I discovered Jeri Brock Woodworks at DFW Fiber Fest several years ago and began purchasing her hand-made Turkish Spindles. They spin like a dream. I use the medium size spindles for singles yarn and then ply onto one of the larger spindles.
I grabbed some pin drafted Jacob fleece that I had processed years ago. I wanted something for a quick spin and the woolen singles spun up nicely.
Step one after spinning the singles is to slide the center post out.
The second step is to slide the cross pieces out leaving a nicely wound ‘turtle’ of singles yarn ready for plying.
Now I am ready to ply the singles. I put both ends together and begin spinning the opposite direction and winding onto the larger spindle.
And here is my finished 2-ply yarn ready to be wound into a skein and soak it to set the twist.
I may spin up some samples of blended fiber on these spindles before sitting down at the wheel to spin a four ounce bobbin. I’ve got the bin of fiber samples ready and all I need to do is decide what to blend for my samples.