I got a pack of 8oz of plain old, non-dyed, cheap ($9.50/8oz) wool roving from Pacific Wool and Fiber. The wool is great. I really like the earthy feel to it, and it spins better than the fancy wool. This wool really grasps, rather than being shiny and slipping. I did find a place in TX, Mohair and More, with the same Corriedale Cross wool roving that has a better shipping price ($5), though. Gotta support the locals. I'm ordering my next batch from them of the same wool. I'll let you know if it's not the same quality.
I think my yarn turned out great! Here's the first wool I spun ever vs. the first of the above wool I spun:
The last half of this wool came out even better. It actually looks like yarn! I am working on a sweater for my husband right now out of this yarn. The wool even smells a little like sheep, but in a good way.
|This is a single ply of yarn on the bobbin on the spinning wheel .|
|Close up of the single ply of wool on the bobbin.|
|You can see it's not overly tight like the first yarns I did.|
|You might be able to tell that I used my first yarns on the bottom of the sweater.|
So far so good. I think the spinning may get addicting! I need to look into growing my own cotton. That'd be fun!