I bought my cotton yarn at R&M Yarns ( http://www.rmyarns.com/ ) in Cleveland, TN. I was knitting a washcloth out of it one day while I was watching a knitting show on TV. The program was about lace knitting - and I thought "why couldn't I do a form of lace knitting with this yarn". It is light weight 100% cotton (4.5 /3 ply natural cotton), the finest I have ever worked with (even though real lace knitting is from something alot finer).One things is that I can't not say how much I yarn I used since I bought it on the cone by the pound but I believe it was only about a pound cone. I used it for 3 wash cloths before I started the shawl and I have some left.