Ply Two Hand-Spun Singles Into One Two-Ply Yarn
After spinning the two singles, I take these and make a two ply yarn. These are the same singles that I spun in the spinning video. I spun the singles clockwise or with a “Z” twist. To Ply them, I spin them together counter-clockwise, adding an “S” twist. Instead of the singles coiling up, the energy in the twist causes them to press against each other like this “()” balancing the two singles into a homogeneous yarn that doesn’t twist or turn, ready to be whatever I knit, crochet or weave it into. My Left hand acts simply as a yarn guide keeping them separate until they reach my right hand. My right hand will do most of the work, stopping the twist from going any farther and feeding the plied yarn onto the new bobbin. I keep the half full bobbins of singles on a tensioned Lazy Kate so they unwind easy but don’t spin out of control. This measured 25 WPI (wraps per inch). I haven’t set the twist or measured for yardage yet. I did do another WPI, and counted 21. I think that WPI is good at getting an idea of what you have and great for comparing two yarns, if you’re doing the comparing. But it seems too subjective to set a standard by. My Spinners Companion Book tells me that 20-25 WPI makes a fingering yarn, and that’s what it looks like to me. I think that’s perfect, for what, I’m not sure, but I can’t wait to use it. Now I just need to decide if I should spin and ply some more, then dye all of it. I believe I could have put more ply twist into this, but I kind of like the way I have it. If I change my mind, I can ply it again twisting counter-clockwise onto another bobbin and just letting it feed on. Judith Makenzie is an advocate for over plying, there must be something to it. You can view this video by going to the video page on Mystic Handwork’s, or visiting the Mystic Handwork’s You Tube channel.