Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Back to Back 2013

Are you taking part in Tour De Fleece? Is spinning ALL you can think about? Here's some Fyberspates news that might just hit the spot.


Some of you might remember us posting about the opportunity to sponsor UK
representatives for last year’s International Back to Back Wool Challenge.It's a phenomenal challenge with exciting attempts to break world records for
knitting and spinning and this year, Fyberspates were once again proud
sponsors of the UK members of Team Groenewoud….. the winning team!

Team Groenewoud comprises of 7 highly skilled handspinners and knitters
from the UK, Netherlands and Germany. 9 teams of blade shearers,
handspinners and knitters entered at their different venues around the world
in the nineteenth Challenge, on Sunday 9th June 2013. This event represents
a challenge to break the Guinness World Record for shearing a sheep,
spinning and plying the yarn and knitting a sweater to the International Wool
Challenge pattern standards. In supporting the two UK team members role in
the challenge, Fyberspates have helped Team Groenewoud come a step
closer yet again to beating the world record of 4 hours, 51 minutes and 14

The team consists of a blade shearer, a sheep and seven handspinners and knitters and preparation for the event is a yearlong. The international team includes the world’s fastest knitter and other record-breaking spinners and knitters. This year, the Groenewoud team knitted a jumper from sheep’s back to theirs in 5 hours, 32 minutes and 37 seconds in a record breaking European Record to win this year’s International Back to Back Wool Challenge.



Once again, Fyberspates is proud to support the UK representatives as so
much of what we do is driven by a strong enthusiasm for the fibre world and
the community that enjoy crafting. We think this challenge is fascinating and
can’t wait for next year’s results, as the team seem to be going from strength
to strength!

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