The yarn is okay to work with, not as refined as most of the other yarns that I use. I suppose you could describe it as rustic, which I think is appropriate for the pattern. It does have some vegetative matter in it, but not too much, and there are some inconsistencies in the spinning, but overall it is good to work with. It is odd to be working with size 8 needles. I am so used to working with the smaller needles that these feel huge.
I'm using knitCompanion on my iPad, but I did manage to crash my app. I was using smart counters and decided to put in the decrease rows. I had gotten everything entered and was getting the count back to where I was and when I hit my first decrease row the app crashed and due to the fact that when you go back in it will usually try to go back to your current project I couldn't get back into the app. So I went to my settings and clicked on the app there and there was an option to bypass the last project, which I clicked, and then I was able to get back in to the app. It still crashed when I tried to go into the project so I ended up deleting the project and setting it back up again. A bit of a pain, and it means I lost my cumulative project time (the app keeps track of how long you work on a project), but at least I was able to recover. Maybe I need to upgrade my tech. I have an iPad 2. About a month ago I tried to upgrade to iOS 9 and my iPad locked up. I was really afraid that I had bricked it, but I left it on until the battery died and when I plugged it back in it rebooted and was fine. I haven't tried to upgrade my iOS since. There is a new iPad out, the iPad Pro, that is larger, which I think might be nice for those larger knitting charts...maybe for Christmas...
Pattern: Vendange by Anne Hanson
Yarn: Bare Naked Wools Confection Worsted
Needle: US 8 (5.0 mm)