During the Fiber Arts Fiesta, the San Diego County Spinners (SDCS) will showcase a demonstration of their practice efforts for the upcoming International Wool Back to Back Challenge. A team of seven spinners will spin wool and knit a sweater. The Challenge is a timed event, so the San Diego County Spinners will be working against the clock to try to improve their time in this demonstration event.
As described in its literature, the Back to Back Wool Challenge is "for a team of eight to blade shear a sheep, spin and ply a sweater-weight yarn and knit an adult-sized long-sleeve sweater in a day! Identical pattern and rules are used worldwide. The world record in the Guiness Book of World Records is 4 hours, 51 minutes and 14 seconds!"
SDCS competed in 2012-2016 and plans to compete again in 2017 on May 20th at the Bonita Museum & Cultural Center. In 2015, the team set a new USA record of 8 hours, 9 minutes and 5 seconds, beating the 1996 USA record of 8 hours, 33 minutes and 13 seconds. SDCS also won the Brigadoon Trophy for most funds collected in 2016.
Each year they have increased their cancer research fundraising, raising over $2700 in 2016, the most raised among the competing teams this year!
The San Diego County Spinners are also participating in Spinzilla, a global event in which teams and individuals compete in a friendly challenge to see who can spin the most yarn in a week!