I have been doing a lot of this:
I have also been using my drop spindle. I really enjoy both, not sure which I like better. I mentioned my new Russian Spindle in my last post. The technique is different from the drop spindle. I watched some really good videos on using a supported spindle on YouTube, just do a search on the term "support spindle" and you will find some good ones. But after doing that for a while my fingers started bothering me so I had to give that up, I will try it again, but not a marathon of it like I had done. Using a drop spindle is not hard on the fingers as I found support spindling to be. But still, I really love the support spindle too.
I also wanted to share a picture of this really beautiful pattern called "Belt Welt" found in the Barbara Walker Second Treasury of Knit Patterns. I made this blue shawl a few years ago, but recently was thinking of starting a new project with it. It is a lovely pattern and very easy to memorize.