My long-draw spinning is getting better and more consistent. I've been tearing off chunks of this Jacob roving, rolling it into fauxlags and spinning them up. Instead of a dowel, I use a very small rolling pin I bought at an Indian grocery store to prep my fiber.
Yesterday, I had one set of singles on a bobbin and another set of singles on a toilet-paper tube with some pipe insulation inside it. The insulation keeps the tube from knocking around too much on my Kate.
It was really hard to keep my plying even with this setup. The singles from the bobbin kept backlashing and going nuts. So, this morning, I wound the bobbin singles onto another toilet-paper tube. The plying went really well. So, live and learn, and keep your singles in the same configuration.
My bobbins weren't perfectly even. So, when one ran out, I pulled the rest of the second set of singles off of the tube, found the center, and plied the beginning and the end of the ball together. This method wasn't perfect, but it wasn't horrible. If your singles were really fresh, it might be a bit of a bear. But, these have been resting for a bit.
I still have a little more of this fiber to spin, but I couldn't resist plying and showing it off a little here. I would call it a light worsted at about 12 to 14 wpi. I can't wait to knit with it.