It looks a lot easier than it is - I guess that's the way life is; we think something looks neat and those who are accomplished fly through this stuff like it's no big deal - I have to remind myself that this is how it was when I first started to knit too - I didn't understand how to make a knit stitch... and now look at me; I can knit!
Spinning is a different story. I went to a beginning spinning class at the Weavers' Cottage in Canyon Country, CA this past Saturday - it was a very long class - and really informative. The teacher was wonderfully patient and clear about how the process works (more about method than anything) but since I lack any knowledge at all about spinning, it was a crapshoot - it's kind of like getting behind the wheel of a car not knowing how the stick shift works, and trying to just "drive".
The Weavers Cottage is an adorable little yellow house out in the middle of wilderness in Canyon Country (sort of near Magic Mountain for those of you who aren't familiar with the area)
there's tons of rovings and fibers on the shelf for purchase by the ounce - I liked the fibers and LOVE the natural colors (even the not really natural colors) and really wish I was better at this art right off the bat!
the "singles" are plied together (spun together) into one yarn - I was amazed that it took such a long time to create such a tiny bit of yarn - I'm sure that it's faster with experience - but I have LOTS of learning to do.