A New Spinning Book: 51 Yarns by Jacey Boggs Faulkner! Psst, there’s a giveaway….

51 Yarns to Spin Before You Cast Off!

There aren’t that many spinning books that get published each year and I feel that each one should be celebrated!

The newest book to join the spinning fold is 51 Yarns to Spin Before You Cast Off by Jacey Boggs Faulkner, Queen of PLY Magazine, PLY Away and the new PLY Books program. I work with Jacey on books, so I’m not writing a review, just doing a little show and tell of our new book.

This book outlines 51 yarns every spinner should spin before they are done. Done with spinning, done with fiber, or that bigger done. There are breeds, drafts and particular plies to explore, with tips and how-tos to get them done.

It’s cute! Just look at it. It’s fully illustrated with a little sweetness and sass by Kristen Slade. Be sure to to look all over the pages, there’s a lot of silliness going on in the backgrounds and edges. Can you spot the spinning teachers and spinning celebs? There are few scattered through the book.

It’s smart! Every yarn is described and dissected. There is a quick step by step to the spinning. If you’ve ever read any books or articles by Jacey

Packed full of spinning smarts!

you know she digs right in to explain with great clarity.

It’s funny! If you’ve ever taken a class with Jacey you know, she’s funny. Her wit accompanied by Kristen’s illustrations will have you giggling through the book.

It’s a rut buster! Are you stuck in a yarn rut, spinning miles of your default yarn? This book will kick your butt out of that rut, 51 different ways. It doesn’t ask you to spin for a whole project, just offers a few samples to try. If you haven’t found your spinning mojo by the end of this book, I will eat my stash.

You can take it along and write in it! It’s spinning bag-sized, printed on uncoated paper, with a spot to make notes on each yarn you spin.

There’s spinning royalty!

There’s a spin along! Of course there is, Jacey wouldn’t send you on a 51 yarn journey without friends, all the info is here.  If you participate you might win a one year subscription to PLY.

We’re giving away a copy! Yipppeee! Leave a comment below before midnight EST April 15th, 2018, telling me the yarn you are most excited to spin and you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of 51 Yarns to Spin Before You Cast Off. Prize value $24.


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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

68 thoughts on “A New Spinning Book: 51 Yarns by Jacey Boggs Faulkner! Psst, there’s a giveaway….

  1. Wendy T

    I’ve never spun yarn before but this book would be a great help to get me started. I love the layout and illustrations.

  2. Magoo

    I want to tweak my technique more for the specific fiber, instead of my default yarn specifically spinning Jacob to its best yarn.

  3. Cindy Hadden

    I would love to spin a nice woolen yarn. I am just a beginning spinner, but love to try out new things. That is how I started spinning! The other thing I would love to try sometime, is spin some Vicuna… The books would be a great resource, inspiration and plain old eye candy.

  4. Liz

    I’m very new to spinning, so this book would be a great resource for me! I want to learn how to spin all the yarns 🙂

  5. Lesley Barnewall

    I am excited to spin super fine merino. A little trickier than some but oh so worth it.

  6. eve n

    I would love to spin a non-superwash sportweight wool yarn soft enough to wear next to my skin. But mostly I would like to be inspired to spin more often.

  7. Marilyn

    As a new spinner I have had my best success with good old sticky Corriedale. I’d love to learn to spin successfully with more challenging fibres. Fingers crossed!

  8. Isa

    I love Ply! And would love this too 😉 I’m not sure what is my goal yarn, I usually just spin my favorites, which is either a worsted or woolen 2 to 3 ply fingering to sport weight, but just for the sake of it I’d love to learn to spin singles.

  9. Brenna

    I’ve just started learning, so spinning pretty much anything that looks good is what I’m excited to spin!

  10. Mary Keely

    I’m pretty new at spinning. I would really like to learn the long draw. She makes it look so easy!

  11. Ginny

    i am an old spinner and definitely in a spinning rut. There is so much I could spin but I haven’t try it or I tried and it was rather dreadful. This book is just what I need.

  12. Wendy booth

    I would like to learn to spin a few funky yarns that are knit-able and have never thought Reid a cable Yarn. Love PLY so I am guessing this book is fabulous!

  13. Sue T.

    I would love to master corespinning so some of my beautiful fibers will be shown to their best!

  14. Lindsay O'Neill

    I’m starting to spin again after a two year hiatus (had a child, slightly lost myself in that), and in having a blast playing with my old favorites. I would love to be challenged to try something new, something I don’t even know exists yet!

  15. kari falk

    I am always looking for something to help me with my spinning. My drop spindle skills are competent, but i just can’t get the hang of spinning on my wheel. Any book, video, etc, is always helpful in my endeavor to get better at spinning on my wheel.

  16. Kandace

    How fun! I’m a self taught spinner with only the vaguest idea of the difference between worsted/woolen, or what makes a yarn good for knitting. This book looks super! Thanks as always for your giveaways.

  17. Katie S

    I want to learn to spin consistent bulky yarns. I seem to spin smaller and smaller. Looks like a great book!

  18. Ros

    I be been spinnng my default yarn for too long …just need an inspiring push to get me going further! Thanks for the chance.

  19. Lisa Conway

    There are two yarns I want to spin. First, sock yarn. So far I haven’t really spun fine enough for anything other than House slippers. And second, I’m learning tapestry weaving and would love to spin yarns for my loom (still in the mail).

  20. Jane

    I just want to up my game and get what I want. I want to spin for a sweater and I have a fear of just not doing it right.

  21. Kaitlyn

    Looks really cool! I’d love to use this with my grandma so we can both learn to spin better.

  22. bittenbyknittin

    I learned so much at PlyAway but neglected to get a copy of this book while I was there. (Spent PLENTY of money as it was!) This would be a great reference while I solidify my new spinning knowledge.

  23. Laura

    I’m looking forward to spinning a laceweight with a yak/silk blend I bought years ago. This looks like a great book!

  24. Rachel

    I love spinning new-to-me breeds, but I’m trying to figure out corespinning right now. And all the variations!

  25. Suzanne

    I just saw the knit girllls review this book. I am NOT a spinner but I have a new friend who is. Her passion for spinning is palpable and I know she would love this book. If it falls into my lap, I’m going to gift it to her.

  26. Ellen Moore

    Thank you for hosting such a wonderful book. What a great way to introduce a knitter to spinning.
    I would try spinning a lace-weight yarn. I enjoy knitting lace and it would be so terrific to knit with lace that I had spun.

  27. Angela Pea

    What yarn am I most looking forward to spinning? I have a hank of pure alpaca fiber that I’ve been hoarding for ages. I take it out and pet it every so often because it’s sooooooo soft and luscious. I’ve just been waiting for the right project…or the right spinning book! 😉

  28. Lynn

    I’d love to spin a nice even chain-ply gradient. I’m still mastering that, both on spindle and wheel. Thank you for the opportunity!

  29. Helen H

    I have sampler box of rare breed fibre and I’d like to perfect my “fine” yarn spinning before I crack open the box.

  30. katze69

    As a newish spinner, who has been dabbling with drop spindles for a long time, but only recently got a wheel, I’m currently just happy that I manage to make yarn at all. Planning how the yarn will look before I start spinning is well beyond me, for now. I’d like to change that…

  31. Jennifer Ferrence

    What do I want to spin? The question is what do I NOT want to spin?! I taught myself to spin using a drop spindle a year ago, and I still have so much I want to explore. My main goal, for now, is to spin the lovely merino/silk/camel fiber I got at a knitting conference last year. I am attempting to spin a worsted lace weight so that I’ll have enough for a shawl!

  32. Renelle Legos

    I would love to spin a chunky art yarn. I do a lot of even, sport weight and I want to expand my skills!

  33. Kate

    I’m a fairly new spinner and tend to spin the same yarn every time – quite fine, fingering/sport weight. I’d like to make something more worsted-weight. (I think I’m still in the garter-stitch scarf phase, which is all I made for at least a year when I learned to knit.)

  34. Sarah

    This is such a fun, neat, and intriguing idea! I think the yarn I am most interested in spinning one day is a textured cotton yarn.

  35. Carrie

    Long wool. I have some all washed up that I’ve been meaning to spin and it would be great to just get it done. Looks like a fun and fantastic book. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  36. Diana

    I’m a novice spinner and I find it really hard to spin longer or slippery wools so I’d love to jump in and try new techniques and new fibers!

  37. Cat Snyder

    I’d love to get proficient at spinning a true woolen yarn, ideally a 2-ply worsted weight. (How’s that for confusing terminology?)

  38. Carole Woods

    I’m getting some fiber soon when a friend shears their llamas! I can’t wait to learn to clean and process it, and then spin and knit it!

  39. Karrie

    I’d like to spin woolen or thicker yarns. My default seems to be fingering weight. I’d also like to try a cabled yarn.

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