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Topic: Plying on a drop spindle.. how do I do it?  (Read 2206 times)
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« on: October 24, 2008 01:07:09 PM »

I've searched these forums, and have yet to find out how exactly I am to ply.  i have a top whorl drop spindle.  Which way do I spin, do I need to do anything fancy? 
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2008 01:16:24 PM »

What I usually do is to wind off two singles into center pull balls (you can even use a toilet paper tube as a nostepinde).  Alternatively, you could wind them into regular balls and put them under flower pots, with the end of the yarn coming out of the hole in the bottom of the pot.

Then I connect both ends to the leader and start spinning in the opposite way they were originally spun.  This way the singles will untwist in unison and form the plied yarn.  Then just wrap the plied yarn on the shaft of the spindle as you go, just like you do when spinning.

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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2008 08:10:31 PM »

Makes perfect sense!  thank you so much XD
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2008 11:28:11 PM »

you can even use a toilet paper tube as a nostepinde). 

Hehe - I used to do that all the time. Works a treat

Alternatively, you could wind them into regular balls and put them under flower pots, with the end of the yarn coming out of the hole in the bottom of the pot.

I've also heard of putting it in a teapot with the end coming out the spout
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