I haven't quite finished getting all the pictures from this weekend yet, but I just got home from a three day spinning workshop with Patsy Z. Really fun, and there are so many little things in the way she thinks about making yarn that I had never quite thought out all the way.
Like this card, with a pencil roving size strip of one color repeat of a handpainted braid (lovely Gayle's art BFL). It leaves a record of colorway if you're trying to dye it again. Plus it is really easy to see the range of colors - combined with some color wheel understanding you can think through how the colors will blend when spun and plied.
*facepalm* It never occurred to me to try using a swift sideways. The ends don't spin around and tangle. Uneven skeining doesn't mess with the unwinding... Yea. Clever.
And this may have been my favorite thing all weekend. I think I made 5 different samples of this. Apparently (and this will not surprise anyone who actually knows anything about sewing) sergers use cones of wooly nylon thread, which is stretchy. Used under tension to thread ply - and wet finished carefully unstretched but held in an open loop - makes a lovely mock boucle.
Off to get more pictures from the camera and spin some more.