What is Spinzilla? Spinzilla is a worldwide spinning competition where teams and individuals are challenged to see who can spin the most yarn in a week, while at the same time not worrying too much about the kind of yarn to spin, but rather, to just go forth and make yarn with your spindles and wheels. Spinzilla is sponsored by The National NeedleArts Association’s Spinning and Weaving Group.
Of course, there will be prizes offered by sponsors. We will be offering a prize. In addition, any spinner who spins a mile (1760 yards) will be entered into Spinzilla’s Monster Mile Club for a special drawing. And yes, spinners will be given credit for plying.
Nimblestix and Spinzilla
If you were not already aware, Nimblestix is a social network site for fiber artists. Since we love to spin, we wanted to make this a site where spinners can feel welcome. That means having features that spinners can make the most use of.
So, naturally, when we heard that Spinzilla was going to continue for the 2nd year in an effort to see who could spin the most yarn in a week, we resolved to participate for the 2nd time in this exhausting, but exciting event. We also thought that spinners would appreciate the opportunity to use our features as a tool. To that end, we’re stepping up to field a team for the event, and invite others to use our resources.
- Track fiber and fleece from processing to spinning projects to finished objects.
- Print labels for fiber and handspun, even when your skeins are of different lengths.
- Automatically cross-post to other social media.
We’ll go through these features more in depth later on this blog.
Ready? Set? Go!
Signup for spinners begins August 4th and ends on September 22nd. Be sure to register early, as teams will fill up quickly! How do you sign up? Its very simple to do so – starting August 4th you will be able to sign up at the Spinzilla website. Spinning starts the second week of October, the 6th through the 12th.
Many of my color ways come by way of what I like, or what I see. Sometimes it’ll be a picture of something or a child wearing a particular color combination. Sometimes it’s just a guessing game to see if two or more colors “go together” (as my daughter says). I love bright and bold colors. I struggle to get anything pastel. Life is too short for pastel colors! So, I play with bright dyes. Thru the playing I, many times, come up with a color way that I want to carry permanently in my inventory.
Of course, other teams are more than welcome to join Nimblestix and stash fibers in preparation for Spinzilla, set up spinning projects when Spinzilla begins in ernest, and share final yardage totals that have been documented as spinning projects are converted into handspun yarn with the click of a button. If you haven’t already, come and join us at Nimblestix.
We look forward to seeing you online!