I have a spinning assistant. He loves to sit with me while I spin. He is learning to not play with the yarn although he watches it intently while purring in my ear.
I continue to sample with the Corgi Hill BFL/silk. Changed the whorl for a 19:1 ratio and got a little more than a 30 degree twist angle.
Susan and Roxie gave me this orifice hook for my birthday. They found it at SAFF last year, just using it makes me smile.