What if you have a little bit of fiber to spin, or want to make a sample - how does one ply it? Andean plying is generally used by folks who spin on spindles, not spinning wheels, but it's a great technique. Here's how to do it:
|First, secure the end of the yarn under |
your ring and pinky fingers.
Don't lose that end!
|Wrap the yarn around the back of your index or middle finger, and then around the back of your hand.|
|Continue in this fashion. . .|
|. . .until you have all the yarn wrapped|
around your hand! Try to wrap fairly loosely, or else you'll wind up cutting off your circulation, and don't forget to always wrap the yarn in the same direction.
|Next, slip all the yarn around your wrist, |
making sure you have both the ends secured.
If you don't feel like spinning right away,
you can slip the yarn on to a stitch holder.
This fiber is a an alpaca, wool, and bamboo blend, and what was left on the carding drum after making up a big batt.
Here's the finished product (before the cat attacked it):
|Click on the photo to see it in more detail.|
This was certainly one of the more subtle batts. More photos to come. . .We are making all sorts new things for Spring!