The idea is simple enough. After the wool is washed, carded (basically combed to lie in the same direction), it is rolled into wispy rolags and is ready for spinning. A leader piece of wool is tied to the shaft, wrapped around the whorl then the spindle is gently twisted clockwise.
Certainly sounds uncomplicated but there's surprisingly a lot to keep track of, especially when the girls try desperately to "help." After about four rolags, the yarn started looking more like yarn. The trick is to get it all a consistent thickness. It takes very few fibers to produce an average thickness yarn.
I sent a photo to my mother and she remarked it was very rustic and would make a nice warm hat. I can't disagree but I think my first attempt at spinning yarn from unwashed smelly, dirty ram's wool turned out decently. With washed, dyed wool and a bit more practice, it can only get better.