suggested knitting needles: US 8 (5 mm) suggested gauge: 16 stitches = 4" / 10 cm
animal friendly: The sheep who grew this wool live in Peru, where they live freely in the highlands and eat natural grasses (as oposed to farmed grass). They have plenty of space to roam around thus their impact on the terrain is minimal. The animals are not exposed to any chemicals, nor do they suffer from mulesing.
dye free: Dye free means just that—there was no dye used on the fiber at any time during the processing of the yarn. The color of this yarn is just as it was when the sheep sported it around their local field. No chemicals have been used on the fiber.
why I like it: In addition to this yarn being friendly to the earth and animals, I also found a lot of joy by working with it. It has a relatively large gauge, making the yarn fly through my fingers as I stitch away. It's always nice to see how far along you've come after just working for 10 or 15 minutes. Plus it has great stitch definition—showing off ribs, garter ridges and cables beautifully.
Many thanks to JoAnne at Plymouth Yarn Co. for her cooperation in helping me to understand as much as possible about the processing of Plymouth's Homestead yarn.