Graupel is a type of precipitation also known as snow pellets or soft hail so it seemed like the right name for a rugged version of rain drops. I love my Merino Drip base for shawls but I wanted something that machine washes well and is more durable. Merino Graupel is the perfect fit. This 2 ply fingering weight has a tight twist to give it durability and make this yarn perfect for socks and other hard-wearing items. It is soft and has a nice luster and crisp stitch definition. I’ve been using it for some Diamonds and Rakers Socks and love the results.