I don't really like plying; at least, not yet anyway. This was only the 2nd time I've done it, which may explain why I feel like I have no clue what I'm doing. I don't really understand tension when spinning, and even less so for plying. I really go mostly on instinct. I like the yarns I produce, and they don't appear to be over-twisted or hard, so I think I must at least be on the right track, but still. I'd really like to take a spinning workshop or 2, from Lexi maybe. (I was actually signed-up and payed-up for one of her retreats this summer, but had transpo probs and had to withdraw; doh!). But a class would really help me advance quicker. 'Spose I should really bust out that Alden Amos book I bought and actually give it a read.
Speaking of spinning books, I have a lot of respect for Shannon O'Key and what she's done, and I'm really excited about the release next week of her new book Spin to Knit and the accompanying handspun swap, but I'm a bit peeved at her publisher, Interweave Press. In their press release they say: "There is only one hip, updated book on the subject: Spin to Knit." But that really give's Lexi Boeger's Handspun Revolution short-shrift, IMHO.