Meet Debbie Mumm's Transitions yarn, made for Jo-Ann fabrics and crafts.
75% Acrylic, 23% Wool, 2% "other fiber"
(Well...what the heck is "other fiber"? Stuff they swept off the floor??) Ok sorry, that was snotty.
Anyhow, I recently got this yarn because the color was so attractive to me. It is also a fairly smooth yarn. I had planned to make a scarflette or neck warmer or somesuch, but I've been experiencing a need to make hand warmers. So out came the double pointed needles.
My initial impressions were good, even though I found a knot in the first 12 inches of yarn. The yarn was pleasant to handle, smooth and not splitting. After getting 6 or 8 rounds done, however, I noticed that the yarn was a little squiggly and smoothed it out, but it soon reappeared and worsened.
It turns out that although I originally assumed this was a singles style yarn based on appearance, its actually some manner of core spun yarn. What was happening is the outermost layer was sliding along the inner layer. Dissecting it a little I find the structure is thus: dyed wool core spun over white acrylic single interior plied with random fiber thread layer.
I continued knitting for a while, but the slipping got worse. It also led to an odd little detail where the wool slipped aside on the facing part of the stitch, leaving a stark white section in a couple of stitches. I stopped when I came to another knot in the yarn. I understand that commercial yarns sometimes need to be spliced, but twice in such a short space seems a bit much.
In general I can't say I'm very excited about the yarn at all. I might test it out with crochet or straight knitting to see if it behaves any better, but I assume it will not. Its a shame really, nice hand, great cable definition, but its just an annoying yarn. Now you are informed about my experience with this yarn. I would like to encourage anyone else who has tried the yarn to comment to the post about how it has behaved for you.