Black Sheep Handspinners Guild

Saturday, January 9, 2016


Open to the Public


Free Admission



Skein Competition
Shawl Competition
Pictures of previous Roc Days
Poster (pdf)




All Saints Church, 347 Ridge Rd. (Rte 34B) Lansing NY. Parking is behind the church.

Mapquest Map


Skein Competition

The Black Sheep Handspinners Guild will be hosting a spinning competition this year.

Click here for full rules.

Classes are as follows:
1)Proficiency of spin: a 2 ounce skein 100% wool
2)Proficiency of spin: a 2 ounce skein wool blend or any other fiber
3)Novelty yarn: a 2 ounce skein, spun using any technique or fiber
4)Novice yarn: a 2 ounce skein spun by a person new to spinning in the last year
5)Project basket: Containing fiber, pattern, spun yarn, and swatch.

We will be asking all Roc Day attendees to participate in our viewer's choice selection. Vote on the submission you most like. The entry with the most votes will be awarded a prize.

Shawl Competition

This year we are adding a shawl competition to the event. You have a choice between two patterns, the 8 Triangle Shawl or the Holey Shawl.
You may make either shawl, or both.
Entries should be made from your hand spun yarn.
Feel free to experiment with the patterns, colors, yarn weights, whatever. Make them yours!
We will ask attendees to vote on the entry they most like, for whatever reason.
A prize goes to the entry with the most votes.


Vendor List:

Laurie Ament glassmaker: Handmade drop spindles with glass whorls, shawl pins, buttons, and glass beads. Send Mail

By Jim - Hilltop Woodworking: Hand-turned spindles, folding stools, Spin'n Rides, and other spinning accessories. Send Mail

Dear Mary Handspun and Handwoven: Hand-woven and hand-spun towels, scarves, and placemats as well as hand-knit socks from my hand-spun yarns. Hand-spun skeins, from cobweb to chunky weight, from dyers such as Hello Yarn, Southern Cross, and Spunky Eclectic. Send Mail

Graceful Arts Fiber Studio - Dyed roving, hand-dyed sock yarns, knitting, crocheting, and tatting supplies.Send Mail

Llady Llama Fiber Co - Hand-painted yarn and carded fiber batts, hand-turned drop spindles, niddy noddies, diz and threader sets, orifice hooks and shawl pins. Project totes and needle cases.

Nistock Farms - Roving, dyed locks, dyed sliver. Drop spindle kits, sheepskins. Cotswold yarn, drop spindle kits, quilt batting, fiber tools and equipment. Cotswold and other fleeces. Send Mail

Holly Partridge fleeces: Teesdale fleeces and locks, other breeds to include Wensleydale.

Spinner’s Hill - Hand-dyed roving, fiber blends, batts, and yarns. Also fiber arts supplies.

Stillmeadow Finn Sheep - Finnsheep roving and washed locks, felted bags, stoneware pottery including yarn bowls.Send Mail

Susan’s Spinning Bunny - Hand-dyed fibers and yarns, wheels, patterns, kits, accessories, and felting supplies. Send Mail

Trìnity Farm - Icelandic and Shetland fleece, rovings, and hand-spun yarns, hand-made sheep milk soaps, original needle-felted creations.

Schedule of Activities:

10:00-4:00 Spinning circle, shopping opportunities.

11:00: Demonstration: "Spin like you are Scottish," with Lois Swales.

11:00: Entries to skein and shawl competitions are due.

11:30-1:30: Dish-to-Pass Luncheon for all (Kitchen and Eating Rooms) Bring a dish, share a dish.

12:00: Demonstration of spinning flax, with Susan Quick.

1:00: Demonstration: "Spin like a Roman," with Lois Swales.

1:00: Sale of raffle tickets ends.

1:30: Presentation of raffle items to winners.

3:00: Prizes awarded to winners of skein and shawl competitions.

4:00: Celebration ends for today - we hope to see you next year! Thank you for joining us today!

Pictures of previous Roc Days:


Foreground: Spin-In; Background: Potluck lunch

Anne modeling a raffle item

roc day 2011
Eleven vendors provide many opportunities for stash enhancement!


The Black Sheep Handspinners Guild of Ithaca NY, host of Roc Day, is interested in promoting and continuing the art of handspinning all kinds of fiber.

Member interests range broadly within and beyond handspinning, from fiber plant farming and animal husbandry to dyeing, blending, knitting, crocheting, lace-making, weaving, felting, fly-tying, bow-string construction and beyond.

We look forward to celebrating Roc Day with you on January 10th!

Happy Spinning!