Ah -- 3-ply! I am in love. Now don't get me wrong, at first it was a struggle. I had only done a navajo 3-ply before and that was always on a spindle. I attempted it once on my wheel after reading a Spin-Off article, but it was just so fussy.
After a few different placements of the lazy kate, and figuring out exactly how I needed to hold the plys, it just came together! Here's what I did. . .
First, here is my super-deluxe lazy kate. It's not unlike what Theresa has been using -- just a box with some knitting needles stuck through. I put the kate next to the wheel and pulled up all three strands with my right hand. This hand was kind of like a guide and the plies bent back around this hand before heading off to be spun. This helped keep the tension and keep the plies in order.
My left hand actually had to keep things in order too, otherwise two of the plies sometimes wanted to go twisting up and leaving the third one out, so I separated them with my fingers up close to where the twist started -- this kept things all neat and orderly.
The yarn was washed up last night and is still hanging to dry, but I can already tell that it's a winner! I really like the 3-ply and I'm going to ply up the balance of this lovely stuff today!
And I just want to say thank you to everyone who left a nice comment about my friend. We were able to get down to SC in time to see her before she passed away. I have really wonderful memories of her growing up and as I said, she was a crafter. I'm actually searching eBay for some of the crafts that she used to do back in the 70's and hopefully I'll have more to share with you soon. I think it would be a nice memory of her!