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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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Here are two blog posts that I want to remember to check out later, explaining various drafting techniques used in spinning and what they are good for.



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Spindling Resources

Here’s a nice selection of links for spinning resources from an article in someone else’s blog:

Spindling Resources

(That’s the title of the article… seems to me it should be “spinning resources”, but whatever… lol)

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I must say I am exposed to a vile group of spinners on Wednesday nights, who wield an unholy power over me that bends me to their will. Hahah. Or something like that.

Well, just a few months ago (4? or so?) I thought I’d never spin, and yet here I am spinning wool roving into yarn:

First Attempt at Spinning

I received my shipment of roving and my spindle on Saturday, Sept. 20th. And so on Sat, Sun and today (Mon) I’ve sat down and spun for upwards of 30 minutes. The picture above was taken on Saturday after my first hour or so of spinning.

I’m beginning to become more comfortable with the process. I bought this Corriedale pencil roving from Cown Mountain Farms. It is their  Novalis colorway. The roving I received is not as light as that shown on the Crown Mountain website. There are no “almost yellows” in it. Still, I am enjoying this colorway very much. It’s almost hypnotizing working with it. It is casting a spell over me. I’m in love with it.

My yarn is rather thick. Probably Aran weight or so. It is not smooth nor even/consistent. There are thicker and thinner parts. I’m not sure if I will ply this. The first two nights I had considerable trouble with the roving breaking, but tonight I spun for about 40 minutes or so, and didn’t break the roving at all. I think I’m getting a bit more courage to play with the roving and stretch it out, spread it out, and thin it a bit before I spin it.

Well, I will keep on keeping on with this. I’m lucky to have support of friends on Wednesday nights who have experience with this, or are traveling on a similar journey. 🙂

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