Last Saturday I've been to a spinning class where I've learned to spin on a drop spindle. It was quite fun and I learned some little tricks that I was not able to learn from YouTube video tutorials. At the end of the session my instructor gave me a little bag with miscellaneous fiber samples so I could try them out and I 've spun them. Here they are:
Beside it is a sample of Aurelia Topknot which is a mix of three tops - Merino, Corriedale and Halfbred. It spins up quite nicely and great for a beginner to feel the difference between those three tops. I am pretty much able to tell now which is which, although they are not marked colorwise. Next little beauty used to be a single hand painted silk hankie. Lovely! So vibrant, so strong and has a such a gorgeous sheen - I think I am gonna use it to crochet some piece of jewelry.
Next is a little yak skein - the same one I plied with merino to make the first hank.
And on your right is 2-ply Shetland, which is the what I've been spinning in class. It's a bit rough for my taste, but it is one of the easiest spins and great training fibre.
There was another little piece of rainbow colored pencil roving which I have already spun and turned into freeform lariat. (will show it sometime after) and yet another piece of unwashed fleece, which....hm...my cat liked a lot and stole it from me (still can't find it)