Spinzilla! Sign Up, Get Set . . .

Spinner registration opened for Spinzilla last week! (If you haven’t heard of this annual event, now in its fourth year, here’s the lowdown: Spinners around the world compete to see who can spin the most in a week. Some spin on teams, and some spin solo. The money raised benefits the NeedleArts Mentoring Project to teach new spinners, weavers, knitters, and crocheters.)

Maybe you’ve already signed up. Maybe you’re considering it. Or maybe you’ve decided media-sponsor-logo-bannerthat Spinzilla isn’t for you! Well, here are my top 3 reasons to join in the fun—as well as 3 reasons you might not plan to spin in Spinzilla (and why you should change your mind).

Pros:
1. You will be a better spinner at the end of it.
No matter how rusty or proficient you are, a week of spinning regularly will develop your skills. It may be especially beneficial to beginning spinners, but this is a great opportunity to get better at a technique you’ve been wanting to master. Spend 15 minutes a day on it, and at the end of a week you’ll be amazed at the difference.

2. It’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up—on your spinning goals, your favorite podcasts, or some spinning videos.
We’ve put together a collection of our favorite video downloads in the 2016 Spinzilla Power Pack, featuring some of our most popular instructors, but even if audiobooks are more your speed, this is a perfect chance to binge-watch (or listen) without guilt. Get back to the fiber stash you’ve been meaning to spin for ages.

3. You deserve it.
Spinzilla was dreamed up by a couple of spinners who never gave themselves the time to do what they love. Treat yourself to the gift of time, of presence.

Cons:
1. You fear that you’ll let a team down.
Some teams do rack up impressive yardage, in some cases led by people who spin more

Pete the cat is looking forward to Spinzilla, too!

Pete the cat is looking forward to Spinzilla, too!

than 40 hours the week of Spinzilla. Those people and teams are by far the exception. Most teams would rather have a full roster of friendly participants than empty slots.

2. You have a busy week and don’t think you’ll have time to spin much.
One year, I moved during Spinzilla weekend.  It’s true, I wasn’t the most prolific spinner on my team, but having the opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle was a great stress reliever. Even if you only do it for 10 minutes a day—or every other day—dedicating yourself to spinning regularly can lead to great improvements.

3. You don’t have enough fiber.
Really? Really? If this is honestly a problem that will prevent you from participating, email me at spinoff@interweave.com. We cannot have that.

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