I keep practicing but am still getting a much thicker yarn than I'd ideally like. It is slowly, slowly getting thinner, but I'm still having problems with tension, too much or too little twist in the yarn and my fibre joins aren't always very smooth. But I'm determined to crack this skill, because I love the idea of being able to take fibre and mix it with other colours to create a unique yarn to knit with.
I recently managed to spin a thick and thin ball of Jacob fibre. I've probably gone from super bulky with my first attempts, to chunky. A DK or 4ply is what I'm aiming for. I'm trying not to think about the woman I met at the Wharfe Wool Fair who was spinning laceweight after only two months.
I then spun a similar weight of some of my yellow dyed Shetland mixed with some other grey Shetland fibre I bought at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival.
Then I plied the two together (oh, dear, this doesn't look pretty at all).
Over on Erica Eckles' blog, is a wonderful post about all the essentials you need for quilting and among other ideas, she had me thinking about using wool roving as quilt batting. So if this spinning thing doesn't work out, I at least know what to do with my extra fleece. At the next wool show I attend, I'll be on the lookout for a hand carder, I think. And a lot more advice from experienced spinners.
Until then, I'm still spinning a little each day. Trying some Zwartbles fleece now; I love its deep, dark brown shades, and any small bits of colour I add to it really pop against it.