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April 2016

Rosemont Cardigan Complete

FINAL DAY! I am currently running a Super Special Birthday Sale on all of my patterns. Check out all the details here

Taa daa! I finished my Rosemont Cardigan. Even though the dratted thing nearly gave me a stroke when I soaked it in the tub and swore it grew way too much during blocking. This is despite the fact that I also blocked (and pinned!) my swatch, which met gauge just fine. Rosemont fit perfectly before blocking, and I immediately loved it. Overcome by excitement, I wove in the final ends and threw the thing in the tub without thinking twice. I forgot my own advice: sometimes it is best to leave well enough alone.

There I was on the bathroom floor, arranging my masterpiece just so, overwhelmed by the pungent odor of wet cat (apparently wet cats and wet sheep smell remarkably similar), and just sick to my stomach. I could tell right away Rosemont had grown a lot. I just knew it. I tried to calm myself with thought of Mother’s Day just around the corner. As a fall-back, I planned to give Too-Big-Rosemont to my mom. All would be well.

Even so, I was tossing and turning half the night, fretting the fate of my sweater.

Rosemont took two full nights to dry (on heated bathroom floors, no less). Every time I went in the bathroom (which amounts to no less than five zillion times each day), I would glance longingly at Rosemont and start to draft its eulogy in my mind. It was tragic. A knitter’s version of Romeo and Juliet. Without the suicide. (Okay, it was nothing like Romeo and Juliet. I don’t know where that came from.) This beautiful sweater that started out so perfectly. And ended to sorrowfully. All wool and tears. Lying swatches.

Fear not, dear knitters. This story has a happy ending after all.

I WAS WRONG. Take that, Shakespeare.

When Rosemont finally dried, she fit just fine. Not too big. No great tragedy. Queue the happy music. I merely gave myself a stroke for no reason at all. Like usual.

DSC_0043aRosemont by Hannah Fettig. Knit in Quince and Co. Lark (Wasabi colorway).

 

Pattern: Rosemont by Hannah Fettig. You can find the pattern on Ravelry here, but mine is from the book:  Home & Away: Knits for Everyday Adventures, * which I ABSOLUTELY LOVE. (I am not just saying that because I used an affiliate link. The book is Pure Knitting Delight.)

Yarn: Lark by Quince and Co. in the Wasabi colorway. My family is not a fan of my color choice. They say I look like a Forest Service truck. Even Reed didn’t much care for the color.

This is the first time I have used the yarn actually called for in a pattern. This little arrangement worked out quite well. I will have to try using the yarn called for by the pattern again sometime. This was my first time knitting with a Quince wool, and I wasn’t so sure on the outset. The skeins felt so ordinary given all the hype. As soon as I started knitting my swatch, I could tell Lark was legit. Karen put it best when she once commented how SQUISHY it was. So true!

Skeins/yards: The pattern called for 10 skeins to knit the second-smallest size. I used 8 1/2 skeins, or a little over 1,100 yards (1,040 m).

Time on the needles: About a month! All future knits should be in worsted weight. Holy smokes, that went fast. Quick, send me links to your favorite worsted weight sweaters! It’s all I want to knit ever again. (Except for the little lace project I just started...)

Mistakes: None! Can you believe it?!? There were a couple times in the beginning that my row count was off, but I sorted them out without too much trouble.

Construction approach: All of Hannah Fettig’s patterns in this book are written both ways (seamed and unseamed). I don’t appreciate the art of sweater seaming and chose the top-down seamless version. Hallelujah!

Modifications: I think I might have inadvertently only knit half of the short rows on the collar, but I didn’t even notice until I wore it too work and compared it to my friend’s (the other half of the office knit-a-long). My collar doesn’t fold. It snuggles my neck just so, and I love it! It’s my favorite part of the sweater. Finally, a mistake that paid off!

The only other change I made was knitting slightly shorter sleeves, which worked out marvelously despite all my consternation.

Pattern notes: This was a great pattern, and I can’t wait to knit the next sweater from Home & Away for Round 2 of the office knit-a-long. (We are going to knit the cover!) Both of our Rosemonts ended up with a bit of pouchiness happening between the armpits and the chest. After looking at photos of other Rosemonts, I have decided this is just how this particular pattern works. It doesn’t bother me much, and I wouldn’t mind knitting up a second Rosemont someday. The more discerning among us might find the pouchiness a bit more troubling, however.

Blocking notes: Near stroke survived. This time.

Overall: Of all the sweaters I have knit to date, this one by far came out the best. No big drama. No major mistakes. Great yarn, and IT FITS! Joy!

*This is an Amazon affiliate link, but I truly do swoon over this book each and every day. Thank you for being you!

Swatching Lace: A Cautionary Tale

If you missed it on Sunday, I am currently running a sale on all of my patterns. Check out all the details here. The sale ends at the end of the month (Saturday night), so act fast.

Even knitting a simple lace swatch can lead to mishaps.

I went stash diving the other day, and golly did I catch a fish.

This time of year, my stash is typically at an all-time low before I stock up around my birthday at the end of the month. I feel particularly compelled to use up the yarn that I stashed last year before starting anew with the fresh stuff. This is my unofficial Stash Containment Policy. I picked up this skein of Filatura Di Crosa Nirvana lace (100% wool, 340 meters/372 yards) last August for under $8.00 USD. That’s a steal for a shawl’s worth of yarn.

Although after swatching it up yesterday, I am concerned the inevitable misery-to-come might increase the ACTUAL price astronomically. Tell me dear knitters, what is the value of a tear (not the happy kind…)?

I laboriously knit a simple swatch, which I had to frog twice before finally managing to finish the darn thing. And I STILL discovered a dropped stitch while blocking.

This is not a good sign.

This was not an actual knit item. IT WAS JUST A STOCKINETTE SWATCH. And I still messed up. THREE TIMES!!!

If knitting a simple teeny tiny square of lace was tricky, what on earth will happen to me when I try to knit the whole darn skein?!?!

Even knitting a lace swatch can be tricky! But doable!I forgot how finicky knitting lace weight yarn can be. So fickle and vein. Fixing a dropped stitch isn’t quite so easy, and keeping proper and consistent tension strikes me as all but impossible. When it slips off the needles, it shatters like a wine glass dropped in a porcelain sink. Pure disaster that simply cannot be repaired.

Apparently wrapping up my worsted weight Rosemont cardigan gave me a little too much confidence.

I don’t knit with lace weight yarn too often (gee, I wonder why), but this color really jumped off the shelf and grabbed me. So here we are.

I have no idea what I will make. A design of my own or someone else’s? A crescent-shaped shawl with short rows sounds fun, I think.

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along and in between books.

Warming Up For a Party

All patterns 30% off this week onlyMy birthday is later this week. Half of me wants to hide under a rock (with a fizzy drink), and the other part of me wants to host a last-minute barbecue. Hard to decide.

I have learned from years past that throwing your own birthday party is actually a fair bit of work (and dishes), even if you have a potluck. Oh, but parties are delightfully fun! I am so torn.

In the meantime, off I go to dye my grey hair, sneak chocolate covered raisins out of the hall closet, and prepare my Rosemont for blocking. I just cast off the final stitches, and I think it actually might fit.

Minor miracle.

I want to share the birthday love with you! I am so grateful to all of you who bop into this space. Thank you! I can’t wait until they invent teleportation so we can all just beam over to a nice tropical island each Friday evening for World Wide Knit Night (with cocktails that have umbrellas!) We can take turns picking the island. Luckily there are so many to choose from. Bali first, perhaps? In the meantime, this will have to suffice.

Oh bother.

To spread the love, all the patterns in my Ravelry shop are 30% off this week with the code Birthday 30. This offer ends at the end of the month, so act fast. (Subscribers: check your inbox for an email with a 50%-off coupon code. If you have yet to subscribe, please sign up so you don’t miss out on the next sale or giveaway! I won’t share your email address. Ever.)

This special offer includes my two latest patterns that I just released earlier this month, Metamorphosis and Tulipland. Wowsers.

Okay knitters, off I go to count my old-age wrinkles. And block my sweater. Vote for your favorite tropical knitting island in the comment box, and please be sure to take advantage of the pattern sale before the end of the month. There’s no time like the present to go shopping. My Ravelry Pattern Shop is here.

Second Sleeve Syndrome: The New SSS

Happy Baby Shower to the lovely Ginny. I have so enjoyed the weekly Yarn Along and have met so many fabulous knitters through this wonderful forum over the past year or so. Thank you Ginny, and best wishes with your new baby girl to be. In perfect form, I am tardy with my contribution, but I am working on it. Promise.

Second Sleeve Syndrome. The New SSS You Never Hear About.

Usually when I hear SSS, I think of Second Sock Syndrome. You know, when you knit one sock with vigor but run out of steam somewhere before starting (or finishing) the second one.

I have decided there is a new SSS: Second SLEEVE Syndrome. And it’s a whopper.

Over the past year, I have taken up sock knitting. I enjoy it, and I don’t mind knitting the second sock (so far). I do however, cringe a bit trying to get the second one to precisely match the first one. I haven’t stressed over it so far, because socks are forgiving that way. No one will truly even notice if one sock is a wee bit longer than the other, or if the pattern doesn’t quite match exactly. Socks are on your feet. In your shoes. Tucked away, to some extent.

Sleeves on the other hand are on full display. Out in the world. On the conference table to be examined by wandering eyes. There’s no hiding a sleeve, or rather two sleeves that don’t exactly match, particularly in length.

Second Sleeve Syndrome: The SSS You Never Hear About!

I finished my second sleeve for Rosemont from Hannah Fettig’s Home & Away: Knits for Everyday Adventures last night. And I lived to tell the tale, although I will admit suffering from bouts of anxiety along the way. I decided to knit my sleeves a bit on the short side, presuming they would grow a bit during blocking. If I were more ambitious, I would have calculated the difference in blocked swatch gauge to unblocked sleeve and done a bit of calculus to determine exactly how much my sleeve might grow in length.

But, I figured screw it. Swatches lie anyway. At least when it comes to sleeves, I have found swatches to be particularly dishonest and misleading.

This means:

  1. My sleeves will not grow and will block too short, still. This will result in a need to unravel the cast-off and knit longer sleeves, which will lead to more complaining and tears (and chocolate and possibly a martini), which will lead to another blog post about me complaining about how my sleeves came out too short even though I predicted hoped they wouldn’t.
  2. My sleeves will grow longer than I guessed it might and still be too long even though I was hoping it would block to be just right.
  3. Maybe I will get it right and it will all work out merrily, proper length and all. This option is unlikely, however. I never get lucky.

So, Second Sleeve Syndrome it is. I wonder if there is a cure…

I am STILL reading Furiously Happy, which I truly can’t recommend enough. I read it at night after my knitting is tucked away. I laugh out loud each and every time I pick the book up.

Tulipland

Tulipland. A lovely, light, and bright scarf perfect for spring and summer. Knit horizontally.It’s warming up around here! Which basically means it’s time for cocktails with lots of mint and lime, dipping my toes into the pool, and attacking the weeds in the garden with a fiery yet unseen.

And…it means it’s time to knit a summer scarf!

Enter Tulipland.

(Drum roll please.)Tulipland. A lovely, light, and bright scarf perfect for spring and summer. Knit horizontally.Tulipland is my most recent creation. Fairly simple on the outset. It’s a fingering weight knit. Perfect for cooler parts of the day before the day gets too hot.

The interesting part about Tulipland is that it is knit horizontally and available in three separate lengths. After knitting a scarf horizontally, I have decided it to be a much preferred method than the traditional way. There is less twisting and untwisting as you flip rows back and forth ALL THE TIME. Seriously, I have henceforth decided that all scarves should be knit in the horizontal plane. So much easier.

Truly. Tulipland. A lovely, light, and bright scarf perfect for spring and summer. Knit horizontally.The shortest length is perfect to wear as a light and simple shawl, draped over the shoulders. The longest length (pictured here) is ample, with plenty of room to wrap and snuggle on the coolest of dewy mornings. And medium….well, medium is somewhere in the middle…plenty long enough to wear as a traditional scarf. Tulipland. A lovely, light, and bright scarf perfect for spring and summer. Knit horizontally.The pattern itself is a simple botanical motif combined with some ribbing. Elegant in its simplicity. All purpose for any knitter, even the beginner variety.

YOU CAN TOTALLY DO THIS! Tulipland. A lovely, light, and bright scarf perfect for spring and summer. Knit horizontally.If you have stumbled upon this post, wondering what you might do today…I have your answer. Find the closest fingering weight yarn (I used Swans Island Natural Colors in Rose Quartz) and cast on. You won’t regret it. Tulipland. A lovely, light, and bright scarf perfect for spring and summer. Knit horizontally.Tulipland is available on Ravelry for $5.00 USD. The pattern includes written instructions and looks pretty swanky, if you ask me. (Yes, I am biased.)

I know there are five zillion and two patterns on Ravelry these days to choose from, so I will be just TICKLED PINK if you decide to knit this one.

Seriously. I would be honored. Tulipland. A lovely, light, and bright scarf perfect for spring and summer. Knit horizontally.Often when I knit, I am struck with inspiration for subsequent designs. This is dreadfully ironic, catastrophically clashing that itch for a new project with the determination to finish the current effort. My fingers just couldn’t go fast enough to finish this project…fueled by visions of Daisyland, Sunflowerland, Orchidland…basically all kinds of floral places.

Or maybe it was just all the crazy weeding I have been doing. Who knows.

(Or, the mint, lime, and other secret ingredients.)Tulipland. A lovely, light, and bright scarf perfect for spring and summer. Knit horizontally.Regardless, please, please, please add this baby to your queue for sunny knitting. It will brighten most any day. How can it not…It is pink after all.

And I do love pink. Tulipland. A lovely, light, and bright scarf perfect for spring and summer. Knit horizontally.Okay knitters, scurry along. Off to Ravelry you go.

I will see  you there!

Knit the Sun

Congrats to Ann from New York for winning the Architexture giveaway. Enjoy!

There has been so much ferocious knitting of late. Stitching like mad at all hours to finish up projects…then typing at the speed of light to write and do all the computer bits during free moments. Before I released Metamorphosis last week, I hadn’t published a pattern since last fall. Too long. For some reason, pattern development has come to me in waves. It’s a workflow issue I need to address, or maybe just bursts of inspiration that seem to resolve themselves all at once.

Not only did I release Metamorphosis, but I was finally able to finalize the gift to my subscribers that I started …LAST July: a simple scrap yarn head band that was inspired by yarn from my Grandma’s stash. (If you aren’t already a subscriber, be sure to sign up and snag the free pattern!)

I have one more lovely pattern to publish soon: this pink treasure, which I call Tulipland. It’s a summer scarf. Light, luscious and perfect for bright days. Tulipland is knit horizontally and available in three distinct lengths.

It’s fancy that way.

Tulipland summer scarf. Light with a touch of lace. And bright.I’ve been rewarding myself for all my hard work with pleasure knitting, making great strides on my Rosemont sweater. The weather has warmed this past month, and I have delighted in an abundance of outdoor knitting, sitting in the sun while Reed plays about in Imagination Land. I love it when we reach this symbiosis during our days, both of us happy just doing our thing for a while. He suffered a bit last week when I was working so hard to get patterns released into the Knit Universe. I’ve felt I needed to make it up to him in some way, karmicly.

After a while, he’ll emerge from his play, come near, and ask to help me knit. At first, I was weary of this request. In the past, this is when he would run off with my ball of attached yarn with a devilish laugh, finding great fun in 100 yards of fingering weight-responsibly produced (read: expensive)-wool instantaneously looped around the legs of the dining room chairs. So when Reed asks to help knit, this used to be my signal to put away all knitting IMMEDIATELY.

Now, more times than not (although disaster can still strike during an episode of Knitting Jealousy), Reed will carefully hold the skein and slowly unravel yarn as I need it. Do you need more yarn, mama, he’ll ask sincerely. After a bit, I will go to put away the project, but he’ll plead one more row, okay mama?

Reed surprised me one night a couple weeks back. At bedtime, after reading stories, I usually turn off the light and recount the highlights of our day. We ate pancakes for breakfast, you played Play Doh (which you did not pick up….), we let the chickens out, went for our walk to the river, you helped me knit, and so forth. Sometimes I will ask him which part of our day was his favorite. Usually this garners the expected answer from a three-year old: watching Paw Patrol…eating ice cream…play group. But this particular night, he paused before answering this typical inquiry into his favorite part of the day. Walking to the river and helping you knit.

Seriously. I am not making that up.

And…it gets better! The other day I woke up and put on a pair of my hand knit socks. Reed immediately pointed to my socks and asked: did you knit those? I said yep I did. He squealed with excitement and did a little happy dance. All because I was wearing my socks that I knit. Somehow he knew that was cool and special and everything that knitting hand knit socks is.

I love my kid.

Although I had to laugh out loud last night when I read Alicia’s post about how she feels like she needs people standing on the sidelines with Gatorade, dumping water over her head at 4:00p.m., just to make it to bedtime. She also has  a three-year-old. No wonder all I can do after 7:00 (when Reed often goes to bed) is lay vertically on the sofa knitting and tv binging. With chocolate.

I am simply wiped out.

Tulipland summer scarf. Light with a touch of lace. And bright.As I raced to finish Tulipland, Reed asked me what I was making. I explained it was a scarf, and he immediately inquired as to when his scarf might also be completed.

Nothing gets by this kid.

I told him I would finish his scarf soon. Basically by the time it’s July and 100 degrees (38 C) outside.

I always have impeccable timing.

Tulipland summer scarf. Light with a touch of lace. And bright.I hope your knitting time is as bright as mine, even if cool days still have you inside. The sun will soon (more literally)  shine on you as well.

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along and reading Furiously Happy, which I truly can’t recommend enough. It’s been a while since I have laughed out so much while reading a book.

Free Pattern: Simple Scrap Yarn Hair Band

Free pattern! Use your sock and fingering weight scraps to knit this fun, simple wrap-and-tie hair band.

Hey knitters! Long story short, if you have arrived here in search of this fabulous free pattern, all you have to do is subscribe to my blog. It’s easy. Check out the box in the upper right hand corner of the side bar. 

I promise to never share your email, and I won’t clutter your inbox. In addition to receiving regular blog posts in your inbox, I have lots of plans for free and discounted patterns to offer subscribers…plus some knitting resources I am developing. It’s a slow process, but I am working on. Promise.

But, I hope you decide to stay a while and have some fun… Since you’re already here.Free scrap yarn hair band pattern (wrap and tie style) available at www.thisknittedlife.com It’s present time. Presents for you, that is.

I am not much of a clutter person. If I don’t use something, or it isn’t EXTRA special, it either goes to the thrift store or the recycling. I am also a re-gifter. Sorry, but it’s true. I have a small house, and so far, I have a small stash.

Amazing, I know.

I find that when I knit socks for women, I have a good chunk of yarn left over from a standard 400+ yard/meter skein. Depending on the color, I have used this leftover yarn to knit some toddler socks for Reed, which I then proceeded to immediately shrink in the dryer. (Who needs a pair of hand knit infant socks, by the way?).  I am fairly organized about managing my scraps. I try to bag them up with the ball band or similar yarns…some resemblance of a “system.”Free scrap yarn hair band pattern (wrap and tie style) available at www.thisknittedlife.com

System or not, these scraps of sock yarn were starting to weigh on me a bit.

So I made something.

I am very solution oriented.Free scrap yarn hair band pattern (wrap and tie style) available at www.thisknittedlife.com

Now, your feet can match your hair. That’s probably a fashion faux pas, but whatever. I like it.

This pattern is free to all of my subscribers*. If you are already a subscriber***, check your inbox for an message sent this past Wednesday to retrieve your goods. And, if you subscribe from this day forward, your confirmation email from Mail Chimp should include a link to the pattern as well. This offer does not expire (into the foreseeable future). If you have stumbled onto this post months from now, you can still subscribe and receive this pattern for free. Just enter your email into the box in the upper right hand corner of this page. A link to the pattern will be included in your auto-email confirmation.

If you would rather not subscribe (don’t worry, I won’t take offense…Inbox clutter overwhelms me too…), you can still purchase this pattern on Ravelry for a mere $3.00 here. But I would rather give it to you for free.

I love you either way.Free scrap yarn hair band pattern (wrap and tie style) available at www.thisknittedlife.com

This simple hair band is wrap-and-tie style for a perfect fit for each lovely head. I recommend using a smaller needle with scrap sock or fingering weight yarn for a fun quickie project.

I hope you enjoy this pattern. As always, please be sure to post photos of your finished knit so I can see how they turned out. Yarn voyeurism (my favorite sport…).

Happy Knitting.

*As always, I promise to never share your email, and I won’t clutter your inbox. In addition to receiving regular blog posts in your inbox, I have lots of plans for free and discounted patterns to offer subscribers…plus some knitting resources I am developing. It’s a slow process, but I am working on. Promise.

**A very special thanks to my talented friend @annasofie for modeling this design for me. If you need some fine art in your life, check out her Instagram feed here.

***If you only just subscribed between today and this past Wednesday, you will be receiving a separate email shortly with your free pattern.

Metamorphosis Cowl Pattern Release

The most lovely of all cowls ever knit. Spring and soft. Organically combines stitch pattern for an easy, non-boring knit. Enjoy!Congrats to Vera in PA for winning the Quince Sparrow. The Architexture Scarf Kit Giveaway is still live, so don’t miss out! Check it out here. Simply comment for a chance to win.

The lovely Metamorphosis Cowl knit in Woolfolk Sno (fingering weight). A perfect knit for all occasions. I cannot express enough how excited I am about this pattern. I just had this feeling from the very first stitch that it would be magic. I love it when I am right! (It happens so rarely.)

The weather is really warming up here (sneaking into the 80s/26.7 C), and I was starting to fret you’d all be sick of cowls and other fowl weather knits by now.

Then I watched the national weather report this morning. Apparently I have nothing to worry about.

Sad to say, those of you in northeastern North America and in northern Europe (and possibly elsewhere) are still suffering in the cold…so knit on! And for those of you nearer to me or lounging about in the tropics (how jealous I am!), enjoying spring in all its (warm!) glory, this fingering weight pattern is a lovely knit for you too. So no excuses!

The lovely Metamorphosis Cowl knit in Woolfolk Sno (fingering weight). A perfect knit for all occasions. Metamorphosis is knit with Woolfolk Sno white/silver colorway (AMAZING YARN!) but any fingering weight yarn will do just fine. Woolfolk can be a bit tricky to come by, but it is worth the search. If there isn’t a stockist near you, Woolfolk allows stockists to vend online as well. Or, go stash diving and see what makes your heart go pitter patter in that very special way.

Metamorphosis blends a simple lace motif with panels of textured knit and purl stitches to shift one stitch pattern into another. This cowl is knit in the round without seaming. Easy peasy! If desired, this piece is long enough to loop twice for a lightweight, cozy accessory.

The lovely Metamorphosis Cowl knit in Woolfolk Sno (fingering weight). A perfect knit for all occasions.Instructions are both charted and written. Measurements are provided in both Engilsh and metric units. The pattern is professionally published in a polished graphic design format and easy to read.

The lovely Metamorphosis Cowl knit in Woolfolk Sno (fingering weight). A perfect knit for all occasions.Metamorphosis is available on Ravelry for $5.00 USD. For those of you who are kind enough (crazy enough?) to be subscribers, check your email for a special discount code for this pattern available only to you as well as a free pattern that I will be releasing to the rest of the world later this week.

I truly hope you enjoy Metamorphosis as much as I do. May it ease your transition into better weather, brighter spirits, or whatever change is needed in your life.

The lovely Metamorphosis Cowl knit in Woolfolk Sno (fingering weight). A perfect knit for all occasions. A very special thanks to my dear and talented friend @Annasofie for modeling my latest works. Linking up with Joining Ginny and reading Fates and Furies. I love the lyrical writing style and wish I could put my knitting own long enough to read more.A heavenly cowl knit in Woolfolk Sno (softest yarn of all time!) Organically combines stitch patterns for a fun, easy, yet non-boring knit. Enjoy.

 

Hello Architexture + A Giveaway For You !!!!!!!!!

I have been working on my Architexture scarf * for two weeks now. Architexture is a kit from Craftsy. If you haven’t poked around  on Craftsy, treat yourself. It is loaded with all fabulous classes, kits, and supplies than a knitter (or crafter of any sort) could ever desire, need, or otherwise enjoy. (I recently took a Craftsy class to learn how to knit colorwork. If you missed it, you can read all about it here.)

Architexture scarf in progress. Very cool and affordable knitting kit from Craftsy.

I didn’t realize exactly how many projects I had on my needles (denial!) until I outlined my Spring Bucket List of Must Knits. I had originally planned to finish Architexture and then host a giveaway to share a kit with a lucky reader.

Architexture scarf in progress. Very cool and affordable knitting kit from Craftsy. I figured: Architexture is a scarf. Surely it will only take me 20 minutes.

Ha ha ha ha ha.

Ha.

Twenty minutes later, I was still winding my first skein of yarn and hadn’t even cast on.

Just because Architexture is a scarf, don’t be fooled. The pattern calls for more than 700 yards/meters of fingering weight yarn. It’s quite the project, but completely doable. It’s broken into nine sections (A through I). I am pacing myself and aiming to complete one section a week. This week is I am on letter C. I think this means I am destined to consume a lot of C words with my knitting. You know, Champagne, Chocolate, gourmet Cheese. Things like that.

Architexture scarf in progress. Very cool and affordable knitting kit from Craftsy. Anyone can knit this scarf. It’s all knit and purl…with some orderly simple decreases and increases to achieve the double bias. I will admit, I did panic a bit during the first few inches before the point had really formed. Architexture was so INCREDIBLY wide. More like a shoal. Then the bias kicked in, and the dimensions came together. Sometimes the symmetry between knitting and geometry astounds me. This is a very clever knit. Never boring but not stressful or difficult. And, it’s pretty.

So there.

On sale and under $20, I think two skeins of fingering weight yarn (in a lovely spectrum of color options) and a pattern are more than a fair price. More than once, I have had a reader comment about the tremendous expense of fancy yarn. This is a good project for the frugal among us. Lots of entertainment for less than $20. It would also make a fun gift for any knitter. Mine is lavender, and I have already gotten five zillion compliments on the color.

For a while now, I have been itching to knit a project with good ol’ fashioned wooden straight needles. I started knitting Architexture with some long wooden needles that I have owned for five zillion eons, but it was progressing so SLOWLY! And my wrist pain immediately flared up. After a week of avoiding the obvious, I switched back over to circulars.

Architexture scarf in progress. Very cool and affordable knitting kit from Craftsy. Enough already.

Here’s how you can enter to win. It’s easy. Just leave a comment here by Saturday, April 9th (midnight PST). Or, if you are a subscriber, you are automatically entered to win, as is the case with all my giveaways. I will mail you your yarn (also lavender, as photographed here) and get you a link for the pattern’s digital download.

In the past, I have limited entries to US and Canada only due to international shipping costs. But I figure, what the hek, let’s live a little, right? Anyone anywhere can enter. Because I love you ALL so much!

And, if you are quick, you just might finish your Architexture scarf kit before I do (please send regular photo updates!). Or, at the very least, we can have a knit-along. (Steph at Wooly Thyme is knitting one also, in green!)

Good luck!

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