The Nancy’s Knit Knacks Andean plying tool (named “Handy Andy”) is a new product designed to make plying (using the Andean plying technique) easier and more convenient than the traditional hand method.
The tool is shaped to fit in your hand, so you can save the wear and tear on your fingers because you no longer have to deal with excessive yarn tension wrapping around your “blue” fingers.
The tool incorporates a convenient peg at the top which you simply pull out when you are done wrapping the yarn, so the “bracelet” of yarn will fall down to the bottom of the handle.
You then either ply the yarn back into your spinning wheel or onto your spindle while holding the tool or you can place the tool in our base and then proceed to ply in the same manner as you would when using a lazy kate.
Each unit is handcrafted in the USA from Maple hardwood and Birch hardwood dowels, and comes in a cloth zippered denim pouch. A Tung Oil finish is applied. The base is 4″ by 6″ by 1″ thick. The plyer, without the peg, is 7″ tall and 5″ at the widest point.
It comes packed in a custom-designed, zippered denim carry sack.