I'm going to use the drop spindle for the rest of the Tour. I'll concern myself with wheel repair after it is over.
This is alpaca that came from a farm in north Georgia, which is near here. I couldn't believe how much the fiber expanded when I took it out of the bag! It says "at least 3 ounces" and it looks like a lot more. Besides the gray, I have a bag of natural, off-white color. I'm thinking of plying them together. Based on my work so far, I'm going to need more lessons on plying before that happens.