I am swatching for the Dahlia Shawl in Interweave Crochet Spring 2011, but I am having trouble finding just the right yarn. From top to bottom: Färgkraft 1-ply wool, Drops Alpaca and Lodband Einband. I find they are all too dense, compared to the little photo in the pattern. I want a nice drape, so alpaca would probably be perfect. But it's quite difficult and slippery to work with. The other two wool yarns are just a bit too "stiff", although I assume they will soften with use.
And why don't I just go and buy the yarn stated in the pattern? Well, I thought I should perhaps use some of the endless amounts of stash I already have.