Yes, I do ply on my spindles. That's my favorite mindless trip task -- way more fun than stockinette sweater bodies (which may be why there are no stockinette sweater bodies from my summer travels!)
I'm often asked, more specifically, "Do you ply from 2 spindles to a third, or back onto the spindle the singles were done on?"
For me, it depends. I've done most of these:
- If I'm single-spindled (on a trip) and have spun all the fiber up onto the spindle, I may use an Andean plying bracelet and ply the single spindle back onto itself.
- When I'm spindling at home, or for a larger project, usually I fill 2
spindles and then ply onto a third, larger spindle if I'm spinning 2-ply. For that, I'm a huge fan of Abby Franquemont's true Andean plying method: wind the two spindle-fulls into a two-strand ball, and ply from that. It takes a little practice to get even tension through the ball, but the plying is so smooth! It's worth it!
- If I'm three plying I tend to just ply back onto the original spindle
using Navajo plying, rather than fill 3 spindles. That's partly due
to my love of Navajo-plying and partly to my lack of getting used to using a spindle-kate.
There's also the question of whether my plies are the same -- for a past silk & wool ply project, it's necessarily 2 spindle-fulls being plied together, one with silk and one with wool. I slipped them onto knitting needles and ply from those as described in Priscilla Gibson-Roberts' High Whorling. It worked, but I think now I'd wind that two-strand ball. Less to juggle than with the two knitting needles.
And then there are the days I'm just spinning for singles :-) Then, if the spindle is full, I'm done! Yay!
Do you ply on your spindles? or have a question about spindle plying? Tell the Belle (that's me!) ~ Thanks!