Do you need "permission" to spin?

I needed permission to spin

Did you participate in Spinzilla last week? I did (as part of #teamspinoff!). If you haven't heard of Spinzilla, it was a spinning event organized by the Spinning and Weaving Group (part of The National Needlework Association, TNNA) and took place during National Spinning and Weaving week (always the first full week in October). Spinners were invited to sign up for a team and spin singles from midnight October 6th through midnight October 13th and then measure the yardage and submit it as a photo of the yarn with the total yardage spun to the team captain. Over 600 spinners participated in the first Spinzilla—and photos of skeins, bobbins, and spindles filling up started appearing all over Ravelry, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. I was so inspired to see the braids of handpainted fiber, the piles of washed locks, the carded batts waiting to be spun.

I managed to clean off a couple bobbins before the week started and line up the fiber I wanted to spin. I decided that I would continue working on a project I had started last summer (spinning for a sweater) and that I had completed about half the spinning on already.

I brought my spinning wheel to work and I spun during the filming of Sharon Costello's videos (Needlefelting Animals and Painting with Wool—due out in January). I couldn't spin while the actual filming was taking place, but we took lots of little breaks as Sharon finished needle felting small parts of the projects off camera to advance the project to the next step. It was so great to have my spinning there right in front of me.

I took my wheel to a parent education meeting at my daughter's school and spun during the meeting. A couple parents and teachers stopped by to ask me what I was working on—it was fun to share my excitement about Spinzilla with them, even if they thought I was a little nuts.

I spun in the evenings while watching Downton Abbey, in the mornings as my coffee brewed. I spun at my nephew's baseball game, and while my husband helped my sister remove a dead tree from her yard (and I kept an eye on the kids). I spun with children squirming on my lap, and on the back porch while they carved pumpkins (we did it early this year as I'll be at SOAR for the next two weekends).

I finished my first bobbin on Friday night at the spin-in at the Fancy Tiger in Denver (#teamfancytiger was very gracious and made room for me and Liz Gipson—a rogue spinner and one of the Spinzilla organizers—in their circle).

I finished my second bobbin on Sunday night. The weekend yielded a lot more spinning time than the week had. I finished the fiber for my project and started on a bump of handpainted fiber that had been tantalizing me for a while. All in all I was able to spin 2,276 yards during the week. And it was so much fun. I have to figure out how to give myself permission to do this all the time! Okay—it is true that there were some things that were neglected (I do need to catch up on laundry so that I can pack for SOAR, for instance), but the peace I felt each time that I sat at my wheel is worth something. I need to make room for it in my life. So, thank you to all the people who took the dream of Spinzilla and made it a reality. I'm excited to find out the results—I know that collectively we spun a lot of yarn last week—perhaps enough to stretch across a couple of states even. In my mind, Spinzilla has been a great success simply because not only did it give me permission to spin, but I got to do it alongside all of you! Our thread stretches around the world—figuratively, if not literally.

Happy  spinning,

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