My assessment: while lovely, strong and soft, it is not a beautiful yarn. It reminds me of a scene in The Sound of Music -- when upon arrival at the home of the Von Trapp family, the Captain asks her to change her clothes. She declares she can't because she gave all her clothes to the poor. He looks down at the dress she was wearing and asks, "what about that one" to which she replied, "the poor didn't want this one."
I don't want to make that kind of skirt.
So onto sample #2. My plan is to introduce a single of tencel/silk, with a bit of colour.