Monday, May 7, 2007

Start Spreadin' the News

I need your help to get the word out. The Toronto Spiders would love to have your moral support, but some friendly faces in the crowd cheering us on would be even better!!
As incentive we'll make it a contest. Copy and paste the last 3 paragraphs (making sure to include the link to the Pickering Museum - we want to make it easier for people to know where to go!) into a blog entry. Leave your link in the comment section and your name will go into a virtual hat. It doesn't matter where you live - I just really want to blanket the knitting world with the details of this marathon.
The prize is yet to be determined - a skein or two of something perhaps. Definitely something knitterly.

So. Have at it please!!

On Sunday, May 27, the Toronto Spiders will take up the International Wool
Challenge (Back to Back Competition) for the fourth consecutive year. This
competition, involving teams around the world, requires that a sheep be
shorn and the fleece spun, plied, and knitted into a sweater (according to a
standard pattern) in one day.

After two years at the Ontario Handspinning Seminar and a year at Toronto's
Riverdale Farm, this year the Toronto Spiders will be at the Pickering Museum in Greenwood, as part of their Opening Day. The team is made up of
Wannietta Prescod (the Fastest Knitter in North America in 2005 & 2006), Barbara
Aikman, Julia Lee, Judy Pergau, Denise Powell, Karen Richens, and Lorraine
Smith of Spinners Quarterly. Our shearer is Bob Comfort, and Joan Kass and Judy Findlay will be
our timekeepers and educators. We look forward to having lots of interest
and support from passers-by. Like all Back to Back Challenges, we will be
raising money for cancer research.

We will be attempting to beat our Canadian record time of 6 hours, 51
minutes, and 15 seconds, so hope to finish some time between 4 and 5 p.m.
If you are in the neighbourhood, please do drop by and wave, say "Hey y'all", but don't
expect us to stop what we're doing to chat with you until the sweater is done!

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