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My journey through Jacey Boggs' Spin Art continued last week with a trip down Spiral Plying Lane, and I love the results for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is how gratifying it is. Unlike, say, Tornadoes, which is fiddly and requires a lot of stopping and starting (like my old 1978 VW Camper Van, which was famous for getting me there and infamous for not getting me home), Spiral Plying cruises along like a beamer on the autobahn. When you get to the end, you hardly remember the trip it went so smoothly and effortlessly. That beamer almost drives itself. And you have a gorgeous and interesting yarn to show for your traffic free trip.
I started with a thinly spun melange of merino with bits of silk noil and sparkle and sari silk added. I plied it with a hand painted merino top which I spun thick & thin, but not too extreme.
I held the thin yarn relatively taut and let the thick & thin yarn spiral around it. Depending on the angle you hold the spiraling yarn, the effect varies.
You can see how the thicker part forms little bumpy cocoons. In my yarn, you don't see much of the thinner yarn, so you miss out on the interesting bits of color and texture in the thin yarn. That's because I held the thick & thin yarn at almost a 90 degree angle. I was having too much fun watching the little cocoons form.
One word of caution--make sure you have enough twist in your singles, especially in the thick & thin. I found mine dangerously close to drifting apart while I plied because there was too little twist.