It's always a bitch when it comes to visit, but with the tendonitis I can't sit up and knit anything right now. Fortunately, we did a bit of cleaning this weekend, so I've been able to get to my spinning wheel for the first time in over a month. I've had the wheel for a year now, but I'm still essentially a beginner. I haven't had huge amounts of instruction, though David's been very helpful, and more importantly, I haven't gotten a lot of practice.
What I do have, though, is a whole lotta roving from Madelyn's 2005 fleece. So I'm slowly chipping away at it, even though I have no idea what I'll make with it. I expect I may try dyeing some of it, but even that's not a certainty at the moment. The funny thing is that most spinners will look at you like you're crazy if you tell them you're learning on alpaca, but I've found it a good bit easier to "get" than the sheep's wool I've played with. I think it's mostly because I tend to overtwist the sheep's wool, while the alpaca needs a good bit more twist to hold it together.
It's not that I don't want to learn to spin sheep's wool. I've always been fascinated by the entire process of making textiles. As a kid I used to try to spin out the cotton from Q-tips or pill bottles with my fingers (still do sometimes), and I've got a few pounds of roving (merino, shetland/icelandic blend, some unknown) that'll need to be spun up one of these days. And someday when we have a farm of our own, I'd really like to have a few Shetland sheep - partly because of my Shetland ancestry, but mostly because they're small and will be easier on my back. :-)