No idea on the yarn, except the shawls are really beautiful. Guess that would be chunkier yarn. Am I a newbie or what? ;-) Last spring the children drew designs for shawls, and the knitters created them for a children's charity. The shawls were dedicated last week - gorgeous. I loved when the knitters yarn-bombed the trees in front of the church this summer like big colorful peace poles. Guess I really should learn to knit....and not just so I can carry a Swift or 2.