Black Sheep Handspinners Guild

This year, because of January's inclement weather, the Roc Day celebration will take place on March 10, 2018, 10 am to 2:30 pm.


Open to the Public


Free Admission


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Hat Competition
Pictures of previous Roc Days

Poster: click to view



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

Mapquest Map


Hat Competition:

Show What Hand Spun Yarn Can Do in a Hat.

Use any technique for a hand made hat that uses 100% of your own hand spun yarn and of your own making. That means the hat can be knit, naalbinded, woven, crocheted, knit/fulled, etc. The hand spun can be any fiber(s), plies, or colors. Only hand spun yarn, no beads, no ribbons, no feathers, no shells, sticks or stones, etc.

If you want to enter more than one hat in the competition, they must be different techniques or patterns. For example with 2 knit hats, 1 Fair Isle/1 cabled. Or 3 hats,1 knit/1 crocheted/1 woven. Or 3 hats, 1 intarsia knit/ 1 rib knit/ 1 woven. Or 4 hats, 1 knit/fulled/ 1 brioche knit,/1 lace knit/ 1 crocheted.

A small sample (12 inches or so) of the hand spun yarn used should accompany the hat. The hats need to be turned in at the competition table by 11 AM in order to be up in time for them to be numbered and displayed and time for people to vote on them. Hats will be judged by the public as each person entering will receive a voting ballot to be deposited in a large container labeled Vote for Your Favorite Hat . The prizes will be announced at 1:30 PM just before the auction. There will be first, second and third prizes.  


Vendor List:

Isinglass Design: 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.

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 to 2:00/2:30 Spinning circle, shopping opportunities, traditional Mexican weaving, pendulum and double flyer wheels, fiber tasting table

10:30: Workshop: Felting

11:00: Last chance to hand in your hat for the hat competition

11:00: Demonstration: Electric Spinner, Lois Swales

11:30: Demonstration: Kumihimo, Marjorie Inana

11:30: Workshop: Charkha spinning

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

12:30: Demonstration: Spinning cotton on a great wheel, Kathy Halton

1:00: Demonstration: Spinning flax, Sue Quick

1:00: Sale of raffle tickets ends

1:30: Presentation of raffle items to winners, followed by awarding prizes to the winners of the hat competition

2:00 - 2:30 (clean-up time): 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
Ten 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!