Posts tagged ‘spinning wheels’
First, the sheeps helped me close out the old year, by recycling the christmas tree
They like evergreens, and it makes their breath all fresh and piney 🙂
Then in order to get the new year off on the right foot, I brought out the other herd, my spinning wheels, for a cleaning and oiling.
Don’t they look swell, all shined up and ready for 2012’s challenges?
I also dug out the partial distaff that I got with Sophie (on the right), and found a branch out in the yard that might serve as the basket-type part on top. I’m going to work on drafting from the distaff and see if I can get the hang of it.
And lastly, I got a start on my next sweater project- the Chone/Spike Cobblestone
Still have 3 or 4 more skeins to go for this one, so I’ll be working at it from both ends for a bit-
Goal completion date: end of Feb.
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.