I chose the Byzantine for a cowl project and the color is lovely. The subtle change in shades adds variety so if you're looking for a yarn that isn't one color throughout, this is the yarn you've been looking for. Knits very much like other all wool yarns. Directions say to hand wash and air dry, which I'll probably follow as I don't want my finished piece to shrink. I look forward to trying the Madelinetosh Pashmina for my next project. Definitely recommend.