Silver, while I am flattered, I hate to disappoint you by telling you that of the options you've given, it's only the latter that applies to me.
I actually was going to post to the "introduce yourself" thread since I've yet to do so, but I guess I'll introduce myself here.
I'm in my mid twenties and receive disability because of panic/anxiety issues, so I have alot of free time on my hands. A little over two years ago, my girlfriend taught me to crochet. She tried for about a year prior and I never really had much of a desire to learn, but this time we just recently moved from southern california to a new town, and this time I reluctantly decided to acquiesce since I had nothing better to do with my time. The fact that we get somewhat of a winter up here helped too, since I never understood the point of making warm scarves and hats if we couldn't wear them without seriously overheating.
I found that even though I wouldn't use what I was making, I enjoyed the process of crocheting: it was therapeutic for me, helped me alot with my anxiety issues, so I kept with it, then taught myself to knit about a few months later. I taught myself to spin on a spindle around February of last year and bought my wheel that July. I don't know when, but some time shortly after I learned on the spindle, I just got fixated on spinning. I started trying to spin with different fibers, and techniques and began reading all I could on the subject. Since my girlfriend crochets, the yarn was usually the end result for me, I spun the yarn and let her crochet with it. I have made hats, toys and scarves from my handspun, but so far that's about it.
I went to knitting help around the time I started knitting for the videos and started lurking the forums a little while after. I always seemed to find the answers to my questions by either searching the forum or googling, so I never posted. Sometime around June I looked in the spinning and dyeing forum and saw a few unanswered questions that I felt I could answer, so I did and that's how I started posting. I never intended to be mysterious or authoritative in any way, but I could see how I came across that way.
I guess since I don't have a knack for small talk in real life, I also don't have much of a knack for small talk online either.
The name I chose :"IamtheWalter" wasn't meant to imply that I'm a certain notable walter but rather is somewhat of an inside joke. Basically, I got tired of being asked certain questions about my disabilities/abilities that I really couldn't answer: why I could do this, but couldn't do that, and instead of just going "I don't know" started answering "because I'm walter" and somehow I eventually began being referred to as "the walter" and my answer then changed to "because I'm the walter".
It also reminds me of a certain beatles song (goo goo g'joob).
I currently own only one wheel, my single treadle, scotch tension, ashford traddy, but I have been shopping around for a second. Part of me wants a kromski symphony or polonaise but the rational side of my brain keeps telling me that I'd be better served by one of the folding wheels.
While I do scour, card, and spin from fleece sometimes, I mostly spin from prepared fiber.
I'm still saving up for a drum carder.
I was going to buy myself A pair of english combs a few months ago, but my better half happened to come into the computer room, took one look at the picture online and let out a big "NO!", so english combs are forbidden. I'm not happy with the decision, but since I am the clumsy type, I can't really blame her though.
I have yet to spin on a spindle wheel or try natural dyeing. Heh, one of the other times she let out a great big "NO!" was when she happened to walk in and glance at the computer monitor when I was looking at a page that described how to dye in an indigo urine vat.
When it comes to knitting, I've pretty much been doing scarves, pillows, hats and the occasional toy every once in a while, so maybe I'm at about advanced beginner. I just completed my first pair of socks and am definitely ready to make a second. I'm planning on spinning yarn for my third pair. I'm also looking into knitting lace and my first sweater (I don't want to give my first sweater as a gift, but I also hate wearing sweaters, so I've been stalling on this) so I'm pretty sure that once I start on those projects, I will begin to ask questions here, perhaps some very stupid ones.
So sorry to let you down but there you have it: I'm definitely not a fiber guru, and there's still alot out there I don't know, but I'm willing to share what I do know, and try to learn what I don't.