I haven’t been doing my fifteen minutes a day. I got frustrated, and was busy, and . . . well.
So, today I picked up the spindle, and I think I actually got it!
I finally started just flicking the spindle, instead of twirling it in my fingers, which was a lot easier on my shoulder. I’m still doing park and draft, but I managed to get all of that spun without breaking it. w00t!