At 10:15 a.m., people erupted in cheers at Rumpelstiltskin Yarn in Stony Brook as owner Vincent D’Aguanno set the Guinness World Record for the longest time spent continuously spinning yarn.
He could have stopped then -- because yarn-spinning is new category, Guinness considered the 24-hour mark a record -- but he plans to go on until about 6 p.m. to put some distance between him and whoever tries to break the record.
“I got goose bumps,” he said after setting the record, still pumping the foot pedal on his pink vintage spinning wheel, turning a pile of pink fluff into bobbins of yarn.
Aside from seeking to set the record, D’Aguanno is hoping to raise $5,000 for Stony Brook University Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital and Breast Cancer research. By Friday night, the store had raised $2,000.
“I wanted to do something, and I felt we as a store needed to do something,” said D’Aguanno, who plans to raffle off the spinning wheel, which he bought for $700.
D’Aguanno, of Bohemia, started spinning six years ago after being laid off. He bought his wife, Angela, a spinning wheel, and the couple soon fell in love with the craft. So much so that in 2006 the couple opened a hand-spun-yarn store in Sayville. He opened the Stony Brook location in August.
D’Aguanno often spends four to eight hours spinning nonstop.
“I would always say, ‘There’s got to be a record for this,’” he said as he stopped to check that the yarn was filling the bobbin evenly. “When I found out no one had tried it before I wanted to do it.”
D’Aguanno said the choice to raise money for breast cancer was easy. Angela D’Aguanno, 44, had a scare about three years ago, finding a benign lump on her breast.
East Patchogue’s Ann Burgess, 45, a customer and spinning student at Rumpelstiltskin, is a breast cancer survivor of 10 years. She was at the shop Friday as an expert witness to verify that D’Aguanno was abiding by Guinness’ guidelines.
“I thought that it was really a touching thing for somebody to do,” she said. “I think it’s remarkable. If you can give back to your community like Angela and Vinny are doing, then that’s a great thing.”