Spun for Stripes – the Scarf


Knitted Lacy Baktus Scarf from Handspun YarnWhat a joy it was to knit the Lacy Baktus with the fractally spun yarn I created on my drop spindle. I enjoyed not only the knitting, but also the process of observing the handspun as it slipped past my fingers and became a stripey F.O. Handspun Yarn SkeinAs I explained in Spinning for Stripes, plying the two halves of singles – one spun in short color repeats and one in long color repeats is what created this effect. I like the softness of the stripes, the gradual changes from one color to another, some barber poled and some solid.

The Falkland was wonderful to both spin and knit. Soft and long stapled, it was pretty forgiving for a beginning spindler and a joy to knit. Not quite as soft as merino, it still delivers a product that was fine for next to skin projects. My resultant Lacy Baktus definitely falls into the cuddly category.

Here’s to another successful F.O. for the Gift Box!


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  1. Hind
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Love the way that came out, the colors look so pretty together

    • Mom
      Posted February 17, 2012 at 11:08 am | Permalink

      Thanks Hind! The color selection is thanks to Into the Whirled who did the beautiful dyeing. I just love how the colors played out also.

  2. Posted February 16, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    You are so handy! The scarf looks just lovely =o)

    • Mom
      Posted February 17, 2012 at 11:09 am | Permalink

      Thanks Hanna!

  3. Kate
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    I really like how the colors morph from one to the next.

    • Mom
      Posted February 17, 2012 at 11:10 am | Permalink

      Me too, Kate! That’s my favorite thing about fractal spinning – the gradual color changes, the soft edges to the stripes. Makes such an interesting and distinctive look.

  4. Posted February 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    I love that! I’m a beginner spinner as well. I haven’t tried fractal spinning yet. I have been working on figuring out the draws and the plying (whew!). But this project is about to make me want to try. My mil would love that!

  5. Posted March 4, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    While I’m not a spinner, I do watch video podcasts of knitters/spinners and found I enjoy learning more fiber. I’ve purchased Fleece & Fiber Resource book by Robson & Ekarius and enjoy thumbing through it.
    This Into the Whirled fiber is to dye, ops, I mean – is to die for.
    All that I’ve seen of Whirled fiber on those video podcasts is luscious. Your Baktus is Gorgeous, and it’s a good thing you live afar from me.
    I’ve got to read more of your post. You may remember I’m a brand new follower.

    • Mom
      Posted March 4, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

      Really glad to have you following along, Gerry! :-)

  6. Emma mcdarland
    Posted December 12, 2012 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Great ideas!

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