The yarn is soft and lovely with just a hint of a sheen - color 7776, Bark I think. Normally I am able to use a larger size needle than called for. A nine was a disaster and an 8 fared the same. Now I am trying a 7 and that works much better. Anything below a 7 needle I find too tedious, but for this yarn I will work with the 7. Great product and I can't wait to finish the scarf.