My current work in progress:

Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry, knit from Miss Babs  Kaweah in the Parchment, Old Gold, Petrified Forest, and Espresso colorways, using 3.75mm and 4mm needles.

Spinners Take Note

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.

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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.

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Lots of fabulous clear photos!

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And charts!

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And more beautiful, artistic illustrations.

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And things that just impress the heck out of me with their detail and complexity..

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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:

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  1. Natalie Doyle-Hennin says:

    Very happy to have a reference to a recommended spinning blog. Have a tiny supported spindle for cotton that I came upon at the late “Springwater Fiber” Superbowl Sale, but otherwise have never tried spinning this way. Cotton thread is beyond my skills…

    Thanks for your generosity, Wendy.

  2. Marilyn says:

    I would love to learn to spin supported! I just retired, so I should have time to enjoy the book and the process. I certainly have the fiber!

  3. I have always wanted to learn how to spin, so I’d really love to win this book!

  4. Alice Moisen says:

    If I win, this would be a wonderful gift for my spinning sister-in-law.

    Alice in Portland

  5. This is such good news! I can spin, but have not been able to get the hang of supported, so a resource will be most welcome.
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  6. This is on my wish list.
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  7. I would love to get my hands on a copy, I need more work on my dropspindling, and havent faced a supported spindle yet, with this in-depth book I know I could tackle it and come out a winner!

  8. Heather Davidsmeyer says:

    What a beautiful book! I would love to have a copy!!

  9. Thanks for the heads up on her blog. Your blog is such a wealth of information: knitting, spinning, and comfy cozies – our cat loves them! Many thanks.

  10. MamaCat says:

    I want to be clear that I am NOT putting my name in the contest so if you pick me, pick again! I already have the book. I am just writing in here to say that it is an amazing book – it isn’t just about support spindling, but spinning in general and covers all kinds of things from sheep breeds to other animal fibers (including pig & cow & even frog … with Fleegle’s famous humor) and fiber prep and all kinds of great stuff. It is a gorgeous book, and although it is self-published the production values are higher than many books from big publishers. I know I will be turning to this book again & again. In case it matters, I am an advanced beginner spinner. I just ordered a support spindle so I am a total newbie to that kind of spinning.

  11. I recently became the proud owner of a used Ashford traveller that came all the way from New Zealand to me. I visited New zealand in the 70’s and loved having a piece of her in my own home. I would adore having the ebook.

  12. yes please i can certainly use this 🙂
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  13. stephanie says:

    This book looks fascinating!

  14. I enjoy Fleegle’s blog. I am taking a spinning class this weekend. I would love to receive this book. Fleegle is so full of knowledge. I especially enjoyed her blog posting when she visited the tigers. I sent that link to everyone in my address book. She is amazing.

  15. What gorgeous pictures. I would love to be entered in the contest.
    And thank you for linking the tiger-washing blog–precious!

  16. That book looks amazing!

  17. Kristen says:

    What a great book to add to a spinner’s library!

  18. Oh, oh, oh! Pick me, please! (Crossing fingers, trying NOT to cross toes…don’t ask!)
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  19. Gina Zahra says:

    So now I have to keep my fingers crossed!! I am a new spinner and always looking for more instructions 🙂

  20. That looks amazing. If I don’t win an e-copy here, I have a birthday coming up in May and will have to point the DH to the hardcopy book.
    Sherry´s last blog post ..Longjohn Socks Go To A Feast

  21. Looks like a wonderful book! Would love to win a copy!!

  22. Once again, you are so very generous! I would love to win this book as I need another obsession!

  23. Looks like a lovely, informative book that I would love to own!

  24. Susan D. Smith says:

    OMG! How great is this! I have a supported spindle and next week I’m taking a spindling class. This would be perfect!

  25. I’ve only been spinning about a year and half, and I’d love to own this book!
    Sandi´s last blog post ..Stitches West and Betsy’s Beads

  26. MizMelly says:

    I’m a total spinning addict! I have numerous spindles and two wheels. I have lots and lots of handspun yarn, but find a hard time caving in to the concept of knitting something from all those luscious skeins. They look so pretty artfully arranged in a basket….

  27. Dana Attwood says:

    Just starting to try my hand with the drop spindle… would love this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  28. Kelli Greene says:

    Never tried supported, but now I want to!

  29. Trish Bullock says:

    I just started spinning and would love to have the book.

  30. I wonder if I can win the book all the way across the pond here in the UK.

  31. I am a HUGE Fleegle fan and would so love to win this book!
    Dorothy´s last blog post ..And the Winner Is . . .

  32. skubitwo says:

    i have not yet tried spinning, but i did enjoy the link to fleegle’s blog. thank you for sharing!

  33. I love spindle spinning so if I don’t win this I’ll have to buy it.

  34. Jo Anne WM says:

    I’ve been practicing to improve my spinning skills and would love to have this book.

  35. I love when hardcover books include a downloadable version!

  36. i am a big fan of Fleagle, and am working on my first shetland shawl using her amazing garter in the round technique. I’m sure she (through her book) could also teach me to spin.

  37. I received 2 supported spindles for Christmas and haven’t learned to use them yet — my husband is the spinner in the household. this might be just the impetus I need to learn!

  38. Woah, that looks like an amazing book. Thank you for the generous giveaway!
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  39. New spinning info! I love spinning information, and this looks prime. Thanks for the opportunity.

  40. Debbie H says:

    I would love this book. I just bought a spindle and am anxious to try spinning and this would help a lot! Debbie H

  41. Please enter me in your drawing. I am a spinner that needs as much help as I can get.

  42. That book sounds fantastic! Off to read Fleegle’s blog… 🙂

  43. I’m *not* a spinner (spinster?) yet, but I’m a really serious wanna-be, and this book would seem to be *exactly* what I’ve been waiting for. If I don’t win it, I may just have to buy it, with next month’s ‘play’ money.

  44. That looks like quite an awesome book.

  45. Supported spindle…that’s one I haven’t tried yet! 🙂

  46. Thank you, Wendy, for the opportunity to win this awesome ebook. Fleegle rocks and so do you!


  47. Molly Ferrante says:

    Spinning is the next thing on my bucket list. I love knitting lace and would love to be able to spin on a spindle. I would be honored to be put into the drawing. Thank you for sharing!

  48. I really need this book. I have a supported spindle, 2 actually, that I have won at different venues and I don’t know how to use them. Please, spinning goddessses, send this book my way!
    weavinfool´s last blog post ..Whose time is worth more?

  49. Ohhh! I’m just starting out spinning and would love a copy of this rather extensive looking resource. I haven’t tried my hand at a supported spindle, but what a great way to learn.

    Jessica D´s last blog post ..This Ain’t Your Grandmother’s Knitting

  50. Jean Gilmore says:

    I love e-books! And I keep promising myself to practice my spinning. Please add my name to the drawing.

  51. I Love Lucy.

  52. I would love a copy of this book. I coach a youth Sheep to Shawl team. They compete at our state fair each year. They have earned three first place ribbons. I am always looking for new things to teach the girls and this book would be helpful. Thank you for the opportunity.

  53. I’ve just taken up spinning not too long ago. Thanks for introducing me to Fleegle’s blog and for the nice giveaway!

  54. Samantha says:

    This would be fabulous! I’ve recently been working on improving my spinning, both on a drop spindle and a supported spindle. I would love to see what I could learn from such an amazing looking book!

  55. Looks like a great book. Spinning is on my list of new techniques to learn this year. Thanks for the giveaway:-)

  56. I am a passionate spinner on a wheel. Not as skilled on a drop spindle. I would love the book and would also share it with members of the spinning guilds of which I am a member . Thanks for another chance at a great resource.

  57. I like to watch video about how things are made. This ‘book’ has a set of video, which makes ‘reading’ much more fun.
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  58. I would love to add this book to my ereader. I’m just beginning to learn how to spin with a hand spindle right now.
    Michelle´s last blog post ..Received Yours Truly Paper and Cards Magazine!

  59. Love Fleegle! I’m in a lace knitting group with her on Ravelry, and she always shares the greatest info. Would love the book
    Sue´s last blog post ..Warm Weather Wishes

  60. I haven’t done any spinning since my son was born 6 months ago. This book looks to be just the thing to really get me to be motivated to carve out some spinning time and pick it up again.

  61. I was just thinking about supported spindles. I was at Stitches and KCL enterprises had THE MOST BEAUTIFUL hand made supported spindles, and I was seriously lusting after them, and so wanting to learn to spin on a supported spindle, so I would LOVE to win a copy. Now I’m off to check out her website.

  62. I really enjoy my supported spindles and would love to learn the fine details of how to use them.

  63. Jennifer says:

    that looks like an amazing book that could really improve my level of spinning

  64. Would love the book eventhough I don’t spin. I would gie to my daughter who does spin. It would bw a wonderful birthday gift.

  65. Wow as a new spinner this looks like it would be a great addition to my library.
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  66. I have been reading her blog for some years now, and I have a supported spindle with no idea how to use it… I would be delighted to win this. Thank you!
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  67. Carolyn Malloch says:

    OH Pick me random number generator! looks wonderful.

  68. Thank you for another favorite blog to read! To win the book would be a feather in my cap but this could always be an amazing Anniversary gift suggestion to my beloved but often gift challenged husband.

  69. An interactive knitting book? Awesome!!

  70. Ohhh! I’d love to have this book!

  71. Seafair M. Narr says:

    I recently was given an imcomplete old walking wheel-missing the Miner’s head where all the business goes on–DARN. But it will be complete soon when I get my brother to turn on his lathe and make the parts needed. I can hardly wait. Then I will teach myself to spin with it. This book would really help me. Thanks for the consideration!!

  72. The book sounds fabulous! Thanks for recommending Fleegle’s blog as well.

  73. oooh that is a cool idea to have it on a flash drive!

  74. I have a supported spindle and no idea how to use it! This would be very useful! Thanks for sharing. Woolpiggy (Rav)

  75. Lucianne says:

    Oh, I would love to have this!! I love to spindle spin, and am familiar with Fleegle’s website. Please, if you don’t mind, pick me!

  76. I would love to learn how to spin!

  77. Patti, oldgoatwoman says:

    That book looks fabulous! I am a top whorl spinner, and I never mastered the supported spindle using cotton or angora. I would really like to know how to make the fine yarns. My Hatchtown supported spindle would appreciate me winning this book so it will be used! Please! Oh, and I love Lucy!

  78. LesleyAnn says:

    Oh yes! I’d love to win this book. I cannot physically use a spinning wheel and have just this past week learned of this type of spinning. I SO want to learn to do this. Thank you for the opportunity to win the book.

  79. I’m a n00b spinner but really excited to learn new and different methods and techniques. The fleegle book sounds like a fascinating read. I wonder if this Susan is the same fleegle who has pioneered my favorite sock heel…

  80. Carol Louise says:

    Ive been spinning for years, but have fallen in love with lace knitting only recently, so this book sounds like a great marriage of both. Thanks

  81. thanks for the chance to win this stunning book! I’ve been a fan of Fleegle for some time and hope your review brings a lot of interest to her book.

  82. Ashley Solomon says:

    I would love to start spinning!

  83. Pick me! I will so send you some handspun in return!
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  84. Maureen J says:

    Here’s hoping.

  85. I used to spin years ago and found it so relaxing. It would be nice to try it again.

  86. How neat! I love the new ways that books are coming to life, and I hope to be able to give this one a try!
    Sarah´s last blog post ..My Lace Book Has a Centerfold

  87. Teresa C says:

    After fighting a repetitive stress injury in my hands for 6 months, I got diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis. I don’t know if I will ever spin again. But, that lovely book would be great eye candy.

  88. Just started spinning with a drop spindle and can use all /any help out there!

  89. Oooh! Sign me up! I would love this to pieces (virtually, of course).
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  90. how cool! I am still a spinning work in progress but love it!

  91. Wow–what a great-looking and extensive book! Would love to win a copy.

  92. Pick me! Pick me! Lol 😉

  93. I’m just learning how to spindle spin. This would be a great addition to my library.

  94. I have an absolutely beautiful holly supported spindle by the same maker as the spindle on the cover (and the ones in the book). I still haven’t quite figured out how to spin supported. I NEED this book to show me how to give my lovely spindle all the love she deserves!

  95. Looks like a great book.

  96. Please enter me! I have a support spindle and I need help figuring out how to use it.

  97. How exciting — using a flash drive as a book medium!

  98. Oooh, what a lovely looking book! Spinning is one of those things that I’ve always promised myself to learn someday…
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  99. I’m a big fan, this sounds like a terrific resource, please pick me!

  100. I love spindling, I must have this book! And I also want to find out where to get that spindle on the cover. I will definitely be Fleelgling from here on out! Thanks for introducing me to this.