On the dawn of mid-Spring, some parts of the Midwest saw two inches of snow this week. Crisp fall days and the monster of an event, Spinzilla, is many, many months away—you have all of summer ahead to think about that, right?  Why register my team early?

This year we have a Monster Team Welcome Packet full of useful tips for promoting your team. Once you have officially registered your team, we will send it to you! Team registration starts Monday, May 5, 2014, a full two months earlier than the first year’s event. Leverage this extra time to plan events, workshops, and add Spinzilla to your newsletters, blogs, and social media posts leading up to Spinzilla week. Successful events don’t happen overnight, or even over a fortnight. They take planning and logistics, a sense of determination, and creating the anticipation of fun.

To sign up, get your name on the mailing list and indicate that you are interested in fielding a team. (Individuals who want to spin on a team – choose the option “Joining a Team.”) Once on the list, you will receive an email of when the registration system is ready to take your information. Meanwhile, review this document – the Team Pre-registration Checklist – to make sure you have all your ducks in a row.

We all want to spend a week doing one of our favorite activities – Spinning! So get your team on board now, use the information provided at registration to help get your Spinzilla events and communications planned, and you will have a week of fun that everyone will want to participate in!

If you are going to The National NeedleArts Association trade show the first weekend in May, stop by the Daily Dose of Fiber wall in the lobby and say hi.  We will have current Spinzilla information there. There is a Team Captain’s meeting on Sunday at noon in room 131.  Past, new, and prospective team captains are invited to stop by and learn what’s new this year.

Take a page from the songbook of the Temptations, one of the most successful Motown groups – Get Ready!

–Rita

Rita Petteys, Yarn Hollow, Spinzilla Chair and Team Recruitment and Logistics, info@spinzilla.org

 

 

Team Asheville Home Crafts

Spinner Elke Spirakis (at left) was one of  twenty-five Asheville area spinners who gathered for a weekend retreat to plot their Spinzilla strategy for 2014. Photo courtesy of Judi Jetson.

The leaves may be falling when Spinzilla gets underway, but for some teams the training has begun before the first buds of spring!  Last month, members from Team Asheville Home Crafts gathered for at the Lake Logan retreat center in Canton, North Carolina, to plot their strategy for Spinzilla 2014.  The team was joined by a local spinning group, Shepherds, Spinners & Wannabees, to share tips. They even had a campfire complete with s’mores! During their Spinzilla strategy session, they estimated how much roving each spinner should have prepared in advance, and they are planning a fiber preparation day in the Summer.

Spinzilla happens to occur during American Craft Week, a big event in the craft-centric Asheville.  Much of this teams strategy revolves around public demonstrations.  They will be spinning in front of the town’s visitor center; the Center for Craft, Creativity, & Design; the North Carolina Arboretum, which is also hosting the Blue Ridge Fiber Show that week; and other high traffic areas in town.  They are also planning a private evening of spinning at the Warren Wilson College.

“Even though we may spin more when we don’t stop and talk to interested visitors,” said Team Captain Judi Jetson,”being from an area with a rich craft tradition, community education and entertainment is part of our purpose in joining Spinzilla.”

Spinzilla was so much fun. It was also quite a personal challenge. Spin as much as you can for a week, doesn’t sound hard, does it? It wasn’t, but it did require some plotting and scheming. Life keeps throwing distractions at you, however, it was Spinzilla week—nothing could be allowed to interfere! It was a whole week of spin, spin, and better spin some more. It was just wonderful.

Now that we are seriously planning Spinzlla year two, I am looking back to see what worked and what didn’t. I can see where I made some mistakes. So here are 5 things I will NOT do during Spinzilla 2014.

1. Don’t have a house guest! Please understand, she was a lovely guest, but, poor thing, she saw nothing but my spinning wheel go round. I was a terrible host and I felt really guilty. Not guilty enough to stop spinning, mind you. It cut into my spinning time since I had to get up occasionally to point to where stuff was. Here is the food! Towels? They are in the linen closet. I mean; where would they be? Sheesh.

Yarn drying in Captain Constance's Garden

Yarn drying in Captain Constance’s Garden.

2. Don’t work in the garden! Gardens here in Ohio are at full harvest in September. I tried to keep up—tons of tomatoes, beans, peppers, all the things I worked so hard to keep alive all summer were ready to pick and be preserved, all during Spinzilla week. I am spinning here! Can’t you see I don’t have time for picking, weeding, and watering. I do have time for eating though. Thanks to my wonderful husband for feeding me all week.

3. Don’t sleep! I took too much time for sleep. Going to bed is overrated anyway. If I could just sleep every OTHER night, that would really improve my yardage. Getting up and getting going in the morning takes too long. So get up, spin all day, all night, all the next day, then go to bed. Sounds like a smart plan. Don’t try this at home. It is only for crash dummies.

4. Don’t leave the house during the week! I thought I could spin on my tiny Kuchulu spindle in the car and at the Dentist office. This was not a good plan. Stop sign stops don’t last long enough. Stop lights are more promising but it depends on when you get there. By the time I got my spindle out the light would change. I live in out in the boonies so there are no traffic jams to provide real spinning time. The dentist office visit would have been the best chance for real yardage but there were too many people asking me questions. I am on a serious mission here, no time for answering the incredulous question of “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” Are you weaving?

5. Don’t choose to spin camel! It seemed like a good idea at the time. Camel is short and it is spun woolen. Long draw seems so fast—you fill bobbin after bobbin. There were two problems with this choice. First, it really easier if it is plyed AND finished to be safely skeined up and measured. The second issue is that hours and days of long draw can do a bit of damage to a shoulder. Don’t worry though. It’s almost healed. A few more weeks and my shoulder will be just fine . . . just about time to start practicing and getting into shape for Spinzilla 2014. Maybe I will spin up that lovely Corriedale fleece I have stashed? No, maybe that long beautiful Lincoln I bought at the fiber show last summer or the Angora I got at my fiber circle. OHHHH I can’t wait! Spinzilla 2014, here I come!

—Constance Hall, Dyeology
Team Captain Coordinator
How we spin when we get together.

Spinners gather at Yarn Hollow for social spinning.

As we saw in 2013′s Spinzilla, Team Fancy Tiger, the winning team, was very strategic in their Spinzilla week event preparation.

Every night during Spinzilla week, they offered team members a 20% discount on fiber.  They offered measuring assistance so that spinners could spend their time spinning and not winding off. Each day they had a different challenge with prizes to keep their spinners interest up. Rumor has it that adult beverages were provided, to help relax the spinners as they spun their way to the championship!

All that good fun came with good preparation! Now is the time to think about planning events for your business to help grow your spinning customer’s skills set, both to help them spin to their heart’s out in Spinzilla 2014, but also because spinners are looking for more opportunities to expand their skill set!

According to Hart Business Research in the State of Specialty NeedleArts Survey (2013), 42% of spinners questioned said that lack of knowledge has kept them from doing the projects that they would like, not lack of time! 42% also said they would prefer to learn new techniques in an in-person class, and 51% of spinners responded they prefer to have technique-based classes. This information sounds like a great number of spinners are looking to increase specific skills and have time to learn!

(If you’re looking for more information about the data in the State of Specialty NeedleArts Survey, go to the TNNA website and login with your member ID and password to see the full results. The business tools are particularly useful as they break down the data into actionable plans. There is a wealth of information in the survey that can provide you with loads of ideas!)

Think about what classes or events that would be beneficial to host. If this seems overwhelming, consider incorporating a casual peer-to-peer learning experience during a spinning night.These ideas are also applicable for virtual meet-ups.

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In the Yarn Hollow Studio calendar, we have events scheduled for March through May. We are gatherings idea for the Summer awaiting the summer camp dates to schedule. An “event” as opposed to a “class” is open to anyone. These events all have a Spinzilla theme, but they apply to any spinner.

Here is the plan:

March Measuring yarn on bobbins! Spinners will compare the weighing-bobbins method to the actual yardage measured via a niddy noddy or yarn winder. The spinner who is closest wins a prize!

April Refreshing your fiber! This will focus on ways to bring back compacted fiber back to life.

May Make your own niddy noddy and other fiber tools.  I’ll have recipes for how to make your own and reasons why you might and might not want to do so!

June Fiber prep from washing to picking and carding.

Raw fiber and combs

Other options for classes could be a long-draw vs. short draw race; time trials using different drafting techniques; how to ply for fast, even, and quality results; making mini rollags (all the rage, and sooooo cute!); fiber prep from fleece to rollag. The options are endless! Take a look at last year’s Spinzilla Blog Tour entries that focused on techniques to get a lot of spinning done, quickly! Use these blog posts to glean ideas about events to host. Spinners, if you have ideas for your LSS about what would help you be a better spinner, share them! I’m sure they would be glad to hear from you.

For promoting these events, we’re publishing them on the Yarn Hollow facebook page, on ravelry, through the newsletter, and the webpage. It’s a lot of work to get the news out there, but a bit of advanced scheduling will make the work pay off in the long run. The more your spinning customers participate, the more they will learn! The more they learn, the more proficient a spinner they will become, and the more they will spin!

Now is the time to plan to make the most of Spinzilla experience.  If you are interested in hosting a team, e-mail us at info@spinzilla.org and include the following information: business name, e-mail, physical address, mailing address, website, phone number, and your TNNA member ID.  We can make sure that you are all set to register on May 5  when team registration opens.

Happy Spinning,

Rita Petteys, Yarn Hollow
Chair and Logistics, Spinzilla 2014

Last year I was visiting my mom at her farm, and she suggested we make a quick trip down the road to see if Lester had some manure ready to give to her. I asked her if I needed to put on “real clothes”, see what my hair was up to, or brush my teeth. Mom said none of that was necessary, because Lester is my grandmother’s cousin, and so is our cousin—these were “our people.”

Being involved in the first ever Spinzilla gave me an opportunity to commune with more of My People. All of the thinking, planning, and work that goes into making Year Two improvements is that much better, because it allows me to connect with more of My People. For this and more, I am grateful.

Thank you, Spinzilla, for getting me to dust off my wheel and tools. For reacquainting me with the zen of fiber prep, and for getting me to finish up the last of the coopworth lamb fleece I bought and washed over two years ago.

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Thank you for the chance to be more involved in the larger spinning community and welcome newcomers. The Spinzilla registration fee supports new spinners through the NeedleArts Mentoring Program (NAMP). New and experienced alike had the opportunity to learn from each other and super spinners like one of my spinning heroes, Beth Smith. Thanks for reminding me how important it is to encourage and cheer each other on.

Thank you for getting me out of my own head during a tricky time, when not everything was going great in my world. The many aspects of Spinzilla gave me welcome distraction.

Spinzilla helped me make some room in my fiber stash, and gave me the motivation to finish long-idle bobbins that could then hold Spinzilla yarn. Spinning along with my tribe made it easier to give myself permission to do something just for fun.

I did not spin a lot of yardage, but I did make something useful and (I think) rustically beautiful. Thanks for turning me on to new methods of measurement, new-to-me indie dyers, and for the practice carding—I finally got the feel of it down!

Thanks to Spinzilla I got the spark of some pretty good ideas (and there are probably many more to come) that will help fiber-based businesses that we all rely on to take advantage of the consumer interest and buzz surrounding the competition. There are many business opportunities here! I bought a couple things, and I used up some stuff, so now I can get more. No need to explain this line of thinking to My People, right?

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I’m thankful that Spinzilla gave me the option to spin Rogue, so I would not have to feel pressure to do more or feel the guilt of letting teammates down, since I knew my time to spin that week would be limited. I still felt part of a big, happy group, and this gave me the momentum to make spinning a regular part of my day—or at least my week—as we head into winter.

I hope you will gather up some of Your People and join us for Spinzilla 2014. Every part of this experience holds many gifts for me. Thanks to everyone who made it possible for us to do it again.

Spinzilla 2014 is October 6 − 12.  Team registration opens May 5.  Find more details about the schedule on our website, Spinzilla.org.

Spin on Spinzilla spinners, spin on!

Andrea Marquis, Yarn Superhero
Spinzilla Committee Member and Rogue Spinner

Get Ready

The new year is dawning and so is another Spinzilla challenge!  Team and spinner registration dates are set!

Spinzilla 2014 October 6-12

  • Team Registration May 5-July 14
  • Team Spinner Registration August 4-September 22
  • Rogue Spinner Registration August 4-October 3

While we are busy prepping for this year’s event, it’s not to early for you to start training!  Don’t let those spinning wheels get dusty! Have you been plying or weaving, knitting, crocheting projects with last year’s yarn?  Head on over to our Ravelry group or Facebook page and share!

Done Good

Last year’s registration fees helped expand the NeedleArts Mentoring Program (NAMP) to include spinning. In 2013, NAMP served over 5,000 children in 34 states.  In 2014, they hope to double that number thanks to you! That’s something to feel good about in the new year. If you are interested in starting a program or volunteering visit NAMP’s website for more information.

Stop By

Headed to the Winter 2014 National NeedleArts trade show in San Diego next week?  Look for us at The Daily Dose of Fiber wall in the lobby or watch for a committee member wearing an “Ask Me About Spinzilla” badge.

We are eager to talk to you about how to incorporate Spinzilla into your 2014 calendar.  Think about adding classes that will help your team nab the trophy such as fiber prep, learning the long-draw, and measuring and storing handspun yarn.

Your Spinzilla Committee,

Rita Petteys (Yarn Hollow), Logistics  info@spinzilla.org 
Andrea Marquis (Yarn Superhero), Prizes and Sponsorship prizes@spinzilla.org 
Constance Hall (Dyeology), Team Captain and Rogue Coordinator teams@spinzilla.org 
Liz Gipson (Yarnworker), Media and Communications socialmedia@spinzilla.org 

 

picture collageYour enthusiasm for a simple idea is infectious! Over 1.3 million yards of yarn, y’all! Spinzilla captured your imagination and we are grateful for everyone who was willing to jump in with both feet and spin your hearts out. There were many things we got right and you were willing to give us a pass on the things that were not quite right yet—thanks for that!

Participants both via the survey and other avenues gave us thoughtful comments about how to make Spinzilla even better.  The common themes were around registration, spinning start and end times, team captain orientation, communication in general, and clarity around measuring and plying.

Spinner Survey You had a great (70%) or good (28%) experience, and most of spinners would participate again (70%).  Spinners primarily interacted online (70%), although a good number also met in person either at a store (15%) or at a meet up (15%).  The favorite part of Spinzilla was the incentive to spin more (51%) and interacting with other spinners (27%).  The most used Spinzilla resources was Ravelry, followed by your team captains’ various communications and  our website and e-newsletter.

Team Captain Survey Team Captains overwhelmingly thought Spinzilla met its goals (100%).  More than half thought they got great support (65%) while the rest felt that the support was good (35%).  Teams communicated with their members via e-mail or newsletter, followed by Ravelry, their business blog, website, Facebook page or shop-based promotions.  To get information about the event, captains primarily used Ravelry and the direct team captain e-mails from Spinzilla while also using the website, blog, and Facebook.  All team captains said they would be back next year! More than half of the businesses associated with teams said that Spinzilla generated sales and new customers.  Thank you for supporting your LYS and spinning suppliers! 

Keep talking, sharing, and showing off your yarn.  We are still hanging out on Ravelry and Facebook, blogging, and sending out e-newsletters. The website is in the process of being updated.  There is no napping for us! Team registration opens May 5, 2014. Stay tuned!  There is more to come.

Your 2014 Spinzilla Committee

Rita Petteys, Logistics Lady
Andrea Marquis, Prize Princess
Constance Hall, Team Captain and Rogue Herder
Liz Gipson, Media Maven

 

 

 

 

You are all winners for raising nearly $6,000 for the NeedleArts Mentoring Program.  The spinners of tomorrow thank you! You win because the more you spin, the better spinner you become!  We all win because spinning nearly 1.4 MILLION YARDS OF YARN (1,373,175.06) is a collective accomplishment beyond our wildest dreams!

Thank you to everyone that participated and helped support this inaugural year of Spinzilla!

Onto The Prizes!

As the Spinzilla prize priestess I want to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed to Spinzilla.  Each person listed here will receive a $25 gift certificate.  I will coordinate with the businesses to send each winner either a physical or digital certificate.  If you have any questions please e-mail me at prizes@spinzilla.org.

—Andrea Marquis, Yarn Superhero

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The Golden Niddy Noddy is off to the engravers. Thanks to Constance Hall, Team Captain Herder for bring the golden niddy to life.

Team FancyTiger is awarded the inaugural golden niddy noddy that is being inscribed for eternity with their accomplishment of spinning 94,939.73 yards!

Fancy Tiger individual team member prizes listed by first name, last initial, and prize sponsor:

Bob B   Beesybee Fiber
Tory K  Cloudlover
Miranda H  Cotton Clouds
Tina J  Happy  Fuzzy Yarn
Melanie E  Imperial Stock Ranch
Lily G  Into the Whirled
Joanna J Knitspot
Pink P Louet
Rebecca F Louet
Karen D Lucky Cat Craft
Susan P Mountain Meadow Wool
Sophia S Mountain Meadow Wool
Emily P Nancy’s Knit Knacks
Amber C Painted Tiger
Christina B Pigeonroof Studios
Caroline M Pigeonroof Studios
Jaime J Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival
Frank W Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival
Pamela M Schacht Spindle Company
Nathalie H Schacht Spindle Company
Laura C Spin Off
Kathryn B Spin Off
Megan M Stitched By Sasha
Jennifer L Storey Publishing
Emelyn T Three Fates Yarn

Our Rogue Champion Award is sponsored by The Woolery. Terresa Lawson wins a Yards to Yarn Balance emblazoned with a special plaque and a $25 gift certificate from The Woolery. 

Just added, a special award for the individual that spun the most yards. Cheryl Newhouse on Team Storey wins with 16,852 yards. She wins a small niddy noddy and a plaque for spinning a sick amount of yarn. Think about hiring her as a Spinzilla consultant/coach for next year’s competition!

Our randomly drawn prize winners follow, in alphabetical order by team. Click the links to see what you or your friends or fierce competitors have won…

Random Prize Winners listed by team, first name, last initial, and prize sponsor:

Team Alpaca Direct

Kelly H Louet

Kjirstine P Quayside Publishing Group

Team Asheville Homecrafts

Marie H Cotton Clouds

Ruth G Natural Fiber Producers

Ashley E Enchanted Knoll

Team Cotton Clouds

Irene S Schacht Spindle Company

Jesse L Yarn Hollow

Suzy S Yarn Hollow

Tamara S Spin Off

Team Edgewood Garden Studio

Wendy S Lucky Cat Craft

Jessica W Storey Publishing

Team Gate City Yarns

Martha M Mielke’s Fiber Arts

Cathy E The Knitting Guild Association

Team Knit Girllls

Stacie D Natural Fiber Producers

Team Knot Another Hat

Kelli M Louet

Yvonne E Louet

Paula W Louet

Lise B Schacht Spindle

Lorie S Storey Publishing

Team Louet

Kim G Natural Stitches

Susanne B Mohair and More

Bethe O Meridian Jacobs

Team Lucky Cat Craft

Allison R SweetGeorgia Yarn

Margaret C Pigeonroof Studios

Team Meridian Jacobs

Janette E Cloudlover

Kathleen H SweetGeorgia Yarn

Sheena M  Cotton Clouds

Robin L Into the Whirled

Terri M Lucky Cat Crafts

Team Mielke’s Fiber Arts

Linda P Happy Fuzzy Yarn

Shirley S Lucky Cat Crafts

Jenny R Knitspot

Mary Z  Smudge Yarns

Team Natural Fiber Producers

Sue S Louet

Traci N Stitched by Sasha

Team Natural Stitches

Angie H Natural Fiber Producers

Team Nimblestix

LaDonna M Natural Stitches

Kimberly B Imperial Stock Ranch

Team Recycled Lamb

Christie G SweetGeorgia Yarn

Rogue Spinner

Cyndi M Yarn Hollow

Betty K Yarn Hollow

Rachel F  Cotton Clouds

Team Schacht  

Juan Happy Fuzzy Yarn

Cindy L Natural Fiber Producers

Team SpinOff

Stephenie G Natural Stitches

Amy F SweetGeorgia Yarns

Team Storey Publishing

Patty J Louet

Amy L Spin Off

Team Stringtopia

Jessica C Louet

Janie Y Alpaca Direct

Team SweetGeorgia

Diana T Natural Stitches

Felicia L Storey Publishing

Team Uniquities Yarn Shop

Aporanee S Lavender Sheep

Team Woolery

Jennifer A Natural Stitches

Taevia M Mountain Meadow Wool

Team Yarn Hollow

Paula S Happy Fuzzy Yarn

Heather M Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival

Elise D Pigeonroof Studios

Team Yarn Tree Studio

Joyce Y  Louet

A surprise donation, the following winners (also randomly drawn) get a Bobbins up storage bobbin set from Artuwear.net

Team Heritage Spinning and Weaving Jennifer M
Team Lucky Cat Craft Connie K and Barbara G
Team Natural Stitches Julie T
Team Recycled Lamb Julie B and Flo O
Team Storey Marilyn L
Team Woolery Alice H
 
 

The Golden Niddy Noddy goes to . . . . Team Fancy Tiger for the Win! 94,939.73 monster yards spun!

Tean Fancy TigerTerresa Lawson is the Rogue Spinner Winner with 13,106 monster yards!

Lawson Rogue 13106 cropped

Just added, a special award for the individual that spun the most yards. Cheryl Newhouse brought home a whopping 16,852 yards for Team StoreyNewhouse, Storey, 16582

 
 

Top Ten Teams

Team Fancy Tiger 94,939.73

Team KnitGirllls 82,587

Team Storey 78,712

Team Woolery 74,593

Team Louet 63,964

Team SweetGeorgia 62,844

Team Mielke 62,652.39

Team Knot Another Hat/Natural Fiber Producers 61,732

Team Yarn Hollow 61,647.50

Team Knitting Nest/Edgewood Fiber Studio 61,590

Random Prize winners and the golden niddy noddy will be revealed tomorrow. 

Thanks to our Sponsors The National Needlearts Association and its Spinning and Weaving Group for making Spinzilla possible.

Spinzilla Spinners you are all winners!

Deadline to submit your yarn to your team captain is Tuesday, OCTOBER 15!  Here is a brief reminder about what to do!

  • Make sure that you have your Team Captain’s Email address.  You need to have this handy for submitting your yardage!
  • Measure your spun singles, FAQs answered here!
  • Take a photo of your yarn. Please submit only one image file for your photos – the image file may contain multiple photos – i.e., you can create a collage in a photo editor program with multiple pictures in it; it is important, though that you only submit one image file, for the sake of managing the information.
  • If possible, please rename your photo with your last name, team name, and total yardage of the yarn in the photo. For example, Spinner Jane Doe, Team Spinning Mavens, 3,000,000 yards.
  • Submit your yarn to your team captain by MIDNIGHT EST Tuesday, October 15, (11 PM CST, 10 PM MST, 9 PM PST). Winners will be announced on Friday, October 18th—we are not saying when yet!

Now you have beaucoup de yardage. Here are a few ideas to temp your needles, hooks, and looms. We look forward to seeing what you do with your newly spun yarn.  Share your projects on our social media channels including facebookpinterest, instagram and ravelry! Make sure you include your team’s hashtag and/or #Spinzilla, so we can check it out!

There are great designs that are created especially for handspun yarns! Pictured below (from L-R) are Jenise Reid’s Handspun Sweater, Joanna Johnson’s Foliolum Shawl, Heather Storta’s Lilah Shawl, and Julia Farwell-Clay’s Party Mix Sweater.

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Another way to use handspun yarn is to mix it with commercial yarn for colorwork, stripes, or to use as a collar, edging or border on your project! A great example of this is Ann Weaver’s King Of Confidence sweater design (available for free on here on Knitty), shown below.

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Yarn with twist produces cloth that only spinners can make. The Helix Scarf by Stephenie Gaustad is a popular pattern for high-twist lace weight yarn.  Have a lot of chunky textured yarns? Weave up a batch of Saori Woven Handspun Pillows by Nickolena or myfinn’s Otono Handwoven Handspun Scarf.

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Martha McQuade’s Simple Shoes, Adrian Bizilla’s Gnomey Hat (shown below left), Angela Whisnant’s crocheted Handspun Baby Socks and Elizabeth Zimmerman’s tried-and-true Baby Surprise Jacket (shown below right) are just a few of many adorable baby patterns that are well-suited to handspun yarn.

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There are toy patterns that are specifically written for handspun yarn such as Susan B. Anderson’s Lamb From Scratch (shown below), Joanna Stephens’ Handspun Mini Dinosaur and Deborah Pulliam’s Handspun Knitted Pig.

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Many designers have created patterns specifically for handspun yarn. Some of the more popular designs include: Handspun Shawlette Recipe by Jen Lucas, Handspun Show-off Socks by Caryn Lanz, Handspun Fingerless Gloves by Emily Wessel and the One Row Handspun Scarf by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, all of which are available for free on Ravelry.

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Check out Weavolution; below are just a few member projects to inspire you (from R-L): Sofa PillowsSaori ScarfTwill BlanketRuana.

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