Our Andean Plying Tool (named
"Handy Andy") is a new product designed to make plying (using the Andean
method) easier and more convenient than the traditional hand method.
The tool is shaped to fit in your hand. so
you can save the wear and tear on your fingers because you no longer have to
deal with excessive yarn tension wrapping around your "blue" fingers.
The tool incorporates a convenient Peg at
the top which you simply pull out when you are done wrapping the yarn and the
"bracelet" of yarn will fall down to the bottom of the handle. You then either
ply the yarn back into your spinning wheel (or drop spindle) while holding the tool or you can place
in our base and then proceed to ply in the same manner as you would when
using a Lazy Kate (our Lazy Kate can be used with a spindle).
|Tool in its base (for storage, resting, and
- The mounting angle allows the user to place the
Plyer on the floor while plying back into their spinning wheel or
drop spindle from
a seated or standing position. Our innovative design will not easily tip over
|Proper placement of yarn onto tool
Each unit is handcrafted in the USA from
Maple hardwood and Birch hardwood dowels. It comes packed in a custom
designed denim carry sack.
A special finish is applied.
Andean Plying and the current state of
Andean Plying is normally done on the user's hand. After wrapping the
yarn around the user's hand, the user allows it to "fall" around their
wrist. The user then takes the two ends of the yarn and feed them back into
their spinning wheel or spindle (the original users used a drop spindle).
From what would appear to be a single bundle of yarn, the user takes the
2 ends and then plies them back into the spinning wheel. If the yarn is
wrapped properly around their hand, they can then literally create 2 plies
of yarn from a single source. Those shepherds in the Andes mountains sure
were clever to invent this system many years ago.
There are a number of limitations and issues when using your hand to
perform this function, however.
Often times, the yarn gets very tight around the user's fingers and it
becomes uncomfortable. Spinners often cite the fact that their fingers turn
blue from the lack of circulation.
The user cannot easily jettison the yarn that is wrapped around their
hand in case they (1) want to take a break, (2) answer the phone, (3) change
the baby, etc. They have to take the time to ply all of the yarn back into the
spinning wheel. This can be very inconvenient.
Other plying tools which do not have a base, can be put down on a flat
surface while the user attends to these other tasks, however, the "bracelet"
of yarn can then accidentally fall off of the handle which can be
Yet some other tools which can be safely set down, are often times too
large which causes other constraints for the user.
Our tool solves all of these problems:
- The tool takes the brunt of the tightening yarn as it is wrapped
around the tool (not the spinner's fingers).
- The user can choose whether they want to ply directly from the tool while they hold the tool in their hand, or they can place the tool in
its base and leave both hands free to control the yarn going back into
the spinning wheel (much like a spinner does when they use a Lazy Kate).
Even if they decide to hold the tool in their hand while plying, they
can always set the tool back into its base if they want to interrupt the
operation without disturbing the bracelet of yarn.
- This is the only Andean Plying Tool that that has all of
As with all Nancy's Knit Knacks products, the fiber artist is getting a
well thought out design made from quality materials by skilled American
- Buy a Handy Andy Andean Plying Tool