Mistress, I love Bernat Satin. It really lives up to its name. But because it's so soft, it does pill a bit. And don't worry, I almost always pull the wrong end of the yarn. I eventually just gave up and work with whatever yarn end I can find first, haha.
Angelic, yeah, they're really pretty and such a reasonable price. I'm a bit worried I'll have trouble finding the stitches on such a brightly colored background though. *pulls out lighted magnifying glass* I'm glad to hear they've gotten a good review from your friend.