This yarn being superwash lets you make things with that same Cascade quality but for people who don't really know how to take care of fine washables. If I am going to make a gift and know that wool will be a challenge for them to was I immediately use this yarn. It is fabulous, and the colors are wonderful
I can only speak for the cedar, it is lovely color with enough bright and dark to make it very interesting. I have started a project and can say it knits beautifully and the lovely color stays pure it doesn't muddy up and go gray like some veregated yarns. You will love it.