Here's my yarn - Erica uses pure wool.
Erica sells her yarn in various steps of a color or a color bridge. This was my first time working with anything like this (in knitting - obviously I have done this with Vicki Welsh's hand dyed fabrics for my quilts!) so I chose her 6 step gradation, and asked her to make two extra skeins of the lightest color so make the design I had chosen come out the way I wanted it to. I chose a very simple design so the color would be the star. Here's my Corrina sweater front-
You can see that the sleeves are longer than the body. I wanted the last color change to come come out at the same place across the arm and body, and I wanted to use every bit of the darker colors. It took a little experimenting with the first couple of colors to make that happen, and I'm very happy with the way it looks and there were literally only inches left of each color except the last. (I had the equivalent of a full skein of that lovely pastel blue-violet color. It's hard to find pastel yarns that aren't for babies so I'll have to turn it into something!)
Even though I finished this several weeks ago, I have yet to wear this sweater. We've been indoors with the home improvement work, and mostly, this is light weight - perfect for our usual winters, but not this one (brr!!) I'm sure I'll get to wear it as winter finally cedes to spring though!