Information for Spinners


Teams can be up to 10 spinners, including a team captain. Businesses entering their own team can have more than one team linked to them, but each team competes as a separate team and all spun totals and awards are for each individual team. No combined team totals are allowed.

Two or more teams can request to have a shared team thread for chatting in the BritSpin Ravelry group, but there will be a separate 'reporting results' and 'admin' thread for each individual team.

All spinners must compete as part of a team, but we will have matchmaking threads so teams with fewer than 10 members and spinners looking for a team can find each other. We will ensure that everyone who wants to join in is offered the opportunity to join a team.

International Spinners

Spinners from outside the UK are most welcome to participate. Please note that measurements must be submitted in metres and all references to start & finish times of the main and some of the sub-events will be to UK time zone.

Calculating tools and assistance will be provided for converting yards to metres.

Team members who live close to each other and want to include spinning together during Britspin as part of their experience can do so and this will be encouraged as part of the fun.

Some teams will have members scattered around the world in different countries. They will be encouraged to be creative about virtual spin-ins.

There will be an opportunity to share such gatherings with other BritSpin spinners through one of the photograph competitions that will be part of BritSpin.

Date & Time

BritSpin is a 4 day event and will start at 12.01am on Thursday 11 October and finish at Midnight on Sunday 14 October BST

This is regardless of which time zone you are in so we can all begin and end together. We will be working to British Summer Time, also known as UK Daylight Saving Time.

Allowable Techniques and Categories

For the main event any hand-spinning technique may be used. Some awards specify which technique may be used.

There will be awards for the following categories.

  • Team spinning the greatest combined length of plied yarn.
  • Individual spinning the greatest length of plied yarn that is spun entirely by spindle.
  • Individual spinning the greatest length of plied yarn that is spun entirely by wheel.
  • Individual spinning the greatest length of plied yarn that is spun using any, or a combination of hand spinning techniques. (this can include e-spinners)
  • BritSpin Ravelry Group and Website

    It is not a requirement that every member of a team should be a member of Ravelry and the BritSpin group, but much of the fun and social side of the event will be taking place within the Ravelry group, so people wouldn't get the full BritSpin experience outside the group.

    The team captain must be a member of Ravelry and participate in their group thread, at a minimum by posting the results of their team members' spinning. We will be encouraging all spinners to join in with their team thread and the BritSpin group on Ravelry. Ravelry is free to join and we will provide links to information about how to use Ravelry.

    Within the Ravelry group there will be a thread for each team (see Teams section above for information about linked teams) and threads with helpful information and support for spinners and Team Captains.

    The pages in the BritSpin Ravelry group will provide quick and easy access to information such as the rules, advice about measuring your yarn, FAQ's, how to use the functions on Ravelry and more.

    Fibre and Fleece

    Any fibre or fleece suitable for spinning by hand can be used. It doesn't have to be wool. However, we will be encouraging teams to try some British wool fibre or fleece as at least part of their BritSpin experience.

    (for overseas spinners we'd suggest trying a wool fibre/fleece local to them or from their country if they can't easily obtain British wool)

    Presentation and measuring of yarn spun

    All yarn that is to be counted towards individual and team totals must be plied and wound from the bobbin/spindle before the end of the event. The yarn does not have to be twisted into a skein or washed to qualify, but should be wound from the bobbin, during which process the length should be measured and submitted in metres.

    All entries must be spun, plied, wound and measured by the spinner.

    The length of yarn submitted is a calculation based on the number of plies in the finished plied yarn. You would count the total length of all the plied singles in your yarn by multiplying the length of the finished yarn by the number of plies. Then you add on the total length once to account for the plying of the singles.

    If you use Navajo (chain) plying, that counts as a 3 ply yarn.

    The equation is:

    • Length of wound-off plied yarn x Number of plies + 1x Length (for plying credit)

    Assistance and calculating tools will be provided in the Ravelry group

    You cannot use an existing yarn to ply with single(s) you've spun during the event. All components of your yarn must begin the event as fibre or fleece.

    You can only gain credit for one plying in a yarn, so cable yarns (made up of 2 or more plied yarns plied together) cannot be awarded a credit for the 2nd or subsequent plying.

    Preparation of your fibre or fleece before the event begins is allowed. So, for example, you can make rolags, card fibre by hand or drum carder, comb fibre, loosen tops or make any other preparation that does not involve any spinning or twisting of the fibre or fleece.

    Registration Donations

    There is no team registration fee. All participating spinners are invited to donate a minimum of £5 directly to Air Ambulance through the BritSpin Virgin Giving Page. The team captain should remind team members of the request that spinners donate to the chosen charity through the provided Virgin Giving page.

    Spinners will be advised when the Giving page opens and when it will close to donations. (likely to be end of event so the total raised can be announced when the winners are announced)

    Submitting results and announcing winners

    Each spinner should submit their final length to their team captain within 24 hours of the end of the event. The team captain is then responsible for submitting the team total and the total for each individual spinner within 72 hours from the end of the event. We encourage spinners to post photos of their spinning in their team threads, so everyone can share your achievements.

    Information will be given in the BritSpin Ravelry group about creating & managing fibre stash pages, handspinning project pages & handspun stash pages. These allow free and easy sharing of images in your team thread and the Photograph Competition threads.

    The results will be announced in the Ravelry Group and on the website within one week of the end of the event.

    Prizes & Awards

    Challenge, Fun, Friends and Charity describe the ethos and intention of BritSpin. So it naturally follows, that every penny of your donated registration fee of at least £5 is going directly to Air Ambulance through the BritSpin Just Giving Page.

    All the organisers of BritSpin are spinners who have taken part in various group spinning events and we all agree that the acquisition of 'things' is not why we do it. Competitive, YES! We really like to challenge ourselves, to see if we've achieved our personal goals and if we and our team increased our position in a league table from any previous event. So, in the finest sporting tradition there won't be material prizes for individuals from the BritSpin organisers.

    There will be medals awarded in the form of 'badge' images that you can add to your Ravelry profile, handspun project pages, blogs, team thread and more. You can print your medal(s) to wear with pride at spinning & fibre events.

    In addition of course individual and team results will be in widely publicised league tables, plus congratulatory posts within the BritSpin Rav group and BritSpin's social media.


    Following on from the Prizes information above, what we are doing is asking our sponsors to sponsor one or more individual teams so that as many people as possible can share in the generosity of our sponsors.

    Teams are free to link to any business to obtain fibre or discounts on fibre for their team members.

    Team captains will be asked to inform us of any sponsors or linked businesses, so we can name them on the website and Ravelry group and link to their websites or other online presence.

    Teams will be encouraged to have their own competition(s) within their team as part of BritSpin and of course you can choose to give any prizes you wish within your team.

    We also have a list of businesses wanting to sponsor one or more teams that aren't already linked to a business or sponsor.

    Sponsorship may be for some free fibre, or may be for a special discount on fibre for the members of the sponsored team.

    When the Team Captain registers their team, if they don't have a sponsor they can let us know if they would like to be linked to one, and if so, any particular interests they may have so we can match teams to sponsors. For example, a team may want to focus on British wool fibre and if possible we'd try to match them to a sponsor who produces or sells that.

    We will do our very best to find a sponsor for as many teams as possible.

    Teams should be aware that sponsors will be asked to post free fibre to the team captain, and then she/he and the team are responsible for any postage costs in getting the fibre to team members.

    We ask that team members with sponsors mention their sponsor in their blog posts or sharing on social media about their BritSpin experience. We also ask that sponsored teams include the name of their sponsor in their team name.

    Team Captains

    Yes, you will have the responsibility of collecting and submitting your team's results, but full information about how to do this will be provided. There will be a special Team Captain's Lounge thread in the BritSpin Ravelry group where you will be given all the help and support you need. This is a place where you can chat and have fun with all the other Team Captains.

    Your team members will each be using the BritSpin Just Giving Page to make their donations as individuals, so you won't be involved with any of that side of things.

    Your team thread will be opened for you, with a welcome to you and your team. You will be asked to let us know the Ravelry names of your team members (those known to you if your team at the time has fewer than 10 members) at the time of registering your team.

    There will be threads in the group for individuals looking for a team to join and teams looking for extra members. Additional team members, up to the total of 10 in a team, can be added leading up to 4 hours before the start of the event, and changes can be made if anyone has to drop out.


    This is the first ever British Wool Spinning Marathon!

    The organisers have used their experience of spinning, groups and participating in a range of spinning events to put together information and rules for BritSpin.

    We are publicising this information early, 7 months before BritSpin, so that you can use the 'Tell Me More' thread in the BritSpin Ravelry group to tell us what isn't clear and what you'd like more information on.

    We will use this thread to create the FAQ information you've told us you'd like.

    Then the compiled FAQ's will be put on the website and Ravelry group pages before Fibre East at the end of July.

    Supported by:

    British Wool Woolsack - make it personal - use British wool Fibre East Curtis Wool Direct Campaign for Wool Wooltops Adam Curtis Online