Spinzilla - A Monster of a Spinning Week
Spinzilla - A Monster of a Spinning Week

Frequently Asked Questions

Team Captain FAQs | Team Member FAQs

Spinners of Tomorrow
In 2013, Susan Plack of Team Meridian Jacobs, taught her 5th Grade class to spin using sticks and wool for spindles, and cotton balls and q-tip sas fiber. They had their own Spinzilla contest, and spun up a total of 18 1/2 yards of yarn!

What is Spinzilla?
Spinzilla is an event designed to increase education and awareness of hand spinning. Our goals are:

  • To raise awareness about the joy of spinning yarn by hand
  • To empower spinners to spin more
  • To give the business community a fun way to engage with spinners
  • To fund educational programs for the spinners and weavers of tomorrow

Why Spinzilla?
Spinning and Weaving Week has been a long-standing tradition in the spinning and weaving community. The Spinning and Weaving Group of TNNA wanted to create an event in which spinners of all skill levels could participate. Spinzilla is first and foremost a celebration of spinning. The competition is designed to motivate spinners to learn new skills, take risks, and spin their hearts out.

How does this event work?

Spinners can sign up for a team based on proximity to a store or an affinity with a certain brand or go it alone and spin Rogue. Spinner registration is open August 4- September 22. Once you have registered, your team captain and the Spinzilla committee will get in touch with you with more information about your teams goals, events, incentives, and other important information.
Spin time begins at 12:01a.m. Monday, October 6 and ends at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, October 12 ,regardless of your time zone. You may start spinning as the clock strikes 12:01 in whatever timezone you live in.

Forty-eight hours after the event is over, spinners will submit a photo of their yarn and their yardage directly to Spinzilla.

How will the winners be determined?
Registered spinners must submit a photograph of their yarn and how much yardage they spun to Spinzilla the week following Spinning and Weaving Week. Winners will be determined based on these submissions. Information on how to submit your yarn will be posted prior to the opening of spinner registration.

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?
Visit the Host a Team page.

Can spinners outside of the United States participate?
Yes! Spinzilla has gone global this year! Spinners who live in any part of the world are welcome to participate. All spinners must have an e-mail address and be comfortable with using the internet to get information. Spinzilla will not be in touch via snail mail! Winning spinners outside the US and Canada must agree to accept their $25 gift certificate in the form of an electronic download.

Are there sponsorships available?
Yes! There are three levels of sponsorships available - Big Buffalo, Mighty Merino, and Agile Angora. Please contact Andrea Marquis at prizes@spinzilla.org for more information.

Where will the proceeds go?

In 2013, Spinzilla raised $5,826.98 to establish a spinning component of the NeedleArts Mentoring Program (NAMP)! The funds will be used to provide CD spindle packs, educational materials, and outreach about the Handspinning program. This year, the spinner registration fees support education programs for spinners AND weavers through NAMP.

Team registration and sponsorship fees support Spinzilla’s administrative and promotional expenses.
CD spindle

What is the Needle Arts Mentoring Program?
The NeedleArts Mentoring Program is a project of the Helping Hands Foundation. It supports programs connecting volunteer mentors with childrens’ programs that teach children the various needlearts, including crochet, cross-stitch, knitting, needlepoint, and spinning by providing them withs upplies and educational materials. With your support, they will add weaving in 2015. If you are interested in hosting a mentoring program or volunteering as a mentor, visit their website for more information.

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)?
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:

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!

How Do I Submit My Yarn FAQ

When can I start Spinning?

Spin time begins at 12:01am Monday, October 6 and at 12:01am on Sunday, October 12. This is regardless of your timezone - you will start spinning as the clock strikes 12:01 in whatever timezone you live in.

How do I submit my yarn at the end of Spinning and Weaving Week?

Information on how to submit your yarn will be posted prior to the opening of spinner registration.

How do I measure my yarn?

More details about what counts as yarn and how to measure it will be available March 3, 2014.

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 will post everyone's yarn photos to our Pinterest page.

FAQ for Rogue Spinners

What is a Rogue Spinner?
Rogue spinners are those that spin unaffiliated from a team and register as an individual spinner.Rogue spinners spin like mad during Spinning and Weaving Week, just like everyone else. They compete against other Rogue spinners for Top Spinner in their group and are eligible to win random prizes.

Rogue spinner registration is open from August 4- October 3.

How does a Rogue spinner submit their yarn?
Information on how to submit your yarn will be posted prior to the opening of spinnerregistration.

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.

FAQ for Team Captains

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!

FAQ for Team Participants

Some argue that spinning on a tahkli is faster than spinning on a wheel.
Why Does it Cost $10?
Spinzilla is about sharing the joy of spinning with others. Your business community is supporting the administration and marketing components of Spinzilla through team registration fees. Spinners are supporting education program that foster the spinners of tomorrow. The entire fee for participation (less credit card processing fees) will support the Needle Arts Mentoring Program. Please see general FAQ to learn more about the charitable goals of Spinzilla.

Where Do I Go to Spin for My Team?
See "How Do I Submit My Yarn FAQ” on this page for more information.

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 info@spinzilla.org

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.