My New Friend Pirtle

So the wheel has a name!

Thanks to the fine folks on Ravelry, I’ve come to know that he’s a Pirtle.

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So, he’s a 70’s-vintage guy, one of about 200 made by a retired Air Force engineer.
I’ve named him Hank.
Hank Pirtle.

And I’ve just combed up another batch of Frank/Felix to spin up all nice and bulky on him.

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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:

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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.
Ick.

No summer yet.

4 Comments

  1. Michelle

    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)!

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    • sheepsclothing

      ‘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

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  2. Jody van Dooijewaard

    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!

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