I finally got to spin some Hello Yarn fiber in Finn, and I thought I’d take advantage of the lovely colorway “Winter Storage” to play with fractal spinning. For this sample, I divided the combed top in half lengthwise. I took one of the halves and spun it directly across the top to preserve the color changes of the entire sequence. I took the other half and divided it lengthwise into four strips, and I spun each strip beginning at the same end. I then plied to create a 2-ply yarn. The result is a simple combination of striping in which one of the plies moves through the color sequence of the combed top only once and the other ply cycles through the entire color sequence of the length of the combed top four times.
The first photo on the left is at the half-way point. I’ve already spun up one of the halves of my combed top. The other four mini bumps are the four sections that I created from the other half. I like to wrap them up this way so that I can be sure to start from the same end.
This is a simple description of fractal spinning, a method developed by Janel Laidman in Spin-Off (Summer 2007). Alexandra Tinsley also has a great description here in Knitty though I have to admit to being initially confused by its thoroughness.
I haven’t decided what I think about Finn. This is the first time I’ve spun it, and though it drafted fairly easily there was a bit of tension at times. I think it may be because Finn felts very easily and if the fiber gets compressed at all, it can resist that smooth glide between the fingers that some folks describe as “buttery.” But, the knitted swatch was so lovely with a faint halo and spring in its texture. I think that I’m going to knit a hat like Cecily Glowik MacDonald’s “Brier Toque” to preserve the fun color variations. Besides, I’m Canadian, and any chance I get to use the word “toque”– I’ll take.