I mentioned before that I know how to spin. My spinning wheel is an Ashford Traditional, and my favorite. I've tried others, through the years, but the Ashford and I get along very very well. I have a new spindle, however. I've had a few "drop" spindles, and they are nice, but this new spindle is really pleasurable to use. It is a "Phang" spindle. This is a supported spindle. You rest it in a small bowl on the table, chair or floor of where you are sitting, instead of having the spindle hang from your yarn as you spin. I wish I had realized how nice it is to use a supported spindle long ago! I found this one on an Etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/tinasangoras. As I've looked around the web, watched YouTube videos, etc. I see that I could probably actually carve one for myself. (Note to self - this would be a nice project for a summer's day in the woods. )
It will take a while to get skillful with this spindle, but there is no hurry... in fact, it is soothing and gentle to use. This particular style of spindle originated in India.
Here is mine, with a little yarn I've managed to make with it: