The different browns are alpaca yarn, the varied color yarn is a blend of the three different fleeces. The black stripes between the brown sections is black Shetland, Nerd, that I bought from Basically Benita’s booth this past May at the KY Sheep and Fiber Festival.
I altered the pattern a bit, I didn’t want a thin black stripe down the center back. (Who IS that grey haired woman? And why is she wearing my vest!)
I am VERY pleased with the final result. I learned many new things in this knitting project. How to pick up stitches, putting different yarns together, making sure I had enough yarn, but most important lesson–don’t be afraid to make changes!