Today is I love Yarn Day! As spinners, we make our yarn from scratch. How we use the yarn varies widely. We weave, knit, crochet, and practice many other yarn crafts. Some of us just make yarn. Spinning makes us better connoisseurs. We look at yarn in very particular ways. We admire its twist and the fibers that go into it. We read labels to see where the fibers came from. We even sniff it. (You lovers of silk know what I’m talking about.)
This week is also Spinning and Weaving Week, American Craft Week, and Wool Week. All celebrations of the things we love—making, wool, and spinning (and for a lot of us SWGers, weaving). These public celebrations are important. They show that spinning is necessary in today’s digital world. There are the health aspects of practicing an absorbing task that brings us joy. There is also the intellectual aspect—the challenge of creating EXACTLY the yarn you need. Then there is just the plain passion for the craft and sharing it with others.
When we say we are spinners, folks often think we go to the gym a lot. Years ago when I worked at Interweave, I was chatting with Linda Ligon Interweave’s founder. I told her that I was taking a spinning class most mornings, and that is why I used the company shower. “Woowee!” she said, “That is some spinning class.” When we would bump into each other she would ask me about my class. It was weeks later before we realized that we were talking about different kinds of spinning.
On the eve of Spinzilla, we asked spinners at the Wool Festival at Taos to why they spin. We spin because it makes us happy, we spin because we love yarn, we spin because it is a challenge, to honor our sheep, to relax, and for joy. For Whitney (at right), a current Interweave employee, it is a tucked-away survival skill. Spinzilla and other public celebrations are an important way to tell the world why we spin and to introduce others to the joy of it.
One yard or 1,000 yards it does not matter. We are all contributing to one big collective impressive number. Whether you are spinning at your LSS, out in a field on a beautiful day, in the mountains of Bolivia, or binge-viewing your favorite series, we are showing the world that spinning does not just happen at the gym.
Liz Gipson is the marketing coordinator for Spinzilla. She is passionate about the connections between craft, community, and commerce. She spins (both kinds), weaves, and spends a lot of time banging away at the keyboard of her computer.