Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight
Yarn Weight: fingering (sometimes called Jumper weight in the UK)
Recommended Gauge: 32 sts = 4 in/10 cm
Suggested Needles: US 1.5-3/2.5-3.25 mm
Fibre Content: 100% Shetland wool
Skein: 125 yards/115 meters per 25g skein
Construction/Texture: woolen spun plied
Where I got it: I bought it at the Jamieson & Smith shop in Lerwick, Shetland.
Needles I used: Hiya Hiya US 2/3 mm and US 4/3.5 mm (for colorwork)
Blocked Gauge I got: 27 sts/44 rows = 4"/10 cm in St st and 30 sts/34 rows in colorwork
My Thoughts: Woolen spun yarn sorta surprises me every time - it's so very light and lofty! This stuff feels like it has more air in it than Brooklyn Tweed Loft (a favourite of mine), and it's also crunchier. When knitting with it, I feel a slight (and wonderful) resistance from the wooliness of each stitch snuggling up to its neighbor. The fabric from this has zero drape, which makes it amazing for seamless garments and the toothy, wooly texture means you can cut it and the ends sit completely still. They have no inclination to go anywhere. If you want to try colorwork and particularly steeking, you can't go wrong with this classic.
What I might design with it: Of course I want all the colorwork in this - an all-over patterned vest and sweater, and some mittens, and a hat!
One other thing: I got to visit the Wool Brokers in Shetland and blogged about it!
And about that colorwork swatch: The stitch pattern is Clams from AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary.