First, I decided that I wanted it to be a bit more glossy so I sanded it with superfine sand paper. Then I borrowed some wood wax from our tole painting division. Now it's all shiny and pretty.
I'm beginning to get the hang of using a Spindolyn rather than a drop spindle. Catherine's video shows her drafting straight up, then giving the Spindolyn a little spin in the opposite direction to untwist the strand from the distaff. As the spindle spins in the opposite direction, Catherine moves her hand down to the side, then sets the spindle going back in the original direction and lets the ply take up on the spindle.
Alison also bought a Spindolyn and played around with here's over the weekend. She figured out that she preferred to just give the ply a small tug after drafting. I like that method. After drafting about 12 inches, I give it a tug while simultaneously lowering my hand in front of me. Then a quick twist gathers up the strand and I take my hand back up for more drafting.
Basically, hand up for drafting, quick tug as hand goes down and when the hand is down, allow fiber to gather, and then the hand goes back up for more drafting. Sounds strange in theory but whhen you actually have a Spindolyn in your hand, you will get the idea. It is a very smooth motion and very relaxing. Watch the video and you will see the basics. I love not having to worry about the spindle dropping onto the floor.