For the Southern Cross Fibre & Friends SAL/KAL I have been working on spinning swatches that I then knit up. I still want to wash and block them but I have made a decision. First the pictures. Here they are knitted(woolly on the left - n ply on the right:
Here they are spun and washed (woolly on the top - n ply on the bottom):
I wanted a woolly airy yarn and even though my eyes love the n plied samples - the 2 ply is what I want for this project. Ha - I also got gauge with that one!
Similarly with the felted samples I did for Hannah's Hat - I am not choosing the one my eye loves the best but the one that looks more like Hannah. The one with blue.
I really see how helpful swatches are in so much more than just gauge!