I'm starting to spin singles suitable for lace weight 2 -ply yarn. It takes forever!
I'm using a beautiful batt from Butterfly Girl Designs called Margarita
Although I've had some of the spun fiber drift apart, most of the singles are really fine. I may switch to a smaller whorl, because the ratio is only 10.5 to 1 according to the Majacraft web site. The switch should give me a better twist preventing any drifting apart.
I bought a Lace Kit from Majacraft to help me do this spinning. I don't have to use it to spin the laceweight, it just makes it easier. The Lace kit has 2 fat core bobbins,
a flyer with ceramic inserts on the yarn guide and orifice to reduce friction on the yarn
On the Little Gem this whorl only produces a maximum ratio of 21.5 to 1, but on my Rose the speed is 31.3 to 1 (that's 31.3 twists put in the yarn every time the drive wheel goes around).
So why did I call this entry pennies per hour? By the time I get done spinning, plying and knitting with Margarita the $15 fiber will have resulted in entertainment costing pennies per hour! Just another reason to take up spinning!
(let's just ignore the cost of the wheels and attachments for this calculation ;-))