On Monday, October 5, at 12:01 A.M. local time spinners from around the world were given the green light to sit at their spinning wheels and begin making miles of beautiful yarn for Spinzilla 2015.
Spinzilla is most importantly a celebration of spinning, and this year for the first time Megan Lostroh, guild member and owner of Three Oaks Knits, sponsored a local team. Twelve members of the Northeast Iowa Weavers and Spinners Guild along with spinners from Indiana and Illinois make up the twenty member team. Many of the spinners set a personal goal of spinning one mile of yarn during Spinzilla Week. Participants can meet and spin as a group, or they can spin on their own. At the conclusion of the week, all the yarn spun by Team Three Oaks Knits will be measured and photographed. The results will be sent to Spinzilla organizers where team and individual winners will be determined.
While spinners love to have a reason to meet and spin, Spinzilla was created to raise funds for the Needle Arts Mentoring Program which teaches young people to spin, weave, knit, crochet, and cross stitch. One hundred percent of the entry fees goes to the NAMP. Spinzilla 2015 has spinners in every state in the U.S. as well as in the UK, Bolivia, Iceland, Belguim, Germany, Norway, Spain, Sweden, New Zealand, and Australia.
Small prizes are awarded, but most participants would agree the fun of creating yarn and providing young people an opportunity to learn about fibers arts is reward enough. Of course there are also bragging rights for the next year at stake!
So what does one do with a mile of yarn? Imagine the possibilities!