I spin and knit, and am mostly self-taught for both. I've been knitting for about six and a half years, and spinning for three to four.
I really don't want to rain on your parade here, so I'm sorry if I come across that way. I tend to go with a "knowledge is power!" approach, so these are just things that occurred to me while I was reading your post.
As far as spinning - there is a learning curve. You will have to spin QUITE A BIT before you get...