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Shearing sheep to fight cancer; San Diegans represent U.S. in global competition

Posted at 11:03 AM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 14:23:58-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The San Diego Spinners are taking their skills to an international level, competing in the Back to Back Wool Competition to raise money for the Barnhart Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center.

The Spinners a group dedicated to fiber, friendship, and fundraising for cancer research.

Ten countries compete, and the Spinners are the only group participating from the United States.

The nine-member team is tasked with shearing a sheep, spinning the wool into yarn, and knitting a sweater, all in one day.

"Everybody else sits behind a table with a sign that says don’t talk to the spinners and knitters, because you don't want to distract them," said Janet Tulloch, who has the job of shearing the sheep.

Tulloch has filled this role for several years now with her sheep Gretel.

"She’s a little dirtier, and we had a nice wet winter, so she’s a little grubbier, and she's had a little wool-picking going on, someone been eating the wool off her back, but she’s ok! She’s got enough on her for the competition!”

Gretal has a year's worth of wool on her, per contest rules.

“It’s from the back of a sheep to the back of a sweater!” said Tulloch.

It's free to attend Saturday's competition, and you make a cancer research donation at the event through cash or purchasing items.


  • Saturday, April 27, 2019, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Bonita Museum and Cultural Center - 4355 Bonita Road, Chula Vista, 91902
  • Free to attend