For the 6th year in a row, we competed in Spinzilla, a national spinning competition hosted by the National NeedleArts Association. For one-week, hand spinners across the globe put their lives on hold and compete to spin as many yards of yarn as they can. This year our team spun a grand total of 110,639 yards (that’s 3,983,004 inches!) of yarn, which was good enough for third place. We are proud of what we have accomplished, but as always this event is more about education and fun than anything else.
Spinzilla is not only about spinning the most yards. It is also a great opportunity for us to get out into our community and educate people on modern spinning. People always come up to us with questions about what we are doing and the materials we are working with. We love educating people about different fibers and showing them how accessible spinning can be. Sometimes we even teach people how to spin on the spot like Alsn did during our Denver Milk Market event. It's part of why we host so many events throughout Spinzilla week.
As luck would have it Sam Barsky’s famous collection of knitted sweaters were on display at the Boulder Library. We had a blast meeting up for a day of spinning among these one-of-a-kind creations and were even lucky enough to try a few of them on! As you can see we had absolutely no fun at all!
As much as we love to get out and spread the word about spinning, sometimes it is fun to just hole up in the shop and spin the night away. This year we hosted our annual spin-in on Friday night. With pizza and beer to fuel our feet, we locked the doors and spun until our legs gave out or our eyes shut tight, whichever came first.
Every year we pick a theme to keep things fun and silly. Last year was Game of Thrones. This year we wanted a little extra magic on our side so we started our own Spindle Coven. Our Beltane Bouclé, Amber, designed some merch that is still available for purchase including leggings, sweatshirts, water bottles, totes, and tanks if you are disappointed to have missed the fun.
As always we are proud to look back at our yarn piles from the week while we kick our feet up on the couch for a well-deserved rest!