PLY Magazine, Free postage in Australia. What is in each issue

This blog will record what is in each ply issue from Issue 15 and I will add earlier issues as I find time. 

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Issue 16  DOWN (-like)  is all about down (non wool sheep) Down and down-like breeds are a bit of a dirty word in the handspinning world, but we think it’s time to change that. This issue will convince handspinners everywhere that these sheep are for more than meat – they can make darn good yarn!

Don’t know what a Down is? Deb Robson will change that right away and then other fantastic spinners will tell you how Downs differ when it comes to spinning, processing, and dyeing

Wonder if there’s any difference between the 6 main down breeds? There is and this issue will talk about each one and what you might want to do with it. It’ll also tell you about down-like breeds and what to do with them.

Think Down and down-like breeds aren’t good for projects? Just wait, this issue has 3 projects (knit and crochet) you’ll want to work up right away!


  • What makes a Down a Down: Robeson, Deb
  • Washing Downs: Perry, James
  • Dyeing Downs: Redding, Natalie
  • Ensphere: Bland, Debbie
  • Wayfarer’s Tunic: Mcfadden, Carol
  • How to spin a Down sock:  Boyd, Michelle
  • Lorikeet Cardi : Adair, Jennifer
  • Battle of the Dorsets: Reynoso, Alex
  • Down with the Felt Resistance: Pacuska, Alison
  • Why spindles stop: Garripoli, Amelia
  • American Down-like Conservatory Breeds: Johnson, Devon
  • Sock experiment: Smith, Rachel
  • Take a chance, spin a down: Donna, Kay
  • 3 ways to spin carded fiber (spin it): Smith, Beth
  • Oxford breed study: Becker, Lisa
  • Clun forest breed study: Roberts, Dunja
  • Hot Button: spinning downs worsted?
  • Ergo Neo: Demers, Carson


  •  Lorikeet Cardi: Patch, Cal  (crochet)
  • Ensphere Cowl Hood: Bland, Debbie  (knitting)
  • Wayfarer’s Tunic : McFaddon, Carol  (knitting)
  • Tunis socks: Lagerman, Phyll  (knitting)


    Issue 15 PLYING

    is full of some voices you know and trust as well as a few new ones it was a pleasure to work with.


    • Beth Smith starts the issue by breaking it down as if you’ve never plied before.
    • Michelle Boyd,  demystifying plying math by looking at, investigating, and testing all the popular plying formulas.
    •  Stephenie Gaustad and Kara Perpelitz talk about stretch and elasticity with regard to plying.
    • Mary Berry and Gwen Powell discuss different plying structures
    • Esther Rodgers looks into what happens when you combine different types of singles with different ply structures.
    • Patsy Zawistowski goes on the lam with her illegal plying,
    • Kim McKenna introduces a way to ply I’ve never seen.
    • Carson Demers weighs in to keep your body running smoothly in Ergo Neo, and SCENE and Tips are informative as well.

    Projects. One crochet (Shibaguyz Designz) and one is knit (Carol McFadden). One Weaving piece by Beth Smith to inspire you. You are going to want to work up these projects, I just know it! 

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