Get to Know the Teams of 2015! Meridian Jacobs, Mielke’s Fiber Arts, Knot Another Hat, Nature’s Yarns, and WEBS

Spinzilla spinner registration opens September 1. Constance Hall, Spinzilla’s team captain coordinator, asked each already-registered team five simple questions. We are sharing their answers with you during the weeks leading up to the opening of spinner registration. Five teams will be featured each week in the order that we received the answers.

Here are the questions:

  • How long have you been in business and when was your first Spinzilla?
  • Where are you located and will your team meet in person, virtually, or a combination of the two?
  • Why did you want to participate in Spinzilla?
  • What might spinners expect from your team?
  • Why do you spin?

Team Meridian Jacobs

Team Meridan Jacobs' 2014 Official Team Photo

Team Meridan Jacobs’ 2014 Official Team Photo

Meridian Jacobs is a sheep farm and fiber shop located in Vacaville, California. We have been in our current form for about 10 years, and before that were were teaching, and selling sheep and fiber at shows and conferences. This is our third Spinzilla, and virtual members are welcome on our team, but most are fairly local. During Spinzilla week, we will meet at the shop and farm and at a couple of members’ homes in other towns with plenty of drawings for prizes, and we chat on Ravelry in-between!

I wanted to participate in Spinzilla to get the word out about my farm and shop and for the fundraising aspect. The team spurs me on, and they are really excited about participating again this year. Personally, I choose one of my sheep’s fleeces each year to keep out for myself. I like to spin to create a yarn that I couldn’t get otherwise. I also like to spin with my friends—relaxing and productive at the same time!

—Robin Lynde

Team Mielke’s Fiber Arts

Andrea and Amy Mielke's Fiber Arts

Sisters Andrea and Amy

Mielke’s Fiber Arts is located in South Central Wisconsin. It is run by me and my sister, and we have been in business since 1997. This is our third Spinzilla. We wanted to participate in Spinzilla because it is all about spinning. Our team is pretty laid-back, but steady—a combination of virtual and in shop. Everyone will spin as they can, where they can, and we keep in touch through Ravelry and Facebook.  We have some good “door prizes” sprinkled throughout Spinzilla week (wink, wink), and there will be at least one spin-in for locals.

I spin because it is endlessly fascinating to make yarn. There are so many colors, textures, and options. As a spinner, I have so much more control over my fabric. Spinning can be relaxing or challenging—definitely a lifetime of entertainment.

—Andrea Mielke Schroer

Team Knot Another Hat (KAH)

Sarah Keller of Knot Another Hat

Sara Keller and her family.

We are celebrating our tenth anniversary this summer! Knot Another Hat is located in Hood River, Oregon. We have participated in Spinzilla all three years, as a fun mix of in-store and virtual team members who range from newbie-level spinners to hardcore experts. What we all have in common is a burning desire to beat our previous year’s yardage!!

As team leader, I feel like spinning seems to just be in my genetic makeup somehow—my 12-year-old has been spinning for two years and will be joining Team KAH this year (go Campbell!). We hope to have a spin-in at the shop for those who are near enough to make it—maybe we can Skype with our virtual members. We love to give out prizes on our team, and this year anyone who spun a monster mile in 2014 gets to join the team on my dime! As much as Team KAH loves to joke and laugh, we know that we all share a passion for the timeless art of turning fiber into thread, and that drives our Spinzilla team to the finish line!

—Sarah Keller

Team Nature’s Yarns Splendid Spinners

Nature's Yarns

Fiber for lunch group at Nature’s Yarns

Nature’s Yarns is a a full-service yarn store located in Fairfax, VA, and we have been in business for seven years. We pride ourselves on having a cozy, relaxing atmosphere where customers can come and enjoy their crafts or learn new ones. This is our first Spinzilla and we are really looking forward to it. Our team is open to local and virtual spinners. We joined Spinzilla to increase awareness of the fiber arts and to encourage more people to spin. We plan to encourage participation by offering specials on fiber and spindles throughout the event. We’re also going to host at least one local spinning event so we can meet those participating in the area. There are few more fun things in development—stay tuned for details!

I spin because it’s my Zen; I can step out of my everyday world and into one that’s relaxing and peaceful; I love the feel of the fibers in my fingers.

—Sue Wroton

Team WEBS

Team WEBS at work.

Team WEBS in the zone during last year’s Spinzilla.

WEBS has been in business for 41 years, growing from a small operation in the Elkins’s basement to a large retail and online business based in Northampton, MA. This is our second year hosting a Spinzilla team, and I expect our team to be a combination of local and virtual spinners. We try to keep our Spinzilla thread on Ravelry lively so that our virtual spinners can feel like they’re part of the fun and action. We participate in Spinzilla because we love anything that promotes fiber arts. We always have a week full of classes, activities, and demos for Spinning and Weaving Week, and Spinzilla gives us another way to feature these arts in our store and expose knitters and crocheters (and innocent passers-by) to new creative outlets.

Last year’s team had alot of fun and we had some great in-store spin ins and lots of encouragement on Ravelry. This year we plan to ramp that up with more time to spin together. I’m also hoping to find better ways to virtually connect with our out-of-town team members so we can all get to know each other better. I think that the sense of community we built was great. We will have some pre-event workshops to help the team brush up on skills, as well as more goodies and deals this year, too.

Spinning has been tugging on me for quite a few years, because it looked so relaxing and Zen. I resisted because I’ve been so focused on weaving and knitting. When WEBS decided to host a Spinzilla team, I volunteered to be the captain. I’m pretty sure it was an evil ploy by some character in my subconscious, because of course I had to support the team by at least trying, right?! The great thing was that my commitment to Spinzilla made me spin every day for that week and that consistency helped me develop my skill pretty quickly—just as planned! As I feared, I became hooked and love spinning. It is relaxing, and I love the feeling of color flowing through my fingers. My goal this year is to spin a mile.

—Leslie Ann Bestor

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