The most basic of plying. In my video for today I went over plying. Just the basics of plying a 2 ply on a wheel. You are taking 2 singles that you’ve spun (let’s say spun in Z direction) and you’re going to attach them back to the wheel and spin them in the other direction (so in this case S direction) .
Your wheel is move in which direction?
Z twist = Clockwise
S Twist = Counterclockwise
In the video I talk about how a general simple 2 ply is made and in some specific ways but if your way is different but works for you, keep going with your way. If your way doesn’t work or you want to try something different, then try this way.
Either one works. The important thing is to have the lazy kate set behind and to the side of you. The movement I show in the video gives you the idea of why. If it’s an on board lazy kate like this, then you are pulling the yarn off the bobbins towards you then feeding it back to the wheel. If you can keep the lazy kate behind and to the size of you then you are just creating a straight line into the wheel. It helps the yarn to behave better.
So I attach the yarn to a fresh bobbin.
I start the wheel traveling in the direction I want and away I go! I keep the 2 threads separate in one and the other hand directs the twist for me. Spin Spin spin. One of the helpful things to many is once you find the twist amount you need, is to count the treadles. 1..2…3….4 treadles and I let the yarn go into the orifice. Over and over, check my twist, find my rhythm and then I can settle in to keep spinning away.
How do I know its the right twist? Well. Some of it is based on the yarn I’m making and my personal preferences. For me and the yarn I’m making here, I do a little plyback testing and look:
Remember some of the twist settles out in wash and finish of your yarn. So for me, this is the exact way I want my yarn to look. It will still be balanced once it’s finished even if it doesn’t look so right now.
ok. y’all. Happy Spinning!