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FiberCamp Series: It’s All About the Twist
February 18, 2016
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As if we weren’t excited enough about FiberCamp, you may have heard by now that there are swag bags this year! Among the many exciting companies participating will be PLY magazine, the in-depth, indie magazine for handspinners. PLY regularly features many of the leading voices in the spinning community, on topics ranging from the indulgent to the highly technical and esoteric.

A rainbow of dyed silk, ready to become yarn!
A rainbow of dyed silk, ready to become yarn!

Rainbows of soft, luscious silk? Yes please. Unexpected blends of color and texture, accomplished using big pointy combs and hackles? Yep. PLY contributors get into the details when it comes to creating luxurious tactile experiences, and yarns with complex visual effects you have to make yourself because you can’t buy them.

Different fibers are layered on a hackle to be blended
Different fibers are layered on a hackle to be blended

But PLY is so much more than that. In-depth technical experiments feature prominently, and detailed photo shoots reveal side-by-side comparisons of the results. Twist angle, spinning technique, the breed of sheep your wool comes from, etc, all play into the character of your finished fabric. Will your knitted finished object felt? Let’s find out! The answer in spinning is most often “it depends”, as attendees of our July classes with Abby Franquemont may remember.

Twist angle affects softness, bounce, and durability
Twist angle affects softness, bounce, and durability

So PLY contributors don’t just generalize past results or talk about theory when it comes to technical issues, even when they start from a point of extensive experience and knowledge–they experiment and are often surprised by the results. Which, of course, is the best kind of experiment!

So, if you’re ready to dive into the endlessly nuanced world of yarn creation, give PLY a try. Created by a team you can count on one hand, PLY is short on advertising and long on creative expertise.

Will it felt? Know before you commit to a project that must withstand abrasion!
Will it felt? Know before you commit to a project that must withstand abrasion!

Oh, and they may show up in the FiberCamp raffle, too, in the form of back issues or a subscription. You know, in case you were wondering whether you wanted to come to FiberCamp (hint: you do). Just like PLY, Common Cod is all about learning new and exciting stuff about fiber. See you soon!

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