Back before Christmas I nabbed this Haldane Shetland on Ebay
From the brochure shown here the Haldane Shetland came either stained and polished for £78.90 or plain and sanded for £71.50! Mine was the cheaper plain and sanded!!
So to spin, well it was like treadling treacle - a Shetland owning friend had a go, and she couldn't spin on her either, so I took my Shetland to meet her little cousin.
|Left: Mark 1 Flyer - Right: Mark 2 Flyer|
So what makes a wheel a lefty? I was given to understand that if I put a flyer with the hooks on the right - like this one from my Orkney all would be normal.
Not so, which is really strange because the other Shetland flyer work clockwise - now it seems that my little Shetland only wants to spin anti-clockwise!
The other wheel that needed a lot of attention was - this poor Traditional which had been liberally covered in what appeared to be a yacht varnish - over every screw, hook and even the con rod leather!
A final thought on which way is the right way?
Top down or bottom up - that is the question when it comes to sweaters - why are nearly all American patterns written for top down and UK ones for bottom up? Top down you can try as you knit and there is little or no sewing to do afterwards, but which gives the best fit? February's challenge to myself knit a top down sweater, but do I buy a pattern or design my own - time will tell!!