My local spinning meet-up group met in the park recently (Madison Park in Madison Square which has a garden but is not Madison Square Garden.)
One spinner had previously shown the group that she was spinning with two sticks and a rock. Another spinner made a spindle with polymer clay and a third was able to make a lighter weight cd spindle by using "business card" cd's.
This inspired me and I tried out spinning on a paint roller, (video below.) It is more like a charka than a spindle. I think it needs to turn better and a few people suggested I weight it. I can use toilet paper rolls as bobbins (very convenient) and remove the bobbin after spinning or plying. If you haven't used the toilet paper tube as a bobbin for your spinning, try it. The cardboard seems to grab the yarn a tiny bit so that it holds very well. I don't end up with snarls like I do on a smaller diameter tube. I also am going to try to place a hook to guide the yarn on the endcap of the roller. The spinning I'm working with in the video is messy, since I was using the same bobbin for two or three small bits of whatever washed up.
So my challenge to all of you, what is the oddest thing you can use to spin?
Has anyone actually used a pencil stuck through a potato?