9 Things You Can’t Miss During Spinzilla

Spinzilla kicks off today! Whether you plan to spin it to win it, enjoy the opportunity to spin a little extra, or use the chance for a spinning party, try these ideas for a happy spinning week. 1. Spin with friends. Whether it’s nearby yarn and fiber shops, guilds, or just a café with spinning […]

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If you’ve been sitting on the Spinzilla sidelines thinking that you just don’t have the time, ability, or perhaps the competitive streak to join up for this annual week of heavy handspinning, I’m here in hopes of convincing you otherwise. Now in its fifth year, Spinzilla takes place during the first full week of October […]

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Everyone Wins at Spinzilla

For one week in October, the world stands still and spinners race to make as much yarn as possible. We asked Monica Bittner, Spinzilla’s 2016 winner (who spun 50,378 yards for Team Louet North America), for her suggestions. To what do you attribute your success at Spinzilla? I view Spinzilla as the Olympics of spinning, […]

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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 […]

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Finishing Up: The Aftermath of Spinzilla!

The yarn I spun and plied during the weeklong frenzy that was Spinzilla is now in limbo! It joins a number of other skeins of handspun yarn that are waiting for a dip in hot, soapy water. I have one basic method for how to wash wool yarns: 1. Draw a generous bowlful of very […]

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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: Team Handspinning News – Based in the United Kingdom […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Is Your Spinning Wheel Ready for Spinzilla?

Ladies and gentlemen, start your wheels! Spinzilla registration opened on September 1st, and it is never too early to begin training. Whether you are on a team or spinning rogue, is your wheel up to the challenge? With less than a month before the competition begins, now is the time to get your spinning wheel […]

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The Seven Days of Spinzilla

Okay, I’ll admit it. I can be a bit of a “default spinner.” I spin to relax and take pleasure in the process of making the yarn. I usually pick a lovely braid or bump from my stash and spin a standard 2-ply yarn. It is satisfying, but I am in a bit of a […]

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