Great yarns! I especially like white lightning, and grayling, I have never seen Tussah silk as dark as your dark brown - that is stunning. I spin a lot of tussah silk and have had about 3 different shades, but all somewhere between white and a honey shade.
Hehe, time definitely was an issue here, but for next time you could for example get some hand dyed fibre from etsy (make a nice gift basket with a few different colourways?), get a nice orifice hook, a spinning WPI gauge.... there are so many things spinners love. Fibre is definitely a big one!
A Kiwi was definitely the right decision! I am always amazed for what kind of prices Antique wheels seem to go for in other countries! Over here in Germany you could get a wheel like the one pictured for less than $50, perhaps more like 30 dollars. This is why a lot of people I know (and myself) have started on an old wheel, but once you have tried a modern wheel, you won't want to go back, especially if you are into bulkier yarns. Plus, once you got it fixed up and have gotten a few more bobbins made, you might have as well gotten a modern wheel.
Good luck with your Kiwi, looking forward to seeing some yarn soon!
All I can say to that title: ...aren't we all...? Your best bet seems to be to find one locally, takes a lot of luck, but actually keeps the price reasonable. On eBay and other online places they quite often cost nearly as much as new, this is why many spinners ended up buying a new in the end afterall.
Thanks Nicolassa, the first one of the series was of course the raiders of the lost yarn....
Mooshie your corespun is really pretty, I think in the second picture the sparkle definitely stands out. In your case I would say try holding the core thread a bit tighter and the other fibres should really wrap onto the thread at a strong angle, that should get rid of your problem. From what I can gather from the pictures this seems to be the issue anyway, as it almost looks like candy striping in some points.
However the showing through is not necessarily a bad thing and can be used quite effectfully if the fibres wrapped around are pretty translucent, like mohair.