Spinning wheel quill attachment

Here I am sitting here in my living room knitting away after my breakfast of oatmeal and tea (yes, I have granny tenancies), listening to an older podcast from Craftsanity, and knitting up a storm.

In the interview with Lexi Boeger she mentions her spinning wheels (see the podcast about 43 minutes in).  I confess I want a wheel like her bulky antique one, but what really caught me was when she was talking about her Ashford Traveller, she says she uses a quill attachment, which allows her to spin more bulky yarns.  I didn’t know about this at all, so I Googled it and came up with this:

quill-lg

(From the Ashford website, here)

I have to say that I am quite unsure about what is happening with that and how it gets on the bobbin.  It looks like the yarn winds around that part that sticks out, but how you would ever ply it, without having to rewind it onto something else first, I really couldn’t say.

I have ordered a jumbo flier for mine, which I am looking forward to getting because I like the bulky yarns and regularly get them stuck in the orifice (how often do you get to use that word?).

If anyone can enlighten me on how the quill works, I would greatly appreciate it.  If not I think I may need to dig deeper.

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If you look at the attachment as a hand spindle turned sideways, it makes more sense. You are actually spinning off the tip of the quill. Then you stop periodically and allow the newly spun yarn to wind onto the quill (actually the bobbin at this point).

As for plying, yes you do wind the yarn off (either into a ball or onto a ball winder), then by reversing the direction that you were spinning in you can ply the center pull end of yarn from the ball winder with the outside end of the yarn to make a two ply.

Hope that makes some kind of sense, so much easier to show than to try and describe the action.