My brother wanted a light scarf that was akin to USA red...that's my term for the color. So, I got the color pallet for the Olympic clothing and finally found some yarn that matched pretty well. I always enjoy doing cables, so this scarf was a fun way to practice that skill even more. I used yarn I had never seen before by Caron. Vickie Howell is the name and the type is called Stitch.Rock.Love SHEEP(ish). It's made in Turkey and is 70% acrylic and 30% wool. The reason I chose this was because it was relatively inexpensive and knowing my brother, it will end up in a ball in the corner of his walk-in closet, or left behind somewhere as he is traveling through Germany. The photo color isn't the actual color. The red in the photo looks like it has a maroon tinge to it and the real yarn does not. It's vibrant red.