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Posted - 03/13/2009 :  12:29:52 PM  Show Profile Send needle_grrl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Could somebody please help me?? I can't figure out how to ply with just a drop spindle. Do you have to buy something to go with it or can you just use the spindle alone. Thanks, needle_grrl

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Posted - 03/13/2009 :  6:16:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit KathyR's Homepage Send KathyR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You certainly can ply on a spindle. I was taught to wind the singles yarn into balls first. Attach the ends of these to the leader on the spindle and throw them over your shoulders to keep the balls from tangling. You can then proceed to ply them together, remembering to turn the spindle in the opposite direction to the way you spun it the first time.


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Posted - 03/13/2009 :  8:53:28 PM  Show Profile Send arlinem a Private Message  Reply with Quote
you can also wind the single into a center pull ball and ply it back on itself with the yarn coming from the center and the outside of the same ball, turning the spindle in the direction opposite to the way it was first spun.
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Posted - 03/13/2009 :  11:02:20 PM  Show Profile Send MindyO a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a few spindles now, what I try to do is buy them in pairs, spin onto one, set it aside when full. Fill the other then poke holes in a shoe box, 2 on each side spaced so they are directly across from each other and leaving enough space for the spindles not to touch the bottom or each other. I then put the end of the spindle into one hole, and the top (with the hook) into the corresponding hole. Basically this is a super cheap, simple way to make something like a lazy kate for spindles. They spin freely, allowing for easy plying. I use my giant cheap CD spindle for plying because it can hold a lot.

I've also done the wind a ball and pull from the inside and outside, but I usually end up getting tangled the last few feet and tossing that, or breaking the songles while winding them into the ball. So I try to avoid that because I've just never had good luck with it. If I do wind off into balls I make 2 seperate balls (usually one spindle full each) then ply those.

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Posted - 03/14/2009 :  8:05:41 PM  Show Profile Send Katheroni a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I almost always do Andean plying. It's kind of hard to explain, and I don't have a video, so I recommend googling for a video of it. Once I kind of got the motion down to avoid tangles, and also discovered that I can remove the plying "bracelet" and put it on, say, a wine bottle to hold it if I need to do something else, it became really efficient.

I've done Navajo plying on a spindle as well, but I'm not as experienced with that. I tensioned the single over a hook on my ceiling.
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Posted - 03/15/2009 :  06:06:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use Andean plying for the spindle (provided that it's not a lot of yarn, otherwise I use two center pull balls as explained in the above posts). Here's a website with a diagram:
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Posted - 04/07/2012 :  01:53:01 AM  Show Profile  Visit hotzcatz's Homepage Send hotzcatz a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'll wrap a bit of paper around the spindle before starting. Then after it's spun up, it can be pulled off the spindle with the paper acting as the bobbin. I have a box with chopsticks going across it which hold the "bobbins" to ply from. Or if the plies have been wound into a ball, I'll have a couple of big gallon sized glass jars sitting on the floor with a ply in each one. Keeps them contained and they aren't rolling around getting tangled up with each other.
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