I've spent the last week spinning and spinning and spinning. I'm getting better, but there defiantly is a saturation point to get too. Today I realized that my technique has changed. I'm doing a modified long draw instead of a inching short draw. My wheel continues to be one of the best teachers in my process. I love with the Ladybug wheel I can set it up to spin with scotch tension (brake band on the bobbin with a separate cord on the drive wheel - the large wheel that makes a spinning wheel) or double drive (long cord on both the bobbin and flyer which is connected to the drive wheel). I had an hour lesson last week and my teacher set me up in double drive. It was a great adjustment and I spent much of the time after spinning in double drive. However, once the bobbin gets loaded with yarn, double drive can result in not getting enough uptake for the yarn you want to put on the wheel. I've switched back to scotch tension and I'm finally getting enough of a feel that I can make the minuscule adjustments needed. Horray for learning!
I have been doing a lot of reading online and on Ravelry in particular. New spinners are writing in with much the same questions that I wondered about a time or two. I understand now without frustration, why experienced spinners write back with an explanation that amounts to - "it depends." So much of spinning depends on a host of variables: the material you are spinning, how fast you treadle (peddle the wheel), the desired yarn, the amount of yarn on the wheel, etc.
In my wheel, I've completed some yarn and worked up a finished object. Presenting my first handspun yarn: