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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Spinzilla 2016: Travel to Bolivia!

Can you believe that Spinzilla is already on the horizon? This fun handspinning competition is now in its fourth year and will be held October 3‒9, 2016. Spinzilla became an international event in 2014, welcoming spinning teams around the world to participate. ClothRoads, ever dedicated to supporting indigenous textile artisans, has helped to sponsor a […]

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Spinzilla 2016

Stay tuned for more details on Spinzilla 2016, which will take place October 3-9, 2016! The fourth annual event will feature friendly competition and a full week of spinning fun. Spin-Off is delighted to be the Major Media Sponsor, and details about our team will be available soon.

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Spinzilla Team Registration Last Call

  An action shot of Eran McCarty's Majacraft Rose during Spinzilla 2014. Photo: Kate Larson.   The fiber world is buzzing about Spinzilla—a fun spinning competition that will be held October 5‒11, 2015. (You can learn more in the Spinzilla FAQ.) Spinzilla allows us to either spin on our own (Rogue Spinners) or band together […]

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Warming Up for Spinzilla!

    In preparation for Spinzilla, I've pulled out my fiber, cleared off some bobbins, and queued up some video. You’ve probably heard the buzz about the upcoming “Monster of a Spinning Week,” Spinzilla, which takes place October 5-11. (That’s Monday to Sunday.) I’m getting ready by finishing up one last spinning project, getting my […]

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