|Left bobbin: plied yarn; center bobbin: alpaca with beads; right bobbin: Rambouillet|
One strand of cinnamon alpaca, on which I pre-strung beads as I spun it, 50 beads or so every now and then; and one strand of the fawn Rambouillet from the fleece that won't end (actually at this point there are only a few ounces left). Each was spun at about 13:1 with a short forward draft. Then I plied them at a slower ratio so I'd have plenty of control, and voila! I have 877 yards of beaded 2 ply lace weight yarn.
The beading took much less time and effort than I'd always imagined it would, so I would definitely do it again soon. In fact I have a gorgeous white fine wool fleece and about a pound of grey Cotswold, and I may experiment with this with both of them.