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Andean Plying

So I’ve seen some diagrams before on Andean plying. You wrap the yarn around your hand in some fashion or other and then ply from that. I never much understood the appeal of this method, and the diagrams looked confusing at a glance. So I mostly ignored it.

Now recently I had spun up 3 ounces of undyed BFL roving (from Ashland Bay, I believe… I bought the roving from Dizzy Ruth at the November meeting of GLASG). And I weighed it roughly and thought I’d spun two roughly equal bobbins. I 2-plied it and got about 208 yards of DK weight yarn that I’m going to use for a scarf for my mom. But the bobbins did not come out equal, and one bobbin had several yards of single left. I just kind of shrugged (mentally), decided not to worry about it and figured I’d use it for something some time. Maybe for tying up handspun hanks or something.

Anyhow, several days later I was reading in the forums at Ravelry.com and in the forum for the Spin Love group there is a thread topic “best way to divide for plying?” that eventually Andean plying was mentioned. And quite a few people use this for 2-plying the little bits of leftovers like I had with this BFL. So I Google searched and found some directions I could understand and did it, and you know what… it’s not that hard after all. So now I have a few more yards of this BFL handspun which is kind of nice. 🙂

So here is the article that I personally found most helpful:
 Spindle and Wheel – Andean Plying

Here’s a helpful article that gives quite a bit of background and additional information on the topic:
 Ask The Bellwether: What is the traditional Andean Ply splicing method?

Get a load of how this lady does it using a paperback book instead of her hand:
 Rosemary Knits: Andean Plying Bracelet, simplified
(
further details on this method are given in the Ravelry forum discussion I mentioned above).

Here are a couple more links on the topic:
 Andean Plying “How To” at Mielke’s Fiber Arts
 
Knittyspin: Handy plying

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