Just in time for vacation reading and spinning the new issue of PLY is out. This one is all about the flyer-led (some, including me, call it Scotch tension) drive system.
I used to only spin in double drive and needing a little more finesse in my take-up one day, I switched to Scotch tension and it's been my go-to drive ever since.
I do still spin in double drive and a Louet bobbin-led wheel is high on my list of next wheels, so I'm not a Scotch-only woman, but a Scotch-usually woman.
I'm excited to read the articles Band Practice by Kathy Sparks all about different drive band materials, Trifecta by Kara Perpelitz about twist,draft and tension, and to spin along with Beth Smith to practice my fine yarn spinning.
I wrote an article about how to adjust your wheel if you're not getting the yarns you want with Scotch tension, called World Peace and the Yarn You Want (flyer-led edition), it's a quick and dirty Agony Aunt style article.
Because I know you want to know, the fiber I used for my article is Homestead Hobbyist Crime Scene Blend (Superfine Merino/Shetland/Mulberry Silk) in the Chain of Custody colorway.
There are two new columns that start in this issue of PLY, the first is Sheep on the Edge, about rare and endangered sheep and the second is Person of Interest, a showcase of the leaders, teachers, mentors, and deep thinkers in the spinning world. You'll have to pick up an issue to find out the which sheep and which luminary we feature in this issue.
You can find PLY at your local spinning shop or online here available in both paper and electronic editions.