Fractal Time

I love spinning fractals! There are just so many options, you make the same 4oz colourway look 100 different ways just by order you choose to spin the singles.

Recently I spun up a fractal using my handdyed colourway “Vampires of Venice” in Polish Merino. I divided it up so that the repeats would happen more quickly as you go from the beginning of the yarn to the end. Here it is knit up in the pattern “Passerine” by Jen Lucas.

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I love how it turned out, but now I want to try it again in another fractal pattern and I will go through the process step by step.

I’m using the same colourway “Vampires of Venice” but on the BFL base. And instead of the repeats increasing I want them to stay the same size, repeating once in each colour.

First I separate the colours in the order I want them to repeat, Black, Red, White, Light Grey, Medium Grey and Dark Grey.

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Then I brake each colour in half. The first half I roll up into large puffs. This is how I will spin it on bobbin number one, nothing else needs to be done with it.

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Now I move on to the second set of colours. Starting with the black I divide it up into 6 equal sections. Well, as equal as I can get it dividing it by eye. If you have a scale that measures less than .1 oz you can use that.

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Now go ahead and divide each of the remaining colours in the same way. Just make sure they stay in the same order, Black, Red, White, Light Grey, Medium Grey and Dark Grey.

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When you are all finished it should look like this. The fibre in the large puffs on the left will go on bobbin #1, the fibres on the right will go on bobbin #2.

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Next for each section, I make little puffs for the fibre going on to bobbin #2. Again making sure to keep the colour order.

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Once I do that for each section then I bag them. Bags 1-6 will each have a set of the small puffs on the right. I will spin them in colour order Black, Red, White, Light Grey, Medium Grey and Dark Grey bag after bag onto bobbin #2.

Then in the original bag I put the large Puffs again in colour order Black, Red, White, Light Grey, Medium Grey and Dark Grey and I will spin them on bobbin #1.

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Now it’s spin time! You can follow along on Instagram @badwolfyarn :)

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