A Bucket Bag, A CD Spindle and 4 oz of Singles…

…can all come together to make beautiful yarn.  Wanna know how?

Let me say this is my first tutorial – let’s hope I don’t end up confusing you guys!

The players:


Left to Right:  SbJL Bucket Bag (they will be available as a limited engagement at MA S&W in Spunky’s booth (Craft Barn 2) – available in my shop on June 1), a CD spindle and a center-pull ball of singles (not pictured but important if you want to travel with your plying:  a clothespin!).

First:  Take the CD spindle and cut it to fit inside the bag:

CD Spindle

Unsullied spindle on the Left, hacked one on Right.

Second:  Make sure it fits:

Insert spindle

See?  Fits!


Third:  Take a look at your center-pull ball.  If you cranked the handle clockwise when you wound the ball, the singles will come off of the outside of the ball clockwise (like mine):

Center-Pull Ball

If this is the case, you need to turn the ball upside down so the singles come off counter-clockwise.  This makes a BIG difference!  If you’ve tried plying from a center-pull ball and it’s turned into a tangled mess, odds are good you didn’ t have your singles coming off of the ball  in the right direction.  You’re plying counter-clockwise so if the singles are coming off counter-clockwise, they’ll twist together correctly and you won’t be fighting a losing battle.  Here is how I turn mine upside down:

Place your thumb over the single that’s caught in the center cone so you don’t lose it:

Insert thumb...

Push the cone through with the single in the middle:

Push Through

You should now have a ball with the center single coming out the top and the singles coming off the outside going the right way:

It's free!

The quicker you do the next step, the better!  I like to let my singles sit on the ball winder overnight so they are more set to the cone and don’t collapse as quickly.

Fourth: put your thumb back through the middle of the ball (from top to bottom) so you see this:

Quickly !

Fifth:  Touch your thumb to the center of the CD spindle:

Another insertion

…and slide it through the middle of the ball. Now take a moment and admire what you just did.  ;o)

Ready for baggage

You can now ply from your ball. You don’t *need* a bucket bag to continue but hey, it makes you look pretty cool and lets you ply on-the-go if you’d like to.  ;o)

If you have a bucket bag, you can put the whole shebang in there:

All Set!

and start plying:

Bucket Bag: In Plying Mode

Then, when you’re ready to stop, you can hang your bag from your Mother-of-All (and use the clothespin I mentioned before to clip your singles to the handle (or the wheel) so they don’t get all tangled):

Ready for Travel!

The best part?  If you have a travelling wheel like mine, you can fold up your wheel and your singles won’t get all messed up.  Since the singles are in the bag, the drive band can go over the whole thing and you can take the MOA off!!  You have no idea how happy this made me when I realized it!

Hopefully my little tutorial didn’t confuse you and helps you go forth and confound the muggles!  ;o)

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21 thoughts on “A Bucket Bag, A CD Spindle and 4 oz of Singles…

  1. Wow, I’m actually a bit speechless! This might be the thing that will *finally* get me to try plying from both ends of the same ball. Thanks! …and thanks for the tip on how to prevent a tangled mess.

  2. The tip about paying attention to the direction the center-pull ball is wound is excellent. It makes sense, and is one of those things that I do not know why I never thought of before, and am smacking my forehead over how I should have, but am just glad to now know better, thanks to you!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog post …Kneadless to Say =-.

  3. This is a great tutorial! I especially appreciate the information on making sure the singles are going in the right direction. Sometimes those center pull balls turn into a hot mess!
    .-= Carole´s last blog post …Jitterbug Socks =-.

  4. Manise says:

    Very cool tutorial and such a great idea. Thanks for the tips in preventing the potential center pull hot mess!

  5. If you *do* feel like making bucket bags with cross-body-length straps, that’d be great for plying onto a spindle while out and about. Not that I’m impatient or anything.
    .-= naomi´s last blog post …eye candy friday =-.

  6. Doris says:

    That is the awesome! I do turn the crank clockwise and I never realized that it would make a decision until you turned on the lightbulb over my head! THanks.

  7. Anne says:

    You suck. Really. You do. Because now I’m going to be running to Spunky’s booth beating off the competition to get a bag this Saturday. So if I hurt anybody in the process? Totally your fault. ;^)

  8. this is awesome! I always ply with a center pull ball and by the end (not always, but most times) I get a tangled mess. I really like using the whole thing up.

    Thanks so much for this!

    Now a bucket bag…..
    .-= beth´s last blog post …Distracted… =-.

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