PLY Magazine made me do it

Spin (point-of-contact) Londraw, that is.

 Two bobbins, on the left true woolen and on the right semi-woolen from combed top

Two bobbins, on the left true woolen and on the right semi-woolen from combed top

That's right.  I spun honest to goodness long draw, and I liked it.

I am an inveterate worsted spinner, I have spun yarns that would best be described as ropes rather than yarns. I have managed a few puffy skeins over the year but for the most part my yarns are beautiful, shiny and dense.  Like crazy dense.  I really need to be knitting socks out of  some of my skeins because they would no pilling.

 An example of some of my recent worsted spinning 

An example of some of my recent worsted spinning 

However, when the most recent PLY Magazine showed up I knew I had to change my ways.  With a "Woolen" theme, this issue approaches woolen spinning from a number of different ways. The first article, by Jacey Boggs (who is the brains and publisher of the magazine) has an article she calls "Lying about Longdraw" and it is her patented step-by-step method to trick worsted spinners to let go and spin long draw.

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I am still miles away from a woolen yarn that I want to write home about, but I'm feeling like this is a damn good start.

Up next, I will go back to the "Color" issue of PLY from the fall and make a good go at chain-ply which is beautifully highlighted by Jacey in that issue.  And if this woman can get me to spin long draw in the course of an evening, she can get me doing chain-ply.