If you’ve ever knit with handspun yarn, you’re well aware of the unique charm it brings to your knit (or crocheted) pieces. Whenever I’m knitting with handspun yarn, I always happily think about the farm where the animal was raised or where the plant was grown. Although it may be a little more expensive, the artisan craftsmanship and personal story behind each skein of handspun yarn is undeniable. It makes knitting that much more enjoyable!
To spread awareness of handspinning and weaving, The National Needlearts Association’s (TNNA) Spinning & Weaving Group is proud to present the 2nd annual Spinzilla!
From October 6-12, yarnies around the world celebrate their love of delectable, handspun fiber goodness by seeing how much yarn they can spin. Although spinning is awesome (and so much fun), the event is about much more than just spinning for the heck of it. Spinzilla is designed to increase education and awareness of handspinning on a global level, empower fiber artisans to continue their craft, support existing small business owners, and to help fund educational programs for future fiber artisans. Last year, Spinzilla raised $5,826.98 to establish a spinning component of the Needle Arts Mentoring Program (NAMP)!
For one whole week, participants spin as much yarn as they can either on a team (hosted by small businesses) or by themselves. At the end of the week, the winning team will be announced after all submissions have been processed. In addition to the grand prize, there will be additional drawings and gift certificates for which all participants are eligible.
Here’s a look at last year’s event:
So why is it important?
Besides being a ton of fun to participate, the proceeds for Spinzilla go to the Needle Arts Mentoring Program. NAMP supports children’s programs on the various needlearts: crochet, cross-stitch, knitting, needlepoint, and spinning. The funds will go toward providing materials, educational materials, and mentoring services.
Let’s spread awareness of handspinning!
Spinzilla is about encouraging existing spinners to better their craft and to encourage the spinners of tomorrow. The week is sure to be full of fiber, fun, and happy memories for all.
Team Registration is open until September 22
Rogue (Individual) Registration is Open until October 3!
There are plenty of teams with open spots, grab your friends and create an alliance! All registered spinners are entered into a drawing for random prizes! To join a team or spin rogue, visit Spinzilla’s homepage and click on the appropriate registration link. For more information about Spinzilla, check out their FAQ page here.
Spinzilla Handspinning Giveaway Kit!
To promote awareness of Spinzilla and to get you in the spinning frame of mind, we are giving away one skein of Westgate Waters Roving, one Jug of Unicorn Baby Beyond Clean fibre wash, and two packets of Unicorn Fibre Wash and Rinse.
Read the full review of Westgate Waters Roving here.
Read the full review of Unicorn Baby Beyond Clean Fibre Wash here.
Official Rules for Contest
There is a maximum of one entry per person. The entry will be based upon a comment left on this blog post. Duplicate comments will be deleted and are not tallied.
Winner will be selected at random from the comments on this blog post below.
Winner will be contacted by the email address provided.
You have until September 4, 2014 at 11:59p EST to leave your comment on this post. Comments posted after that will not be counted.
Contest open to anyone 18+ in US and/or Canada.
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