Posts tagged ‘Pirtle’
We have snow.
Now, this isn’t entirely unusual (it IS January), but I’m having a hard time mustering any excitement about it.
So I’m trying to concentrate on indoor pursuits!
Especially those that serve to promote toastiness.
Cobblestone, beginning to look like it might be a sweater!
It’s really hard to take good true-to-life colors in photos of really dark colored objects, and that’s about all I could manage for now. But I have started one of the sleeves as well-
You’ll have to trust me when I tell you that the charcoal-y grey blend of Chone and Spike is much more appealing in person.
And I’ve been spending a little quality time with Hank, my Pirtle wheel, spinning nice soft cushy singles-
Aren’t they fun? No idea what they want to be yet.
But I’m ok with that.
(see last post ) 🙂
So the wheel has a name!
Thanks to the fine folks on Ravelry, I’ve come to know that he’s a Pirtle.
So, he’s a 70’s-vintage guy, one of about 200 made by a retired Air Force engineer.
I’ve named him Hank.
And I’ve just combed up another batch of Frank/Felix to spin up all nice and bulky on him.
In addition to getting a feel for Hanks irish tension system, I’ve managed to get a start on a another vest for John The Shepherd, of Marietta Shetlands:
I took the cable motif from the Hand in Hand men’s cable vest pattern by Kathy Zimmerman. I think it’s working out nicely- it’s curvy, and large enough to stand out in the dark yarn, but still manly and subdued.
No outside photos this week. It’s July, but feels like October.
No summer yet.
New roof on the old half of the sheep shed! (near side in the photo, for hay storage)
Not quite ready to pack in hay for next winter yet, but we’re getting there.
The sheep are impressed with the progress so far. They’ve been supervising very closely-
In other news, we’ve got nothing in the way of cherries this year (boo), but little quinces (yea!)
and a few pears
I just love how the little pears grow upside down on the tree. They look so cute and perky.
Introducing Mr. Bulky Spinner!
Isn’t he handsome?
Here’s a closer look at the flyer-
It’s bobbin-led, of course, so it is really different from spinning on my other wheels, but I’m starting to get the hang of it.
Gonna make me some nice think squishy yarns.