Nature Wool is a basic 100% wool yarn hand dyed in bright colors with subtle variegations. The yarn is hand dyed by a women's cooperative in Chile using only vegetable dyes. Suited to winter sweaters, jackets and coats. Made in Chile.
It's not that it's *not* soft -- to my hand it feels very soft. But up against my neck it's got some scratchiness. I suspect I'm very sensitive to scratchiness so for most people, this should be a fine yarn. I like the color (matched the photo online!) and the variegation is lovely.
I have knit several garments with Araucania and learned the hard way with the first sweater because it is hand dyed the colors vary widely. I wind all skeins and then mis-match them and knit with two balls at once. Your eye will never see the difference and you end up with a beautiful garment. My daughter in law loves hers. It is fun to mix them up and see what you get.
I think this is a great basic yarn although I would never knit this yarn with size 5 needles--they give that in the range and for me, that is way too tight. I bought two colors--cherry and eggplant. As one reviewer noted, the cherry was not as bright as in the picture which was a bonus for me. The eggplant however matched the picture. There was also some unevenness in the colors but I believe that adds to the beauty.
I knit with this yarn when I first began knitting, and I still love it. It would be considered a "basic workhorse" yarn, as it is great for felting or general knitting. For me, knitting with it is as comforting as a cup of hot chocolate. I love this yarn.
This yarn is a very soft basic wool to use for projects. At the Webs price, I'm using it to make the Classica Coat at a 1/6 of the price. It is very sticky/tangly when winding or sometimes when knitting. Not splitty at all. No knots on the 8 skeins I had. Seems like a light worsted, but seems to knit up at gauge. Resulting fabric is light and airy, not thick. Overall, at this price, a really really great basic to surpass Cascade 220, better price than it, and better hand than it. Curious as to how it dyes up (from the treebark color).