Thursday, October 6, 2016

How to Split a Rainbow

Fractal Spun Yarn from The Painted Tiger

According to Benjamin Krudwig, fractal yarns are not truly fractal in a mathematical or scientifice sense, but rather "a pattern that is self-similar, and repeats itself in different scales."

Regardless of how you want to define it, you are sure to love it.  In the traditional fractal spun yarn, you take a braid of fiber, split it in half lengthwise, spin one half of it as is, then split the second half into 2, 3, or 4 sections and spin those end to end onto another bobbin. Then you ply those bobbins together for a 2-ply yarn. 

Nancy Tepas will be walking us through braid selection, splitting of the braid and spinning to achieve the perfect gradient. 

The guild has also purchased Yarnitecture by Jillian Moreno to accompany this month's program. It will be available for loan at the November meeting.  Jillian has written two articles on the topic in Knitty.  Take a look here and here.