Joy, congrats on trying the drop spindle. I just took my first class a little over a week ago at a LYS while on vacation in up north Wisconsin. It was a great class. I bought my first drop spindle, an Ashford, and I love it. It is so easy to spin. I am just getting the hang of it as well. I love the thick and thin yarn and I also want to learn to do super thin so I can ply it with other colors. I have a beautiful red, purple, dark blue fiber to spin, a natural oatmeal-type color and a really cool bright green. I am not only a yarn junkie now, I feel I am becoming a fiber junkie as well!