Each year, teams from around the world take up the challenge which involves a team of eight (a shearer and seven spinners and knitters) who hand shear a sheep, spin the wool and knit an adult size sweater in under 8 hours. The world record is held by the Pembroke Merriwa Jumbucks in a time of 4 hours 51 mins (in 2004). After such an achievement, they retired! Since then, a team from Japan won for 2 years, then a team from Toronto, Canada won the past 2 years (none coming near the world record time.)
The wool is spun within 30 seconds of it coming off the sheep, and within 6 minutes the knitting has started. Sewing up is done in about 3-4 minutes. The pattern is basically a dropped shoulder and boat neck sweater. The emphasis is on speed, not style!
Kurrajong Handspun Crafts Inc will host two teams this year at the Turpentine Tree, Kurrajong Heights, along with an apple pie bake-off. If you would like more information, contact Dawne at firstname.lastname@example.org