Spinzilla is for Spindle Spinners, Too!

Since the Spinzilla ball has gotten rolling, I’ve heard more than one spinner say, “I’d do Spinzilla, but I won’t have time to be at a wheel, and I can’t do it on just a spindle.”

Just a spindle?

Good thing the Vikings didn’t hear you say that—their spindle-spun sails worked just fine for sailing the high seas.

You may have heard that spindles are slower by the minute, faster by the week. In the hands of some spinners, the spindle may not even be much slower by the minute, and over the course of a week, you can cover excellent ground.

One of Team Spin Off’s 2015 members, Sara Greer, didn’t have as much time to spin at her wheel as she expected because life intervened. She carried a few spindles with her, though, and made the most of time waiting for the school bus. Her finished yarn photo includes a number of wheel-spun bobbins . . . but more spindle-spun cops.

Sara Greer spun almost as much yarn on a drop spindle as on her wheel.

Sara Greer spun almost as much yarn on a drop spindle as on her wheel.

Another 2015 team member, Lyssa Newport, was pretty new to spinning, but she kept at it. Not owning a wheel, she spun all of her yardage on spindles, and by the end of the week she’d made great strides.

Lyssa Newport made huge progress with a drop spindle.

Lyssa Newport made huge progress with a drop spindle.

I took Spinzilla as an excuse to spin at work! That’s not an everyday occurrence for me—spinning interferes with typing—but it was fun to sit in a meeting and spin. This year, I might bring a supported spindle to one of my meetings and spin a little cotton while solving the world’s problems. Thinking of Gandhi might help me maintain a positive frame of mind.

I spun during a meeting or two during Spinzilla 2015.

I spun during a meeting or two during Spinzilla 2015.

This year, we’ve released two of my new favorite spindle videos by Amelia Garripoli; paired with Judith MacKenzie’s spindle whorl exploration, we’re bundling them as the Spindles Around the Whorl Collection. Available to download instantly, they are a wonderful source of inspiration and technical expertise to get you through Spinzilla on a spindle.

Happy spinning!
Anne

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