Every October the National Needle Arts Association holds an event that they call Spinzilla. This year it will be held Monday October 3rd until Sunday October 7th. The singular goal of this spinning time is to get as much yarn spun, and plied if that is your jam, within that time frame. Nothing that has been previously spun counts toward your total yardage. My personal goal is to spin a mile, or 1760 yards. Fortunately plying is counted, so if you have 3 singles that you have plied together (and all of it has to have been spun within the week of Spinzilla) then you measure the yardage of the finished 3 ply skein and multiply it by 4 (spinning each of the 3 singles as well as spinning the ply).
September is when participants in Spinzilla can begin registering for teams, and paying their registration fees. There is a minimal cost to join, 15 or 25 something like that, and the fee goes toward supporting programs that promote the needle arts among the younger generation. There are prizes donated toward the winners in particular categories. You can spin rogue, and not join a team. If you join a team then your entire team works toward the goal of spinning the most yardage you can. I believe that there are other prizes such as most creative spin, most individual yardage, etc.
This is a really fun event that promotes spinning in all different forms. My only goal is to beat my spinning from the year before. This year I believe that means that I will need to spin more than 2,240 yards. To this end I plan on spending most of September plying off my bobbins, carding the wool that I have into rolags so that they are easier to spin, and ensuring that my wheel is in the best shape it can be. I recently received information from the Schacht Spindle Company, who produced my wheel, about how to perform a minor repair which has my wheel purring.
I am getting really excited about Spinzilla, and will be posting more as I get my bobbins cleared off and spin some!