Andean Plying – Illustrated
This is a diagram to help illustrate how to Andean ply. It is a means of plying from one yarn source. It is most commonly used with spindle spinning, but can be used for wheel spinning as well. “F” means front of hand and “B” means back of hand. Start by tucking the free end of the singles yarn into your watch band or cuff. Then follow the diagram and wrap the yarn from the spindle onto your hand. Wind the yarn as relaxed as possible – too tightly will cut off the circulation in your hand! When you have it all on your hand, keep track of the two ends of the yarn, and gently pull the yarn off your middle finger. Don’t lose that “ring” that was formed around the middle finger, but let it sit by your wrist; then slip the “bracelet” of singles around until the “ring” is on the back of your wrist. Now take the two ends of the yarn and attach them to your spindle or leader, and proceed to ply. The yarn will neatly feed off your wrist as you need it. It has to be tried to be fully understood – it’s a really nifty technique.