Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Swatched... I like it!

Here's the swatch... and the vital statistics:

*100% Wool, 3 ply yarn
*Singles spun clockwise, plied counter-clockwise
*One ply is Louet Northern Lights, Wild Berry Jam colorway, combed wool top
*Two plies are Dorset crossbred carded batts, natural gray color
*Gauge 6.5 stitches and 9 rows per inch on size 2 (3.0 mm) needles.

This is sturdy yarn! At this gauge it would be suitable for socks. I'd go up at least two needle sizes for any other kind of knitting.  Interesting how the one combed ply interacts with the carded plies.  The color is fantastic, the variegation shows up well and the natural variations in the gray complement it well.  The swatch was wet blocked and pressed with a relatively hot iron to steam it into a square shape.  Before doing that it curled up tight.... stockinette does that.

Overall, I really like this yarn.  Looking forward to spinning this up for my February goal.

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