This is a sumptuous Alpaca/Merino/Silk blend (40%/40%/20%) in a single strand DK yarn. It feels like butter on your needles, all soft, smooth and delightful. The first time I cast on with this yarn, I got to the end of the project really quickly and thought about frogging just so I could keep knitting with it! The finished items are just as addictive. The merino gives the alpaca and silk just enough structure to keep your finished item from being too drapey (it drapes just enough!). The silk gives the single additional strength due to its long-stapled fiber. I have a cowl from two winters ago that still looks great and I wear it all the time. The Alpaca gives the whole yarn soft warm loft. Perfect for cowl and shawl knitting, or snuggly fingerless gloves. The colors on this base yarn are more muted and soft.