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. Celestine says:

    Sounds like a book I would enjoy. I love to spin in the warmer weather because it is a craft I can take with me. Thanks for sharing the book with us. I hope I will…

  2. What an interesting-looking book! I’d definitely enjoy winning it — although I doubt I’d ever get to be a good enough spinner to read a book while doing it, the way Fleegle mentioned on her blog!

  3. Boy oh boy, I would love that one. And I see many others would too!
    Count me in.

  4. I have never spun but am so intrigued and would like to try. This looks like an excellent book to learn from with so much detail & explanation.
    Diane G.´s last blog post ..Spinners Take Note

  5. I would love to be in to win that, I’ve been trying some spinning on a support spindle and it definitely isn’t good enough yet.
    Rachelle´s last blog post ..And a book arrives

  6. Carol brennan says:

    I would love to learn all about spinning

  7. What an absolutely wonderful book! I’m just flabbergasted by the detail.
    Would love to own it.

  8. Oh, that looks like an amazing book! I’d love to win a copy.

  9. MSbeckey says:

    Wow! This would be a great resource! Would love to own it!

  10. Candice says:

    What a generous giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win this georgous book. I would love to learn to spin my own yarn!

  11. Kathy Green says:

    I am just learning to spin with a drop spindle and am looking for all the information I can get my hands on. This would be a great addition to my learning about supported spindles.

  12. kathleen in wisconsin says:

    What a wonderful offer; I would love to read this book. Thank you.

  13. Carolyn says:

    I love Fleegle’s blog!

  14. Lora Welt says:

    Sorry i do not have a wed site. I spin, went to the last SOAR and need a book to tell me how to spin my bunnies.

  15. Elizabeth H. says:

    Pick ME! Pretty please!

  16. Lee Long says:

    I love ebooks on my iPad. They are wonderful.

  17. OH Wendy,
    My dream could come true!! I have a Kromski Sonata I bought second hand and am learning but need lots of practice and all the help I can get.
    That book sounds amazing and I did catch Fleegle’s post a couple times. You can bet I’ll be going back there lots more often.
    Thanks so much for your generous give-aways and, as usual, my girls, Cassie and Zoe are sending “Hi’s” along to Lucy.

  18. I’d love to win!

  19. That is a beautiful book! I’ve always wanted to get into spinning, so I’m really hoping I’ll win. And thanks for introducing us to Susan Glinert’s blog. (I must live a very sheltered knitting life; I haven’t heard of all that many knitting blogs. But I’m really excited to check this one out.)

  20. would be nice to win this book. I am a beginning spinner (on both drop spindle and wheel), and this book looks like it would be a great resource.

  21. I am ready to learn to spin! would love this

  22. another great resource for a knitter!!!
    linda´s last blog post ..Gifts from my HEART ~

  23. I would LOVE a copy of this book! TY and Fleegle for making it possible!

  24. I noticed this on her blog and would LOVE to have a copy 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  25. I’ve love to have spinning ‘de-mystified’….maybe this would do it! I have the stuff, but I’ve just stumbled around on my own!

  26. This sounds like a great book. I’m a new spinner and would love a copy.

  27. DeborahKaye says:

    Perhaps this book will push me over the edge to learn to spin!

  28. A wealth of information, in a great format…

  29. The Fleegle heel came to my rescue and made me a sock knitter. Now that I’m learning to spin, I’d love to win this book to be rescued by Fleegle again.
    Croby´s last blog post ..Progress

  30. I always wanted to learn more about spinning, even if I do that as a dilletante
    Ptinutz´s last blog post ..C’est à fêter

  31. Yes! I’d love a copy of fleegle’s book. If I don’t win it, I’ll buy it. Thanks for reviewing!

  32. I just love the picture of the rabbit! Looks like a great book.

  33. I’m ready to learn how to spin. What an awesome way to begin “Fleegle Spins Supported”!

  34. Alicia Howard says:

    Wow that looks like an amazing book.

  35. Rae Gommel says:

    Ohhhhh another book to read. Even if I don’t win, I may just have to get the ebook!!

  36. Barbara says:

    I’ve heard great things about this book! I would love to win 🙂

  37. I cannot figure out the supported spindle I bought a few years back. So this could be just the very thing to get me going. Would love to have it. And then again, I could support the writer (whose blog was just added to my favorites) and buy that puppy! But I’ll wait until the contest ends.

  38. What a wonderful book! And I love the idea of the ebook, as I just got a Kindle Fire for my birthday. Thanks for sharing!

  39. Surrounded by spinners I really want to try and this seems to be a really good way to start.

  40. I love my drop spindle and would love to learn to use a supported spindle. this book would provide a great resourse for me and be a great resource.

  41. Lucy so placid – she knows she doesn’t have to manage a spindle AND draft AND keep the fiber rolag free of the thread.

  42. Denise in Ohio says:

    Got to have the spinning book. I remember Fleegle on Ravelry being very supportive of those of us who were working on lace work by Niebling. What an awesome proponent of all things fiber!

  43. Would love to have this ebook.I have Russian spindle, a Rose, Bristlecone Glindle, a Twindle and a a Deerfield Creation Tibetan on the way..Would love some tips on better spindling..Thanks..

  44. Looks like a great book!

  45. I am a new spinner and am reading everything I can. Would love to read this book. Thanks!

  46. What a marvelous book! I would love to win it, but are yousure you want to part with it?

  47. I’m a beginning spinner, advanced knitter. But my spinning could surely use help. I’d love it!

  48. I’ve never spun, but have always been fascinated by the entire process.

  49. How exciting – I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks, Wendy!

  50. Wow, I would love to have it! I’ve spun for thirty years, but don’t know long draw from short draw, etc.

  51. Ooooh, that looks like a COOL book! My 9 and 10 year old girls have been trying to learn to spin on my spindles. I hope they stick with it.
    midgeling´s last blog post ..More Mug Madness

  52. Christel says:

    Beautiful! I want to learn to spin and this just might put me over the edge!

  53. Andrea Farley says:

    I am just learning to spin. I subscribe to Fleegle’s blog already…this would be a great resource!!!!

  54. I would love to win this book!

  55. lisa smith says:

    please enter me!

  56. Oh you knew we’d look…

  57. Stephanie Reynolds says:

    I would love to get back to spinning. Maybe this book would help!

  58. This book sounds like a must-have…I’d love a chance to win it!

  59. Hi Wendy, I would love to win the copy of Fleegle Spins Supported. I am definitely intrigued by the instructions for washing a tiger! Hope all is well.

  60. Very nice book! I want to learn to spin. A friend of mine has an old spinning wheel, she mentioned it at a party a week ago and I told her if she ever wanted to get rid of it that I would glad pay her for it. She said she would ask her daughter if she wanted it and if she didn’t she would give it to me. She doesn’t think it’s complete but I have friends that could fabricate the missing parts.

  61. Sure is a beautiful book. I love to spin. I love the scarf. Sending Lucy a hug.

  62. I have been “dyeing” to learn to spin for some time, but have held off only because I am already an over the top fiber addict, and fiber would simply take over my entire house. That being said, I would dearly love to have this book, so that I can vicariously enjoy the process until I am able/ready to really pick up a spindle and start.

  63. Mary Beth says:

    Thanks for the chance!! Super cool.

  64. This looks like a great book that would forward me in my spinning. I getting ready to knit my Humble Cat Yarn, spun by me of my cat, Pennelope. When I finish it I will send you a picture of the shawlette as well as the yarn…I hope I win!!

  65. Sandra Kerr says:

    Interesting. I’d love to read that book.

  66. handmadebysue says:

    I am interested in spinning – have done a little bit with a drop spindle but am really interested in a spinning wheel. This book sounds phenomenal.

  67. Katrina G says:

    This book looks wonderful! I really admire Fleegle’s spinning and humor. Thank you for offering this up as a prize!

  68. Laura Iseman says:

    That book looks fantastic! I would love to win a copy.

  69. Andrea in Tn says:

    this would be wonderful to study thanks for the offer Andrea

  70. I am a spinner and the pages you teased us with look pretty darn good. I’d love to win this book.

  71. I would love to own a copy of this book! It looks lovely. I am a relatively new spinner and always have an eye out for more tips and techniques. Being that March 8th is my birthday I am hoping that I wil get lucky! Thank you for your great blog!

  72. Mary Katharin says:

    I’ve been waiting for this book to come out !! I’ve tried drop spindle spinning but I think supported will be so much easier. Yeah Fleagle!

  73. Teresa Fussell says:

    Wow! it’s amazing how the comments increase when your giving something away! I too love the book!

  74. This book looks awesome and I recently started spinning again. I like that she talks about fiber preparation since I will be getting some raw fleece in a couple of months.

  75. I would love a copy of this book! I consider myself a good spinner but am not as comfortable with my supported spindles as other spindles and wheels.
    Susan´s last blog post ..the winner of Blogiversary 6 is….

  76. Cristy Ray says:

    This book looks like an awesome addition to any spinner’s library. Thanks for the introduction to her blog too. 😉

  77. Gabriele G says:

    I just started spinning on a spindle in Dec. This would be a welcome addition to learning a new skill with a supported spindle.

  78. OOO! Would love to win this!

  79. Ruthie A. says:

    Oh my! I was just given a supported spindle to learn to spin (my birthday was recently) and I don’t have a clue! I’ve decided to put off learning until my current knitting project is done but then I really want to get into it. So pick me, Random Generator! Please?

  80. I love Fleegle & would love to have her book!
    Viviana´s last blog post ..%@!&$!! Light Box

  81. LaVelle says:

    This book sounds so awesome. I spin with spindles and a wheel. Sometimes it hurts my shoulder and/or neck, but I still love it. Such a nice feeling to wear something that you took from fluff to yarn, wonderful.

  82. Midnite Baker says:

    Thanks for a chance to win this book. M

  83. This book looks wonderful

  84. Wow.

  85. ooh I’ve never spun on a supported spindle. I don’t even know why the cover picture has three pieces. I’d love to learn more!

  86. Haven’t really tried spinning yet, but I’ve been wanting too learn and this looks like an excellent resource book.

  87. Robin D says:

    I would love to win. I am a new spindle spinner and this looks like a must have

  88. I do read fleegle’s blog and would love a copy of this. whoohoo!
    Brandi´s last blog post ..Oh The Fiber- Teeswater Sheep

  89. wow! that looks amazing.

  90. Oh my! It looks amazing! I would love a copy! Going to check her blog now…gotta know how to wash a Tiger!
    Syd´s last blog post ..Spinners Take Note

  91. Love to spin and this looks like an interesting book.

  92. Oh, now that looks like *quite* the book! I’m new to spinning but would sure appreciate a copy. Thanks for offering a great giveaway! 🙂
    Heather´s last blog post ..Winterburn: all start!

  93. Regina Edmiston says:

    What a gorgeous supported spindle on the cover of Fleegle’s e-book. Thanks for letting us know of it’s existence.

  94. Therese says:

    Beautiful book!

  95. I have spindles and am saving for a great wheel. I have spun some and can’t wait to do more. Would love to win that book!

  96. I’d love to win this book!

  97. I would love a copy of the book! I just got my first spinning wheel and am trying to work out how to use it. 🙂

  98. Wendy, This book would be put to great use. #1, I could use agood book with pictures and explanations to help me improve my spinning. #2, this would be a great birthday present as well. Wishing fleegle great success.
    Theresa Baxter´s last blog post ..25th Annual Fiber Art Show and Sale

  99. Spinning has been on my radar for some time now. Just don’t know where to start. Would love some help. Would love this book. It sounds like a good place to start.

  100. I would really love that book! I follow Fleegle’s blog and it is just fantastic.