I plyed my first hand spun yarn today.
It was magical seeing it twist together and become, in my eyes at least, beautiful yarn. In this yarn are my first attempts at spinning. It is from the roving that I bought at Rhinebeck along with my spindle. When I brought it home I just jumped in. I didn't know anything about what I was doing. I didn't even know what it meant to draft the wool. The results range from very thick to sewing thread thin. Plyed together though, it is mostly a chunky weight yarn. Someday it will become a hat. For now though, I will admire it.
I've discovered that winding the yarn off my spindle onto the back of one of my kitchen chairs, gives me a nice consistent tension to set my spin. I leave it on the back of the chair and spray it with a water bottle until it is soaked through. (The furniture is secondary to process, the chair will survive the occasional drenching. The floors? They are brick and indestructible.) Once it is dry I wind it off the back of the chair. So far this has worked out pretty well for me and it makes an interesting decorating accent.
Thanks to everyone who commented on my last post and told me about your socks in progress. It is nice to know that I am not alone in having so many going at a time. The only sock not in the current rotation is Embossed Leaves in the Cabin Cove yarn. I love the pattern and the yarn. It just got stashed away last fall when something more pressing presented itself, and I never got back to it. The winner of the contest is Jennie. I chose her name using the latest high tech tools.