Spinning Tuesdays: Sarah Anderson’s Book Is Out Today! I Have One to Give Away!

It’s finally out! Spinners have been teased by several prospective publication dates for Sarah Anderson’s The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs, but now it’s finally available.

A most wonderful spinning book!
A most wonderful spinning book!

It’s a fantastic book, here’s my review from Deep Fall Knitty (I told you the publisher has been teasing us for a while):

This is the spinning book every spinner will rush out and buy this fall. This book doesn’t teach you to spin it — teaches you the potential of your spinning.

Sarah Anderson guides spinners through the making of 80 different yarns, each building on the techniques of the yarn before it. The writing style is concise and at the same time thorough and inspiring – I wanted to spin every single yarn I read about the second I finished reading.

Beyond the making of yarns, Sarah reminds spinners of the basics: twist and balance, woolen vs. worsted, washing fleece and an excellent section on fiber prep carding (hand and drum) and combing. Throughout the book, she talks about a sock knitting experiment she carried out while writing this book – what yarn structure is the best for socks? You’ll have to read it to find out. There are tips scattered through the book that focus on tricky bits of some of the yarn structures and invaluable tips for knitting with different types of yarns.

The book is filled with photographs, more than I think I’ve seen in any other spinning book – excellent process photos, beautiful project photos and lots of inspirational photos. It’s wonderful to see a book take the space to satiate visual learners.

This isn’t a book for the most beginning of spinners, but it could be a second spinning book. There is little discussion of how different breeds affect the yarn spun, but that’s a book in itself.

The joy in this book is the instruction of 80 yarns spinners now have at their fingertips. What the Barbara Walker’s Treasury of Knitting pattern books are to knitters, The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs will be to spinners.

Here are some sexy spinning photos from the book. All Photography by John Polak:


Spiral Yarn
Spiral Yarn
Wool Bouclé

Doesn’t it make you want to hide away with your spinning wheel and a big pile of fiber until you’ve tried all 80 yarns?


I have a copy to give away! Regular contest rules: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Thursday  January 31st. One comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win our prize.

Good luck and happy spinning!



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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com

231 thoughts on “Spinning Tuesdays: Sarah Anderson’s Book Is Out Today! I Have One to Give Away!

  1. Karrie

    Looks like a very interesting book. I need all the information I can get 80 yarns you say-that’s alt of fun Tuesdays.

  2. Ayse

    If anybody here gets the chance they should try to take a class with Sarah. Her samples are even more gorgeous in person!

  3. Cathy W

    On some level I’m thinking “This book would be wasted on me.” Which might be a sign that it might be very valuable to me indeed.

  4. Carolyn

    I need to get out of a spinning rut and try something new – this book looks like a fantastic guide!

  5. greta

    That looks like such a fabulous book. Of course, if I win it I would have to take off several vacation days from work so I could work through it… Totally worth it!

  6. Lisa J

    I have a whole white fleece from a merino I actually met and shamefully I have spun only a little bit of it. shame. I ‘ve had it for than 2 years. shame. The cover of this book looks like the yarn that would come from Lotus’ beautiful fleece. It may be my inspiration, finally!


  7. Sarah

    This book makes me wish that I had kept up spinning after my MIL taught me. But I could still use the book! MIL’s birthday is coming up in a few months…

  8. Joanne F

    This looks like a fascinating book. Fingers crossed that I’m lucky enough to win, otherwise it will have to go on my wish list!

  9. Melissa

    I received a spinning wheel for Christmas and have been utterly terrified by and excited for the transition from spindle. Thanks for the review on what looks like a useful guide!

  10. Knittingdancer (Teresa)

    I would love to win this book and give it to a great friend that spins some very beautiful yarn.

  11. Yvonne Simpson

    This book is exactly what I need to get me started spinning again.

    I am going to have to find that book.


  12. Kara

    Oh, I’d love this book. It’s going on my Amazon wish list… unless I am lucky enough to win a copy first!

  13. lunabug

    Yes! I frequently peruse spinning book offerings looking for…something. I have often wondered exactly what I am looking for, since spinning is kind of, well, spinning. But here it is, what I’ve been looking for all along! A spinning book that shows all the different things spinning can be, and that its not just…spinning. Its Spinning!

  14. Erika


    As it so happens, I have a new spinning wheel and a big ol’ fleece and this would be PERFECT

  15. Laurie

    One of my goals in 2013 is to get back into Spinning. This would be a fabulous help to relearn things I’ve forgotten and learn new things as well! Thanks for the opportunity!

  16. Barbara

    I can’t wait to see if my LYS has ordered this.

    It would be great to do a group spin along and work our way thru the book.

  17. Brenda

    I so need what this book can teach me. My yarn is soo boring. I have a 14yo friend who makes great yarn. He’s been at it 2 years and me …15 I need help!!!


  18. Trish

    I would sure like to spin all 80 types of yarns! It looks like it has some great photos. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  19. DeepSeaPurl

    This looks like an amazing book! Can’t wait to try it. Usually I do better with video, but this looks like it will be a tremendous reference.

    *Hope this isn’t a duplicate, hit enter in my hurry 😉 *

  20. Renee Anne

    I do need to have a(nother) love affair with Viktor (my wheel)…he’s been neglected since our move. I would love this book, even if I never learn to spin “properly.”

  21. headythreads

    OOOO–I want to tuck away with my wheel and wool! Pick ME! THANKS for this opportunity. I NEED this book and will buy a copy regardless; THANKS to knitty for the tip!

  22. Carrie

    I really cannot think of anything cooler than winning that book. It would be seriously fun to work your way through all the techniques. Thanks for showing us the pics! They are beautiful.

  23. The Other Kristen

    Wow — this looks like a book every spinner NEEDS. What fun, and thanks for letting us know about it.

  24. Daron

    This book excites me. It makes me want to take my spinning to a different level. Would love to have a chance to win!

  25. Amanda Underwood

    What a beautiful book. My spinning is not nearly adventurous enough but I’m definitely going to read this.

  26. Nina Saulic

    This book looks like a spinner’s dream. If only we could all quit our day jobs and spin, spin, spin. I would be tickled to win this book.

  27. Carla Boustead-Willingham

    I’m a beginner and really need to stretch out my library!! This would be great!!!!
    😀 Carla

  28. Jagadeesh

    Woot! I’m a brand new spinner (not even a week now) and I would love to have this book (all my money is going to fiber and spindles!).

  29. Emc.

    I am so ready for this book! I’m just to the point in my spinning where this would be ever so helpful.

  30. yarnstruck

    Ooh,ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh! I so need to read this book! I’m thirsty to understand things like when and why to put lots of extra plying twist into a yarn and what kind f yarn that will get you! Please send me the magic skill-testing question! 🙂

  31. Anita

    Ohhhh Myyyyyy. This looks like a book that could help me move from perpetual default yarn to actual skill. Thanks for offering it to the world!

  32. Cocoonivus

    Thanks for showing the images of the pages! Even if I didn’t spin, it would be fascinating to read this and learn how different styles of yarn are made.

  33. Leah

    Wow, that looks like an awesome book. I’ll have to put that down on a wishlist, that’s for sure!

  34. Kamigaeru

    I would love to win this book, not for myself, but for my good friend who does actually spin! I think she’d love it and find it a very valuable resource.

  35. Olga

    Oooh. For years I’ve been so curious about spinning and I don’t yet spin, but this might be the type of thing that would get me crackin’.

  36. Steph N

    I’m guessing most of these yarns are beyond my skill level right now, but I bet they’ll be great inspiration for me to get better! Count me in, please.

  37. Kimberly Burnette

    I ordered this book the day that it became available and let me just say that I have not been able to put it down! I have so many ideas buzzing around in my head right now! All I want to do is call into work sick and stay at home for the next month playing with fiber! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!

  38. Kathryn Z

    This is pretty much the exact spinning book I’ve been looking for! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy either way!

  39. Linda

    I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on this book, looks like it will be a classic must-have for any spinner’s library.

  40. Penny Tschantz

    I’d really like this book! Even though I don’t have much interest in art yarns, it appears to have ample information for spinners like me who prefer their yarn “plain.”

  41. G.K. Green

    Hope the force of randomness is on my side to win … 8^) Kudos not only to the author, but the photographer too! Thanks for the contest …

  42. Zaelia Blue

    I think this could be the book for me and I’m enjoying dreaming of all the wonderful things I could create!

  43. Nikki Atkins

    Ooo, i just pulled my wheel back out and have been spinning again – this would be awesome!

  44. Eleni Papadaki

    Oh! Perfect timing! I just started spinning! It will be a great addition to my ‘spinning library’!

  45. Stephanie Gordon

    What a beautiful book! I would love to win! Thank you for the chance! Stephanie (indigodogmt on Ravelry)

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