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May 15, 2013

I completed my first fractal spin this past weekend. For those unfamiliar with the term, or process. I ended up splitting the second roving I picked up from here,  in half down the middle.



Colorway is Grandma’s Bedspread

I then began by spinning up the first half straight through. The spin previous to this I  developed this blister on my big toe (gross I know) but there you have it. Anyway I ended up having to take more breaks. (Anyone else ever get one? Or possibly know the reason? It’s never happened to me before.)

On the bobbin, pardon the glare, it was late.

On the bobbin, pardon the glare, it was late.

After spinning the first half of the roving I switched out the bobbins and began the second half. Now comes the “fun” part. I ended dividing the second half into four strips running lengthwise before. I then spun each section from “top” to “bottom” before beginning the next strip. The second half went much quicker, hooray!

Followed by plying the two together. I ended up with a pretty controlled spin on both bobbins, as well as some of the thinnest singles I have ever done.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe end result was 320 yards worth of fingering weight yarn.  That is a little scratchier than I would care for next to my skin (however I am super sensitive when it comes to my skin)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA3.9 ounces Gray Masham Wool

Colorway-Grandma’s Bedspread




From → Fiber Arts, Spinning

  1. Looks great and you should be proud 🙂

  2. Looks awesome! I have never heard of fractal spinning & am totally going to try it soon!

  3. Love the colors- very nicely done!

  4. What fun and it all looks so gorgeous. I love the name ‘Grandma’s bedstead’. I know you didn’t think of it but it must have inspired you to play with the results? Gorgeous yarn at the end of the spinning.

    • Thank you, it definitely made me feel like I should branch out. The name was so different that I felt like I should try something different as well. I love the way it turned out though, so I guess it worked!

  5. I’ve been having so much fun playing with Fractal spinning myself lately! such interesting results! And nice job on the finished yarn!

  6. shellssells permalink

    Nice job! You must be super proud of this one, it is a serious step up in my opinion.

    I love a good fractal spin, and I agree, the second half goes faster, maybe just because you get to switch colors more often?

    • I am definitely proud of this one. Probably a bit more than I should be, but oh well everyone needs a win once in a while right?

      • shellssells permalink

        Not more than you should be. This is something to be proud of. From an experienced spinner’s eyes, the jump you just made is huge, and quite frankly, I’d be dancing on the inside if I were you.

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