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How to Get Your Miles During Spinzilla 2018

Posted By TNNA Editor, Wednesday, September 26, 2018

By: Weaver Nancy of The Woolery

Despite the current popularity of the blending board and the fascination that fiber photographers have been showing for colorful rolags, I still see relatively few spinners actually spinning woolen; most spinners are spinning with a worsted or at best semi-worsted draw. Now, I will be the first to admit that at heart I am a worsted spinner myself, and it stretches my comfort zone some substantially to spin woolen for long periods of time; still, generations of spinners have been spinning miles of yarn a lot faster when they spin woolen with a long draw. For a contest where the goal is yards (and yards and yards), it makes sense to look at the long draw, or if one is hesitant about it, at least the supported long-draw. And if you are going for miles, and spinning for as much as you can in a solid week, what better excuse is there to just practice; sit there and keep doing it until you get good at it (which a very few hours of practice is guaranteed to do for you). 

Set yourself up with the books on tape, a podcast, a good playlist of music or binge watch old Downton Abbey episodes — whatever your jam is. Indulge in making or buying the prettiest rolags you can of a nice springy wool, and go full-on woolen. Woolery has its annual Spinzilla special on this year with Dorset Horn, a wool that will do woolen yarns beautifully. Take advantage of all the planets coming into alignment to just go woolen, and pile on those yards!

 Remember, stay safe and practice safe spinning too; repetitive motion injuries are no joke, such as “rotator cuff draw” long-draw. Be sure to take breaks. Spinners are notorious for obsessive behavior (who, US?), but fight that urge and make sure you get up and at least stretch, at least once an hour. Remember, winning is no fun if you have to be carried off the field. Let’s all come out of this Monster of a Spinning Week as more versatile, more skilled and better spinners than when we walked into it.

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