I found out the LED spinners I got were too light (only 25g) so I went to the dollar store and got some light wands and some super balls, which I turned into more things to spin. I also got some lacrosse balls.
I've been using the stripped ones mainly because they have a night weight and only hurt a little when they it me. Youtube lessons have been very helpful. I feel like I'm already able to do a lot, though I'm also sure I look horrible doing it. I'm looking forward to getting smooth. It's still super fun to take long exposures with what I can do.
EDIT: found this article about using the term "poi." http://www.homeofpoi.com/lessons_all/teach/Is-our-modern-use-of-Poi-offensive-to-the-Maori-people-of-New-Zealand-34_293_1945