Spinzilla: It’s All Over But The Awards!

The Spinzilla group on Ravelry  has been buzzing with numbers.  Teams are checking in with the group totals.  The final tally will be announced on Friday, just a few more hours before we know which team spun the most yards.  It is so nice to read about handspun yarns being talked about in the number of MILES spun!


I am on  Team Storey Publishing, and have loved every minute of getting to know some of the spinners on the team.  Not only was I lucky enough to make some new friends, but I also lucked out on one of the daily drawing for prizes on our team.  Henry , Team Captain Bonnie’s  sweet little birdy ,who with out a doubt rules the house, pecked my name from the ticket bowl!  I found my lovely prize in this morning’s mail.    I had to immediately  fill this beautiful  wood yarn bowl with my latest project on the needles, Anne Hanson’s Sugarfrost from FIFC 2012.

Wood yarn bowl
Ash wood yarn bowl by Carl Tubbs

This yarn bowl is made by Carl Tubbs.  The wood is  Ash and has such a warm smooth feel to it.  I love the swirls of grain and the glow that emanates from them.  Hand made tools always make my work so much more enjoyable, and I am looking forward to spending hours knitting with this bowl holding my yarn:)

I am still trying to find where Carl and Christine Tubbs sell their bowls, and I will add a link just as soon as I get that info! UPDATE…I now have the Info!!! Carl also has a full time job so not a lot of bowl listed right now but go check out the beauties he has listed HERE The only complaint I have is that Carl has not signed his work of art.  If I am ever lucky enough to meet them in real life, I will be begging Carl to sign my bowl!

I have to toot my own horn a little, sorry, but I just can’t help myself.  This post was made by the Spinzilla moderators  in the Yardage total discussion thread for Spinzilla…..

We’ll be posting updates as our count begins here:

We have over 300 spinners accounted for and more coming in every minute. Deadline for Team Captain’s is 8pm EST tonight (Wednesday Oct 16th). We have just begun the happy task of recording all the entries. So far the highest yardage from an individual team member we have recorded is Cheryl Newhouse of TeamStorey with 16,852 monster yards!

EEEEEEK, That’s ME!  It’s quite possible that someone will be checking in with more, but for now I am tickled PINK!!  well, more like Purple, because after all I am a Purple Girl at heart:)

It’s  a weird mix of emotions reading posts of people commenting on the amount I have spun.  My ego has gotten quite a boost, but I know I didn’t do any where near my personal best of 24,000 yards spun and plied in a week’s time.  Some of you may remember seeing these pictures…

FIFC 2011 Knitspot
550, 400 yard skeins of handspun yarn for Knitspot’s FIFC 2011 club

This was a 8.5 months of spinning for Anne Hanson’s Knitspot’s 2011 Fall in Full Color Club…..but that is a story for another day.

For now I will  reply to all the lovely compliments   “thank you…..but just wait until next year!!!!!!”

Now I do believe it is time for a little prize! As a reward for all the new and  old readers of the blog along with  celebrating  a successful Spinzilla!  Leave a comment on this posting before  Midnight October 31st  Pacific Mountain Time, and enter for your chance to win one of the skeins of yarn I spun for Spinzilla.  This is a 435 yard skein of two ply  Bam Huey in a lace weight of about 18-19 wpi, in the High Tides colorway. The yarn is hanging to dry right now, so I don’t have a good picture, but I will post one soon. If you look close you can see the teal skein in the basket before it was washed.  Winner will be chosen by using a random number generator.

New Hue Handspuns Spinzilla Spinning.
The multi shades of Teal skein in the upper right corner is the prize skein pre washing.

Now all that remains is to wait for the Spinzilla results………..

Until next time, Happy Spinning and Knitting!

Cheryl <^..^>


UPDATE!   My 16,852 yards held up as most yards spun by and individual!  The skein of Bam Huey being given away is dry and here is an updated picture!

Bam Huey handspun
432 yards of Handspun Bam Huey – High Tide







74 thoughts on “Spinzilla: It’s All Over But The Awards!

  1. The entry time is over and there are 67 entries for the Spinzilla skein of yarn. I have to work at the bakery today. When I get home from work I will run the Random Number Generator and announce the winner! For now it is Time To Bake The Cheesecakes!

  2. Cheryl, what gorgeous yarn and such an amazing feat! Congratulations.
    And as I love knitting with your yarn, I’d love to win this gorgeous skein.

  3. I think spinning is so amazing! I love the pictures you have of all the fibers before and after spinning. And the colors are beautiful!

  4. Spectacular results… That is a gorgeous basket of yarn! Sounds like you had a great time. I didn’t enter spinzilla, because I’m a really slow spinner. If I get one braid of fiber spun in a month, I’m doing really well, LOL!

    The High Tide Bam Huey is beautiful, and I’d love to enter to win!

  5. Congratulations! I heard about your epic spin on Ravelry and am even more amazed that your personal best is HIGHER! I’m not a spinner (yet), but am amazed by the lovely yarn that handspinners can make.

  6. Wow! Just, Wow at your spinning production. Some day I will learn to spin, but right now I am pretty in love with that teal yarn. It would be perfect for a knitted project for my daughter for Christmas. Thank you for the chance to win.
    strawberrykid on ravelry

  7. You are incredible! I was so hoping to find a blog or post by the person who was able to spin almost 10 miles of yarn (that is, if my math is correct which it is always possible that it is not…lol).

    The fact that you are now using your milestone to show off generosity makes you even more special.

  8. Whoa! That’s amazing! I’ve tried spinning several times, I have a wheel and a minispinner and I still just can’t do it. congrats!

  9. Congratulations! That’s a lot of yarn … spinning doesn’t float my boat but I’m glad it does yours … fiber doesn’t talk to me but yarn does. The prize skein looks fabulous … would love to win it … I could have a lovely conversation with that skein of yarn.

  10. Cheryl, so proud of you and AMAZED at your beautiful spinning and gorgeous yarn! Your fiber is a dream to spin. Congratulations and think you for a chance to win some of your beautiful yarn 🙂

  11. Cheryl, so proud of you and AMAZED at your spinning and yardage! Way to go! Your fiber is a dream to spin and your finished yarn is gorgeous!

  12. This color sings to me. Congratulations on your spinning achievement for Spinzilla. If I’m lucky enough won win this yarn, I already have a project chosen for it. 🙂

    Spin on!

  13. I think my prior comment went astray; forgive if this is redundant! Love, love, LOVE the color, and love lace weight! I’m drooling in my shoes! 😉

  14. Wowee! That’s an amazing accomplishment!!
    I hope you do something to reward yourself and acknowledge what you’ve done.
    And I love the name of the yarn: “High Tide” They’re definitely Caribbean ocean colors to me.
    Great job!!

  15. Well done! What a lovely skein. Blue-green watery colors are among my favorites (the others being still more variations of green).

  16. Amazing accomplishment — truly inspiring. How many times did you have to give the Hansen a rest before continuing? Hope your burns are healed — a good quality lavendar essential oil can help.

  17. Congrats on having the highest yardage by an individual! That is awesome! The yarn bowl you won is lovely, but maybe not as lovely as the yarn you’re so generously giving away. Teal is my favorite color, so I would be so excited if I won this and would make a lovely cowl/shawlette/scarf of some type for myself.

    PS I just found your blog thru your ad in the Budding Designers Ravelry group forum, in case you’re wondering if your ad worked. I’m adding you to my blog reader. Always a good day when I find another great fiber related blog (even better if I end up winning that gorgeous yarn).

  18. Huuuuuuge congrats on your awesome win! I’m not a spinner yet, but I’ll be taking my first tottering steps in the art in the next couple of months. It would be such a delight to knit something gorgeous with your lovely handspun — I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  19. Amazing spinning. I want to grow up to be able to spin like you. I love the Bam Huey and have some to spin. Now I need to go pet it and move it up in the queue. Congrats on the fantastic amount spun!

  20. absolutely fabulous spinning and dyeing, as always, Cheryl! Congratulations on your achievement, and I would love to have one of your prize winning skeins 🙂

  21. Wow. I am amazed at what you did in less than seven days! I’ve tried my hand (very, very briefly) on a drop spindle and doubt that I’ve managed fully 100 yards.

    I remember reading about your troubles at OFFF and was so surprised to see you there on Saturday, and now burning yourself dyeing . . .

    You are unstoppable! Congratulations on your production win. 🙂

  22. Hi Cheryl,
    I have just returned to spinning, after a 35 year “break”, and am loving it. And now I just discovered your blog and am so impressed with how much beautiful yarn you have been spinning! I didn’t even know there were production hand-spinners… I don’t usually comment on blogs, but the mixture of so admiring your beautiful yarns and enjoying reading the blog, combined with the possibility of winning some of your yarn has lured me out of my lurkdom!

    1. How wonderful you have found the time to spin again. I don’t think I would be a very happy camper if I had to give it up!

      I’m honored I lured you out:)

  23. Holy smoke, Cheryl. I don’t see how there’s any way in the world anyone could match your output. Your hands must have been flying!! How did your eSpinner hold up?

    Seriously, you have come such a long way from our first spinning class together all those years ago. If we’d only known then what you’d be able to do we would’ve had more parties! 🙂

    1. Miss Mini held strong. I’m pretty sure she is getting near the 10,000 hour mark!

      That class was one of a kind, and I don’t regret one minute of it… but more parties is always nice!

  24. Congrats on the monster yardage! Can’t believe you did that much even with all of the problems during the week. Nice job!

  25. Thanx for letting me enter to win some of your lovely yarn. I’m glad you love the bowl, and if we can ever meet up, I will MAKE Carl sign your bowl! He has to sleep sometime, so he has to do what I tell him! Or so I tell myself……

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