Vermont Border Leceister
I had this yarn spun from the fleeces of Border Leceister sheep raised here in Vermont.
Border Leceisters are a long wool breed, so this is a really lustrous and durable yarn. And as Border Leicester goes, it is quite soft since I personally select the fleeces that go into my yarns. But it is Border Leicester, not Merino, so keep that in mind if you are really sensitive and want to knit something for next to the skin.
That being said, I can wear this next to my skin. Because of it's durability, this yarn is great for mittens and outer wear sweaters. It shows stitch definition well (see hat below). And if you want the durability of this yarn but want softness next to the skin, you can always knit an angora lining for your hats or mittens (see mitten below showing the lining pulled inside out of the mitten).
Some of the colors I dyed over white fleece and others over grey, so you can achieve some really subtle and rich color combos with this yarn if you are looking to do some colorwork.
about 99 yards/sk Knits at 4.5-5 / inch US 7-8, although for mittens or hat, you can easily go down to 5s or 6s for a tighter gauge! Price per skein: $11.99
You need to enlarge each photo (by clicking on it) to see the depth of the colors :)
For more about the Leicester group of sheep...