One of the things that I've been trying to do recently is spin thinner. Many people have told me "once you start spinning thin, it's really difficult to spin thick", but I'm not trying to get to lace weight or anything, just to sock weight.
Anyways, one of the troubles that I find with spinning thin is that it currently takes a lot of concentration for me to do it evenly. Which means that it takes forever because I'll spin and concentrate and then have to stop for a while. With a single color fiber, this can become monotonous.
Take, for example, my current fiber that I'm trying to spin thin. It's a 50/50 merino/silk from Abstract Fiber in Rosewood. It's a lovely color and great to work with. Check it out:
The problem for me is that after spending so much time on 2 oz of fiber that takes a lot of concentration, I'm wiped out and quite unmotivated to spin for a while. So, what I'll do to break it up a bit, is spin something that goes quickly or has color variation. Between halves of the Rosewood, I'm spinning 4 oz of Optim from Abstract Fiber in Rockstar. I plan on eventually plying it with 4 oz of their Burnside Bridge colorway.
The optim does come out quite thin but, for one reason or another, takes much less concentration to keep it even while doing so.
Of course, there are downsides to doing things this way. I've found that it can be kind of difficult to make both halves of a 2 ply be the same size when spinning something else between them. I've seen clear plastic gauges with black lines on them to quickly measure WPI while spinning which could help, but I haven't been able to find one to purchase yet. I did just download the iSpin Toolkit app for my phone which includes a WPI gauge, but I haven't had the opportunity to try it out yet. Once I do, I'll update with how it works.
In the meanwhile, if you find yourself not wanting to spin because you're unmotivated to tackle the second half of a taxing project, try spinning something a little more relaxing or fun in between.