Digital PLY Magazine – Year 6
Buy a full calendar year of digital PLY back issues and enjoy a discount.Year 5 contains the Flax issue, the Flyer-led issue, the Power issue, and the Sock Yarn issue. Enjoy a full year of spinning knowledge, experimentation, and inspiration.
The Flax Issue:
The spring issue is all about flax. And Linen. And spinning. And people. And the world. It’s an issue filled with so much knowledge and so many personalities that it almost didn’t fit in the 112 pages we had for it. Have you been intimidated by this mysterious yet humble fiber? This issue can help, starting with the language, processing, preparation, and the simplest way to begin. Are you unsure of how much twist linen yarn wants and needs? This issue explores that very issue, for singles and plied yarns. Are you ready for some more advanced techniques? Different preparation, finishing, bleaching? This issue has that too. We tried to cover it all, from basic to beyond. Whether you’re a veteran flax spinner or somebody that’s not sure where flax ends and linen begins, this stunning issue is made for you.
The Flyer-led Issue:
Flyer-led or Scotch tension, whatever you choose to call it, this issue is all about that wonderful, versatile, infinitely adjustable spinning wheel! If you have one, want one, or just love spinning, this issue has tons to teach! This issue may choose flyer-led wheels as a jumping off point but it’s all about spinning and no matter what type of tool you use, this issue is full of brilliant spinners sharing smart and useful spinning knowledge. Learn the basics of the flyer-led system and then delve deeper into ergonomics, single treadle or double, different fibers, different diameters, and some great spinning experiments.
The Power Issue:
Spinners are powerful people — we make yarn. This issue is all about that power, harnessing that power, increasing that power, and enjoying that power. This issue covers power from lots of different angles and one of them is sure to speak to you. There are articles about speed and production but if you’re not concerned about faster yarn making, there’s also pieces on mindfulness, consistency, habits, learning, spinning with chronic illness or pain, and using your wheel. All of these things add to your power as a hand spinner.
The Sock Yarn Issue:
The Socks issue of PLY is filled with everything you need to know to start (or keep) spinning socks. We talk about the best breeds (and why), the fiber preparation that lends itself most to sock spinning, different drafts, and the best plying methods for socks. If you love spinning socks, let us show you what we found when we compared the most popular sock yarn structures; it might just change your sock spinning forever!