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.
I’m a little confused about where you sit in orientation to the wheel to treadle. Maybe The Man would take a photo of you while spinning? I LIKE Irish tension (hence my Louet)!
‘Spose I should have taken the photo from the angle that I sit in front of it to spin! Basically, when I spin on it, I sit almost perpendicular to the flyer, with the orifice off to the left. I treadle with my right foot, and draft backwards with my left hand. WiIl try to shoot a video for my next post
I know this is old, but I am just about to buy a pirtle wheel and I’m also BRAND new to spinning, but I hook wool, so this should be really good for the bulkier yarns. I would love it if you could provide me with more information! I’ll also look to see if you post anything else about it in other posts. Thanks!
Lucky you , no summer! We are experiencing heat waves with almost 40 degree celcius humidex values. I would prefer it to be cooler rather than hotter.
Wow those white puffs of your Shetland look fantastic!