What I love about Spinzilla is that it gets me spinning! Once I’ve got some momentum, spinning is a meditative, calming wonderland, but as a beginning spinner still, it can be hard to get those treadles moving. Last Spinzilla, however, I spun nearly a mile of fiber, and got a running start at the yarn for my tallis. Since then, I’ve tried some new styles and fibers with varying success, and my spinning oomph has dwindled. In October, though, I’ll hit the reset button, gather with other spinners for fun and support, and spin like mad for a week. I can’t wait.
This year I’m going in with another project in mind, which will require almost exactly a mile of singles. I also have a new Cherry Matchless, so this will be a great chance to get to know my wheel and to kindle my fiber fire again. Like Denise, I’ll be spinning with undyed fibers – my future project will be woven and then dyed with natural dyes. When first experimenting with natural dyes this winter, I was captivated by the depth of color they yielded, and would like to showcase this richness in a simple cloth.
From these intentions – and from my stash – I’ll let my yardage develop organically. I’ll start with BFL and from there all bets are off. Maybe I will want to keep spinning something comfortable (and there is plenty!), or maybe I’ll spin something that’s more challenging. I was shocked to find such a wide variety of undyed fiber in my stash: angora, yak, flax, silk. I would love to see how different fibers luxuriate differently in the same dyebath. This Spinzilla, the options are endless; my goal is to have a good time.
Spinzilla is a competition – and I’ve met my share of competitors! – but it also brings spinners together, gets us spinning for a full week, and promotes the craft. That full week can be used for maximum yardage, but with yardage also comes community, learning, excitement, support, and that quiet space that exists at the wheel. Additionally, registration fees support the Needle Arts Mentoring Program, which creates community partnerships around those same values and around the crafts we love.
Kate White wears several hats here at Schacht. Some of the many roles she plays each day include computer operating system liaison, project manager, data maven, and interface between our sales and production departments.