Instead, I've been rather easily persuaded to start thinking about Tour de Fleece, which starts at the end of this month. Considering my lack of skills at long-draw spinning, I might do well to make that my focus. TdF has turned out to be one of the best things for improving my spinning skills, a sort of spinning 'boot camp,' if you will. I have been avoiding my spinning wheel because during a previous TdF I spun solely on the Trindle and became so comfortable with it that spinning on the wheel just makes me feel stupid.
The other night, I unearthed a bump of fiber I had remaining from my first trip to Rhinebeck. This is the second skein I've spun up in this fiber, and I have to say, my skills have dramatically improved.
It's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm proud of it because, compared with the earlier skein, this actually looks like yarn. The other is bad enough that I don't know what to do with it; it's not even pretty enough to tie a gift, unless I am looking for something similar to twine.
Enough of that monstrosity. Back to the good stuff. I'm also proud of it because I spun it up using a sort of longdraw -- at least as much as I could manage.
Oh, and I'm spinning on the wheel again!
I even have something else on the wheel at the moment as I mull over my options for TdF. It's a beautiful fiber carded by Aaron: