5 Reasons I Love Spinzilla

I love participating in spinning events such as Spinzilla. I find comfort in knowing that I’ll be participating in a cherished activity along with other spinners from all over the world. In fact, there’s much to be gained from participating in a planned spinning event or competition year after year. These rewards go well beyond the possession of newly completed handspun. As we near the end of Spinzilla 2018, here’s what I’ve already gained from this year’s participation:

1. Time for Spinning

Spinning is a part of my near daily life, but sometimes I feel guilty for spinning when I should be doing something else (such as working and earning a living). Each Spinzilla, I allow myself a single week of spinning, angst-free. I don’t spin all day, but I’ll sure take the few hours a day I carve out for myself.

2. Better Organizational Skills

Like many other spinners, I have deadlines to meet and projects to complete. Spinzilla helps me remember just how much I can accomplish when I prioritize my tasks and plan out my days.

3. Spinning for a “Someday” Project

Even before I researched and wrote an article on the history of Shetland haps for Spin Off Fall 2018, I have wanted to spin yarn for a hap of my own. When a friend mentioned that she had been inspired to take Spinzilla week to spin for her own hap, I jumped at the opportunity to join in and make this Spinzilla more about my own personal accomplishment than my yardage spun.


I tried not to overthink my hap spin by going through my entire stash to compare color groupings. Instead, I grabbed semi-solids in my favorite theme of fall for my contrast/border colors and chose to honor the original Shetland haps by pairing these with a natural main color. Photo by Debbie Held

4. Recognition of Improvement

Being able to spin the yarn you had envisioned for a project is a prize in and of itself. If this is a goal you are seeking for your own spinning, I can tell you that practice is the best way of getting there. Concentrated hours of spinning during Spinzilla can add to any spinner’s skillset, no matter his or her experience level.

5. Sharing With Community

The $15 registration fee participants pay to officially be included on a team is donated to the TNNA Foundation, which is dedicated to making fiber arts supplies and classes available to our youths and is currently reviewing proposals to help widen that scope of teaching.

Spinzilla helps me stop and take stock of all the positive changes I’ve found within my own life, and I can thank my handspinning for pretty much all of them. I’m hopeful that bringing this skill to another generation will help others to also find their place in this world. And there’s certainly no harm in spinning just for pleasure (and a hap!).


Featured Image: Photo by Kate Larson

Get your Spinzilla on!


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