Jillian’s Spinning: Sampling for a Sweater

I fell in love with Spunky Eclectic’s Pomegranate Martini colorway the first time I saw it. I didn’t order it then. But I few weeks ago the color came back around on her site and this time it was dyed on mixed BFL. Yowza! Even more gorgeous! I ordered a pound, thinking maybe a big shawl or bunches of little things.

Then the fiber came and it was even prettier in person. The day the fiber came was a day that I had a few spinners at my house and every one of them fell for the colorway too. That pushed me over the edge to order another pound so I would have a sweater quantity. The spinners wanted some too and we ended up ordering 5 pounds total.

Pom Martini Fiber

Pom Martini Fiber

I’ve been doing a little spinning and swatching, just stockinette. I thought it would be a slam dunk, my usual sliding woolen spin either 2 or 3 ply.

Woolen spun, 2 ply and 3 ply

Woolen spun, 2 ply and 3 ply

But there was something not quite right to my eye with the woolen. The yarn was too fat, but that’s easy to fix. There was something in how the color looked, a little softer than I wanted, even with extra ply twist. I wanted a smoother crisper look to the color. So I did another pair of samples, worsted spun 2 and 3 ply.

pom martini 3 ply

Worsted spun, 2 ply and 3 ply

Here they are all together worsted on the top, woolen on the bottom, 2 ply left, 3 ply right.

2+3 ply

All together now!

To me the worsted spun looks just right. I like the 3 ply, the colors are more blended, the two ply in bother sets has slight striping which I don’t want with this yarn, or maybe I do.

What do you think?



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13 thoughts on “Jillian’s Spinning: Sampling for a Sweater

  1. Savannagal

    It’s hard to see up close, even after clicking on the photos so I’m going mostly by color. I prefer the way the 2 ply worsted looks best. Though I usually prefer more than 2 plies. Just my 2 cents.

  2. Jenn

    I like the 3-ply worsted, though that might just be that I love the block of lovely deep purple at the bottom of the swatch.

  3. Kate J

    And what do I know about knitting? But I love both the worsted…maybe even the 2 ply better.

  4. Krista

    Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous!
    I favor the woolen spun 3ply. That would make a very cozy poncho. Forget the sweater, imagine youself in the poncho riding you bike on a smooth path parallel a thawing lake, with bread in the front basket, heading home to make a tuna melt with broccoli cheddar bacon soup. cast on soon!

  5. Amy Boogie

    As much as my heart lives in a woolen world….I’m voted worsted on this one.

    Your samples are gorgeous and your swatches make my heart race with glee!

  6. Kate Mc

    I like the three ply worsted. I like the firm lines it seems to be creating. Very beautiful!

  7. Janice Mosley

    Don’t be fooled by how the colors look in your swatches. Remember that your sweater will most likely be many more stitches wide than your swatch. It will likely be much more variegated. I’d go by how each swatch feels and how the stitches themselves look. The color flow will definitely change.

  8. Karrie

    That fibre is so yummy all the swatches look great to me. So if you are going for a sweater go with the one that makes your heart sing and that you will get enough yardage from.

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