Spinzilla Report

Curious minds are asking: What can 25 women, in one week’s time accomplish?

And the answer is: Spin 57,062.18 yards or 32.42 miles of yarn

During the week of October 6 – 11, 2014 at Village Wools in Albuquerque, New Mexico, SPINZILLA happened.

Spinzilla is a worldwide spinning competition where competing teams and individuals challenge each other to see who can spin the most yarn in a week.

“Team Village Wools” was comprised of 25 spinners who donated $10 and their time to spin like crazy all week.

We had opportunities to spin as a group at Village Wools, the first one being Westside Knitters & Spinners & Colcheras which meets Monday from 1-3pm, the second being Friday afternoon/evening which turned out to be a pizza potluck. But most of us just grabbed whatever time we had and spun and spun and spun.

The short history that led to this interesting week of spinning follows:

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 )

The Spinning and Weaving Group (SWG) 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. For more information, visit www.spinweave.org.

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.

“Team Village Wools” spinner’s donations went to NeedleArts Mentoring Program (NAMP). As a project of Helping Hands Foundation, it supports programs connecting volunteer mentors with children’s programs that teach children the various needlearts, including crochet, cross-stitch, knitting, needlepoint, and spinning by providing them with supplies and educational materials. For more information, visit )

At the writing of this article the above 25 spinners are relaxing and wondering “what to do with all of that beautiful handspun yarn…..”

Rumor has it that Weavezilla is in the works. Stay tuned for more information. – By Nancy Cisar