My current work in progress:

Plaid Cowl, my own design, knit from Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool, using 3.75mm.

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. Mandella says:

    I haven’t spun in such a long time either. My wheel sits there, making me feel guilty all the time.

  2. Pam Kurst says:

    Gorgeous, I want it!! Coincidentally, I just got a drum carder & spinning wheel, so I’m ready for direction!!

  3. I’d love to win this book!

  4. Louise in Maryland says:

    could this be the sign I’ve been waiting for that its time to take the plunge into spinning? Because Gosh knows I don’t already have enough yarn…..

  5. The book looks spectacular!

  6. I really like Lucy’s plan for the day.
    Judy´s last blog post ..Good Bye, sweet Katie

  7. Love Fleegle’s blog.
    This is where I first heard of the Queen Susan Shawl project.
    Thanks for another wonderful give-a-way.

  8. I love spinning. Count me in.

  9. Wow!!!! What an incredible resource. Thanks for blogging about it and for giving all of us a chance to win the book!

  10. Sultana says:

    Would love to see the book!! I just love the Fleegle blog.

  11. tamiknits says:

    Wow, Thanks for all the great info. I spindle & support spindle spin due to my bad back. I love being able to do something from (sorta) start to finish.

  12. This seems like it would be an amazing resource. And I’ve been wanting to try supported spindling.
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  13. Lizabeth says:

    I would love to learn to spin!

  14. Karina Bates says:

    Add me in. I’ve spun with drop spindles but never very well and have only just tentatively taken the step into trying it with a (borrowed) wheel. Any assistance will likely be helpful! So yes, please count me in for the book and thanks for offering it!

  15. i’ve always wanted to learn to spin! this should give great help with that!

  16. I have the book, and it’s awesome! I have a whole library of spinning books, and this one is one of the best, most useful, best explained and most entertaining of them all. It’s as useful for all spinners as for those who want to use support spindles because of all the other fiber content, such as kinds of fiber, fiber prep, yarn evaluation and measurement, plying, etc. FleegleSpinsSupported rightfully understands that in order to spin on anything, you need some background on fiber, so she includes it, rather than sending you somewhere else to find it. The section on support spindles is fantastic, with photos and descriptions of all the different kinds, who makes them, along with the makers’ comments on why they designed them the way they did, and of course, how to spin on them. They’re wonderfully convenient, and if you have room to sit somewhere, you have enough room to spin on one!

    The photos throughout the book are gorgeous, and the 25 videos extremely well done…close-up footage, no annoying backgrounds, good resolution. If you can get through this masterpiece without buying at least one support spindle, you’re a better person than me, I bought six! No pictures of spinning wheels, but those are everywhere, and all the related fiber content and videos apply to them as well.

    No, I’m not paid to market this book, and I don’t work for Fleegle; I just think it’s one of the most helpful spinning books I own. And it’s fun to read as well. She has a wonderful sense of humor and a great imagination. Besides, where else can you read about frog fur and where to find it? So for all you folks who don’t get to win a copy, buy it! You won’t regret it for a minute.

  17. I love Fleegle’s blog and I spin – perfect combination! I would love to win this book.

  18. I think Lucy has the right idea. However, since I already took a nap today, I would like to enter into the drawing for the ebook. It looks amazing. I think there is a benefit to anyone who spins with a spindle or a wheel. Thanks for offering it!

  19. while I have sworn off learning how to spin because it would cut into my knitting, I think this book would be informative and useful regardless!

  20. Marseille says:

    I’d love a copy–I’m learning spindle-spinning, and want to figure out supported spindle spinning!

  21. Jennifer says:

    I love Fleegles blog and spinning with a supported spindle

  22. Annie Wilson says:

    I just started spinning, would love to have this book!

  23. Phyllis Holder says:

    Would love to have this book. Just what I need.

  24. Spin on wheels, spin on top whorls, have yet to try supported. And of course, I need to learn something new…..

  25. I own some dropped spindles and a spinning wheel. I’m interested in trying support spindling but there are too few videos out there that are instructional. I would love to win this book.
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  26. Barbara says:

    What a great giveaway! Thanks Wendy and Fleegle!

  27. Ooooh! I’m always looking for a new spinning source!
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  28. I heart Fleegle. This book looks amazing. It would be a welcome treasure to my library.

  29. I love to drop spindle spin. It is so relaxing. I am always looking for new things to learn.

  30. This book looks like the perfect thing for a new spinner (me 🙂 I love that it has videos as well as the text of the book. I would love to have this book! Thanks for the giveaway Wendy.

    (And I love your Swiss Cheese scarf…)

  31. Karen in Baltimore says:

    It would be a great resource book to own.

  32. Karen Hoffmann says:

    I’ve spun with wheels for 30 years but have never mastered hand spindling. I would love to win this book!

  33. Gail in Texas says:

    Yes, I would love Fleegle’s Spinning book.

  34. I have not had any luck with a supported spindle yet. My own methods are not doing the trick. This would be an asset for me or anyone to receive. Thanks for your generosity.

  35. Fran Russell says:

    I’d luuuuv a copy of this book! I’m a drop spindle addict. I have 30 of ’em and cannot resist them!

  36. I’d love a copy. Maybe it would motivate me to get spinning again!

  37. butterflymom says:

    What an amazing looking book! Please pick me for your generous offer 🙂

  38. Very good review. I was hoping to see if this was a good a it looked.

  39. Heather N says:

    That book sounds amazing! I would love to read it and learn a ton from it!

  40. I just started learning to spin. Must get this book!

  41. Sandra Johnson says:

    This looks like a wonderful book. Just what I need to get past my “spinning block”. Thanks for the offer.


  42. I live to spin, and knit to use up my spinning.

  43. Lynda Hitt says:

    I would love to win this eBook. I have a lot of spindles, but the supported spindles kind of scare me and I think this would be a great resource to get “un-scared”

    I can’t wait to see you in June!

  44. I would love to have a copy of that book-it looks awesome!

  45. What a wonderful looking book!

  46. Fleegle’s book looks like such an amazing resource!!!! Especially since I almost exclusively work off my computer. Also, there’s those two bags of llama wool I got as an incentive to learn to spin… This would be a tremendous help!

  47. This looks like an incredible book for spinners! I spin mostly on my wheel, mostly because I’m not very good on a spindle, so this book would be really helpful.

  48. Gorgeous pics – of course, not as gorgeous as Miss Lucy!

  49. I’ve been meaning to try a supported spindle! Intriguing stuff, but I would definitely need some guidance!