The second project was started with .75 ounces of a black Shetland/white Corriedale x Dorset x Shetland roving. Spun and 2-plied on the espinner, it came to about 30 yards and is a worsted weight.
The next task turned out to be a spinning win but a plying fail. A .30 ounce batt of Falkland, Cheriot, and Nylon was fine on the spindle. Because there was so little of it, I decided to try my hand (literally) at Andean plying. My struggle with spatial relationships caused me to wind incorrectly and I was left with a not to be untangled mess. It was a good learning experience, however.
The following experience was more successful. I have a 32 ounce bag of beautiful mohair/BFL lambswool. I spun and 2-plied 4.85 ounces on the espinner. The finished skein is about 188 yards and sport weight.
This began with an unknown quantity of pencil roving that I spun on my Ashford Traveller wheel in 2008. The singles had been sitting on bobbins so I 2-plied them on the espinner. Ended with about 269 yards, 4.85 ounces and a light worsted weight.
I had a small bag of 1.4 ounces of Icelandic wool. Spun and 2-plied on the espinner, I ended up with 76 yards and 1.15 ounces of sport weight.
The last spin is not quite completed. I have about 20 grams of roving left before I finish the one ounce bag. I have another bag of the same color and two more of a deeper brown. Not sure yet how I'm going to combine them, or if I will. I'm still working on consistency, so I consider all of this practice for better things to come.
Of course, I'm still knitting and am planning how to stage projects for the upcoming gift giving season. I have two small items I can take when we go on vacation next month, and a big one that will have to be done at home. I also want to make a pair of mittens and a hat for a more immediate gift, and that may require a trip to the yarn store on Tuesday. I have a lot of yarn, but a dearth of worsted weight in the quantity and color I need. We've been experiencing a nice stretch of amazingly cool weather over the last week, which has made morning horse rides so much more enjoyable, but it looks like the heat is returning this week. I'm not complaining at all. Dry, hot weather is preferable to what we had both last summer and winter! Oh, and I apologize if the photos come out big on this post. I'm using my iPad because that's where the pictures are, and I won't see them until this page is published. Another learning experience.