I got my spindle and 6oz of merino today.
Thank you for all the links Lily! Those really did help.
Julie- I bought a spindle today that was hand crafted for a yarn shop about 20 minutes away. One of the workers told me that I could either choose for it to be a top or bottom whirl, which I tried both and I'm thinking that I like top-whirls better than bottom. I'm not really liking this merino either. That's all they had besides silk and some other funky type of fiber.
But, after all the frustration and aggravation with it, I have two little 10 yard skeins sitting next to me. Very unique and cute.
I'll try and get pictures sometime soon. I might try dyeing some of it and spinning again sometime soon.