Next event Sunday 16 June 2019
Join in the fun as the "Spinning Knitwits" race against the clock to shear the sheep, spin the wool and knit the jumper, all in under 8 hours.
The "Spinning Knitwits" are a team of members from the Newcastle Spinners and Weavers Guild and are made up of seven specialist spinners and knitters with shearer Trevor Pike from Scone as their key team member. They have competed in this competition at Tocal for 10 years and currently retain the title of Australian Champions.
In 2009, the 'Spinning Knitwits" completed the competition with a winning time of 6 hours and 3 minutes making them the World Champions, ahead of the "Toronto Spiders" in Canada.
Each year teams around the world compete in their local communities and then lodge their times with the international adjudicators who announce the winners on the June long weekend (as it occurs in Australia). They must strictly follow the jumper pattern and timing requirements laid out by the international committee.
With all the fun of a shearing, spinning and knitting race, the event is a fundraiser for cancer research in each of the communities it takes place. At Tocal, the funds raised on the day are presented to the Mater Cancer Research Unit in Newcastle.
Over the years, teams have been from Japan (3), Canada (6), Australia (5), South Africa, England (4), Scotland (2), Netherlands, USA, New Zealand, and Slovakia.
This year the "Spinning Knitwits" are back at Tocal Homestead aiming to retain their Australian Champions title and have a hit at the World Champions title again.
Competition commences at 9am and throughout the day there are activities for visitors to join in; learn to knit, knitting races, textile crafts for all ages, a fabulous array of handcrafts and textiles to buy, raffle, shearing demonstrations, delicious refreshments all day from the Friends of Tocal, Tocal Homestead is open for inspection, with blacksmithing all day in the blacksmith shop.
8am – 4pm
Gold coin donation for entry to the function centre – funds to Cancer Research
Entry fee to view the Homestead.