This is my new toy. Well, sort of new. It was a Christmas present, and I've actually been playing with it a little over a month.
Last year, I went to an event at the park which included Revolutionary War era crafts. A lady there showed spinning with a drop spindle. I was seized with the desire to spin some yarn and knit a shawl. Which was insane, since I hadn't knitted in years, perhaps decades.
I find spinning to be a bit like meditation as I can do it and empty my mind of all else. It is very relaxing, (except when it's frustrating). My yarn is still thick and thin with occasional lumps. It takes a lot of practice to get good. It has been a long time since I've tried to learn something new, so this is a good experience for me. Besides hours spent spinning, I've spent hours lurking about on Youtube and Ravelry trying to learn more.