Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Alison Pacuska: Storey and The Spinning Loft, United for Spinzilla

We’re gearing up for Spinzilla — a week of competitive spinning put on by TNNA’s Spinning and Weaving Group — and Team Storey captain Alison Pacuska says: we want you! 

Join Team Storey for Spinzilla, and spin for a good cause!
You may have heard the whispers, but in case you haven’t — Storey Publishing and The Spinning Loft are celebrating the needle arts and Beth Smith’s new book, The Spinner’s Book of FleeceHow are we celebrating, you ask?

Why, with a week of spinning for a good cause, and we want you to join us!

Spinzilla is a week-long spinning extravaganza presented by The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA)’s Spinning and Weaving Group each October. The event supports TNNA’s Needle Arts Mentoring Program, which pairs mentors with young people who might not otherwise get to learn the needle arts — crochet, cross stitch, knitting, needlepoint, and spinning — and enjoy our particular brand of relaxation and creativity.

Register by September 22 and spin with us for one week in October.
Storey Publishing and The Spinning Loft have joined forces to create Spinzilla’s Team Storey, and from October 6–12, we’ll strive to spin as many yards of yarn as we possibly can. Spinners of all levels may join us — brand new spinners, spindle spinners, wheel spinners, and spinners who crank out laceweight by the mile: we love you all! We’re a virtual team, so you can spin right where you are, no matter where you live, and as Team Storey’s captain, I’ll be here to help keep track of our progress online. (Team members can post their own updates, photos, and stories too, or just follow along on the Spinning and Weaving Group Facebook page or Team Storey’s Ravelry group.)

As a team, we invite members to make this as fun and creative an event as possible: use as many colorways as you like, spin fleece from as many breeds as you like, or just keep it simple. Commercial preparations are fine, and plying counts, too, as long as the singles are spun during the week of Spinzilla. The important thing is just to spin, spin, spin.

And of course, there are prizes! Spinzilla offers some, but we at Team Storey have one too: in honor of The Spinner’s Book of Fleece, the member of our team who spins fleece from the most breeds of sheep will win a Beth Smith Sampler from The Spinning Loft!

We don’t want you to miss out — but teams are limited to 25 people and registration ends on September 22. So join in the fun and join Team Storey: register here and get ready to spin! Registration is a mere $10 and all funds collected through registration fees go toward the Needle Arts Mentoring Program.

Alison Pacuska is the owner of The Spinning Loft.  She has been spinning for over a decade and loves all the wools.  When she isn't spinning or having fun with fibers, you might find her in her garden, enjoying a glass of wine, or enjoying 16th century England.

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