A shear delight!

Spinners, knitters complete sweater in day-long wool challenge

Lawrence Powell editor@annapolisspectator.ca
Published on June 5, 2014

It was a long day at the Lawrencetown fire hall Saturday when a team of spinners and knitters took up the challenge of shearing a sheep, spinning its wool, and knitting a sweater without stopping.

The Shear Delights team in the international Back-to-Back Wool Challenge consisted of Alix Kusch, Barbara McKinnon, Erica Pretzlaw, Jen Janz, Jill Cox, Sally MacDonald, Tracey Hatcher, and Wendy Kearnes.

They started at 9 a.m. and hoped to better last year’s time of 11 hours, 58 minutes, and 59 seconds. Alas, it was not to be. It took this year’s team 15 hours, 19 minutes, and 54 seconds.

The spinners and knitters were not alone. The fire hall was open to the public, and dozens of onlookers watched the team of experts perform the tasks of yesteryear. And the event also raised funds for the Annapolis Valley Regional Library. Diana Ackroyd was the team manager and was delighted with the group’s showing and the support shown by the public.

The challenge started in Autralia in 1994 and has since caught on worldwide.