I've was in the Knitabulls forum and Diane, the host, has a little contest for spinning. The idea is to spin 4 ounces of fiber from two braids of fiber that you would never think to ply together.
For the contest, I chose to spin two ounces of Frabjous Fiber in the chocolate cherry colorway, 100% merino:
And two ounces of Widdershin Woolworks which doesn't have a colorway name and is 100% Portuguese merino:
I believe nothing good can come of this (shaking my head), but I'm using fiber purchased at least three years ago, that's a plus. I'm using my new e-spinner and busting a move on the learning curve, another plus. And I can post my skein in a different forum as part of my 12 skeins in 12 months, yet another plus.
Ultimately, I don't know what the new skein of yarn will look like or if I'll like it when it's done. I'm not even keen to win the prize Diane is generously offering. What I am interested in doing is spinning my merino stash down. I have way too much of it and I'm not overly in love with it. It was great when I was learning to spin and I couldn't get enough of it, but I'm over it.
So far, I've spun 2 ounces of the Frabjous Fiber, and I don't know if it was the fiber or the e-spinner that made it the toughest spinning I've ever had to do. I think I should have chosen something other than merino:
Finally, I can't say enough good things about the WooLee Winder on the e-spinner. Look at how balanced that bobbin is! You can't beat that with a stick for even distribution! Smartest purchase I ever made.