This is probably the first time I'm really not happy with my spinning results. I'm going to lay the blame for my displeasure somewhere between the fiber and my inexperience. Most of the problems originated in the fiber and preparation of the fiber before I got it. But I think if I was a better spinner I could have made it all work out a little better.
The fiber was anything but a pleasure to spin. It was all full of little neps. Neps are little tangles or snarls of short fibers and usually occur during the carding process. Carding is a preparation that makes all those lovely fiber batts. But the individual fibers aren't as parallel as say with combing and shorter fibers can have a tendency to snarl and form these little tangles. I though about trying to pull these out as I was spinning, but there were really too many of them to even start to try that. It also made the fiber a little harder to draft into a smooth fine yarn.
I was hoping that plying would hide some of the lumps and it did hide some of them, but not all. you can still see some of the little lumps in the finished yarn and places where I had problems drafting the fiber to a nice even consistency.
I probably should have realized all of this before I started spinning and worked out a way to make it work, but I didn't. I get very excited when I'm going to sit down to spin and usually just jump right in. I think I could have spun a thicker or loftier yarn and hid even more of these little things. I do think that knitting will actually hide some of them too. Ah well, spin and learn right?