charted........ now I have never tried to read a charted design and my knitting mate explained to me that you have to read the chart left to right, then back the other way, right to left. Now I find this very difficult as I always want to knit it as I read, left to right. Needless to say it was a lace piece, which is still sitting, waiting. I find I have to concentrate and can't because the kids interrupt. I'll pick it up again perhaps when they go back to school.
I prefer the older written patterns, so much easier to follow and even at times have thought of converting the chart into words especially since it's a repeating chart.