Nancy's Knit Knacks Handy Andy Andean Plying Tool
Wind your yarn on this tool rather than your hand and you can ply it back into your spindle or wheel while holding the tool or better yet, put the tool in the base and use it like a lazy kate freeing your hands. Includes a handy denim case and instructions.
Andean Plying is normally done on the user's hand. After wrapping the yarn around the user's hand, the user allows it to "fall" around their wrist. The user then takes the two ends of the yarn and feed them back into their spinning wheel or spindle (the original users used a drop spindle). From what would appear to be a single bundle of yarn, the user takes the 2 ends and then plies them back into the spinning wheel. If the yarn is wrapped properly around their hand, they can then literally create 2 plies of yarn from a single source. Those shepherds in the Andes mountains sure were clever to invent this system many years ago.
There are a number of limitations and issues when using your hand to perform this function, however. Often times, the yarn gets very tight around the user's fingers and it becomes uncomfortable. The user cannot easily jettison the yarn that is wrapped around their hand in case they (1) want to take a break, (2) answer the phone, (3) change the baby, etc. They have to take the time to ply all of the yarn back into the spinning wheel. This can be very inconvenient.
The Andean Plying Tool takes the brunt of the tightening yarn as it is wrapped around the tool (not the spinner's fingers). The user can choose whether they want to ply directly from the tool while they hold the tool in their hand, or they can place the tool in its base and leave both hands free to control the yarn going back into the spinning wheel (much like a spinner does when they use a Lazy Kate). Even if they decide to hold the tool in their hand while plying, they can always set the tool back into its base if they want to interrupt the operation without disturbing the bracelet of yarn.
Each tool is handcrafted in the USA from Maple hardwood and Birch hardwood dowels. It comes packed in a custom designed denim carry sack.