I love you internet, but sometimes, you just hurt me. Above is the topic of a question I asked on Ravelry in the Spin Tech group.
I love this group. It is a wealth of information about spinning techniques. One of the regulars is Abby of the book Respect the Spindle. This is a great introductory book. It introduces a lot of topics. I myself recently purchased it in Alexandria, VA.
Now I had heard, often, that a chain plied yarn is weaker than a traditional 3 ply yarn. There is some supporting theory behind this, for instance it is all one strand, meaning if one strand breaks the whole thing could in the end break. Fair enough, although I feel fairly impossible in a knitted or crocheted garment.
Another argument is that if wool is scaled and has a direction you could cause excessive abrasion between singles. I don't really think this has any merit since unless you are spinning from the lock, you have no idea what direction the individual fibers are facing.
What I really wanted from this discussion, and I clarified several times, is to hear about failures. If any yarn you knit has fallen apart, and how was it plied? and was it fixable?
Instead what I got was a lot of generalizing, and no stories about actual breakage. Quickly the thread was jacked, I was mocked for asking and the topic was considered beat to death, but it was never actually covered. No one had any stories for me about it. And the topic is so far gone it is hardly even worth looking at the thread any more.
I personally can't help but feel that groups about techniques or the technology behind spinning should be references. Places to ask questions and find answers. I'm frequently disappointed by Ravelry when I am harshly reminded that an internet forum is an internet forum. Even when it is composed of what I consider the coolest people on the planet, knitters and spinners.
It also hurts when an author I respect on a subject, belittles my questions. You don't have to answer them, but making mocking them is hurtful.