Can you guess which part of this swatch is handspun and which is not?
The top half is my latest sample of handspun merino top and the bottom half is Morehouse Farm 2-ply merino.
2-ply Sport Weight Info
plied wraps per inch = 15
plied twists per inch = 7
McMorran Balance = 14 inches
Needle = 3.0mm
Gauge = 24 sts x 30 rows per 4 inches
Almost exactly the same specifications that I’d like to achieve with the merino that I’ll be using for the Spin-Off sweater!
So what is the Morehouse Merino like? Well, it’s not as soft as I thought it would be and definitely not as soft as Koigu. Even my handspun is softer (yeah).
My first unwashed swatch was done on with size 3.25mm needles, and produced a slightly stiff and uneven fabric. The stitches became tighter and more even when I switched to 3.0mm needles. Perhaps the stitches would look better after washing but I haven’t had a chance to do a wash test. As you can tell, I’m not too impressed with this yarn. Chances are that it will become a lonely ball at the bottom of my knitting basket reserved as a good point of reference.