Getting ready for Spinzilla 2016

Team Woolery in 2015

Spinning along with Team Woolery in 2015. Photo courtesy of Knotanother1 on Ravelry.

Spinzilla isn’t asleep at the wheel. 🙂 We are treading as fast as we can, planning and working to get everything ready for Spinzilla year 4! YEAR FOUR!! The dates this year are Oct 3-9. The dates to register to host a team are June 21-Aug 19th. Spinner registration is Sept 1-30th. Please put that on your calendar and let’s make this year’s Spinzilla the most fun one yet!

In the meantime, here is a link to Kate Larson’s wonderful blog post on Finding Your Carding Bliss. This is great information that will help get you ready to process all that fiber you will need for Spinzilla and to do it safely. Take advantage of the last bit of chilly weather to start on the fiber you will need when spinning starts and the fiber is flying!
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2,981 miles later. . . .

Spinzilla spinners spun 5,246,497 yards of yarn in 2015! Every yard got us that much closer to our goal of spinning enough yarn to reach around the world. Together we raised over $17,700 for the NeedleArtsMentoring Program to create the spinners of tomorrow.

Susan Plack--NAMP

Students from Magnolia Elementarty had a classroom competition during Spinzilla hosted by Susan Plack of Team San Diego County Spinners for the second year in a row.

Team Louet is the 2015 Team Champion with an eye popping 271,067 yards. Holly Gillespie is our top Rogue spinner; she clocked in 18,390 yards just eking out a win over last year’s champion Jane Sheetz. Tracy Hammond defends her Most Yards Spun Champion title spinning 48,028 yards, besting last year by a whopping 18,000 yards! 

Spinners Represent!

Spinners from fourteen countries and all fifty states of the U.S.A. contributed to the biggest spin yet. Over half of this year’s spinners (1,027) made it into the Monster Mile club spinning at least a mile of yarn! An absolutely outstanding performance by one and all.

Visit the results page to see a full list of all the team yardage, top five Rogue and Most Spun Yards, yardage by country, and new this year, by U.S. state.

Dave hears the news


The coveted Golden Niddy Noddy is speeding towards Louet North America and the winning team members will each receive a $25 gift certificate and a spinner control card with the Spinzilla logo.


Louet thinks that all spinners are winners! They worked with Laura Cameron to create a free handspun friendly shawl pattern, since you just might have some yarn sitting around.  .  .  .

Rogue and Most Yards spun winners are awarded a goodie basket full of spinnerly delights. Thanks to Anzula, Ashford, Bare Naked Wools, Dyeology, Happy Fuzzy Yarn, Hipstrings, Louet, Purl and Loop, Schacht, and Spin-Off for donated to the basket.

Prize Baskets

The drawing prize and photo contest winners are listed on the blog. Thanks to all the prize donors who made spinning all the more fun by giving us more ways to win!

How Far Did She Go?

This year, Sheepzilla traveled 2,981 miles from Eureka, California, which was a little too warm and crowded for her liking, to Attu the southern most island in Alaska. She will spend a year on this lovely and remote island, growing her fleece and birdwatching—it is an internationally known destination for birders—and contemplating next year’s spin.


We give a heartfelt thank to our sponsors for making this year’s spin possible.  Without them Spinzilla simply would not happen.

Thanks to you from the bottom of our spindles for spinning with us this year.  We are already busy planning next year’s event. You, spinners, are awesome!

Your friendly neighborhood 2015 Spinzilla Planning Team,

Constance Hall, Team Captain Coordinator and Ravelry Moderator
Andrea Marquis, Prize and Sponsorship Coordinator
Liz Good, Logistical and Marketing Support
Liz Gipson, Marketing and Communications


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Sharing the Love: Spinzilla’s Photo Contest

Spinzilla’s photo contest provides a way for spinners to share their spin with the entire spinning community. Here are the photos that received the most love out of all the wonderful photos shared on the Ravelry photo contest threads. They made us smile, laugh out loud, and even tear up.  Such a great celebration of making yarn by hand.

Each winner receives a $25 gift certificate from Louet.

Yarn Spun During Spinzilla


Katrina Stewart, Team SweetGeorgia

First Place: Katrina Stewart, Team SweetGeorgia Yarns “Treats for Breakfast!”

Lorna Potter Hand Spinning News UK

Second Place: Lorna Potter Hand Spinning News UK “Ah, peace at last! No children were harmed in the taking of this picture.”

Ilga Jansons, Edgewood Garden

Third Place: Ilga Jansons, Team Edgewood Gardent Studio “Spinzilla Flower III (29,043 yards, 23 skeins, 35 inches across)”


Spinning with Sheepzilla


Jane Cooper, Hand Spinning News UK

First Place: Jane Cooper, Hand Spinning News UK “A rare sunny day in rather cold Orkney” [With a nod and a wink to the Calendar Girls ]

Cheryl Simeone Edgewood Gardent Studio

Second Place: Cheryl Simeone Edgewood Garden Studio

Dona Snow, Team Meridian Jacobs

Third Place: Dona Snow, Team Meridian Jacobs “Team Meridian Jacobs runs from a monster coming over the hill.”


Most Creative Spinning Spot


Carol Densmore, Team Cross Wind Spinners

First Place: Carol Densmore, Team Cross Wind Spinners “I will spin here, I will spin there, I will spin anywhere!
(At home with my sheep.)”

Jane Wunder, Recycled Lamb

Second Place: Jane Wunder, Recycled Lamb “This was taken prior to a colonoscopy that was taken just before the drugs kick in. I spun up to the very last minute!”

Kris Alderson, Team Hand Spinning News

Third Place: Kris Alderson, Team Hand Spinning News UK “What goes round comes round baaaaa”


Team Photos


Team SweetGeorgia Yarns

First Place and Spinner’s Choice: Team SweetGeorgia Yarns

Team ClothRoads Warmis Phuskadoras

Second Place: Team ClothRoads Warmis Phuskadoras

Team Hand Spinning News UK

Team Hand Spinning News UK

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Wait there’s more! Prizes!

A MONSTER shout out to our Sponsors and Prize donors for making all this fun possible. Spinzilla simply would not happen without their support.

Each member of the 2015 Champion Team receives a $25 gift certificate and a Spinner Control Card with the Spinzilla logo on it. They are listed first. Below that is list of spinners who were selected at random for $25 drawing prizes from our generous donors. The list starts with Rogue spinners followed by a list of teams in alphabetical order and the team members who won a drawing prize. The company providing the prize is next to the winner’s name.

Half the prizes were drawn at random. The second half were drawn from those who qualified for the Monster Mile Club by spinning a mile or more, earning a second chance at winning a drawing prize! Drawing prize winners in the Monster Mile Club  have a sheep 🐑 next to their name. This year nearly 60% of spinners spun more than a mile!

If you won a drawing prize, Andrea Marquis, Spinzilla’s Prize and Sponsorship Coordinator, will email the prize donor and copy you on that email. If you have questions email

Louet NA—2015 Team Champions!
Susanne Babcock—Frostfire Farm 🐑
Monica Bittner—Vegan Yarn 🐑
Alexis Borsboom—Alaskan Yarn Company 🐑
Laura Cameron—Kraemer Yarns 🐑
Michelle Chase—Heritage Spinning and Weaving 🐑
Daisy Chiovaro—Fiber Optic
Sarah Dupuis—Purlescence Yarns 🐑
Carol Edwards—YarnSuperhero 🐑
Elizabeth Farwell—Mielke’s Fiber Arts 🐑
Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter—Purl & Loop 🐑
Tracy Hammond—knit spot 🐑
Joan Katz—Flying Fibers 🐑
Betsy Lange—Cotton Clouds 🐑
Julia Lawler—Native Acres 🐑
Katherine Maas—Kromski NA
Robin Maclulich—Fiber Felt n’ More 🐑
Lise McLeod—Macedo’s Mini Acre 🐑
Deborah Opramolla—Fancy Tiger 🐑
Deborah Roberts—Sweet Georgia Yarns 🐑
Lauren Sanchez—Yarn Barn of Kansas 🐑
Nancy Sandeman—PLY Magazine 🐑
Teresa Simmons—Carolina Homespun 🐑
Christina Wall—Maupston Design
Sharon Zelasko—Fancy Fibers 🐑
Melinda Zikursh—Meridian Jacobs

Rogue Spinners
Dixie Burkhart—Nature’s Yarns 🐑
Jennifer Conner—Fiber Optic 🐑
Andrew Jackson—Fiber Felt n More 🐑
Lynda Justus-Galbreath—Kraemer Yarns 🐑
Amy Leek—Handmade Hollows 🐑
Lisa Luft—PLY Magazine
Pamela Schultz—Fancy Fibers 🐑
Sarah Whittle—YarnSuperhero 🐑
Catherine Zindler—Yarn Barn of Kansas 🐑

Teams in Alpahetical Order

A Good Yarn PurlDiver
Norma Coupland—YarnSuperhero
Rachel Nichols—Kraemer Yarns 🐑
Mary Urquizo—Romney Ridge Farms 🐑
Nash Yankovish—Akerworks 🐑

A Yarn Crossing
Caysie Duey—Mielke’s Fiber Arts 🐑
Ashley Eversole—Akerworks

Alaskan Yarn Company
Larraine Childress—Spun Sugar Yarn 🐑
Camilla Seifer—Akerworks
Eileen Wall—Mielke’s Fiber Arts 🐑

Allons-y! Fiber Arts
Kimberly Beatty—Mielke’s Fiber Arts 🐑
Jennifer Church—Cotton Clouds 🐑

Arizona Yarn & Fiber Wheel Warriors
Shannon Arns—Allons-y! Fiber Arts 🐑
Margaret Gleason—Crazy Sheep Ladies 🐑
Candy Stalker-Highsmith—Akerworks

Asheville NC Home Crafts Spinning Revolutionaries
Melanie Amadon—Cotton Clouds 🐑
Rachel Burnette—Greystone Homestead 🐑
Lorri Helms—Kraemer Yarns 🐑

Blazing Star Ranch’s Blazing Spindles
Jill Emmons—Natural Stitches 🐑
Staci Lockman—PLY Magazine 🐑
Mary Stever—Akerworks 🐑

Carolina Homespun
Doris Bergman—PLY Magazine
Jeanne Schmaltz—Kraemer Yarns
Reba Siero—Akerworks

Cotton Clouds’ Cotton Tails
Sue Cutter—JBroadway Creations 🐑
Jeannie Forsyth—Mielke’s Fiber Arts 🐑
Roseann Mauroni—Akerworks

Cross Wind Spinners
Sandy Hellebrand—Kraemer Yarns 🐑
Kristi Lundgren—Knot Another Hat 🐑
Sarah Perkins—Cotton Clouds

Darn Yarn Harmony Spinners
Carol McFadden—Cross Wind Farm 🐑
Tina Shearer—YarnSuperhero 🐑
Rose Marie Smith—Akerworks

Edgewood Garden Studio
Wendy Bigler—Kraemer Yarns 🐑
Linda Dunlap—Cotton Clouds 🐑
Suzanne Hartman—Mielke’s Fiber Arts 🐑

Espace Tricot
Deborah Coder—Akerworks 🐑
Leslie Ordal—PLY Magazine
Samantha Perreault—Sara Greer 🐑

Fancy Fibers
Lisa Conway—Natural Stitches
Erica Finch—Cross Wind Farm
Denise Royal—Cotton Clouds

Fancy Tiger
Miriam Felton—Akerworks 🐑
Valerie Heiderich—Heritage Spinning and Weaving 🐑
Shannon Voth—Trading Post for Fiber Arts 🐑

Fiber Optic Yarns
Robin Dunkin-Chadwick—Natural Stitches 🐑
Barb Heywood—Cotton Clouds

Flying Fibers Spindolls
Annette Ehly—Carolina Homespun 🐑
Christine Kutz—The Web-sters 🐑

Rainbow Greenwood—Cotton Clouds 🐑
Stacy Schulze—Trading Post for Fiber Arts 🐑

Frabjous Fibers Mad Wool Party
Sarah Easton—The Web-sters 🐑
Sandy Zern—Carolina Homespun

Hand Spinning News UK
Amanda Colson—YarnSuperhero 🐑
James Perry—Fiber Felt n’ More 🐑

Happy Ewe Fab Funky Fibers
Misty Meier—Yarnorama
Heidi Rezendes—Carolina Homespun

Happy Fuzzy Yarn
Heather DeLaPena—YarnSuperhero 🐑
Joanne Scollard—Cotton Clouds 🐑

Hedgehog Handworks GWW Spinners
Rebecca Duval—Carolina Homespun
Mary Montgomery—Yarnorama

Heritage Spinning and Weaving
Su Hatfield—Nature’s Yarns
Shirley Ammon—Carolina Homespun
Karen Sanders—Purl & Loop 🐑

Hill Country Weavers
Kennedy Berry—Kromski NA 🐑
Connie Laizure—Carolina Homespun

Leta Fett—Kromski NA 🐑
Amy Manko—Carolina Homespun 🐑
Kimberly Stubbs—Nature’s Yarns 🐑

Knot Another Hat
Kate Lew—Nature’s Yarns 🐑
Paula Webb—Cotton Clouds 🐑

Knotty Ladies and Yarntiques
Melinda Bilecki—Mielke’s Fiber Arts 🐑
Connie Ferrell—Carolina Homespun
Jane Greer—Kromski NA

Carol Csengeri—YarnSuperhero 🐑
Joanne Evans—PLY Magazine 🐑
Margo McIntosh—Kromski NA 🐑

Kromski NA
Teresa Beck—Mielke’s Fiber Arts 🐑
Stephanie D’Annibale—Flying Fibers 🐑
Janice Tarantino—Carolina Homespun 🐑

Madwool Spinners
Megan Death—Purlescence Design
Margaret Johnson—Maupston Design 🐑
Sandy Ryan—Heritage Spinning and Weaving

Maine Top Mill Spinners
Barbara Brewer—Mielke’s Fiber Arts 🐑
Julianne Carle—Heritage Spinning and Weaving 🐑
Holly Janzen—Macedo’s Mini Acre 🐑

Maupston Jumbo Flyers
Elizabeth Cherry—Fancy Fibers 🐑
Evelyne Liebmann—Maine Top Mill
Kei Yamamoto—Purl & Loop 🐑

Medina Spinning and Weaving Guild
Claire Bourguet—Heritage Spinning and Weaving Guild 🐑
Vicky Bryg—Yarn Barn of Kansas 🐑
Janice Ludberg—YarnSuperhero 🐑

Meridian Jacobs
Helene Levenson—Purl & Loop 🐑
Erika Ripley—Mielke’s Fiber Arts 🐑
Mary Schaefer—Fancy Fibers 🐑

Mielke’s Fiber Arts
Amy Dressel—Heritage Spinning and Weaving 🐑
Liz Hainline—Yarn Barn of Kansas 🐑
Mary Zastrow—Fancy Fibers 🐑

Natural Stitches Spinning B*tches
Holly Conti—Fancy Fibers 🐑
Angie Held—Purl & Loop 🐑
Mona Syvertsen—Sweet Georgia Yarns 🐑

The Natural Twist
Lynda Liptak—Heritage Spinning and Weaving 🐑
Karen Rowell—Flying Fibers 🐑
Kay A Smith—Maine Top Mill 🐑

The Nature’s Yarns Splendid Spinners
Liz Francis—Purl & Loop 🐑
Thea Mallion—Maine Top Mill
Virginia McNitt—Flying Fibers

PLY Magazine
Deborah Freese—Yarn Barn of Kansas 🐑
Lori Seeger—Fancy Fiber 🐑
Jane Steeves—YarnSuperhero 🐑

Purl Yarn Handspinners
Amy Buchan—Nature’s Yarns
Joy Erickson—Purl & Loop
Jacquie Smith—Fancy Fibers

Purlescence Yarns Spinning Purls
Gail Buckley—Yarn Barn of Kansas 🐑
Courtney Frantz—Fancy Fibers
Deanna Taubman—Knot Another Hat 🐑

The Recycled Lamb
Patricia Mitchell—Nature’s Yarns 🐑
Donna Weathermon—Purl & Loop 🐑
Jane Wunder—Fancy Fibers 🐑

San Diego County Spinners
Sheena Mowrey—Heritage Spinning and Weaving 🐑
Susan Plack—The Recycled Lamb 🐑
Karen Ribby—Kraemer Yarns

Schacht Spindle Co Spinners
Stephanie Flynn-Sokolov—Yarn Barn of Kansas 🐑
Pam Mondry—Heritage Spinning and Weaving
Krysta Stine-Majors—Kraemer Yarns

Shuttles Spinners
Sharon Dalebout—Purl & Loop 🐑
Debi Dodge—Fiber Felt N More 🐑
Judy Newland—YarnSuperhero 🐑

Susan Blanding-Wilson—Yarn Barn of Kansas 🐑
Andrea Burke—Heritage Spinning and Weaving 🐑
Sara Greer—Kraemer Yarns 🐑

Storey Publishing Spinners
Michelle Boyd—YarnSuperhero
Suzi Hess—Maine Top Mill 🐑
Amy King—Purl & Loop 🐑

Sue’s Soft Stuff Stupendous Spinners
Lena Gustafsson—Fiber Felt N More 🐑
Jacqueline McClure—Fiber Optic 🐑
Lynne Rule—Yarn Barn of Kansas 🐑

SweetGeorgia Yarns
Judy Garren—PLY Magazine 🐑
Heather Hustoft—YarnSuperhero 🐑
Anita Lee—Alaskan Yarn Company 🐑

Three Oaks Knits Iowa Spinners
Marie Boyles—Maine Top Mill 🐑
Megan Lostroh—Flying Fibers 🐑
Mary Stichter—The Recycled Lamb 🐑

Trading Post Spinners
Angie Easterday—Flying Fibers 🐑
Nola Katinsky—Nature’s Yarns 🐑
Maggie Smith—Maine Top Mill 🐑

Vegan Yarn
Grace Cave—Fiber Felt N More 🐑
Judith Glibbery—PLY Magazine
Kristan MacIntyre—YarnSuperhero 🐑

Pamela Darrow—Nature’s Yarns 🐑
Pam Hiser—Maine Top Mill 🐑
Dolly Hurd—Fancy Tiger 🐑

Web-sters Handspinners
Bernadette Clueit—The Recycled Lamb 🐑
Elizabeth Elder—Fancy Tiger 🐑
Lucy DeFranco—Maine Top Mill 🐑

The Whole 9 Yarns
Christine Cardenas—Yarn Barn of Kansas 🐑
Jolie Elder—A Good Yarn Sarasota 🐑
Peyton Waggener—Flying Fibers 🐑

The Woolery
Jan DeShera—Nature’s Yarns 🐑
Jenny Ingram—Flying Fibers 🐑
Cat Tillotson—Maine Top Mill 🐑

Yarn Barn of Kansas Twisters
Pam Schwamb—A Good Yarn Sarasota
Kelly Peterson—Fancy Tiger 🐑
Laura Phillips—Flying Fibers

Yarn Boutique Lafayette
Marianne Adams—PLY Magazine 🐑
Deb Bouchard—YarnSuperhero
Maria Nieskens—Maine Top Mill 🐑

Yarn Hollow Nutty Coconuts
Rachael Hoekstra—Fancy Tiger
Linda Ritz—Carolina Homespun 🐑
Nancy Todd—YarnSuperhero 🐑

Yarn Store at Nob Hill
Tamara Cole—Flying Fibers
Jeannie Fagerstrom—YarnSuperhero

Yarn Tree Studio
Vicci Moore—Fancy Tiger 🐑
Jenn Myers—YarnSuperhero 🐑

Yarnology’s Twisted Sisters
Jennie Kaderabek—Fancy Tiger 🐑
Andee Fagan—Fiber Optic 🐑

Yarnorama Ya Ya’s
Dene Heffaker—Mountain Meadow Wool 🐑
Dianna Weaver—Fancy Tiger 🐑

Yarns By Design
Amy Golembeski—The Recycled Lamb 🐑
Grace Petersen—Fancy Tiger 🐑
Jean Pritchard—Nature’s Yarns 🐑

Zuzu Beans and Blue Moon’s Twisted Spinners
Patti Flynn—YarnSuperhero 🐑
Michele Franklin—PLY Magazine 🐑
Adrienne Munn—Fancy Tiger 🐑

🐑 2015 Monster Mile Member

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‘Twas the Day Before Spinzilla

‘Twas the day before Spinzilla, when all through the house
all the creatures were whirring with nary a grouse.
The bobbins were emptied by the hearth, stacked and ready
Suzie Spinner’s nerves were all good and steady.

Wait, what’s that sound out on the lawn?
Why it is Sheepzilla singing a Sheepzilla song!

“On spinners, away ye shall go!
Spin yards upon yards of yarn and soon we will show,
spinners are made of some magnificent stuff.
We are lean, mighty, and so super tuff.

Is your wheel greased and sleek?
Is your spindle hung with care?
Are your bobbins all empty?
Is your fiber all there?
Have you stocked up on music, movies, and books?
Are the kids with the babysitters,
Dogs in their nooks?
Are there cooks standing by and masseurs at the ready?
Might you need a new mani-pedi?
Do you have lots of chocolate, wine, and some beer?
Get good and ready spinners, Spinzilla draws near!

One yard or plenty, it does not matter.
What matters is you spin
and your bobbins get fatter.
Spin for the win
Spin for the youth
Spin out in public or in a sound booth
Spin for a cap, socks, or sweater
Your spinning is guaranteed to get better and better!

Spinzilla is nigh, we’re so happy you’re here
To your wheels Spinzilla spinners
The time’s nearly here!”

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Measuring, Photographing, and Submitting Your Spinzilla Yarn

Suzie Spinner 1,170 LRIn one short week, spinner registration closes and three days later spinning begins! We still need 300+ spinners to fill all our wonderful teams. Visit our Teams Wanting Spinners thread on Ravelry to find your dream team. To see the latest registration stats check out this blog post.

Before we begin, let’s talk a little bit about the end. Here is the scoop on measuring, photographing, and submitting your yarn.

Measuring Your Yarn

Spinzilla is a great way to master your measuring skills. You may be anxious about measuring your yarn. Take a deep breath, relax, and do your best. Part of the purpose of Spinzilla is to help you tackle new spinning challenges and build your skills.

When measuring, use a method that works for you and that will give you the best results. Keep in mind that all yarn must be spun during Spinzilla and only by the person submitting the yardage.

For more information about measuring your yarn, refer to the Measuring Yarn post on Spinning Daily (note the submission information is from 2013) or Finishing Your Yarn by Lee Juvan on Knittyspin. If you have a question that you can’t find answers for, jump on the “Questions” thread of our Ravelry forum.

If you are using a niddy noddy here is a handy tracking sheet that you may use.

Plying Credit

Plied yarn is easier to measure than singles. If you are plying your yarn, you get credit for the plying time.  Plying is absolutely optional.

The plying formula works like this:

[plied yardage] + [plied yardage x # of plies] = yardage for which you can claim credit

We go over the plying credit in detail in our Can I Ply? FAQ on the website.


Part of claiming credit for your Spinzilla yardage is to include a documentation photo of your yarn.  This can be as simple as piling all your yarn all on the floor and taking a quick snap with your phone.

Here are some links to tips on taking photos of your yarn:

Tips for Making a Photo Collage by Rita Petteys

Photo Tips from Gale Zucker from the 2014 Blog Tour (note the dates are from 2014)

Flash Your Stash tips for photographing your yarn and sharing on Pinterest

If you feel like getting more creative think about styling your yarn in an interesting way and entering our photo contest!

Spinzilla now has an Instagram account.  If you are sharing your photos on Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest use the hashtag #spinzilla2015 so we can all see them!

Submitting Your Yarn

Spinning ends at 11:59 pm on Oct.11. Submit your yardage total in yards and round up to the nearest yard.

Team Spinners
You will submit your yardage and documentation photo directly to your team captain. Spinning ends at 11:59 pm on Oct.11. Please get your yardage and documentation photo to your captain as soon as possible after spinning has ended.

He or she will submit this information on your behalf to Spinzilla. They must do so by Wednesday, October 14 so getting your results in early will help them help you. If you have questions about when to submit your yarn to your captain, please contact them directly.

Rogue Spinners
You will be submitting your information directly to Spinzilla.  Chick here for more information.

We are so thrilled that you are spinning with us this year and if you haven’t signed up yet DO IT NOW!  Your stash will thank you.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Spinzilla Planning Team Committee

Constance Hall, Team Captain Coordinator and Ravelry Moderator
Andrea Marquis, Prize and Sponsorship Coordinator
Liz Good, Logistical and Marketing Support
Liz Gipson, Marketing and Communications

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