Knitting Laura Chau's simple yet effective shawl' using color 220. Noro's reliably beautiful colors and this yarn work well with this pattern. I do hope the yarn softens after washing and blocking. Would not use this yarn for socks as it is 'thick and thin' in various spots and though it has 30% nylon I can't imagine it standing up to heavy duty required of sock yarn. I will continue to use Noro for its fab colors and am pleased with my shawl project that is 2/3 completed.