rubysdaughter, ednathewitch, can I just say? Damn, I wish my singles came out that consistent!
I was thinking the same thing! How long have y'all been spinning? Do you have any 'secret tricks' for us beginners?
I'm a self taught spinner and have been spinning for about 2 years now. I guess I do a short draw method of spinning (at least that's what I've been told). Since I never took a class it's just what feels right to me. I can control the width of the fiber going on the bobbin by using my finger-pinch. Some fibers are easier to spin consistent singles out of than others. BFL and Silk are waaaay easier for me than Merino. I usually end up plying merino to account for the slight irregularities. I agree with ednathewitch that if you strip your roving or batts prior to spinning it is much easier to control. I like to do that especially if I want a self striping single.
Here's mine! I wasn't sure how I wanted to finish this roving so I did a small sample skein andean plied. I like the depth of the colors (I did a random dye job) once they rest on each other. It's a 19 micron superwash merino and it basically spun itself. I love how easy this stuff is to spin!
I call it Andes Mint! Green and white mint sandwiched by yummy chocolate
I love Japanese pattern books. This is inspired by From Quilters Studio. I drafted my own pattern and applique. I used fleece interfacing to give it more structure. The fabric yo-yo I used is authentic vintage from the 1940's. I think it looks better in person, the exterior fabric didn't photo that well, but I like the hand crafted look of it. Thanks for looking!