Last night I spun up half of sample #1 on my drop spindle. I tried to make the singles very fine becasue I knew that this first half was going to be navajo 3-plied. Here's a close-up:
So not what I was expecting! To tell you the truth, this was my least favorite colorway when it came out of the pot. It was striped and very shocking with the saturated greens and yellows. After pre-drafting things really softened up and after the plying -- well, it's a whole different thing! Even with navajo-plying to preserve the colors, there is so much blending that it's almost a heathery solid.
The other half of this colorway will be 2 plied for comparison. Although that might wait while I spin up #5, which has jumped ahead in the standings after all the lovely comments today!