San Diego County Spinners

The results are in! Our team beat their old record, and broke the U.S record also. They finished with a time of 8 hours and 9 minutes! We raised, with the generosity of our spinners and knitters, $1567.00 for Cancer Research. Congratulations to all! It was a great day!



Could you shear a sheep, spin the yarn, and hand knit a sweater in a day?

Come and see if the SAN DIEGO COUNTY SPINNERS can do it as they race against the clock! This is an International Back to Back Wool Challenge, so we will be competing against teams from around the world! This year the sheep will be on premises to be sheared. We will have hand made items available for purchase, and all proceeds are donated to Sharp Chula Vista Cancer Center. Beautiful scarves, shawls, gloves, and much more! Many are made with hand spun yarn and result in one of a kind items. There will be activities for the kids and vendors on site. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

9am - 5pm

Bonita Museum & Cultural Center (map)
Demonstrations & fundraiser for the Chula Vista Cancer Center.

Guinness World Record time: 4 hours, 51 minutes, 14 seconds by the Pembroke Merriwa Jumbucks in New South Wales, Australia in 2004. They also raised a record $15,000 for Cancer Research.


The History of the International Back to Back Wool Challenge....In 1811, in the villlage of Newbury, in Berkshire, United Kingdom, a wager of one thousand pounds was made. The challenge was to make a coat from a sheep's back to a man's back in one day. Watched by over 5,000 people the coat was completed in 13 hours. Legend says the sheep was used in a feast with much quaffing of celebratory beer. Today's challenge does not harm the sheep in any way
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Our modern challenge began in 1992, with Richard Snow, a devoted and avid spinner from the Scottish Wool Centre in Averfolye, Scotland. When Richard was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, his wish was to raise funds for research. His idea grew into the "Back to Back" Challenge, a very similar event to the one over 200 years before. The event became very popular in the U.K., promoting both wool and it's uses and raising funds for cancer research. 
That same year, Australia jumped into the wooly fray and held their own similar challenge. Australian teams represented football clubs, The Cats, Geelong, Victoria, and the West Coast Eagles. Their  challenge was to go from the fleece to a knitted foootball scarf in the fastest time.
With annual challenges being held in Scotland and Australia, plans were soon made to fashion an international version. Today the challenge takes place in many countries, including Ireland, Wales, Canada, and Japan just to name a few. 
All teams follow the exact same rules and guidelines. Teams consist of a blade shearer, the sheep, and seven handspinners and knitters. The event is a simple and direct method of promoting the ancient skills of shearing, spinning, and knitting. 
The World Record stands from the New South Wales Australian team, with a time of 4 hours, 51minutes, and 14 seconds, set in 2004. The record for charitable donations was set, $15,000, by the same team in 2004.
Your local team, San Diego County Spinners, is out to break their own individual time on April 25th, and we appreciate your support. Come on down to the Bonita Museum and join the fun!