PLY Magazine - 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 19 Planning

Planning! The Winter 2017 issue is all about planning and while we know that that spinning by the seat-of-your-pants can be fun and therapeutic, we also know that planning sometimes a plan is needed. This issue is here for you when you need a plan!

  • Do you want to know how to plan for the exact right twist angle, the just right amount of yarn, the perfect project.
  • Do you struggle with spinning math or inspiration?
  • Do you like lists? We got lists for teaching spinning, planning classes, planning fiber studios and nooks, ultimate spinning tool bags, and what you need if you have to bug-out quickly.

This issue covers that gamut when it comes to planning and fiber.  With a range of topics from technical spinning to fiber lifestyle, there’s not just a little for everyone, there’s a lot! As usual, there’s also gorgeous photos and interesting, challenging projects.

Prep it 
Dirt is Heavy: Amy King 
Avoid Disaster: Assembling the Ultimate Spinning Tool Bag: Terri Geurette
Finding Choices Through Control Cards and Samples: Donna Kay  
Spin it 
Spin it: Planning a Gradient Shawl: Christopher Kale
Spin it: Spinning for Traditional Swedish Twined Knitting: Jill Graham
Spin it: Inspired to Spin: Sony Hartley 
Knit/Crochet/Weave it 
How to Use an Unplanned Yarn: a plan: Ashley Martineau
Twined Mittens: Jill Graham
Briarcrest Shawl: Christopher Kale 
Follow the Fiber: From Cordova Alaska Mountainsides to Southern Ontario Spinning Wheel: the wild Alaskan Mountain Goat : Lisa V. Kennedy
Illustration: Abigail Swartz
Coming Soon
World Bazaar 
Teaching: How to Plan a Fiber Class: Jennifer Green
Art in Calculation: Stephenie Gaustad 
Project Yarn Investigation: Planning a Substitute: Patsy Zawistoski
Secrets of a Fibre Whisperer: planning based on fiber and crimp: Michelle Boyd (1650)
What if the Lights Went Out? Laura Halfpenny 
Teaching: Build a Teaching Schedule: Esther Rodgers 
Planning by the Pound: Hannah Merritt Woods
Preparing for A Sheep to Shawl: Carol G. McFadden 
The Way Back: Finding the time for fiber again: Christina Pappas
Building a Fiber Nook: Melany Parrott
Patchwork of Success: Planning a more positive you: Natalie Redding
A Custom Studio Space: Michelle Kaston   


Issue 18 Semi

Semi semi semi! Yarns exist on a spectrum with the most intimidating (and sometimes unattainable) ones at each end – TRUE WOOLEN and TRUE WORSTED. Everything else is in between, and it’s this everything else that the Semi issue is focused on. It’s packed full of information, experimentation, and opinion but very few hard and fast rules (because there are very few of those in spinning).

  • What does it mean to draft against your prep and when and why would you want to do it?
  • How do you spin semi-woolen or a semi-worsted and what, if any, difference does it really make to the yarn.
  • Do semi-yarns wear and tear differently than their true spun sisters?
  • What about fiber type, does it influence where a yarn falls on the spectrum?
  • What are semi-yarns good for, better for, and best for?

Semi yarns are what most spinners spin most of the time, isn’t it time to really understand what semi- means! This issue will illuminate and inspire.

Prep It
Changing your Fiber Orientation: Amy King
A Cloud in your Hand: Stephenie Gaustad
Spin It
Spin it: Peaks Hat: Benjamin Krudwig
Spin it: Semi-Sweet Cowl: Amy King
Semi-Shiny: How spinning from the fold can add luster: Debbie Held
Knit/Crochet/Weave its
Knit it:Peaks Hat: Benjamin Krudwig
Crochet it: Semi-Sweet Cowl: Mary Beth Temple
Semi-weaving: Mary Berry

A Semi-Primer: Beth Smith
When Semi-yarns are the Better Choice: Michelle Boyd
Spinning in the In Between: How prep and draft combine to affect color, grist, yarn, and fabric: Jillian Moreno
Trio of Tunics, a semi-study in wear and drape: Rachel Anne MacGillivray
Semi-supported, Semi-suspended, Semi-Russian: Ekaterina Gorges
The Semi Spectrum Across Plies and Knit Structure: Melanie Duarte
Extreme Semi: When fiber type shines through: Kara Perpelitz
Guilded: We spin for Traditional Colcha Embroidery: Susan Hector
Bazaar World Market
Indie Spinner
Ergo Neo:Variety is the Spice of Spinning: Carson Demers
Hot Button: What does Semi mean? Jillian Moreno, Devon Johnson, and Maggie Casey

Issue 17 Bobbin-Led

Prep It
Michelle Boyd: Prepping on point (preparing fibres for smooth, speedy drafting on a quill wheel)
Spin It
Maggie Casey: Spinning on a Wheel that Pulls
Liz Honig: Project spinning, Pavonine Shawl
Rachel Smith: Quilled: Learning on a Lendrum
Hannah Merritt Woods: Quilled: Learning on a Hansen
Joan S. Ruane: Spinning Off the Point
 Knit It
Lars Rains: Pavonine Shawl
Amy King: Bobbin-led Break Down
Tove Skolseg: Opportunities: unsung talents of the bobbin-led wheel
Brenda Dunse: Spinning a Variety of Fibers on a Bobbin-led Wheel
Sylvia French: Your Bobbin-led Break Band
Beth Smith: The Bobbin-led Wheel You Didn’t Know You Had
Deborah Robson: Seeking the Source and Meaning of “Irish Tension”
Beth Smith: The Bobbin Winder you didn’t know you had
Jessica Cook: Bobbin-led Wheel Makers Profiled
Jonathan Bosworth: History and Evolution of the Spindle-Wheel
Jonathan Bosworth: Zen Spin
Stephenie Gaustad: The Point: The driven spindle
Natalie Redding: Deconstructing the Mystery Fleece
Jessica F. Dunlap Guilded: Aurora Colony Handspinners Guild
Tip Jar
SCENE Bonus: PLYAway 2 Roundup

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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