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Q&A With Spinzilla Sponsor: Lorna's Laces

Posted By TNNA HQ, Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Updated: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Q&A With Spinzilla Sponsor: Lorna's Laces

 TNNA: Can you give a little background about Lorna’s Laces?

Amanda Jarvis: Lorna's Laces was started in the early 90's in Northern California. In 2003, it was purchased by Beth Casey and moved to Chicago, IL. Chicago is really where Lorna's Laces started to sing in my opinion. It grew, changed, and grew some more, releasing hundreds of amazing colors. Now we dye four types of spinning fiber and 14 different yarns from our staple super wash merino wool to silk and bamboo blend. In July of 2017 after over 14 years behind the scenes, I purchased Lorna's Laces. I couldn't be more thrilled to be the new owner and see where we can go next. 

TNNA: Can you give some insight on the types of your spinning fibers?

Amanda: We are doing four fibers now! We have 100 percent super wash merino, 100 percent super fine alpaca, 100 percent blue-faced Leicester and a 50/50 angora/merino.

I know the super wash is amazing for creating sock weight yarn and makes a good single ply. The alpaca and the angora/merino would lend themselves well to light airy yarn and knits. To me the BFL is begging to be made into a bulky sweater. It has this super fun crimped texture from the sheep's curls.


TNNA: What have been the biggest challenges the company has faced this year? How did you work through them?

Amanda: This year has been an interesting one. I would say our biggest challenge was obviously the transfer of ownership from Beth to myself. I mean, what could be bigger than a sale of the company? I am only a month and a half into ownership and I would say I am currently managing everything with a lot of hard work and many long hours.

TNNA: Any new projects the company is working on or planning for 2018?

Amanda: I am hoping to dedicate the coming years to building community. We have some amazing things planned for our Color Commentary series, oodles of KALs coming up, lots of new colors, fresh designs and playful dye techniques. 2018 is going to be a great year for Lorna's Laces.

TNNA: What has changed in the industry over the years? What do you predict will change in the coming years?

Amanda: It has been so interesting to work within this industry for the last 15 years. So much has changed while so much has stayed the same. I think from a professional standpoint shops and wholesalers alike are starting to be forced to break old habits and try new things. I feel the opportunity in this is very exciting. I worry a lot of about the effect routine and tradition has on creativity. Seeing new things, new places and new people gives you inspiration to do new and interesting things. Stitchers and spinners are being drawn to new and unique. The latest design, colors, fiber or dye technique ─ everything is wide open for all of us to create new art.

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Spinzilla Makes My Heart Sing

Posted By TNNA HQ, Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Spinzilla Makes My Heart Sing

By: Irene Schmoller

I never thought I could create a cyber-spinning circle of devoted cotton spinners, but I did!

Since Spinzilla’s inception in 2013 Cotton Clouds has been bringing like-minded spinners together on our Team Cotton Clouds’ Cotton Tails. 

We weren’t all cotton spinners at first and spinning cotton wasn’t a requirement to join our team.  Yet, I had an ulterior motive to get spinners—new and experienced—to give it a little try.  I knew that once they took the time (and Spinzilla certainly gave them that time) to practice cotton spinning over and over again, they would see just how easy cotton spinning really is. [Hint: Successful cotton spinning comes by using quality, prepared fibers and applying just a little twist to hold the fibers together as a yarn and once the yarn is attenuated to the desired diameter a lot more twist for strength and durability; long-draw is best!]

Our motto here at Cotton Clouds Fiber Division is : “We make cotton spinning easy!” We offer a variety of prepared cotton fibers for all applications, experience and desires. Our Easy-to-Spin® Pima, Acala, Sea Island, Brown, and Green sliver cottons are specially processed for hand spinning by leaving much of the all-important crimp in the fiber. Team members have enjoyed spinning our 8 ounce Easy-to-Spin® Sampler Pack for the variety of fibers. During Spinzilla we offer a special on our Monster Mile Package of Easy-to-Spin® Pima, that will spin 5,200 feet (one mile) of a 5/2-like yarn and includes a free pattern to knit a Victorian-style mini-purse. It is also available for spinning two miles of yarn for the adventuresome cotton spinner. For those who’ve never spun cotton before we offer our All About Cotton Spinning kit with a variety of cotton lint, sliver, punis and even a cotton boll along with a supported brass-whorl spindle and illustrated, step-by-step spinning instructions.Our many YouTube videos show them how.

These and many more cotton spinning products are favorite items ordered by our team members. I always smile when I see a team member’s excitement on Ravelry after their order arrives and a photo of the product is posted. Our team members are quite active in the weeks before and after Spinzilla posting their equipment, supplies, and thoughts about getting back into a week of spinning. Some comments just crack me up, like the one from a spinner who said that she had cooked seven dinners that were now in the freezer, did all the laundry, cleaned the house and then told her family that they were on their own for a week. She was doing nothing but spinning. No housework, no chauffeuring, no cooking. Just spinning!  And she wasn’t the only one who said something like that!

These are dedicated spinners. Although some could not spin everyday or meet their goals (and there were many distractions including family members who had taken ill) everyone spun. And that makes my heart sing!

To keep the party going, we offer several prizes in addition to the ones Spinzilla awards. We’ve sponsored prizes for “Most Chatty” , “Community Cheerleader”, “Most Colorful Handspun”,  “Most Yarn Spun” and a “Lotto Winner”. In addition, Cotton Clouds is a proud sponsor of the Cotton Boll division, donating ten $25 Gift Certificates to Spinzilla to award.

None of this would have continued year after year if it wasn’t for our. team leader, Connie Peterson. Not only does she encourage team members, through direct email, to join the team during the month of September, but she has us each introduce ourselves on Ravelry with questions like “how long spinning, favorite equipment, favorite fiber for fast spinning, special treats to eat, favorite all-time movie (Gone with the Wind was a favorite)  and personal goals for Spinzilla”. The chatter quiets down for all of us during Spinzilla as typing and spinning at the same time are not a skill most have achieved. Yet, once the week is over, we start seeing lots of great photos of full bobbins, and that’s what we love most! Our team leader is so persistent in getting team members to tally and report their yardage that we’ve only had one we couldn’t catch!

For the past two years, Rebecca Huben of Stitchcraft Marketing has helped boost interest with clever graphics to encourage us to eat healthy and stay hydrated, spinning ergonomics (the bunny yoga poses so spoke to our Cotton Tail spinners and clever maps tracking our geographic locations and how far we could travel with the combined length of yarn we all spun.  Rebecca’s map shows that once again we crossed the US! Roughly placed on the map, the yardage our team spun would let us travel this route 8.5 times!

In 2016 Cotton Clouds’ Team Cotton Tails spun a whopping 63,378 yards!, placing 28th out of 74 teams! Our score has been percolating to the top every year. We started in 2013 with 23 spinners from the states of Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, and Pennsylvania Quite a spread for a darn good cyber spinning group.  We look forward to Spinzilla 2017 to be bigger and better and even more fun this year!

 

About Irene Schmoller

Irene loves to spin cotton! Founder and owner (since 1979) of Cotton Clouds, Inc, she has been advocating the joys of cotton spinning for the past 40 years. She is the past president of The Spinning and Weaving Association (precursor to The Spinning & Weaving Group, now part of TNNA).  

Cotton Clouds is the largest supplier of all things cotton including a wide variety of quality spinning fibers, wheels and spindles, books and kits along with exclusively designed weaving kits, cotton and cotton blend yarns, looms, DVD's, books and more.
 
If you don’t find her at her Sidekick wheel spinning cotton she is probably at the beach in Florida or hiking the mountains of the Arizona deserts where she lives with her husband in their passive solar home.

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Get to Know Spinzilla Sponsor: DM Fibers

Posted By TNNA HQ, Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Get to Know Spinzilla Sponsor: DM Fibers (Dashing Mouse Designs)

As a Spinzilla 2017 sponsor, Sasha of Dashing Mouse Fibers spoke with TNNA to shed some light on a how she made the move from being a member of a circus troupe to a fibers fanatic. 

What kind of business is Dashing Mouse Fibers?
Sasha: In July 2017 Dashing Mouse Designs bought the wholesale hand spinning fiber business from Louet North America.  We promptly re-branded the fiber as DMFibers (you know, for Dashing Mouse), since we couldn't very well carry on calling them Louet fibers.

What types of products does DMFibers have that a Spinzilla spinner might be interested in?

Sasha
: Well, as we all know, it's much easier to spin fiber that you have than fiber that you don't have. To that end, we're continuing Louet's fabulous idea of discounted fiber packs to help you build your stash prior to the big event.  These bundles have a huge amount of fiber in them at a screamer of a deal, so ask your local spinning store if they could order one for you!

Tell us about how you and your business partner and husband, David, work together.

Sasha: I met my husband David when he joined the local circus troupe where I was working. Now he helps run Dashing Mouse Designs, but we both still enjoy goofing around and entertaining people. If you meet us in person, you never know what kind of shenanigans might transpire.

Why is Dashing Mouse Designs sponsoring Spinzilla?  
Sasha: A marvelous question indeed!  We didn't buy this business just to sell fibers. We really want to be engaged members of the spinning community, and sponsoring great events like Spinzilla is part of that.  We particularly like that Spinzilla incorporates so many different groups from individual spinners to local shops to tool manufacturers. It takes all of us to keep those wheels and spindles turning! Of course, it doesn't hurt that the Needle Arts Mentoring Program is such a great cause.  Who could say no to helping more kids discover the activities we love so much?

What’s your personal history with fiber arts?

Sasha: I come from a family of fiber fanatics. My grandmother made all her own clothes - including suits for when she was a lawyer and later a judge! My aunt quilted by hand and even wrote an academic book on traditional quilts.  My great-aunt was a professional spinner and weaver as well as an accomplished knitter.  It should be no surprise that I learned to crochet at age five and knit at age six. Along the way I picked up spinning and weaving as well.  Fiber is my passion, no matter what form it is in!

What's the best thing about your job?
Sasha: There are so many great things about this job! But if I have to pick just one favorite, it has to be the people. Yes, the fiber is beautiful and of course there's great satisfaction in packing the perfect box, but the spinning community is like no other. Everyone we've had the privilege of speaking with has been so kind and enthusiastic. It's fun to get to chat with teachers, shop owners, fiber mills, and spinners from all over. I can't wait to get to know more excellent people as our business grows.

What's your favorite thing you've made with your hand spun?
Sasha: Ooooh what a good one for the finale!  My favorite thing I've made with my hand spun yarn is a baby sweater.  My sister used wool in her wedding decorations, then I took the leftovers and spun them into yarn. I didn't know what I wanted to make, so it just sat in the stash until she told me they were expecting a baby. I enjoyed every minute of that project - the spinning, the knitting and now the waiting for my nephew.

Dashing Mouse Designs is always just an email away if you have questions or need spinning fiber. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Spinning Trends to Watch

Posted By TNNA HQ, Monday, September 11, 2017
Updated: Monday, September 11, 2017

Spinning Trends to Watch

The world of fiber is always changing, always evolving. This is a very exciting time to be a spinner. The trends I’m seeing in the market today are headed in three very distinct directions: breed specific fibers, interesting fiber blends and a crossover of the speckle craze from yarn to roving and top.

Breed-Specific
Probably the most notable trend is the breed-specific fibers we’re seeing in the marketplace today. When I started spinning several years ago, there were two options: merino and “farm fiber” – the fluff grown by farmers who sold directly to the public. Now, alternative breeds like Targhee, Cormo, Corriedale and Cheviot, which are readily and widely available, are being featured by indie dyers and some commercial fiber companies too. This really opens up the possibilities for finished yarn and the spinning techniques used to create it. 

Blends, Blends, Blends

The trend that excites me the most is the development of interesting blends of fiber from purveyors like HipStrings, The Homestead Hobbyist and Hobbledehoy. These blends are comprised of several different fibers, which have been dyed separately and then blended into a beautiful, almost striped braid of fiber or batt. Then, the batt may be combed top or roving and produces incredibly different finished yarns depending on the technique used to spin it. 
      

Whether it is Polwarth/yak/silk or Shetland/blue-faced Leicester/Manx Loaghtan or Corriedale/bamboo/Tussah silk, the spinning experience is fresh, new and nothing like the merino braids we’re used to spinning. The combination of textural differences and the blended colors of each of the fiber components can create a very subtle variegate if spun as is from end to end, or  it can create what can almost be a gradient if spun from the fold and plied to maintain the individual colors within the braid. Even more options unfold when the braid is spun fractally. 

Speckle Craze
Another hot trend across the fiber markets is speckles. I honestly didn’t think this was going to be much of a trend when speckles first became popular because of the vast amount of empty or white space in the yarn that was being dyed. I was shocked to see this trend make the crossover to spinning fiber because it would be so difficult to isolate those bright pops of color in a finished yarn. 

The technique used would really need to be incredibly deliberate to create anything resembling a speckled yarn from a braid of speckled fiber. This is where I was very surprised. Even when spun in a traditional plied structure without a whole lot of intention, the resulting yarn is both subtle and striking. The pops may not be as intense as they were in the braid, but the overall result is still quite pleasing.

Interest in the Unknown 
Spinners are becoming increasingly interested in out-of-the-box tools, techniques and equipment as well. The e-spinner market is seeing many new entries including Abby Franqemont’s Device of Questionable Origin, Hansen Craft’s mini-spinner version 2 and new Pro. 

Small boutique spinning tool shops are opening and expanding like HipStrings and Akerworks, and classes on different methods for handling fiber to create your desired yarn are also on the rise.  Ply Magazine has even launched a spinning book publishing division. 

This is indeed an exciting time to be a spinner, and with Spinzilla fast approaching, I’m shopping madly for some Cormo, some blends and maybe even a speckled braid while I read and re-read my books on new techniques, as well as clean and oil my wheels. Rhinebeck may be the Knitter’s Prom, but Spinzilla is the spinner’s Indy 500!


About the Author

Amy Ross Manko raises eight different breeds of Heritage and Rare Breed sheep on her historic farm in Southwestern PA from which she produces a vast array of natural color 100% wool yarn and roving for the retail craft market

 


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Spinzilla Has Met Its Match: Louet's Newest Product

Posted By TNNA HQ, Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Spinzilla Has Met Its Match: Louet's Newest Product

Looking for a new wheel for Spinzilla? Look no further than Louet’s newest offering. Sponsor of Spinzilla 2017, Louet North America is excited to launch a special offer for their entry-level S17 wheel! The S17 is an outstanding wheel, priced for the entry-level spinner at only $390.

The S17 is functionally identical to the super-popular S10 Concept wheel, featuring all the same components and utilizes the same accessories (such as art yarn flyer, bulky bobbins, high-speed flyers, bobbins, etc.) However, Louet is able to offer this great wheel at a lower price because it's unfinished and requires more assembly. 

Buy it. Paint it. Spin with it. Make it your own!
 
Even better, for a limited time, if you share your painted S17, Louet will send you $200 in fiber! 

Get some inspiration from spinners who've already submitted their wheel.

           

 

 Purchase yours here.


About Louet

Trudy Van Stralen is the founder of Louet North America and remains the driving creative force behind its continued product development.

Trudy developed a reputation in the hand dyeing community in the mid 70's. She dyed with nature's palette,(natural dyes) creating wonderful color ranges of wool fleece, mohair fiber and yarn. In addition, she sold her dyed fibers from her small shop, in the same location that Louet North America now calls home.

Trudy had learned to knit at a young age during the post WWII years in Holland, and in the 1970’s, as a fiber artist, dyeing wool and yarn, she taught herself to spin and weave.  Trudy created woven garments and was a contributing source in Handwoven and Spin-Off Magazines in the early 1980’s, as well as spinning and selling her handspun yarns at her store – Hilltop Wools.

Trudy taught her craft of hand dyeing across North America, in workshops through out the 1980’s. In the late 1980’s, Trudy wrote a book on hand dyeing entitled, Indigo Madder and Marigold, a book that is used by many as a resource  for hand dyeing with natural dyes.

In the late 90’s Trudy began creating hand knitted garments and patterns, bringing her back to her roots, growing up in Holland. Trudy often jokes that she knits in “dutch”. Today, Trudy continues developing knitting patterns with her team of knitters and designers. Trudy also designs new yarns for Louet North America.

Extraordinary fibers, fantastic colors, wonderful patterns and a company dedicated to providing you the best possible service. From hand knitting to spinning and weaving, Louet North America is committed to offering outstanding products and services. Being sensitive to environmental issues we focus on using the best of traditional and contemporary techniques, in order to produce the highest quality products we have come to be known for in the past 30 years.

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Meet Our Spinzilla Sponsor: The Woolery

Posted By TNNA HQ, Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Meet Our Spinzilla Sponsor: The Woolery

TNNA: What’s The Woolery all about?

The Woolery: Our main focus is to provide quality products and first class customer service to the fiber arts community. In customer service, we focus on making sure we are up to date on new trends so we can provide support to our customers when they need it. Purchasing and receiving keeps our product line up to date. Shipping makes sure that packages go out the door quickly and that everything is packed well to survive the rigors of shipping. That is a challenge sometimes! 

TNNA: How did The Woolery get its start and how has it progressed to where it is today?

The Woolery: The Woolery started as a small store and mail order business in upstate New York in 1981. It has had several owners since that modest start. Each owner has brought their own vision to the store and grown the business while staying in touch with the fiber arts community to make sure that we are serving their needs. That is our biggest strength; we always welcome feedback from our customers. We make sure that we stay flexible so we can make the changes needed for us to grow and serve our customers to the best of our ability. 

TNNA: What’s a typical day look like at The Woolery?

The Woolery: Busy! People start coming into the shop to work on online orders at 8AM during the week. The phones don’t open up until 10AM, so we have time to get ready for the day. The ringing of the phone is a constant sound in the customer service area while a very eclectic array of background music comes from shipping. You might hear the sounds of a class being held in the class room or the thump of a loom being used in the front of the shop. Inventory comes in through the back door on the left hand side of the shop and orders go out later that day on the back door on the right hand side of the shop. It’s very efficient thanks to the new space we moved into last summer. It was a lot of work to move, but it was very much worth it. 

TNNA: How many years has The Woolery participated in Spinzilla?

The Woolery: The Woolery has been part of Spinzilla since the very first year! It’s been wonderful to see the event grow over time. It is one of the highlights of my year. 

TNNA: How do you grow as a team each year?

The Woolery: Team Woolery focuses on enjoying the week and striving to reach personal bests instead of reaching for a high position in the yards spun between all the Spinzilla teams. We normally do well and more importantly for us, enjoy the camaraderie that a focused week of spinning brings the team. We have several team members that have been part of the team since the first year, so it’s great to catch up with those members and learn more about the new team members at the same time! 

In the shop, we are a bit more competitive, but again it’s on a personal level. We always try to beat our yardage from the year before and it’s always fun to see who spun the most over the week!

TNNA: What is The Woolery doing to stand out in the industry?

The Woolery: We actively seek out our customer’s feedback so we can improve in all areas of the business. It’s very important because we wouldn’t be where we are without our customers! Because of that feedback, we do our best to serve our customers in a variety of ways that suit them best. We take mail orders for the customers who prefer to pay by check or money order. On the other end of the spectrum, we are always working on upgrading our website and online presence for our customers that prefer that. On top of that, customers can always call the shop for a more personal touch when they want or need it. Add our lovely show room to that mix and you have a shop that can help customers the way that they prefer to be helped. 

TNNA: Is The Woolery doing anything to appeal to younger generations and to get others involved in Spinning?

The Woolery: Yes we are! Social media is very important in the lives of younger generations, but it’s also a great way to introduce people to new things. A picture speaks a thousand words and places like Facebook, Instagram and Ravelry give us a way to get information about spinning out to the world in a way we never were able to before. We also support our local guild and guilds all over the world with our Guild Rewards Program and our Woolery Fiber Arts Outreach Grant. 

TNNA: Are there any other initiatives The Woolery has started or will be starting soon?

The Woolery: The biggest thing we are working on right now, and are always working on, is bringing in new products and finding good sources for quality fiber and yarns. We recently brought in lovely hand dyed fiber from Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks. We’ve also started selling a new merino silk blend in solids and stripes and solid colors in sari silk for the spinners. There are several new portable weaving products, new kits for rug hookers and new yarn for everyone! 


About The Woolery

In 1981, the Horchler family decided to offer retail wool, basic supplies, and spinning lessons at their family farm in Genoa, NY. Originally called Woolery Farm, the named changed to Finger Lakes Woolen Mill before becoming The Woolery, then changing locations (and hands) in 2001 to Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Chris & Nancy Miller bought the buisness in 2009, moved it to historic Downtown Frankfort, Kentucky where they expanded twice, incorporated a weaving center for classes, and established an online presence.

In 2015, current owners Wave & Perri McFarland purchased The Woolery, upgraded and expanded retail space yet again, improved the online experience, inventory, shipping efficiency, floor demo model accessibility, and classroom accommodations! We are proud to be a family owned small business for over 35 years, and look forward to serving the fiber arts community all over the world for years to come! 

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How to Prepare Your Team for Spinzilla 2017

Posted By TNNA HQ, Thursday, August 10, 2017
Updated: Thursday, August 10, 2017

How to Prepare Your Team for Spinzilla 2017

By Jaime Jennings

It is August and that means it’s time to start thinking about Spinzilla! With team sign ups increasing day by day, I have some great ideas for anyone interested in hosting a team to help make Spinzilla a successful, community-building event for your store or brand. 

Since we are a shop located in Denver, almost all of our team members are local. One of the keys to our Spinzilla success has been our team spinning meetups and prep work. It is important to host a team meeting before Spinzilla starts to get your team amped up and ready for the competition. Even for teams with non-local members, hosting a Google Hangout planning session, or setting up a communication board will help get everyone planning and excited. 

At our team’s pre-Spinzilla meeting, we encourage our team members to bring any fiber they need to prep. We set up as many drum carders as possible and have them available to our team. It is helpful to have all fiber prep done before Spinzilla starts so your week of Spinzilla can be dedicated to spinning. Carding and pre-drafting is a great way to get ready and save valuable time. This meeting is important for our team to meet each other and build camaraderie. We talk about our spinning plans and goals for the week. 

Every year we pick a slogan for our team and then design and screen print tees for the group. These have included “Clear Eyes, Wool Hearts, Can’t Lose!” (Friday Night Lights), “Back with a Roar” (tiger crushing a spinning wheel), and “Hail to the Horned” (metal themed sheep skull) and “We will crush you with our soft fibers!” Shirts are distributed to our team at our inaugural team preparation meeting. We also have team members choose their own spinning name for the year that fits with the theme. A few of our favorites: Nine Inch Niddy-Noddy, Treadlin’ Tammy Taylor, Lumpy Bobbins, Queen of the Darned and Wool Huffer. 

During the week of Spinzilla, it is crucial to support your team while they’re spinning. We have several ways we like to do this. We host mini competitions throughout the week to encourage people to interact and get amped up to spin their hearts out. These include photo competitions on Instagram and fun things like “most interesting place to spin.” We have small prizes we give away for these mini-competitions within our team. 

A team leaderboard is another great way to motivate your team. We create a shared google spreadsheet that members can enter yardage for each skein they spin. Our leaderboard automatically adds up spun yardage during the week, keeping the numbers rolling in and the excitement growing. This way everyone can access real-time minute numbers for the whole team! It’s a fun and friendly way to boost numbers as people work to achieve top standings. 

The most important thing we do for our team is to host public spinning outings. We try to host at least four or five meet ups during the Spinzilla week. We will have a couple of evening spin-ins at our shop during the week. On the weekend, we like to get out in public with our team. We’ve spun at Denver Union Station, Denver Botanic Gardens, the Molly Brown House, and the Denver Art Museum. These are excellent ways to promote spinning to the public and it lets the Denver community show their support and cheer for their local spinning team! We haven’t won a Spinzilla in a few years, but we always say, “We win in fun”...and really, that’s what this is all about, right?

 

About the Author

Jaime Jennings is co-owner of Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver Colorado. Their Spinzilla team, Team Fancy Tiger, won Spinzilla two years in a row in 2013 and 2014! Jaime is an avid knitter and seamstress and makes all her own clothes, including knitting sweaters from her handspun yarn. 

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Get on Board the Spinzilla Train!

Posted By Spinzilla Committee, Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Updated: Monday, May 1, 2017

The Spinzilla Monster Train is getting ready to start rolling and we want you on board!

28-primie-schoorl-ply-magazine-creative-spinning-spot-winner Here is the link to register.

There are still plenty of teams who would love to have you join them, so check out the team descriptions on our website and see who looks like a good fit. Any team that does not say "Full" is fair game.

We need your handspun yards--any yards! Collectively, we'd like to spin enough to reach around the globe, and remember, your spinner registration fees are donated to the NeedleArts Mentoring Program to create the spinners of tomorrow!

If you have already jumped on board, would you please do one more thing? Please talk us up to spinners you know, so they can join in the fun. Get them to sign up on your team. Offer them: Support! Fun! Experience! Chances of prizes! Chocolate! Camaraderie! Sore bums! :-) Or just tell them we really would love for them to join in our one week of spinning. Y’all are our best recruiters and we appreciate it very much.

The last day to register for this year's Spinzilla is September 30.

And remember to shop with our lovely sponsors if you need to stock up on fiber, tools, or other supplies. They are folks who love spinning and its related toys just like the rest of us, and they are offering Spinzilla Specials!

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Spinzilla 2016 Prize Winners

Posted By Spinzilla Committee, Thursday, October 20, 2016
Updated: Monday, May 1, 2017

One of Spinzilla's goals is to spin enough yarn to go around the world. Every yard spun gets us closer to that goal!First of all, on behalf of the Spinzilla Committee, I'd like to mention that everyone involved with the event is a winner, big time. Each spinner spinning each yard towards a common goal, every Team Captain cheering on their team, and all of the generous sponsors and prize donors are all stars in the Spinzilla sky! A huge THANKS to one and all!

Part of what makes this event so fun are the prizes! So many spinning-related companies stepped up to donate the $25 gift certificates, and to fill the prize baskets for the rogue and team individuals who spun the most. We hope that our spinners will reward the generosity of these and our other sponsors with their patronage. These are small companies who love the fiber arts just like the rest of us.

All of the winners and prize donors have already received emails from sponsors@spinzilla.org to enable prize redemption to begin. If you see your name on this list and did not get an email, please first check your spam folder, and if you still do not see it, please email me at sponsors@spinzilla.org. I make every effort to get this prize part right, and it is a lot of data to wrangle in just a couple days.

So, here is the Prize Winners Listing--

Team Louet is a repeat winner this year, with a total of 296,849 yards. They will receive the Golden Niddy Noddy, bragging rights for another year, and each team member gets a $25 gift certificate from one of our wonderful prize donors. Here are the team members listed alphabetically, with the company from whom they win a prize following. Congratulations!Team Captain Meet-Up

  • Susanne Babcock Mielke's Fiber Arts
  • Monica Bittner Carolina Homespun
  • Alexis Borsboom Runyan Artware
  • Laura Cameron A Good Yarn Sarasota
  • Michelle Chase Gritty Knits
  • Daisy Chiovaro YarnSuperhero
  • Janet Deutmeyer The Altered Stitch
  • Angela Dotsenko Heritage Spinning and Weaving
  • Sarah Dupuis Allons-y! Fiber Arts
  • Carol Edwards Sylphs Design
  • Elizabeth Farwell Blaine Fleece and Fiber
  • Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter Yarn Hollow
  • Ashley Hewitt Grandma's Spinning Wheel
  • Rebecca Huggins Fancy Tiger Crafts
  • Joan Katz Yarn Crush
  • Betsy Lange Cotton Clouds
  • Julia Lawler Threadbender
  • Robin Maclulich Tradewind Hawaii
  • Maryann Neubert Yarn Barn of Kansas
  • Bethe Orrell Blazing Star Ranch
  • Deborah Roberts Weavolution
  • Lauren Sanchez Akerworks
  • Natasha Sills WEBS
  • Teresa Simons Kraemer
  • Patricia Tompkins Purl & Loop

Anyone who spun at least a mile of yarn was entered into a special Monster Mile Club drawing. For many of you, this was a stretch goal and you did it! Way to go! Here are those winners and their prize donors.

  • Elina Alm Tradewind Hawaii
  • Emilia Barbosa Happy Ewe
  • Mindi Baum Purl & Loop
  • Claire Baumann Purl & Loop
  • Wendy Bigler Runyan Artware
  • Rose Bloom Mielke's Fiber Arts
  • Emily Boucher Sweet Georgia Yarn
  • Sue Brady Countrywool
  • Vicky Bryg Yarn Barn of Kansas
  • Britta Burenius YarnSuperhero
  • Lisa Calhoun Cotton Clouds
  • Judy Charbonneau Heritage Spinning and Weaving
  • Lauren Clements Kromski NA
  • Freyalun Close-Hainsworth YarnSuperhero
  • Cherie Cornick Carolina Homespun
  • Teresa Costa Viyella
  • Jean Coward Louet NA
  • Ashley Crawford Akerworks
  • Sharon Dalebout Akerworks
  • Anita Deen Yarn Barn of Kansas
  • PJ Doering WEBS
  • Ruth Duckworth Kraemer
  • Annabell Duncan Yarn Barn of Kansas
  • Amanda Ediger Foxglove Fiber Arts
  • Cathy Ernst Mielke's Fiber Arts
  • Murlea Everson Akerworks
  • Liz Fagel Akerworks
  • Kanani Fox Purl & Loop
  • Michele Frederick Hilltop Cloud
  • Jamie Fritz WEBS
  • Janis Gostlin WEBS
  • Amanda Gravette Heritage Spinning and Weaving
  • Catherine Greco 57 Chapters
  • Lisa Grzeskowiak PLY Magazine
  • Jessie Hagen PLY Magazine
  • Sylvia Harrington Cotton Clouds
  • Laurel Hayama Handmade Hollows
  • Erin Hennessy Heritage Spinning and Weaving
  • Suzi Hess Akerworks
  • Gayle Hoepner Unicorn Fibre
  • Ameda Holmes Sweet Georgia Yarn
  • Victoria Huff Akerworks
  • Dene Huffaker Heritage Spinning and Weaving
  • Jessica James Cotton Clouds
  • Liz Jennings Yarn Barn of Kansas
  • Michelle Jernstedt Lavender Sheep
  • Margaret Johnson Yarnorama
  • Erica Jones Sylphs Design
  • Shari Karobonik Meridan Jacobs
  • Mindy Keys Fancy Tiger Crafts
  • Allison Kufro Fancy Tiger Crafts
  • Christine Kutz Mielke's Fiber Arts
  • Melissa Littlefield Yarn Barn of Kansas
  • Cory Loos Akerworks
  • Anita Lopez-Conheady Mielke's Fiber Arts
  • Lisa Luft Knitty Stash
  • Dena McCabe Happy Ewe
  • Sancy Mcfalls Kraemer
  • Suzanne Micheals Runyan Artware
  • Rhonda Mokri Mielke's Fiber Arts
  • Isabella Moreno Mielke's Fiber Arts
  • Jess Morris Foxglove Fiber Arts
  • Terry Neal Purl & Loop
  • Karin Norvell Mielke's Fiber Arts
  • Rita Oswiak Sweet Georgia Yarn
  • Lisa Patterson Kraemer
  • Sari Peterson Gritty Knits
  • Russell Pettit Tradewind Hawaii
  • Ellen Pierce YarnSuperhero
  • Debbie Reeb Purl & Loop
  • Andria Rice Unicorn Fibre
  • Donna Rudd Louet NA
  • Nancy Sandeman Hipstrings
  • Ashley Schifano Heritage Spinning and Weaving
  • Jesse Seely WEBS
  • Toni Smith Purl & Loop
  • Cath Snape Spin Off
  • Monica Spooner Cotton Clouds
  • Ann Stairmund-Jackson Yarn Store at Nob Hill
  • Jeffry Sullivan Carolina Homespun
  • Karen Sweat Treenway Silks
  • Claire Tilley Louet NA
  • Diana Twiss Louet NA
  • Mary Urquizo Carolina Homespun
  • Wendy VanWoerkom Mielke's Fiber Arts
  • Naomi Villa Heritage Spinning and Weaving
  • Lizbeth Villalvazo WEBS
  • James Vincent A Good Yarn Sarasota
  • Carla Wackenheim Kromski NA
  • Kim Wall Heritage Spinning and Weaving
  • Mennan Weddle 57 Chapters
  • Michael Woody Cotton Clouds
  • Dawn Ykema Blaine Fleece and Fiber
  • Patty Jo Yoder Happy Ewe

And last, but certainly not least, because every yard counts for Spinzilla, here is a list of the random prize winners:

  • Neda Ambrosius Mielke's Fiber Arts
  • Jess Balko YarnSuperhero
  • Doris Bergman Kromski NA
  • Kennedy Berry Viyella
  • Andrea Butler Three Waters Farm
  • Patti Chambers WEBS
  • Dewina Chesnutt Fancy Tiger Crafts
  • Jody Cosby Carolina Homespun
  • Carol Csengeri YarnSuperhero
  • Sheryl Deines Yarn Barn of Kansas
  • Christina Delonge Carolina Homespun
  • Vilija Deutschman Purl & Loop
  • Elizabeth Draper Sylphs Design
  • Valerie DuPuy Yarn Hollow
  • Sarah Easton Yarn Barn of Kansas
  • Marykate Fleming Sweet Peet's Fiber and Things
  • Janice Fobian Akerworks
  • Joy Getha The Altered Stitch
  • Alicia Gossman-Steeves Treenway Silks
  • Claudia Graves Kraemer
  • Christine Green YarnSuperhero
  • Debbie Gring Ball and Skein
  • Beege Harding WEBS
  • Jennifer Harris Carolina Homespun
  • Worna Haywood Heritage Spinning and Weaving
  • Marge Hepburn Cotton Clouds
  • Tyrenny Hidy Kraemer
  • Kandi Jackson Knot Another Hat
  • Megan Jacobsen Cotton Clouds
  • Cheryle Joy Kong Treenway Silks
  • Coby Kopec Yarn Barn of Kansas
  • Rebecca Kreiger Sweet Georgia Yarn
  • Lynda Liptak Sweet Georgia Yarn
  • Sherry Long PLY Magazine
  • Dayna Mankowski YarnSuperhero
  • Lynn Marron Cotton Clouds
  • Kathy McKibben Blazing Star Ranch
  • Karen Mohler Fancy Tiger Crafts
  • Marcia Molter Fancy Tiger Crafts
  • Nicole Mork Kraemer
  • Yvonne Mortensen YarnSuperhero
  • Mitzi Mortimer Yarn Barn of Kansas
  • Carole Nelson YarnSuperhero
  • Susan Newman Purl & Loop
  • Rachel Nichols PLY Magazine
  • Louise Nuttle Yarn Hollow
  • Janet Panebaker Akerworks
  • Franna Pitt Kraemer
  • Glenda Plummer Sweet Peet's Fiber and Things
  • Joanna Rankin Kromski NA
  • Elizabeth Reinhart Hilltop Cloud
  • Mary Reynolds YarnSuperhero
  • Diena Riddle Heritage Spinning and Weaving
  • Lois Romito Yarn Hollow
  • Candace Ryberg The Altered Stitch
  • Marisol Sanchez Louet NA
  • Victoria Sanders Fancy Tiger Crafts
  • Angela Scheider Kraemer
  • Victoria Shank Fancy Tiger Crafts
  • Roddie Shelley Happy Ewe
  • Sarah Sligh Carolina Homespun
  • Dori Smith Carolina Homespun
  • Meagan Sneeringer Kraemer
  • Lily Stevens YarnSuperhero
  • Mona Sylvertsen Spin Off
  • Beverley Thompson Tradewind Hawaii
  • Karina Tipton Fancy Tiger Crafts
  • Margaret Tyler Treenway Silks
  • Carol Ullmann WEBS
  • Cris Voorhees Purl & Loop
  • Lydia Lacy Wallace Lavender Sheep
  • Wae Wang Fancy Tiger Crafts
  • Chris Weber-Johnson YarnSuperhero
  • Marjo Wheat Sylphs Design
  • Latisha Wilcox Cotton Clouds
  • Michelle Worzbyt The Altered Stitch
  • Michelle Wysocki-Hanna YarnSuperhero

Thanks again to our prize donors and sponsors, and congratulations to all of our winners!

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The Big Spin is Ready to Begin!

Posted By Spinzilla Committee, Sunday, October 2, 2016
Updated: Monday, May 1, 2017

WOO HOO!

It's here! Well, almost. Spinning starts for Spinzilla 2016 on October 3rd, at 12:01 am, in whatever time zone you are in. So, get your wheel ready, pull out that fiber that you have been saving--the BIG SPIN is ready to start rolling! One of Spinzilla's goals is to spin enough yarn to go around the world. Every yard spun gets us closer to that goal!

To date, Spinzilla spinners have spun over 5.3 million yards of yarn, enough to go from coast to coast of the United States and more. We are now ready to leap across the ocean to Hawaii. Aloha, Baby!

Here are a few reminders before we begin:

  • All yarn must be spun during Spinzilla week.
  • You can claim yardage credit for plying. See "Can I Ply?" FAQ for details.
  • Spinning stops at 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 9th, in whatever time zone you are in.
  • Team spinners, you will submit a documentation photo of your yarn and your yardage figure directly to your team captain. Please get this information to your captain as soon as possible after spinning stops. He or she must submit the yarn to us by October 14th.
  • Rogue spinners, you will submit your documentation photo and yardage number directly to Spinzilla, by October 14th, via this link. Click here for more info.
  • Submit your total yardage in yards and whole numbers, rounding up to the nearest yard.
  • For more information about measuring, photographing, and submitting your Spinzilla yarn, read this blog post or visit our FAQ.

Thanks for spinning with us. Let's go make some handspun noise!

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