I ordered this book, Spinning in the Old Way, about a year and a half ago. It was highly recommended to me when I was learned to spin. But by the time I got around to ordering the book , I had advanced beyond the scope of the book. It is fantastic for beginners. If you want to get a new spinner a gift, I would recommend this book along with a basic spindle and some fiber. I prefer Merino fiber, which is what I leaded to spin with. I've been told it's better to choose a longer staple wool, but I loved the softness of the Merino. If the spinner has experience, you may want to choose a book that goes a little more in depth. General Rating: 4 Thumbs Up.