Okay, so it still doesn't look like much. But that my friends, is yarn. Woo! Actually, it's probably more acurate to call it spun fibre, and in this case it's a wool and silk blend (I think, I'm a little fuzzy on the details since I was overcome with excitement to be actually getting the hang of this spinning thing!).
You can see in the pic too, that I was using a different wheel this time. That model was a Louet Victoria and was a nice, compact, traveling wheel. One of the great things about this spinning course is being able to try out different wheels to get a sense of what I like and don't like. This one was a double treadle, which I think I definitely like over the single treadle.
In fact, I got so excited about making actually spinning progress, that I went out and bought some roving at my regular knit night to continue practicing with. I purchased two good sized bags, two different colours, so they'll last a fair while. After spinning a bit of each for my "homework" today I learned about plying and put the two colours together to make this:
It's my first spun yarn! Yay! Pretty neat stuff. Already I've learned that I can be adding more twist to my spinning (before I had TOO much, now I have too little, go figure, it's not an exact science). But I'm pretty proud of it, and I think the colours are kind of neat together. Might as well enjoy practicing, right?
In other WIP update news, I seem to be motoring along okay on my Ishbel Beret for the Knitting Olympics. I've made a couple of mistakes, one that I can sort of see but I'll fix with a little tack later, and the other I have no idea where it happened. Periodically though, I've ended up with one fewer or one more stitch than I seem to need, so I'm just going with it. I figure if I can't find the error, most people won't be able to either. And I can always have that part be the part of the tam that is underneath the slouchy bit, you know? Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!