I love the way the knitting changes after it's washed. This is handspun yarn and it was spun with a pretty high twist. It was washed after I finished plying it, but when I knit with it, it feels very crisp. Not scratchy or rough, it just feels crisp. Once I wash it, the yarn really relaxes into the stitches and the knitted fabric becomes soft and drapey. And of course, I'm still amused by the tonal stripes.