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by: Sierra Roberts

PLY Magazine Autumn 2018 – Power

The latest [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] is sure to empower and inspire spinners of all sorts. In this issue, we explore some of the many different ways in which a spinner can be powerful – whether it’s about speed, technical knowledge, or even just the sheer joy you get from practicing the craft.


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In this issue:
• Spinning and the Universe by Rachel Simmons
• 10 Tips for Becoming a Powerful Spinner by Stephenie Gaustad
• The Power of Ratios by Mary Berry
• The Golden Triangle of Powerful Spinning by Dunja Roberts
• Power Learning by Terri Guerette
• Ply vs. Ply vs. Robot by Kara Perpelitz
• Has Anything I’ve Learned Made Me a Faster Spinner? by Joanne Arnest
• High-Speed Spinning by Tom Golding
• Spindle Speed Demon by Amelia Garripoli
• Power or Pace? Spinning efficiently with (or without) chronic pain by Vanessa Bjerreskov
• Natural Superpowers for Futuristic Yarns: Harnessing the molecular properties of wool by Julie-Anne Gandier
• Salish Spinning Power by Claire Drinnan
• Keep on Spinning: Power of habit by Jillian Moreno

Although I haven’t attended a math class in years, whenever someone mentions a word like “ratio” I still run and hide. Not any more, thanks to Mary Berry’s helpful article, “The Power of Ratios.” This useful information is not nearly as scary as it sounds – Berry even tells you how to determine the ratios your own wheel is capable of.

PLY magazine is many things, and offers many different perspectives on spinning. One of my favorite things is to see the experiments other spinners have done to gain further understanding, knowledge and skill when it comes to making yarn. In her article, “Ply vs. Ply vs. Robot” Kara Perpelitz took an organized, scientific approach to finding out how different fiber types and ply structures will hold up to wear and tear. From Merino to Icelandic, single ply to 3-ply, you’ll get to see what Perpelitz discovered – including detailed photos.

Amy King used multiple shades of Shetland to create just the right 2-ply for her Fading Diamonds Sweater (above). 


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Icelandic Top Wool Fiber Icelandic Top Wool Fiber

Originating somewhere along the Northwest coast of British Columbia along the shores of the Salish Sea, the cleverly adapted machine above is just one example of a Salish Spinner, also known as an Indian Head or Bulky Head Spinner. Learn more about the unique and captivating fiber traditions of the clever Coast Salish natives responsible for creating this machine in Claire Drinnan’s article “Salish Spinning Power”.

Inspiring, empowering and just plain fun to read, the [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] is yet another excellent addition to your PLY collection. Just be warned: Reading this magazine will almost certainly make you want to go spin!


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