In our last post we talked about the Needle Arts Mentoring Program and the real meaning of Spinzilla. This time we want to talk about the businesses who make this all possible. Spinzilla has grown exponentially over the years, and we quite literally could not have kept it going without the generous support of our sponsors.
One of Spinzilla’s goals is to spin enough yarn to go around the world. Every yard spun gets us closer to that goal!
Through the growth of Spinzilla we are able to serve more mentors to serve more kids and make a special place in their hearts for the needlearts. Our sponsor spots sold out quickly this year, with many companies pledging their support before the 2015 Spinzilla season ended.
Yak Sponsors–The yak is the largest animal in the Spinzilla stable and our 3 Yak sponsors have stepped up big to bring you this event.
The Woolery returns for the 3rd year in a row as our retail Yak sponsor. They have so many tools and supplies, as well as a wealth of knowledge for how to use them.
Also, returning for its 3rd year, SpinOff is our major media Yak sponsor. Start your Spinzilla training right with some of their free downloadable tutorials!
And new for this year is Kromski North America. Kromski is a family business that started almost 100 years ago!
Bison Sponsors–Our next biggest sponsor animals are our Bison sponsors. These wholesale companies are all household names for fiber enthusiasts.
Ashford/Foxglove Fiberarts Supply
Louet North America (Last year’s winning team!)
Strauch Fiber Equipment
We will be featuring our Yak and Bison Sponsors in our blog tour this year and watch our blog for an interview series with these companies.
Merino Sponsors–Most fiber artists have heard of Merino and that is the name of our next level sponsors. If you haven’t heard of our sponsors Happy Fuzzy Yarn, Maine Top Mill, Manos, Sweet Georgia Yarns, Treenway Silks, and Unicorn Fibre, do yourself a favor and check them out!
All of the sponsors above will be offering Spinzilla specials to you, our spintastic spinners! Go check out our official Ravelry sponsor special thread to see what they are offering.
We also have many companies we call our Cotton Boll sponsors. They will be donating ten $25 gift certificate prizes to the prize pool. This is one of the things that keeps Spinzilla fun. For a complete and updated list of our sponsors, make sure to check out the sponsors page on our website.
A huge roar of thanks to all of our 2016 sponsors!
Whether you are gunning for the golden niddy noddy, reaching for personal spinning goals, or just want to do your part to ensure the vibrancy of handspinning in the future, we hope you will join us for Spinzilla this year.
One of the main themes of Spinzilla is to try to spin more and spin better, but when you spin for Spinzilla, you are really part of something much bigger. Sure it is a competition, but it is also a collaboration, and a cooperative enabling of future spinning behavior. Spinzillians are helping to grow your next generation of spinners and weavers, through the fundraising we do for the Needle Arts Mentoring Program.
This is what it is all about. Check out these happy kids.
As of May 2016 there are 264 active needle arts mentoring programs. This means that volunteers are getting NAMP materials for free in order to introduce thousands of kids to the crafts of knitting, crochet, needlepoint, embroidery, cross-stitch, and now, thanks to the participation of thousands of folks in Spinzilla, spinning and weaving! Spinning and Weaving were added to NAMP at end of 2014. So far in 2016 we have seen an increase in both new programs as well as existing programs adding Spinning and Weaving. We have doubled the amount of children spinning (645)and tripled the amount of children weaving (915).
If you are in the fiber or spinning business these kids are the next generation of your customers. On behalf of the Spinzilla committee, this is what keeps us going all year!
Team hosting sign ups are right around the corner. Please help us spread the word about Spinzilla 2016! Spin on!
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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
First Place: Katrina Stewart, Team SweetGeorgia Yarns “Treats for Breakfast!”
Second Place: Lorna Potter Hand Spinning News UK “Ah, peace at last! No children were harmed in the taking of this picture.”
Third Place: Ilga Jansons, Team Edgewood Gardent Studio “Spinzilla Flower III (29,043 yards, 23 skeins, 35 inches across)”
Spinning with Sheepzilla
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 ]
Second Place: Cheryl Simeone Edgewood Garden Studio
Third Place: Dona Snow, Team Meridian Jacobs “Team Meridian Jacobs runs from a monster coming over the hill.”
Most Creative Spinning Spot
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.)”
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!”
Third Place: Kris Alderson, Team Hand Spinning News UK “What goes round comes round baaaaa”
First Place and Spinner’s Choice: Team SweetGeorgia Yarns
Second Place: Team ClothRoads Warmis Phuskadoras
Team Hand Spinning News UK
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 email@example.com.
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
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
Rachel Nichols—Kraemer Yarns 🐑
Mary Urquizo—Romney Ridge Farms 🐑
Nash Yankovish—Akerworks 🐑
A Yarn Crossing
Caysie Duey—Mielke’s Fiber Arts 🐑
Alaskan Yarn Company
Larraine Childress—Spun Sugar Yarn 🐑
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 🐑
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 🐑
Doris Bergman—PLY Magazine
Jeanne Schmaltz—Kraemer Yarns
Cotton Clouds’ Cotton Tails
Sue Cutter—JBroadway Creations 🐑
Jeannie Forsyth—Mielke’s Fiber Arts 🐑
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 🐑
Deborah Coder—Akerworks 🐑
Leslie Ordal—PLY Magazine
Samantha Perreault—Sara Greer 🐑
Lisa Conway—Natural Stitches
Erica Finch—Cross Wind Farm
Denise Royal—Cotton Clouds
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
Heidi Rezendes—Carolina Homespun
Happy Fuzzy Yarn
Heather DeLaPena—YarnSuperhero 🐑
Joanne Scollard—Cotton Clouds 🐑
Hedgehog Handworks GWW Spinners
Rebecca Duval—Carolina Homespun
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 🐑
Teresa Beck—Mielke’s Fiber Arts 🐑
Stephanie D’Annibale—Flying Fibers 🐑
Janice Tarantino—Carolina Homespun 🐑
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 🐑
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
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
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
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 🐑
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 🐑
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 🐑
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 🐑
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 🐑
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
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