Spinzilla—At the Finish Line!

“Who can spin the most yarn in a week?” Spinzilla has been challenging us to test our speedy spinning skills each October. The 2016 results have now been posted. All together, participants in this year’s event spun 5,507,622 yards!

Let’s check-in with a few of the teams:

Friendly rivals: members of Team Handspinning News and Team Hilltop Cloud gather for a spinning day together. Note this year’s pirate theme! Photo: Shiela Dixon.

Friendly rivals: members of Team Handspinning News and Team Hilltop Cloud gather for a spinning day together. Note this year’s pirate theme! Photo: Shiela Dixon.

Team Handspinning News – Based in the United Kingdom (UK)
Three years ago, Spinzilla became an international event. That year, Handspinning News editor Shiela Dixon participated as a rogue spinner. She enjoyed the experience and, as she put it, “rashly said publicly that if no one else started a UK team the following year, I’d host one under Hand Spinning News. And it came to be!” The excitement has continued to spread and this year’s competition included three UK teams. You can learn more about what is happening in the UK fiber scene in Shiela’s monthly newsletter.

Shiela’s total: 8882 Spinzilla yards (including singles and plying yards) destined to become a pair of socks, the Kathe Cardigan, and Shiela’s Christmas jumper project, Boreal by Kate Davies. Photo: Shiela Dixon.

Shiela’s total: 8882 Spinzilla yards (including singles and plying yards) destined to become a pair of socks, the Kathe Cardigan, and Shiela’s Christmas jumper project, Boreal by Kate Davies. Photo: Shiela Dixon.

Team Echoview Revolutionaries – North Carolina
Echoview was established in 2012 as an ecologically-minded fiber processing hub. The company has continued to grow and change over the years with the support of their community in the Asheville, North Carolina, area. Judi Jetson, co-founder of Local Cloth, joined Team Echoview Revolutionaries again this year. She and many other team members gathered early in the competition week to spin in public at the beautiful Asheville Visitors Center. Judi said the team caused quite a stir!

Smiling spinners in North Carolina. Photo by Jason Tarr. Courtesy of the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Smiling spinners in North Carolina. Photo by Jason Tarr. Courtesy of the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

Rogue Spinner Tina Sanders – Arizona
Like so many rogue spinners, Tina Sanders wanted to participate in Spinzilla this year, but knew her spinning time would be short. She chose some stunning fiber to work with and her Spinzilla efforts resulted in beautiful bobbins. You can follow her artistic pursuits on her blog, Wool and Needle.

“My spinning has started off a bit slow, but I’m hopeful to finish this braid soon so I can start the next 4 oz. braid in the same color. This is such a gorgeous colorway and once plied, I plan to make a handspun scarf or shawl with it.”

Tina has been spinning Three Waters Farm Blue Face Leicester in the colorway Rags and Bones. Photo: Tina Sanders.

Tina has been spinning Three Waters Farm Blue Face Leicester in the colorway Rags and Bones. Photo: Tina Sanders.

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