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December 08, 2005



Ted, thanks for the plying info. It came just when I was ready to pay attention. Perfect timing.


Hmmmm. I like the Andean bracelet but can see what you mean about length and evening out things. Will have to try this.

Lee Ann

I'm a big fan of the Andean bracelet, despite my rude beginnings with it...I do have to be hypercareful when I'm plying laceweight, though, and I have yet to try plying laceweight on the wheel with this method. I've done fingering weight on the wheel using an Andean bracelet, though (the brown llama whose colour my husband decided he did not like. Geesh.)

And if that blue yarn is uneven, I need better glasses, because I can't see the unevenness. All I see is beautiful yarn that reallllly makes me covet merino/silk ;-)


I'm going to drag out my Hatchtown spindle and give it another whorl.

Sorry, couldn't resist. Thanks for giving me the impetus to try spindling again. That blue yarn is perfect to my eyes.


Paper quills for drop spindles! What a BRILLIANT idea!!!! Thanks for sharing it - now I will never have to loose circulation in my middle finger again forming that andean plying bracelet.


Thanks for a clear tutorial; I might even have to splurge on one of those spindles ;)

Another way of getting a quick quill (not to be said three times rapidly) is to use a clean thickshake straw (like McDonald's provide) and split it lengthwise, then wrap tightly around the shaft, using a rubber band if needed in the same way you do. The reason I split it is so it can either overlap for a narrow shaft or widen for a thicker one.

Thanks again,

Mama Lu

Thank you for this. I've read about quills, but actually seeing the process pushed me into trying it for myself. I--rather cleverly, I thought--used a large Post-it note, and although I taped it for insurance, it didn't require three hands (well, it didn't after I took my first attempt off the spindle and re-wrapped it so the adhesive was on the outside edge facing in).

I'm about to spin some dyed silk and some very fine kid mohair to ply together for Brenda Dayne's Mrs. Beeton. Since both need a lot of twist, I wanted to use a small fast spindle--of which I have only one. This should solve that problem, and if I can tension the quills, the singles might be less likely to tie themselves into spiteful little knots as I'm plying.


The paper quill is pretty brilliant! I apologize for being so late to comment and for the newbie-nature of this question, but: when you come to the end of one single while plying but still have more to go on the other one, how do you join a new single to the short one?

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