I got a new gadget. As an engineer, I love gadgets.
That's right, it's a Schacht Tensioned Lazy Kate, direct from The Woolery. Since I started spinning, my plying has been, interesting. I've tried plying off the Louet Lazy Kate, resulting in the two bobbins plying themselves together due to a lack of tensioning system. I've tried making my own tensioned kate with mixed results. It appears that the Knitting Biologist has done a far better job than I did. I've tried plying from a center pull ball with decent results.
I'm in love with this little guy. Louet doesn't make a tensioned lazy kate and the other, beautiful kates don't fit the huge Louet bobbins. Apparently Schacht bobbins are just slightly bigger than Louet bobbins, making this a match made in heaven.
The tensioning system is basic, but something I would have never thought of. A washer hold the bobbins on the kate (and I do hope I can buy more at Lowes when the cat eats them!) and then a string goes across the bobbins and screws into the base with the black screw, which controls the tension. Word to the wise, when plying, DON'T PLY ACROSS THE STRING. If you do, you'll just end up getting a fibery mess with string plyed in there. And that's why we went to a tensioned kate in the first place!
That's gadet #1. Since it's taken two days to write this entry, perhaps I'll save gadget #2 for later.