Just a note about this yarn…I love it so much. It is so nice to handle and work with. When I first pick it up and start to knit, it feels a little rough, like, well, wool. It is not super soft like a merino, it is for sure not alpaca, but as the yarn slips between my fingers, I start to notice the lanolin. At first it seems a little tacky, a little waxy, but the longer I go the better it feels. My fingertips feel coated in this soft protective layer, better than any moisturizer or hand cream. I could (and will) knit with this yarn for hours.
The other thing about this yarn is that as I knit, every now and then I run into a little bit of hay caught up in the twist. Just a little, just a speck here and there. Some people might not like this, might think it hasn’t been cleaned or processed properly, but I enjoyed it every time. It makes me think of the sheep behind the wool. Of course, there is at least one sheep behind any bit of wool, but I don’t often think about them. The more commercial the yarn, the less likely I am to think about where it comes from. But with this yarn I like feeling that connection all the way back to the farm. I didn’t even pick out the bits, although it would have been easy to do. They are still there, in my sweater, and I hope they stay in for a long time.