I have no idea what Beth Smith looks like and I hope I don't offend her but, when I read this book I just picture my grandma sitting beside me teaching me the basics of spinning. That is of course if my grandma possessed the skill of spinning. Beth writes in such a gentle way. It's like she is sitting there with you and not just words on a paper. Again, to sum up what I picture is my loving grandma beside me. The fact that Beth is able to draw up such a thought makes me like the book even more.
The book is definitely a how to. It's an informative read. I wouldn't consider the book long. It's 123 pages, counting the glossary. The book is light weight and small measuring 5x7. The size makes it ideal for on the go travel. There are seven chapters ranging from Spinning in a Nutshell to Plying. Through the pages Beth teaches you how to tie on a leader, how to draft, about wheels-their parts,etc, how to card, how to join new fiber, how to master twist, how to rewind bobbins, how to measure the length of your skein, and so much more!!! For 123 pages you'll learn a ton! Of course, Beth is not afraid to encourage you to try the things you're reading about instead of just reading them. As she knows from experience, there is no teacher quite like hands on learning. In her own words, "Throughout this book, I talk a lot about sampling and trying things out - it's the best way I know to improve skill and confidence. Don't be afraid to experiment." (pg 3)
If you're new to spinning I highly recommend this book. It will give you the knowledge you desire to know which will boost your confidence. In return, you'll enjoy spinning that much more. Seeing how spinning is a lost art but a definite need to know I can't stress enough to pick up a copy and learn this new skill. The next time you sit down to crochet or knit remember to thank a spinner. If it wasn't for them you wouldn't have yarn to enjoy your hobbies with. Thread is the exact same thing but a smaller version. Again, thank a spinner.
They say actions are better caught than taught so here's to you Beth Smith, THANK YOU!