Frac’tal: A curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. (Dictionary.com)
The winding braids of a river, the branches of a tree, the veins in a leaf, even our own blood vessels for that matter, are fractals. What interests me about fractals is that they are by and large courseways, or natural lines of energy flow. I find them fascinating.
In knitting, more than one designer has been inspired by fractals. Norah Gaughan’s beautiful book Knitting Nature explores many aspects of natural form and she has turned those inspirational elements into gorgeous things for us to knit.
Let’s look at some fractals:
I love the seeming random pattern of the branches of this cabbage tree.
Fern and cicada’s wings:
Another cicada with beautiful wings (I love these guys).
Branches within branches of the harakeke flower stem (NZ flax):
The very pleasing form of the branching needles and seed pods of the macrocarpa:
Science aside, they simply inspire and delight me.
What do you think I’ve decided to do with it?