Spinning with a drop spindle over the years has made learning to spin at the wheel much easier than it might have been. Mostly because I am already practiced at drafting and plying with the spindle, so transferring those skills to a spinning wheel was pretty easy. The only thing that required practice was keeping the wheel turning with my foot and drafting out my fibers at the same time. A rhythm is necessary to accomplish that feat, but a few sessions of practice has yielded a few nice skeins of plied yarn.
This is Merino top that I bought at Unplanned Peacock. I realize that Merino isn’t as easy to spin as BFL, and this fiber was bought in 2011 and is still in the braid, so it required more pre-drafting than usual, but the singles are bouncy and soft and I am happy with the yarn I made. I am going to spin the rest on one bobbin and ply that from a center pull ball, just like I did these. I spun these with a z twist and plied with an s twist. The color in these pics really isn’t quite right, either…it is really more of a deep teal. I think this will probably become a hat…we’ll see:0)