I used to spin, but gave it up a few years ago due to back issues. I am,however, a very big fan of knitting with handspun yarn and I am always encouraging my friends to send me their handspun.
A few days ago, Susan Glinert (aka Fleegle) contacted me to offer me a review copy of her new book Fleegle Spins Supported.
While I no longer spin, I immediately said yes. Do you read Fleegle’s blog? If you don’t, you should. She is a wealth of information and shares that information very clearly, and with a lot of humor. She spins and knits the most amazing lace. (And she spent a good part of yesterday responding with good humor to my silly emails.)
And seriously, do you know of any other knitting blog that provides step-by-step instructions for washing a tiger?
Back to the topic at hand.
The book has just been released as an eB0ok. So Fleegle sent me a flash drive loaded with the book. I fired it up and, always a master at following instructions, read the read-me file first.
The flash drive contains the book as an interactive pdf, a non-interactive pdf (for ease of printing) and 25 or so high quality videos demonstrating the process of making yarn.
The book itself is over 400 pages and is beautifully and professionally produced. Just look at this sample chapter title page.
Lots of fabulous clear photos!
And more beautiful, artistic illustrations.
And things that just impress the heck out of me with their detail and complexity..
I’ve thumbed (well virtually, anyhow) through the entire book. It truly is a treasurehouse of information about spinning with a supported spindle. Not only is it written in a clear understandable style, it is extremely entertaining.
I think anyone who is interested ion spinning yarn will find this book extremely useful. There is so much information about different fiber type and how to preapre them, as well as the spinning information itself.
You can purchase this book on a flash drive for $30 at Fleegle’s website here. If you prefer the non-virtual type of paper, you can pre-order the hardcopy book (also includes a copy of the eBook) for $100 (delivery around May 1, 2012). The best of both worlds — a hardcopy book to keep at your home and the eBook, along with all the videos) to load onto your electronic device.
I told Fleegle that after reviewing the book, I’d give away my copy to someone who would get some practical use out of it. so true to my word, I am.
To be entered in the drawing to review my copy of Fleegle Spins Supported, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time on Thursday, March 8, 2012. The winner will be chosen at random from the comments then.
Lucy’s plan for today: