Category Archives: Events

Invitation Day 2016

Thanks to everyone for their help at our invitation day in August. We raised a whopping $1100 for Beyond Blue

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All ready for the big day

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Thanks to the kitchen crew, with Marian at the helm, for making lunch.  Thanks also to everyone who contributed items for the morning tea.

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Helena took money at the door….while Michelle took more money when they got inside! Thanks also to Denise for organising the raffle.

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Some of Denise’s felted wonders.

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What did Tony find to buy that was so exciting it made his hands shake?

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Thanks to Lucille for displaying all of the wonderful things our members have been making. These are some of the scarves from the eco dye workshop.

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Annette demonstrating her spindle skills…with her homemade spindles?

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Margaret smiling…

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But shopping is a serious business. Thanks to all of our stall holders and the opportunity to buy lots of great materials and equipment. Now we can all make even more stuff.

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International Back to Back Wool Challenge

International Back to Back Wool Challenge

The “Back to Back” Story

In 1811 at Newbury in Berkshire, England, a one thousand pounds wager was made to make a coat from a sheep’s back to a man’s back in one day.  Watched by 5,000 people, the coat was completed in 13 hours.  The sheep was then eaten with much quaffing of beer to celebrate!

In Scotland, the story began again in 1992 with a keen young spinner who had developed thyroid cancer.  His desire to raise funds for Cancer Research sparked the Back to Back Wool Challenge.   The event created enormous interest in the UK because of the way it cleverly promoted wool and raised funds for Cancer Research.

Australia first participated in 1994.  An International set of rules and a sweater pattern were developed – a team of 8, consists of a blade shearer, 7 spinners/knitters and a sheep.  The Challenge is to hand shear the sheep, spin the wool and knit the sweater in under 8 hours.

The world record was set in 2004 by Pembroke Merriwa Jumbucks (in NSW) – with the time 4 hours 51 mins. It is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.