In Spin Off’s new e-newsletter, there is an article on plying with beads. Interesting, not because I need another hobby, but it’s just something that never occured to me. Spin your yarn, thread some beads on one of the singles or a thread, and then ply together with other singles to create your own “art yarn”. Cool! I’m going to have to try this, (because like you, I need another fun thing to do).
This and lots of other techniques are in this book, by Simeon North, here: http://www.interweavestore.com/Spinning/Books/Get-Spun.html?a=so100407 available in may 2010