Thick & Skinny Purple INFINITY COWL LOOP SCARF, 78" x 4" x 1/2" Incredibly Soft, Warm, and Cozy Infinity Scarf hand-crocheted with a high quality acrylic yarn. Because of the cuddly softness, the scarf is incredibly comfortable and feels wonderful against the skin. I used two strands of Homespun yarn - a yarn that has a loosely spun, wavy strand that creates a unique texture and appearance. This scarf is an extra thick version of my usual Homespun infinity scarf -- twice the thickness of my regular Homespun scarves. Using two strands not only makes for a bulkier and warmer scarf, it also gives the scarf a wonderful cushion-y feel. An exciting bonus is I can combine the many, many different Homespun colors to get some truly unique color combinations. While the scarf is bulky, it's still quite lightweight. The color is called Barrington and includes various shades of purple/violet and dark teal blue with some gray here and there. At a quick glance, the yarn looks purple. This color can be difficult to photograph...here's a link to the yarn company website showing a swatch of the yarn: http://cache.lionbrand.com/patternDemo/swatchDisplay.html?s=790-336 Yarn Content: 98% Acrylic/2% Polyester Yarn Brand: Lion Brand Homespun Yarn Label Color: Barrington (purples, dark teal, gray) Approximate Length (full circumference unstretched): 78 inches/198 cm Approximate Width: 4 inches/10.2 cm Thickness: 1/2 inch/1.3 cm This yarn contains NO wool, so no itchiness. (I find Homespun and a few other silky & soft yarns such as Caron Simply Soft and Bernat Satin to be the smoothest and most comfortable yarns to wear. For many of us who can't afford cashmere, it's the way to go!) It’s long enough to be worn as one, two, or three loops. Three loops will transform it into a cozy neck warmer/bulky cowl. For scale, the mannequin is a size 0 or 2 and has a neck size of about 12.5 inches, so if you think the scarf needs to be a little longer to loop three times, send me a message and we can decide on the correct length. At 78 inches, this scarf should fit almost everyone. As with this scarf, I generally make my infinity scarves a traditional scarf width (infinity scarves can be as wide as 10 - 12 inches). The wider scarves may be fashionably dramatic, but the narrower ones are easier to manage and more flattering. This one can be put on quickly and easily—it falls into place without a lot of adjustment. For someone my size, 5’ 4” and small-boned, the larger scarves are overwhelming while the infinity scarves that are a more traditional width look and feel perfect. This scarf is crocheted “in the round” to eliminate any seams. With infinity scarves, the very small area (1/2 inch wide) where I turn to start new rows will always look a little different from the rest of the scarf, but this can always be worn behind the neck, if desired. With this particular scarf, it's very hard to find. (: An infinity scarf provides versatility in both fashion and function. When worn closely to the neck, this yarn provides warmth, and the more loops around the neck, the warmer it will become. Simply put, the amount of warmth & insulation provided depends purely on the way it’s worn. An Infinity scarf can be worn in a variety of ways… --Can be worn at full length as one large loop. This is good for warmer weather or when used purely as a fashion accessory. --Can be worn as two loops at different lengths for a double scarf look. Pull scarf over head, twist in front into a figure 8, pull loop you’ve just created over your head. Adjust to desired lengths. --Can be worn as two loops at equal lengths to create a cowl neck. --Can be worn as three loops to create a snug neck warmer or bulky cowl -- great option for cold weather. CARE INSTRUCTIONS: Can be washed in cool on a delicate cycle and dried in dryer on low setting. However, I recommend either hand-washing in cold water and laying flat to dry, or washing on a gentle cycle in a lingerie bag and drying only a few minutes in the dryer. The gentler washing & drying prevents the yarn from frizzing over time. Avoid washing with heavier garments that cause friction. If using washing machine, avoid washing with items that have zippers, buttons, etc that may snag the yarn loops and pull on them or make the yarn fray. Note: All yarns come with some degree of "factory residue" that makes the yarn feel a little stiff. This will disappear with normal handling and/or the first wash, bringing out the true softness and silkiness of the yarn. U.S. SHIPPING: I keep shipping to a minimum and offer First Class Package as the best value for price & speed. For multiple orders, I often use Priority Mail. For Ready to Ship items, I'll ship within two business days. For items made to order, I'll ship as soon as I have the scarf finished (within the time-frame stated in the listing title). I use the PayPal/USPS integrated shipping system whenever possible, so you will be provided with a delivery confirmation number by email from PayPal and/or Aftcra. Most First Class packages take two to five days to be delivered. INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: I always combine shipping for multiple orders. I most commonly use USPS First Class International for shipping outside of the US. First Class International may take a longer time to arrive than other services, but it's much more affordable than Priority International (which usually runs $25 or more for a few ounces). Delivery time for international packages is usually 5 to 15 business days. Customs, bad weather, or national holidays can sometimes slow down a package with the occasional shipment taking around 30 days to arrive. This only happens to about 5% of my international shipments. (: As of January 27th, 2013, USPS has raised prices for First Class International, in some cases almost doubling the amount they used to charge. On a positive note, they are starting to include tracking and delivery confirmation as part of the First Class service. They are beginning with Canada and will be adding other countries in the future. International Buyers Please Note: Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to buying. PAYMENTS: I accept PayPal. If you don't have a PayPal account, you will still be able to pay with a credit or debit card through PayPal. You can also pay from your bank account using an E-check (also through the PayPal system), but I won't be able to ship until the check has cleared, PayPal says it's okay to ship and allows me to print out a label. RETURNS: For now, I am not accepting returns, but am completely open to resolving any problems that may occur. I feel the best strategy is to head off any problems before they even happen. If you have any questions whatsoever about any items I am selling, please ask.