I never did say how the spinner's guild meeting went. Well, I ended up buying an Ashford Kiwi on my second visit, and started spinning! Once you get the hang of it it is SO MUCH FUN! I need to take some pictures of the yarn I've made, but for now here's a picture of the wheel I bought. It's a good wheel for beginners, with a double treadle for easy starting. This is a truly relaxing and mediative craft, but only when you get past the "I really suck at this" part. It doesn't take too long if you have a good teacher, and the Spinner's Flock is full of those.