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Enrollment Cost: $25 per person & start preparing your fiber!

Spin from 1.4.2019 thru 1.18.2019 (choose an arena below)

Submit your results (link at the bottom of this page) by 1.20.2019

 

Spin Her Free was an idea I had after hearing spinners talk about their experience spinning for a charity without transparent financial reports. A lightbulb exploded in my head: If all the spinners in the world spun together for a good cause - we could accomplish something BIG. I immediately contacted Mike Pauly at SpinOlution and said, “We need to do this, this could change the world.” Mike and I are both big thinkers, and after I explained to him what this could accomplish - he agreed it was worth the investment - and I hit the ground running.

I researched charity spin-a-longs and set a goal for 2000 spinners to participate. This is a drop in the bucket, but I had to start somewhere. I set the investment of each spinner to $25. This made the fundraising goal $50,000. I began to look for a cause that the spinning community could unite on, something that benefited women and could make the world a better place. I started researching charities looking for an organization with a big cause, a solid plan, and transparent financial reports. I found AIM and everything else fell into place in a single day:

Spin Yarn to End Human Trafficking.

I chose AIM because they are rated by Charity Navigator, the largest independent charity evaluator in the United States. They were given the highest rating of 4 out of 4 stars, and a score of 95.47 out of 100 for financial management, transparency and accountability. AIM had everything prepared for me to hit the ground running. They rescue AND rehabilitate, providing medical care, education, and jobs. In one day I was able to organize the charity on their website, so every dollar went to their program immediately, and every participant got a tax-deductible receipt. I didn’t need to do anything else. We were ready to spin.

The only criticism I have received is that I should be using the money to end human trafficking in the United States. For better or worse, I’m a big thinker, and I want this event to include worldwide spinners, not just Americans. I encourage everyone to find a charity working to end human trafficking in your town, state, or country - and donate to that charity to make your area & your nation a better place.

Thank you so much for participating.

Ashley Martineau

HELP WANTED: I need judges to verify results of the competition. If you are available to contact the winners to verify yardage and weight over a video chat, please email me at howtospinyarn@gmail.com so we can discuss how to make sure the winner of each arena is carefully screened for integrity.


Register Now: Choose An Arena

There are 4000 spots open in each arena. We must meet the fundraising goal of $50,000 (based on participation of only 2000 spinners) to begin this event as scheduled on January 4th. If we do not reach the $50,000 goal - we will postpone the event to January 2020 - giving everyone time to prepare fiber and for fiber shops to create colorways to sell for promotion.

If you have a shop that sells fiber, we welcome you to create a coupon code or colorway called SpinHerFree to help spread the word!

Yardage on a Spinning Wheel

The individual who spins the most yardage will receive a SpinOlution Monarch Wheel (choose your flyer size) with Butterfly Engraving on all 3 sides.

This arena is ideal for spinners wanting to spin yarn for knitting and crochet. Following is how you earn and tally points in the Yardage Arena:

  • 1-Ply = 1 point per yard total

  • 2-Ply = 2 points per yard total

  • 3-Ply = 3 points per yard total

Weight on a Spinning Wheel

The individual who spins the most fiber by weight will receive a free SpinOlution Monarch Wheel (choose your flyer size) with Butterfly Engraving on all 3 sides.

This arena is best for spinners wanting to spin bulky or art yarns. Following is how you earn and tally points in the Weight Arena:

  • 1 oz = 1 point

  • 28 grams = 1 point

Yardage on a Drop Spindle

The individual who drop spindles the most yardage will receive a free SpinOlution Pollywog (value $399 USD).

This arena is ideal for spinners wanting to spin yarn for knitting and crochet. Following is how you earn and tally points in the Yardage Arena:

  • 1-Ply = 1 point per yard total

  • 2-Ply = 2 points per yard total

  • 3-Ply = 3 points per yard total


Submit your Results

Your results must be submitted by 1/20/19 at 8pm EST

At the end of the event, participants will be required to submit their results below by January 20th at 8pm EST to enter the prize giveaway.

The top 5 competitors from all arenas will be contacted by a judge to verify their yardage / weight by video chat. These winners will be posted on this website with their verified yardage. The verified first place winner will provide their shipping address and the wheel prize will be shipped directly from the SpinOlution company.

International winners outside the USA will be required to pay shipping on the prize.