I know, big duh, because I've had the spinning wheel for over a year now. But (in case you're tuning in late) I spent the last month-ish spinning three ply sock yarn, finished it last weekend, and have been knitting it up in a swatch for gauge purposes.
It's so SMOOTH!
It looks just like commercial yarn. Some would say that's a bad thing in a handspun, but I like variety in my spinning and in THIS case I was shooting for commercial, so it was nice to manage commercial type yarn. It's all nice and smooth, and knits up beautifully, better than many yarns I've knit with over the years that were machine made.
The swatch is in the round, of course, because the socks I want to knit will be in the round. Which means lots of cut edges sticking out. And lookie!
The yarn is staying spun, not too tight, not too loose. This means I got the twist right when I spun it. Which means I'm getting the hang of this whole spinning thing. Yay!
I absolutely love the bits that have colors spun together and come out looking marled and heathery.
This is exactly what I want to do with the roving that Bells sent me, only in a more wearable color - I can't decide between a sea green with darker bits of aqua, or a peach with flecks of pink. I don't have to decide yet, though, because I've just ordered an equal weight of merino to practice on before I dye and spin The Bells Fiber. For practice, to fine-tune the technique I have in mind, and to get an idea of yardage.
Then there's the issue of what to knit with it, but I've got something in mind for that, too. It's time I started knitting things that are flattering, instead of things that are freaky.
QUESTION FOR SOCK KNITTERS: I've heard/read that it's best the yarn be knit quite tightly so the stitches don't rub and wear faster. Is this true? I assume not so tight the socks will stand up by themselves, but tighter than usual, yes?