Fractal spinning – fraktal spinning

I have done a few samples of fractal spinning, a method where you split the tops lengtwise into fractions, then you spin two different fractions from the end into singles and ply them together.

This way you ply one single with a certain lenght of the given colour sequens with another single with a different length of colour sequense. This looks very interesting when knit:

Left: the top as is, and a bit plyed from 1/4 + 1/4 tops.

Middle:  ½ top plied with 1/4 top

Right:  ½ top plied with 1/8 top

Next I will try full whith top with ½ top to get longer stripe sequence. Interesting!

 

Jeg har leget med fraktal spinding hvor man splitter sin top på langs i smallere og smallere stykker, og så spinder to singler af forskellige tykkelser. De spindes fra enden for at bevare farveforløbet, som giver en helt speciel virkning når de tvindes.

Venstre: Den oprindelig top og et stykke lavet af 1/4 +1/4 top tvundet sammen.

Midten: ½ top + 1/4 top tvundet.

Højre: ½ top + 1/8 top tvundet.

Næste gang vil jeg prøve med en hel top tvundet med ½, for at få længere stribeforløb. Spændende!

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Colour sequence yarn

I did this recently. On 15/2 lambswool, 25 g of each. More to come….I call it ColourSequence.

Next lot will be dyed on Supersoft 11.5/2, don’t know what colour yet!

ColourSequence Viol

Jeg lavede dette fornylig. På 15/2 lammeuld, jeg kalder det ColourSequence. Der kommer mere, næste portion bliver farvet på supersoft 11.5/2, ved ikke rigtig hvad farve endnu.

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Cutting murrini slices with diamond cutter disc tutorial

I got hit by the murrini bug a little while ago, and have had loads of fun (and frustrations) construction murrini canes. I find using cutters for cutting murrini slices difficult and was advised to use a glass cutting machine in stead, but I wanted a less costly solution. Here is the result:

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This is a 2.3 mm shaft diamond cutter, in a flexi-shaft mounted in an old hanging dentist drill. Available online at goldsmith suppliers, or google “mini diamond cutting disc”. Choose the fine grate type. Price about $20
You might be able to use a Dreml or similar machine, if it runs slow enough. My Dreml can’t go slower than 5.000 rpm, and that is too fast for this!!!
then it would be better with a flexi-shaft mounted in a household (battery) drill.
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Holding my hands over a pot of water and keeping my left hand wet allowing enough water to run and keep the cutting place wet. Otherwise stop the cutter and dip.
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Close up of the cutting – it is extremely important you hold the handle with the cutter as shown. If you hold it like a pencil, you have no control of it and you risk injuring yourself badly. Both wrists must rest on something steady (here the edge of the pot), and you need to tighten your hands and press your right thumb agains the glass rod to press agains the rotation of the cutter.
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A nice thin slice – can be thinner still. They all land in the pot, in stead of flying all over the place.
All glass dust is wet and therefore harmless.

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How to use the pickups

Here is an explanation on how to use the pickups, as well as I can:

For picking up dropped stitches you here see the hook or dental pick, the pickup and the transfer tool.

As you see, the pickup is pointed as the hook and has the eye like the transfer tool – this makes it so much easier to insert into the dropped stitch, especially in very fine and dense knitting, and easy to transfer the stitch to the needle.

The transfer tool can be very difficult to get into the tiny stitch in the first place, like here:

The hook is fine for that – but when it comes to transferring the stitch, it is easy to miss the needle when using the hook, especially if you are doing fine knitting and eyesight is not what it used to be….with the pickups you can FEEL that the tool is in place on the needle before flipping the stitch over, ensuring that you won’t drop it again.

It goes like this:


Insert the tip of the tool (I turn it sideways) into the stitch.

 

Now the stitch is secure on the shaft, and the curve of the tip prevents dropping it while working, for instance if you are crossing stitches and using two at the time..

place the pickup on the needle, wiggle it a tiny bit sidewas to make sure the needle is in place if you have trouble seeing it

and flip the tool up to transfer the stitch.

You can buy the pickups by sending me an email, I want to keep costs down so I prefer not to post them on etsy, ebay etc.

I make them myself (when my hands allow me to), including the handturned wooden handles, which are all different.

The pickups can be used with standard (4.5mm) or fine (3.6mm) machine, the pictures are showing a standard machine.

The price is 16 € plus posting.

Posting as a letter to European countries is €2, the rest of the world €3.

Email me at kathe@mycrafts.dk

 

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