My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 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.

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 charts!

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:



  1. Wow, that looks like quite the book!

  2. Sharon P says:

    What an awesome book – as a new spinner that might be just the thing to get me going!

  3. This spinner-wannabe would love to win a copy of that book!

  4. Robin F. says:

    As I struggle with my spindles this book appears to have the help I need. Hope I win it.

  5. waves hand about

  6. Becky J. says:

    Gorgeous book! And a new spinning blog to follow! Might be time for me to give a spindle a try.

  7. I can spin on a wheel and a top whorl spindle but I haven’t tried a supported spindle yet. Looks interesting!
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  8. I have been squirreling away to order this book for weeks now! Always something else that needs doing first though. :-/ AWESOME giveaway, Wendy! No wonder Lucy chose you

  9. Oh I’ve been wanting to learn how to use a supported spindle.

  10. I’d heard rumors of her, and I would love to get my paws on her book! Thanks for doing this! 🙂
    Stirling´s last blog post ..Sprint Roundup

  11. Wow!! That looks like an awesome book. I’ve been wanting to learn more about spinning and that looks like a great place to start. I’ll have to add it to my wishlist. 😀
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  12. I’d love to have Fleegle’s virtual book. Thank you for sharing.
    Chery´s last blog post ..Busy Knitting…

  13. totally want to get my hands on this book! it’s been on my want list! and i agree with lucy! a nap is in order for today!

  14. Susan (LotusHips) says:

    I keep telling myself I will learn to spin – maybe winning this will get me a step closer 🙂

  15. Looks like a great book!

  16. I would love to win Fleegle’s book. My spinning talent has lots of room for improvement!

  17. Sounds like an interesting book. This spinner has taken note!

  18. I’d love to win a copy of this book!

  19. Fleegle’s book looks like a fantastic resource! Would be thrilled to add it to my (virtual) shelf!

  20. Having just finished my first spinning class ever I am completely smitten. Count me in. A big thank you to Fleegle, and thank you for introducing me to her blog.

  21. That looks like a fabulous book!!
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  22. I’ve always wanted to try spindle spinning (I don’t think a wheel would fit well in my apartment, with all the musical instruments). So yes, I’d like a copy of the book.
    Laura Conrad´s last blog post ..News of the week of February 21, 2012

  23. That looks like an amazing resource. I’ve just looking into starting spinning myself and having a resource like that would be incredible (if I don’t win, I’m going to look into getting a copy anyways).

  24. Oh I would love a copy of this book! I’ve been eying it for quite some time now.

  25. I have always wanted to learn how to spin. This would be a good way to start! Thanks for the heads up & the opportunity!

  26. Thanks for reviewing this book. Supported spinning is the next spinning challenge on my list. I’d love to win a copy.

  27. Absolutely gorgeous book!

  28. This looks like an really amazing book! I am a long time spinner and have been meaning to try supported spindle spinning for quite awhile.

  29. That book looks fantastic.

  30. I don’t use that type of spindle, but would love to win the book to give to a lovely lady who does!
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  31. Gotta jump in on this one, sounds very interesting. xoxo
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  32. Last summer, I bought a spindle and a small bag of fiber. I, um, haven’t done anything with them yet. I’ve watched a bunch of YouTube videos about using a drop spindle, but I’m still too intimidated to try. I think I need to get this book! (I didn’t even know that supported spinning existed.)
    Laura´s last blog post ..More excellent knitting humor

  33. Heather H says:

    That looks like quite the book!

  34. Not only did I totally enjoy this review, I then went on to spend a ridiculous amount of time reading Fleegle’s blog and learned a lot of stuff I need to know. Thanks for offering up such a great opportunity.

  35. I’m not a spinner yet but I hope to learn. This sounds like a great resource.

  36. This could be cool. I’ve not tried a supported spindle.
    Lori´s last blog post ..What Happened?

  37. My spinning is in the kindergarten area of expertise. I would love to improve it. Maybe, this interactive ebook could help.

  38. Recently became interested in support spindles, looks like just the book to feed that curiosity.

  39. Looks like a great book to have for a beginning spinner
    Karin´s last blog post ..Shaelyn is Blocked

  40. I have a spindle and have been watching tons of spinning videos on YouTube but would love to have what appears to be a comprehensive book. YouTube is great but hit-or-miss on topics. I would love to have those detailed explanations, illustrations and charts.
    Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  41. Oh wow! I would so love to have a copy of this book! Thanks for offering up your copy for a draw!
    pogknits´s last blog post ..Dyed Locks

  42. Oh, wow, I would LOVE this book! I’ve been playing with different fibers (hemp, bamboo silk, as well as animal fibers) on my wheel and spindles for a few years and I’d love to have a resource like this at my fingertips.

  43. Ninaclock145 says:

    Fleegle is amazing. Even if I win I shall buy a book as well to support all she’s done for lace knitters. You can learn just about everything you need to know and then some by reading her blog. Plus you get to laugh quite a bit. Go Fleegle!

  44. How wonderful! That looks like a great book! I would love this.
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  45. TripletMom says:

    WOW….great contest!

  46. This book looks fabulous! Thank you, and please enter me in the drawing!

  47. Natalia says:

    Great review and great contest! As I spin supported in respect for my Russian heritage, i would certainly love a copy!

  48. Loony Nuna says:

    What a gorgeous looking book! I hope the Random Number Generator smiles on me this time. Thank you for your generosity!

  49. That looks like a lovely book and I think I should own it. Now, how I go about obtaining said book is another story completely….but if I win, hooooooray!
    Renee Anne´s last blog post ..Self-Imposed Year of Projects: Update #9

  50. Luray Rose says:

    I am a recent convert to spinning and this new ebook would make a great addition to my growing library!

  51. Wow. that looks like an amazing book! Thank you for the opportunity to win 🙂

  52. What an amazing looking book. I’m a new spindler and that would be a great book to keep referring to 🙂
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  53. I just took my first spinning class yesterday, so this is a timely blog post! I’d love to win a book to learn more about the process. 🙂

  54. Wendy in Indy says:

    Spinning — I love it! Pick me, pick me.

  55. I am a spinner and would love to have this book, what a great way of producing it.
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  56. The book looks fabulous. =)
    f1bercat´s last blog post ..Eastside Stitchers Meet New Friends on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

  57. Samantha says:

    I have two supported Russian lace spindles that this book would be great help with. Looks lovely!

  58. I am always looking for more good spinning references!

  59. I spin on a wheel and a drop spindle, I’ve never tried a supported spindle. I think it would be very interesting to try.

  60. MMM spinning supported. Something I’m really wanting to tackle!

  61. I have ordered a Kindle just in time…….great review, thank you.
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  62. Victoria says:

    I wanted to buy this book when fleegle first mentioned it, but I’ll take a free copy. heheh

  63. Daisy locke says:


  64. I would love a copy of this book. Thanks for passing it along:-)

  65. Finally getting back in to spinning (spindle and wheel) after a hiatus. Would love to win this book but will order the interactive e—-book if I don’t. Thanks for the head’s up!

  66. Woo! This looks great! I’m going to go check out her blog now.

  67. CraftyAshley says:

    So cool! I spin but not from supported spindle yet but have been wanting to try. Now I must got look at all those links. Thank you!

  68. Count me in! I haven’t given up on spinning yet.
    Beverly´s last blog post ..Setting Goals

  69. The joy of spinning fiber into yarn… count me in! Would love to learn more about this craft (art?).

  70. I have everything I need to start spinning–except instruction! This would be awesome, thanks!

  71. Gemfirefly says:

    I would love to learn about spinning! I’ve been pricing spinning wheels in my area, and just need a little nudge to take the plunge. This would certainly be that nudge!

  72. Henrycat says:

    Looks like a fabulous book, and of course I had to bookmark Fleegle’s blog. Thanks for sharing!

  73. Oh, I would LOVE to win that. I enjoy Fleegle’s blog and the book looks simply amazing. Thank you for reviewing it and sharing!

  74. Looks interesting! I’d love a copy. 😀
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  75. I just got a very old spinning wheel a couple months and have been trying to use it. I’ve made about 2 balls that are usable. But I could really use a good spinning book since I’ve only learned to spin through videos on Youtube! I don’t know about the technical stuff at all!
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  76. I’m a beginning spinner and sounds like a wonderful resource

  77. Debbie Fiske says:

    Interesting – I’d love to learn how to spin. This book sounds great.

  78. Suzanne Coviello says:

    Would love to win this book – spinning always relaxes me, and as a busy mom of 3 (one who’s on his second broken bone in six months!) I need some relaxing:) As always, your blog is awesome, Wendy!!!

  79. Looks fantastic! I would love to win!

  80. Lynne S. says:

    I shouldn’t comment, as I don’t want to enter the draw because I don’t spin. But I so rarely win draws I think I’m in no danger. The book looks beautiful. And thanks for pointing me to Fleegle’s Blog – it really is well worth reading, isn’t it?! Nice when you can find another blog to look forward to.

  81. Lucy says, “Don’t get any ideas, you’re not gonna wash ME!” The pictures on her blog were incredible! Would love to read more about spinning!

  82. I just spent 2 hours reading Fleegle’s Blog. I love it! Thanks for the recommendation. Now, of course, I would love to get a copy of this book…

  83. count me in for the drawing, please! I have spindles, I have fiber…I just can’t quite get the “hang” of the spinning/spindling stuff.

    and really. I need more yarn. *LOL*

  84. I would love to win this book as I really want to learn to spin.

  85. kelly-ann (ravelry) says:

    I just started on a drop spindle this past weekend – this book looks like it would be so useful to me.

  86. I’m still trying to learn how to spin with a wheel (though I’ve done a little with a drop spindle), so I’m curious about a supported spindle–always willing to learn more cool things to do with fiber.

    Thanks for the review, so we could know there is now a book about this interesting subject.

  87. Shirley says:

    Oh, yes!

  88. Shirlucky says:

    I love Fleegle (such talent!) and I’d love this book! Many thanks for the chance.

  89. Looks like a good book to have and a good blog to read.

  90. Nancy M. says:

    As a wanna be spinner that would be a wonderful book to own.

  91. It would be a lovely addition to my library of spinning books and I could review it for a certain major magazine about handspinning. Thank you for offering a copy to one lucky reader.

  92. That’s gorgeous! I’ve been meaning to try supported spindling for a while now (I do drop spindle and wheel), but I’ve been kind of intimidated.

  93. This book looks very intriguing. I would love to check it out.

  94. Suzanne says:

    I’ve always wondered how those supported spindles work. I have regular spindles but no supported ones.

  95. This book looks like a fantastic resource for spinners! Thank you so much to Fleegle and Wendy for offering this copy /contest!

  96. I just got back into a spinning obsession! That eBook looks awesome!

  97. I don’t need another “thing to do” but would love to learn to spin anyway…….winning this book could push me over the edge!

  98. This looks like a fascinating book. I’d love to have a copy!

  99. DH needs this…he bought himself a wheel!
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  100. Michele Eskew says:

    I have several drop spindles and a couple of supported ones but I’m not very good at it. I would love to win this book and get some much needed advice.