After plying my first yarn yesterday I washed it and hung it to dry. The twist was very uneven, and Jude asked if I had washed and whacked it, so...off to try whacking. (Definitely a good way to get out some aggression arising from work!) It it still uneven, er...arty, but the whacking has distributed the twist a bit more evenly and it is softer. Still not what I was going for, but I'll get there!