Aran from the book Two Sticks and String which they were
practically giving away at Hamilton
well-aged Brunswick Ballybrae that I got in a grab bag from Webs
years ago. The label says "unscoured wool with natural oils"
and I have heard of people complaining this yarn was very oily...but
since it has been sitting dry Arizona, where everything gets a
daily coat of powdery, fine dust...this was soooo not oily...but
it was very soft and rather fragile, i.e. I could easily break
a strand by tugging...of course, it may have been that way originally
patterns were a bit of a PITA because I couldn't look at them
and tell what to do next, so I used a spreadsheet with moving
paperclips for the body and little octagonal pieces of cardstock
for the sleeve instructions...
Now you know
what I did on my Christmas Break! And I would definitely recommend
this pattern as an easy top-downer...I will just change the cables
next time. Oh...it also did well on its trip though the Maytag
gentle cycle (I pay no attention to whether a wool is machine
washable or not :-) OK...it got one little broken thread on one
of the sleeves, but it was easy to fix...