Having seen some beautiful yarns, such as this Glowing Ginger by Bowerbird Knits, I decided to try fractal spinning for myself. I used Corriedale fibre from My Heart Exposed in a colourway named Clarese, a beautiful mix of greens, rust browns and peach tones.
I split the fibre into two strips, lengthwise. One length was left as it was, the other split lengthwise into two again, giving a shorter fatter piece of fibre and two thinner strips. The idea behind fractal spinning is that the singles will have colour repeats at different rates which will give an interesting effect when plied.
The fibre started out looking like this:
and when plied became yarn like this:
I am pleased with the end result, but possibly the colours (lovely as they are) were a little too similar in tone for the fractal patterning to show as distinctly as it could have done. I’m looking forward to making something from this to see how the colours appear when knitted – I’m imagining that it should have lots of subtle changes.
A couple of months ago I purchased some ‘hotchpotch’ packs of fibre from Helen at My Heart Exposed Yarns (www.folksy.com/shops/myheartexposed). I used one pack to experiment with corespinning and over Christmas I put the other pack of blue shades to good use.
Another rare event happened before Christmas – I won a prize in a raffle! It was bath goodies and came wrapped in some lovely paper:
I used the paper as inspiration for creating the yarn. The ‘hotchpotch’ was mainly shades of blue with a bit of plum thrown in – I added some blue merino and some brown mystery fibre that I received in a waste selection from www.worldofwool.co.uk.
Once carded together they looked like this:
and I even remembered to write down the ingredients:
It started to go slightly downhill from here… The fibre was great to spin, I navajo plied it and got an aran weight yarn. The mix of colours began to get a bit muddy looking for my tastes:
Again, I remembered to note down some of the vital facts…
I adapted the stitch pattern from the Spiral Mitts I knitted before Christmas and made a squishy cosy cowl:
I’m still not 100% sure about the way this turned out, but hey, I actually finished something!