Grown and processed in New England, this is fine natural colored wool....it came described as gray, but is more oatmealish, I think. Either way, it adds a beautiful depth to the colors, and the fine nature of the wool gives it a cottony matte finish. It does have VM (vegetable matter, such as hay), and neps and noils. The processing is carded sliver, making it a fun long draw spin, creating a bouncy and warm yarn. It's also great for felting.