I received a cashmere sweater yesterday that I bought on sale from Polo.com (also using the current discount code). It's a rich ruby red and very soft. When I tried it on and looked in the mirror, though, I could see light spots where my shirt showed through the cable stitching as I moved. So the sweater is too small and is going back. What is more worrisome, when I carefully picked a small piece of white paper off the sweater, a tiny bit of the fabric came away with the paper. Since I have 2 cashmere sweaters that are pilling where I lean my forearms on the arms of my desk chair after less than half a dozen wearings, I'm thinking that cashmere is just too fragile (one of the pilling sweaters is from Brooks Brothers and made of 3-ply cashmere, so it's presumably good quality). In contrast, I have a merino wool sweater from Jos A Bank that is nearly as soft as cashmere and is holding up well. So I'm thinking that merino wool provides a great balance of softness and durability, whereas cashmere is just too fragile. I think I need to buy merino wool sweaters instead of cashmere. Does anyone else have similar experiences? What are your thoughts?