A few weeks ago I decided to spin up my first at-home experiment in fractal spinning. I had just taken a class from Janel Laidman at Blacksheep Gathering and I was anxious to try it. Some part of me was convinced that if I didn’t apply the technique–and soon–I would forget how. Don’t ask me why, but I was superstitious about it.
I pulled out a braid of bright, sassy alpaca from Bohoknitterchic, dyed in a colorway called Indian Summer. It’s a really well-chosen name: it looks just like colorful Indian corn.
I split the roving down the middle. Then I reordered the colors on both halves so that they ran in a consistent order: ABCABC (they were originally mirrored ABCBA). I spun one half straight in big, luscious chunks of color. The other half I split up into skinny strips, then I spun them in little candy canes of color.
And then, I plied the two halves together.
But the fun didn’t stop there. Based on what I had learned in class, I knew that there were even more exciting things to come when the yarn was knitted up. I was expecting stripes. And stripes on stripes. Pretty, pretty stripes.
I searched on Ravelry for a simple pattern that could showcase the stripes while using as much of my little hank as possible. I settled on the Honeycomb Mesh Scarf from Churchmouse Yarns. A free pattern.
The alpaca has lovely drape, don’t you think?
This was an exhilarating experiment. Knitting with my own hand-spun yarn is already an enormous treat. But seeing the color stripes emerge was even more stimulating.
The fractal spinning technique was so much fun. I know I’ll be finding lots of ways to play with it in the future…which is a good thing because this little scarf is not for me. I knitted it for a bloggy friend: Anastasia Wright of For the Knit of It. She is one of my three Pay-It-Forward recipients. I think I missed my end-of-July deadline, but I got close. I hope she enjoys it.