One Crazy Fiber Lady

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One Crazy Fiber Lady

New Techniques

December 10th, 2013 · 1 Comment

One of my favorites aspects of the internet is the ability to learn something new all the time.  I’ve been spinning since 1999 when I got my first wheel.  Several more followed and then came the spindles.  That’s a long while that I’ve been spinning, and yet, there is always something new to learn.

I’ve been relatively active in the Ravelry Forums and found a technique I hadn’t learned.  Plying on the fly on a spindle.  Wow!  It’s n-plying on a spindle, which in itself is not novel, but doing it as you go IS.  Basically, you spin a length of singles, and then chain ply it to wind yarn onto the spin.  There’s a video here, which is what I used.


That’s three ply BFL on my new Red Oak Bosworth Midi weighing .67 oz.  I like this technique.  I’ve never been a huge fan of plying and this method gets it out of the way in small bites 🙂  It also allows you to ply a truly balanced yarn with draping the plied yarn to see how it springs.  No discounting what you see because one ply has been hanging around for hours/days/weeks/months/years waiting for its cohorts to be ready to ply.  Not to mention it allows me to 3 ply with my short attention span and inability to spin three of anything before I see something shiny.

Craft on!

Tags: Spinning

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Anna // Jan 5, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Please post again! : )