I got the rest of Ebony's roving spun, plied, and washed. Ebony is (or maybe was, this wool is several years old, and I'm not personally acquainted with the sheep) a BFL/BL/Romney/Coopworth cross with lovely gray/brown wool (when finished, it's more toward the gray scale than the Chocolate Romney). I really love the subtle color changes, from dark to light, in this batch. I ended up with 15 ozs of 2 ply yarn, and a little over 1,000 yds. I finally remembered to take a picture to show the scale of the yarn (I can't check the WPI until the yarn is wound into balls, and I don't do it before washing the yarn because the bloom changes the wpi count)- it always looks worsted weight in the pics, but the pencil shows the true size (between fingering and sport). I am very pleased with this yarn, and it'll eventually end up as part of the handspun sweater that I am planning. I may spin another 8 ozs of the chocolate romney to have more brown, but I am mostly done with the yarn for this sweater. Now I can start planning the design.
I dug through the stash and found a braid of merino that was dyed by my friend Dana. She didn't name it (it's a one-of-a-kind piece) but I think I'll call it Rose Garden. I am spinning this very fine (for me) and I haven't decided how to ply it yet. I'd like to keep the color separation, but I dislike Navajo plying (I'm not very good at it, and my brain rebels at needing 1/3 more single for the same amount of yarn). I may just spin and ply singles and let the colors come out as they want. Or I might get some white merino and ply Rose Garden with that (it'll be a more pastel yarn, but very pretty). I do have some undyed silk on hand, and I could ply it with that, but the yarn could end up more bouncy than I like. I'd sort of like to knit a lace scarf (or small shawl), so I need drape. I have 5 ozs of Rose Garden, so there is plenty for whatever project I decide (no matter how I ply the yarn).
Kate asked for a shot of my spinning wheel. It's an Ashford Joy and I am quite happy with it. I can spin anything I want on it (from lumpy bumpy singles, to cotton) and I love the portability. It was my second wheel- the first was an Ashford Traddy that had to be shipped from New Zealand in the late '70's (for the grand total of $125, shipping included). I used that until a few years ago when I saw, and fell in love with, the Joy.