By george, I think I've got it....
I posted below about having trouble with the drop spindle, but I finished the scarf I was knitting out of roving (kit from a wool show), and then have been using the left over roving to try the spindle again. And by george, I think I have it! It is turning out quite nicely, and soon I'll wind off what I have on the spindle and do another bit so that I can ply them together.
I'm wondering if the other stuff I was using it just too thick - there is a lot more material than in the roving I was knitting with. Can I just split the roving down the long way and then spin? Of should I just do a lot of predrafting?
Thanks so much for the help in this threads. I'm so glad I went back and tried again!
Lynn in NH