Frequently Asked Questions
What is Spinzilla?
Spinzilla is an event designed to increase education and awareness of hand spinning. Our goals are:
- Collectively spin as much yarn as possible during Spinning and Weaving Week.
- Raise awareness of hand spinning in the yarn market and beyond.
- Increase spinning confidence and knowledge through various challenges.
- Establish a spinning component with the Needle Arts Mentoring Program (NAMP), supporting educating children in the needlearts.
Spinning and Weaving Week has been a long-standing tradition in the spinning and weaving community. Based on membership feedback, the Spinning and Weaving Group created a committee to explore the options to create a fun event that would engage spinners of all skill levels and capture the imagination of the general public. Spinzilla 2013 is our inaugural year!
How does this event work?
Individuals can sign up for a team based on proximity to a store or an affinity with a certain brand. Beginning on August 15th, 2013, individuals can sign up for a team here.
The registration fee is $10 with a limit of 25 spinners per team. Once you have registered your team captain will get in touch with you with more information about your teams goals, events, incentives, and other information about the event.
How will the winners be determined?
The first goal of Spinzilla is to spin the most yarn! Spin time begins at midnight EST on Monday, October 7 and ends at midnight EST on Sunday, October 13. In between these dates, spin, spin spin! Registered spinners must submit a photograph of their yarn and how much yardage they spun by midnight EST on Wednesday, October 15 to their team captain. (We are allowing 48 hours in case you need to take a nap before measuring all your yarn.)
Team captains will submit their team’s yardage by 8pm EST on October 16th. The winning team will be announced on Friday, October 18th! The Spinzilla Trophy will be awarded to the team who has spun the most yardage. Each member of the winning team will receive a $25 gift certificate from a participating prize donor. All Spinzilla participants will be entered into random drawings for product gift certificates. Learn more about our prizes here.
How can I form a team?
We are thrilled with the initial response to Spinzilla and filled our first year team capacity within the first month of opening team registration. Therefore, team registration for the 2013 event is currently closed. If you would like to be notified of our deadlines for 2014, please add your name to this email list. We will gear up for more teams next year.
Why must all participants reside in the US or Canada?
For the inaugural Spinzilla event, we are limiting participation to US and Canada only in an effort to keep the event manageable. Please check back next year as we may consider international participation at that time.
How can I donate?
Yes, for more information on how to donate product gift certificates to Spinzilla contact Andrea Marquis at prizes@Spinzilla.org.
Where will the proceeds go?
We are pleased to report that 100% of the proceeds will go towards toward establishing a spinning program within The Needle Arts Mentoring Program (NAMP) (SM) whose mission is to create community partnerships that promote and encourage relationships between adults and youth, fostering curiosity, creativity, and a feeling of achievement through the teaching of needle arts.
NAMP is a non-profit organization that supports programs that teach children the various needle arts, including crochet, cross-stitch, knitting, needlepoint, and now spinning. Spinzilla proceeds will fund supplying the organization with CD spindle packs to make available to educators that want to teach spinning to youth.
What is the Needle Arts Mentoring Program?
NAMP is a volunteer-based program that supports adult mentors who teach needle arts to groups of children in grades one through twelve. NAMP resources are available to school systems, after school programs, scout troops, library programs or any other places where children gather. Generally, mentors meet with the children one hour per week for a six to nine week session, although programs can be designed to suit a particular situation.
The Needle Arts Mentoring Program (NAMP) was founded in 1997 by Marilyn North and Bonnie Lively as a fiber arts program for at-risk students. In 2000, TNNA (The National Needlearts Association) and the Craft Yarn Council created the Helping Hands Foundation. The Helping Hands Foundation administers NAMP, which has grown steadily since its creation in 2002. Visit the NAMP website for a more thorough account of their history.
What is The National Needlearts Association (TNNA)?
TNNA is an organization of companies, shops and designers that supports the world of knit, crochet, needlepoint, counted thread, embroidery, spinning and weaving. For more information, visit TNNA.org.
What is the Spinning and Weaving Group (SWG)?
SWG's mission is to ensure a vibrant marketplace by promoting the joys of handspinning and weaving. SWG is a product segment group of TNNA. It consists of TNNA members who have spinning and weaving related businesses or are supporters of the efforts to promote these activities. You must be a member of TNNA to join SWG. To learn more about SWG visit www.spinweave.org.
Who is organizing Spinzilla?
Spinzilla is an initiative of the SWG, a product segment group of TNNA. The 2013 committee is as follows:
- Rita Petteys, Yarn Hollow, Chair
- Libby Butler-Gluck, TNNA Publicist
- Liz Gipson, Yarnworker
- Constance Hall, Dyeology
- Andrea Marquis, Yarn Superhero
- Claudia Segal, Weavolution
- Dave Van Stralen, Louet North America
- Leanne Pressly, The Wool Wide Web
Will there be a Weavezilla?
We have secured the domain name and would like to build on the anticipated success of Spinzilla to engage weavers. Stay Tuned!
When can I start Spinning?
Spin time begins at midnight EST on Monday, October 7 and ends at Midnight EST on Sunday, October 13. In between these dates, spin, spin spin! For example, if you are on Eastern Standard Time, you’d stay up late.
How do I submit my yarn at the end of Spinning and Weaving Week?
Registered spinners—both team and rogue spinners—must submit a photograph of all their yarn and how much yardage they spun, in singles, by Midnight EST on Tuesday, October 15 to either their team captain or to email@example.com. (We are allowing 48 hours in case you need to take a nap before measuring all your yarn.)
Team captains will submit their team’s yardage and photographs to the Spinzilla by 8 p.m. EST (7 p.m. CST, 6 p.m. MST, and 5 p.m. PST) on Wednesday, October 16th. We will e-mail Team Captains instruction for how to submit their photos. Tips for photographing your yarn can be found on the Spinzilla blog.
The winning team and rogue spinner will be announced on Friday, October 18th! The Spinzilla Trophy will be awarded to the team who has spun the most yardage.
Each member of the winning team will receive a $25 gift certificate from a participating prize donor. All Spinzilla participants will be entered into random drawings for product gift certificates. Learn more about our prizes here.
How do I measure my yarn?
Use any accurate method. Amy Clarke Moore of Spin-Off will have plenty of tips on her guest blog post on Wednesday, October 2nd. Here are a few suggestions:
- Wind onto a skien winder or swift where you know the circumference and count turns
- Use a niddy noddy
- Use a yardage counter
- Using a McMorran yarn balance, or the new Yarn to Yards balance
- If you don't want to take your yarn off your bobbins, weigh your bobbins before you spin, then weight them after and use a balance to calculate yardage.
- Measure the distance around your car, then give it to a 10-year old and tell them to run around the car until it is all gone. Count the number of times they run past you. You get the idea!
Can I ply my yarn?
If you want to take the time to ply your yarn, that is AOK with us! (We suggest that you stock up on storage bobbins.) You have to submit your yardage in singles. Measure your plied yarn and multiply the yardage by the number of plies. Chain ply counts as 3-ply.
Will we get to see everyone's yarn?
Yes! All photos submitted to team captains will be posted to the Spinzilla Pinterest board.
We ask that team captains that have a Pinterest board post to their own board using the #spinzilla hashtag so that we can search for them and repin. If a team doesn't have a Pinterest board we will post the photos of their teams yarns for them and have them up by Friday, October 18th.
It will be a visual feast of handspun yarn!
What is a Rogue Spinner?
Rogue spinners are those that choose not to join a team, but want to participate in the fun. Rogue spinners register as an individual spinner and pay the same $10 registration fee. The registration fee—minus credit card fees—goes toward establishing a spinning component of the Needlearts Mentoring Porgram, just like the team registration fee.
Rogue spinners, spin like made during Spinning and Weaving Week, just like everyone else.
How does a Rogue spinner submit their yarn?
Registered rogue spinners must submit a photograph of their yarn and how much yardage they spun, in singles, by midnight EST on Wednesday, October 15 to firstname.lastname@example.org. (We are allowing 48 hours in case you need to take a nap before measuring all your yarn.)
To learn more about submitting your yarn see the How Do I Submit My Yarn FAQ?
Are Rogue spinners eligible for prizes?
Yes! They will be put in the prize pool with everyone else for random prize drawings. The Woolery is sponsoring a $25 gift certificate and a new and improved Yarn to Yards balance—formerly known as a McMorran balance—as the Rogue trophy.
I asked to be assigned to a team. When will I find out which team I'm on?
After registration is closed we will evaluate which teams need more members in order to participate. We will assign you to a team and let you and the team know by October 1st.
How Do I Add Team Members?
Direct participants to the registration page on the Spinzilla website ("Join a Team” tab.) Captains will also receive a direct link you can send people to sign up for YOUR team.
How do I Stay in Touch With My Team?
Our Team Captain coordinator, Constance Hall will be in contact with team captains to provide a list of team members as they register for the event. If she does not know you are the Captain of your team, please email her at teams@Spinzilla.org with your contact information. Stay in touch with members via email and by using the Spinzilla social media channels below.
Additionally, you can keep up to date with Spinzilla happenings and your team by searching for the #Spinzilla hashtag or your team hashtag. Refer to the team thread in the Spinzilla Ravelry group to identify your team hashtag.
How will Spinzilla keep me informed?
We will send out a monthly e-newsletter to all team captains along with periodic e-mail blasts to keep you up to date. If you have any questions please e-mail Constance Hall at teams@Spinzilla.org. Watch our blog and other channels for up-to-the-minute information.
How do I Inspire My Team?
You can inspire your team with different challenges that you want to put forth to your team. If you are part of a team that loves to spin one type of fiber, you may want to issue a challenge to your team to see who can spin the greatest variety of breeds. If your team is made up of people who love to spin fine yarns, a challenge to spin a fat/funky/chunky thread might get your team thinking outside their comfort zone and learning new techniques. Feel free to think of new ways to generate enthusiasm, encourage education, and inspire spinner to try new things!
Some argue that spinning on a tahkli is faster than spinning on a wheel.
The cost to join Spinzilla is $10 per spinner. The entire fee for participation (less credit card processing fees) will support the establishment of a spinning outreach program at NAMP. Please see general FAQ to learn more about the charitable goals of Spinzilla.
Where Do I Go to Spin for My Team?
Spinzilla is intended as a flexible event so you can spin at home as a ‘virtual’ participant on a team or you can connect up with a Spinzilla team retailer near you who may be hosting spin-along events for Spinzilla. Each team sponsor will set up their team in a way that works best for them.
How Do I Contact my Team Captain?
Team Captains will contact participants. If you have a question or issue prior to being contacted, please email us at email@example.com
How do I measure and submit my yarn?
At the end of the week take a photo of all the yarn you spun and submit the photo along with your yardage in singles to your team captain. Your team captain will submit them to the Spinzilla committee. We also ask that you post your photo and yardage to your team's Pinterest page so everyone can see your yarn!
If you prefer to take the time to free up your bobbins by plying your yarn during the week, measure the singles that make up your plied yarn. (Time's a-wasting though, perhaps it is time to stock up on some more bobbins!) We will be posting tips and techniques about measuring your yarn as you work. If you have tips to share with your team, please visit your Ravelry thread in the Spinzilla group.
How Do I Report My Progress?
Participants will report progress directly to their team captains. By all means, however, feel free to share your photos, comments and other spinning joys on our Spinzilla social media channels. We even have a #Spinzilla hashtag for everyone to use.
How Do I Get the Most Out of Spinzilla?
Spinzilla isn’t just a spinning contest to win big spinning swag, it’s a time for you to expand your spinning horizons, commune with other like-minded spinners on your team and feel good knowing your fee goes toward NAMP, a charitable endeavor that will support future spinners. You’ll get the most out of your experience by taking advantage of the educational components, engaging with our social media channels and staying in touch with your team captain and other team members! We also think it would be super cool if we could collectively spin enough yarn to wrap around the globe, but then we are dreamers! Make your own personal goal and share it.