Here it is, my very first skein! It’s 100g, 208 meters of natural coloured Jacob wool, worsted spun. It’s two ply, but the thickness of it is really more like DK weight, so it looks quite textured and rustic. And it’s perfectly balanced (but that’s more beginner’s luck as I certainly didn’t really know what I was doing, it just happened that way).
At the moment I am still practising my worsted technique with Jacob wool, but now I am trying to make it much thinner than my first skein so that when plied the texture will be more like “real yarn” than rope.
I am having a debate with myself whether it’s better to spin small sample skeins with each technique and therefore cover the basic techniques quite quickly or to spin a decent quantity each time so that you can actually use the yarn for something. At the moment I’m trying to do the latter, and spin at least 100 grams of each yarn but obviously it does take more time (and patience too). The advantage is that I get to learn each technique properly before moving on to something new, the downside is that it is not such a fun and playful approach. So we’ll see, once I’ve mastered the basics, maybe then it’ll be a good time to play and experiment with different wools and colours.