Sorry, this has turned into a much longer post than i meant to do, i tend to ramble on a lot! A little leadup - a couple years ago, my mom retired and started an Alpaca farm, and we've been felting since our first shearing last summer. Since then, we talked about it and decided that spinning would be great, and we're both starting a master spinner course this summer, so we can spin our own alpaca which is much more satisfying than sending it away to the mini-mill.
I figured it would be a good idea to actually learn how to spin before the course starts (so i dont sit there looking completely lost), so I picked up a Majacraft Mini-Gem portable spinning wheel a couple weeks back from Laurie at the Black Lamb in Port Hope, Ontario ... as well as a giant bag of different rovings to start learning with.
So, i took home my wheel and fibre, and i read the manual as far as it took to put together the wheel, and haven't read anything much since (however I do have a booklist that i plan to get after reading some of the posts here) - so, these are my first spins'n'plys, at least before I actually have to get down to some kind of proper technique
My first spin attempt, which came out rather lumpy in sections...
My second spin attempt, using a couple of the mini-free bags that laurie gave me
My third spin attempt, i decided to get ambitious visiting my mom last weekend, so I raided her stash of different coloured wools and used her carding machine to mix my own batt - 2 different blues, a purple, and two greens with little gnarls in it, as well as some purple tinged angelina -- these are the batts
... and the finished wool
And lastly, a heathery coloured spin, which i'm quite happy with the way it turned out