Maximum 54 points
Here it is, at the very end. This one is my "protest" yarn. It is a dead-on duplication of Andean weaving yarn and comes with the Peruvian Seal of Approval from somebody who knows. Yes, it's overtwisted in the ply. That's the idea. I even twisted it a second time because I didn't get enough on the first go. As a warp on the backstrap loom, it doesn't break or snag in the heddles and stretches to handle less-than-perfect tension. The finished fabric wears forever. It is exactly made for the intended purpose. But how do you reconcile a living textile tradition with an arbitrary requirement for balanced plying? I think that knowing when and how and why to make a balanced yarn and, more importantly, why not, is clearly "demonstrating an understanding of plying."
From the comments and scores, I assume that Examiner 1 is familiar with Andean weaving. "I'm glad you chose this for the swatch." There really wasn't much of a choice, if I was going to use this yarn at all. Examiner 2 notes "If the final twist needs to be as hard twist as indicated then there must be enough twist in the single to support the hard twist in the plied yarn." That's only if you want a balanced yarn, which has nothing to do with whether or not it is a functional yarn. My Peruvian friend considers the COE to be excessively eurocentric, I'm convinced this requirement is a big part of it.