There are always a lot of things going on in various groups on Ravelry. It's hard to keep up, actually. But once in a while I follow through with a challenge or a SAL/KAL.
This one began with an interesting idea for spinning stripes: you spin individual colors, wind them off into small center-pull balls, and then ply those balls to themselves, adding one to the next, which results in clean stripes.
Themes were given, to search for images as color inspiration. One theme was Japan, and I went looking for kimono colors, and ended up in a very beautiful set of Kyoto geisha images. One in particular caught my eye, incorporating a classic mix of strong and muted colors particular to Japanese kimono fabrics.
I decided to work from these colors, and set to spinning.
I liked the way these spoke to each other on the bobbin, and ended up striping them in nearly the same order in which they were spun, although the method allows for rearranging.
Happy with the yarn, I chose a scarf pattern called Windward, (Ravelry link) by Heidi Kirrmaier, which has a great, semi-chaotic look to it when done in striped yarn.
So far, it's very fun, and the stripes are playful but sophisticated.
.... and after many months, and many skeins of yarn (I had to spin and ply 6 in total), I finally have a finished scarf. It's huge and soft and will be good for a cold climate.