Spinzilla 2017: The Monster Awakens!

With Labor Day approaching, I have one thing on my mind: Spinzilla is coming.

A quick recap: Spinzilla began in 2013, when several busy spinners grew tired of wishing they had more time to spin and decided to do something about it. During Spinning and Weaving Week (always the first full week in October), they challenged spinners to produce as much yardage as they could in seven days. Spinners who spun the most yarn in that week would be declared the winners, and the sign-up fees would support NAMP (TNNA’s Needle Arts Mentoring Program). This is the fifth year, and spinners are already counting the days. To find advice and reults from previous years, check out our archive of Spinzilla posts from the last 5 years.


Spinzilla 2017 team registration is open until August 31. On September 1, spinners get our turn to register, either for a team or as Rogue Spinners (solo participants). Registration closes September 30 so that spinning can begin at 12:01 am on October 2.

Having just finished my first combospin inspired by Debbie Held’s article in the Winter 2017 Spin Off, I’m itching to start a new one, and I think it’s the perfect Spinzilla project. Here’s why!

1. It will hold your attention through a solid week of spinning.

It may feel like a sprint, but after five days of spinning, heading into the weekend can seem like too much of a good thing. A combospin that mixes up eight or more of your favorite braids keeps your hands and eyes entertained. I got to the end of one strip of fiber and had a delightful surprise when I pulled out the next strip.

2. It lets you prepare before the main event.

To be counted for Spinzilla, yarn needs to be spun between Monday morning and Sunday night. But pulling out the fiber, admiring it, dividing it up, and predrafting are all fair game before Spinzilla. You can get friendly with the fiber and build anticipation so you’re ready to spin.

3. It’s a totally doable Spinzilla project.

Debbie Held (and Tracy Lew of The PassioKnit Spinner, who described her method in her podcast) recommend using at least 8 four-ounce braids for a combospin; I opted for 11. That looks like a lot when you lay it out, but it adds up to 2 to 3 pounds—ambitious for a week’s spinning, but not impossible. If that’s too much, aim to spin the first set of singles; if it’s too little, get plying! (Within certain parameters, plying counts during Spinzilla; see the FAQ on plying).

Start thinking about Spinzilla: what you’ll spin, whom you’ll spin with, and what goals you’ll aim for. The Monster awakens—are you ready?

—Anne Merrow

Featured Image: Let’s combospin again!

Get ready for Spinzilla!

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