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Calvervtutrp
« on: December 07, 2010 11:41:58 AM »

I just started trying to spin a couple days ago, but I've been working hard at it Cheesy I've got my singles looking pretty good now, but I'm having some difficulty with plying. It turns out decent, I guess, but not nearly as tight as I would like. How can I make it ply tighter and look better? Do I just need to spin my singles tighter? Any advice would be appreciated Grin
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ClothoYarns
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2011 08:53:04 AM »

maybe try playing with the tension, or differnt whorls. i usually spin using the smaller whorl and ply with the larger one.
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sarantha
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2011 08:58:45 AM »

I like a tighter ply, too - I usually hold one single fairly straight while plying, letting the other one run into the ply at an angle, so it winds a little round the first single. Just play with different ways of holding the singles while plying. And don't be too scared of overplying - if the singles aren't really freshly spun, the ply will kink up anyway, but it'll get sorted while bathing the yarn. If you think your ply is really way overplyed, check how the individual fibres are aligned (easier to see in multicolour wool) - they should be mostly parallel to the plied yarn. A little off is okay, but if it's off by too much, the yarn is either seriously over- or underplied.
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The Angry Hippie
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2011 05:18:33 PM »

Adding more spin to the single and during plying will give you a tighter ply.   Another thing that plays into a tight looking ply is the fiber.  Some fiber just will not ply tight and plump, mostly cellulose fibers but even some wools.  Also a vigorous wash to set helps to plum the ply, i find this especially true with merino.
This isn't a very good example but it's the only i have atm.
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