I need to work on my relationship with my spinning wheel. We like each other, but we could know each other a helluva lot better.
I was getting into a rut using the same pulley size and tension, which is great for producing consistent yarns of a certain size, but not so good for making sure I'm comfortable and familiar with all of my wheel's potential. So I changed to the fast pulley size and began working on producing much thinner yarns than I ever have on my wheel.
I'm frugal with experiments, so I typically choose a nice but inexpensive fiber to play with for these skill building projects. I had several ounces of grey variegated mill ends wool in my stash, so I grabbed that bag and starting playing with it. I don't know the exact fibers in this bag of mill ends, but it's pretty fuzzy and I suspect there's some mohair in this mix.
I'm spinning singles with a more worsted style of drafting, because I think the yarn will be fuzzy enough without allowing twist into the drafting zone:
I spun enough to fill three of my 6" plastic storage bobbins, which will give me plenty of yarn for a knitting project, perhaps a hat or scarf. I usually opt for 3-ply yarns, but in this instance, I will make a 2-ply yarn. The bobbins are loaded on a lazy kate and I'll work on plying this yarn over the Memorial holiday weekend!