Yes I started on a spindle a woman from the guild of weavers, spinners and dyers taught me years ago. She said if I could master the spindle then the wheel would be easy lol I found it hard though, but eventually it clicked.
I know what you mean by zone out! It's addictive .
I don't spin as much as a should, I'm too busy dyeing yarn (that's what I do for a living) I just made some art batts today to sell at a festival soon.
I didn't do many, the weather's just too hot to turn the handle on the carder! It's hot here in Ireland and we're just not used to it! I'll take pics tomorrow.