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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65 Comments

  • Reply Shannon April 2, 2016 at 4:08 am

    I have been drooling over that pattern for WEEKS! Look forward to watch it grow.

  • Reply Christie Hoagland April 2, 2016 at 5:09 am

    What a wonderful project – just knit and purl. I’d love to give it go! Thanks, Christie

  • Reply Monica de Moss April 2, 2016 at 5:18 am

    Just wanted to say that I love the color of that Architexture scarf! I’m glad that I am a subscriber to your blog -(a new one!) I am one of those people who has to finish a specific project before I start a new one. And it might take me hours to figure out what that next project will be! However, I would drop whatever I was working on just to make that scarf – it’s beautiful.

  • Reply Jennifer Cummings April 2, 2016 at 5:19 am

    Love it! That color makes me happy!

  • Reply zeta (kalianapodi.wordpress.com) April 2, 2016 at 5:27 am

    Thank you for the international giveaway!
    I would LOVE to join you and Steph in a knit-along!

  • Reply stephanie young April 2, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Thanks again, Andrea, for steering me to the Craftsy site for the kit. The yarn is quite nice for that incredibly reasonable price!!! Unlike you, I haven’t been giving many other projects a second glance. (This will soon stop when the baby yarn arrives…those babies-to-be at church aren’t going to wait around for me to get inspired to knit their blankets; they may be waiting until they are teens if that were the case!) I’m nearing the half-way point on my architexture, but still loving it as much as cast-on day (which we all know, says volumes!!!!) Hope you have a lovely weekend…..and that LOTS of folks join this KAL!!!

  • Reply knittingdancer April 2, 2016 at 6:53 am

    I have been looking at this pattern since it came out. One of my knitting friends has knitted it and i love it. Plus purple is my favorite color so please pick me. Thank you.

  • Reply Kcausey April 2, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Beautiful color!

  • Reply Carrie Landon April 2, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Ive been checking out this pattern for a couple weeks now!! It is so beautiful.
    Thanks so much for your blog post. I’m curious to see how it turns out for you!

  • Reply Julie Tink April 2, 2016 at 10:06 am

    I love a knitting challenge!! Looks fantastic!

  • Reply Maggie Corrigan April 2, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Sounds like quite the scarf!

  • Reply PTudor April 2, 2016 at 11:59 am

    This is so beautiful. Love how pattern keeps changing. And the colour. One of my favourite shades.

  • Reply Lee April 2, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Pretty scarf! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Irma Hendricks April 2, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Hi! I have been looking for a knitting project. Heading to Craftsy now. Love the lavendar but I will for another color. I have been purple-lavendar-violet ing out lately.

  • Reply sandy downs April 2, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    I love the colour of this yarn! Im in Canada and if I won I would pay the postage for this beautiful prize!
    Thank you!

  • Reply Sadie April 2, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    I would love to win this!

  • Reply Patsy Coats April 3, 2016 at 2:37 am

    I love that pattern.

  • Reply Chaya Mills April 3, 2016 at 3:18 am

    What a lovely giveaway! I’ve not tried any Craftsy classes, but now I’m tempted…

  • Reply Wendy Hastings April 3, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Thanks for the offer. As a new knitter, I know how to knit and I know how to purl, but I would never have thought I could make something this beauricular.

  • Reply maryc26 April 3, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Looks beautiful!

  • Reply inesn April 3, 2016 at 8:19 am

    I would love to get this kit! And yours look gorgeous!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Alina April 3, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Oh, look at this texture!! So lovely!

  • Reply craftyone April 3, 2016 at 10:35 am

    very nice and like the lavendar

  • Reply KathyC April 3, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Hello! I love this pattern and also the color.

  • Reply Robyn Burnside April 3, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Oh wow! I have loved this pattern from when I first saw it. I would be thrilled to win the kit and knit this up.
    Thanks!

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise April 3, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    I love purple and that purple is perfect!! I haven’t looked at craftsy much but now I’ll give a look see. the texture is so detailed!!

  • Reply Brittney April 3, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Gorgeous and I love the colors! I’m still super new to knitting; I have a scarf on the back burner and I’m trying to make my husband a pair of socks on DPN… But I would love this!!

  • Reply sandy downs April 3, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Someone I know is knitting this but I like your colour choice more!

  • Reply MJ April 3, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Love that scarf. Have it favorited and plan on making it someday.

  • Reply Elaine April 3, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Such a pretty scarf, and love the stitch markers. Had to comment as I just read your post on Ravelry.

  • Reply Catherine April 3, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    It’s such a pretty pattern ! And the colour of the yarn is perfect for spring 🙂

  • Reply knittedblissjc April 3, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Great colour, and that scarf is going to be amazing!

  • Reply BB April 4, 2016 at 4:30 am

    Simply Amazing. My two favorite things with knitting. Gorgeous color and simple stitches that make a statement.

  • Reply asteride April 4, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Lovely shawl and so pretty for spring!
    asteride on Ravelry

  • Reply Marcy April 4, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    A lovely project (love the textures and color) with an opportunity to learn a new skill (knitting on the bias) for this newbie knitter.

  • Reply Michelle April 4, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Ahh! That looks interesting! Hopefully I’ll get to try it out!

  • Reply Vanessa April 4, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Beautiful!

  • Reply Gunvor madsen April 4, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    It is a really lovely shawl. Looking forward to see it getting bigger????

  • Reply Gunvor madsen April 4, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    That was supposed to be a smiley emoji and not questionmarks! Sorry!

  • Reply Victoria Page April 4, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Ever since my muggle aunt linked to this kit, I’ve been thinking I need to knit it!

  • Reply Jane Burton April 5, 2016 at 3:01 am

    I really enjoy reading your blog. Lavender is one of my favorite fragrances so having a lavender shawl would be lovely. Thank you for the giveaway.

  • Reply Jan Doss April 5, 2016 at 9:27 am

    I am knitting an Architexture scarf right now with a kit from Craftsy! Would love to have the yarn for another one!

  • Reply jeepgeek45 April 5, 2016 at 9:28 am

    I love reading your blog. I think I subscribed but I have been knitting and not reading!

  • Reply Kathleen April 5, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    How I love Craftsy! The Architexture scarf is gorgeous!

  • Reply Emily April 5, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    I am so intrigued by this scarf! And Architexture… I love the name!

  • Reply Orange Smoothie April 5, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    That’s beautiful work! I love how it’s turning out!

  • Reply LUELLEN MIZE April 6, 2016 at 5:12 am

    I like this pattern very much. It’s on my list!

  • Reply Jennifer April 6, 2016 at 7:13 am

    This would be perfect to knit for my son’s graduation with an “Architexture” degree next May!

  • Reply Lori Ann April 6, 2016 at 9:00 am

    I will need to check out the cowl. Such a beautiful color and the knitting looks interesting! Thanks for the chance!

  • Reply Lesley Ann April 6, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Thank you for the chance to win such a beautiful yarn and pattern! Great blog.

  • Reply girlefriend April 6, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Gorgeous!

  • Reply Jennifer Watts April 6, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Yay for giveaways!????

  • Reply Maureen April 6, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Oh what beautiful artwork your knitting is.

  • Reply Jenny Irwin April 6, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    What a wonderful giveaway! I have seen this scarf on the craftsy entries that pop up on facebook for me. I’d would love to get the kit!

  • Reply Rachel Ballew April 6, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    What beautiful work! Thank you for a wonderful giveaway 🙂

  • Reply beeberrydesigns April 7, 2016 at 2:29 am

    The scarf is really lovely!

  • Reply Mary April 7, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Beautiful and my favorite color!

  • Reply Jenna O April 7, 2016 at 7:43 am

    That color looks lovely! 🙂

  • Reply cgcunard April 7, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Ooh, I have been wanting to knit this scarf for a while now–and been eyeing this kit as a result…!

  • Reply Sofia M April 7, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    The color is charming, indeed!Great giveaway!

  • Reply Mary Barton April 8, 2016 at 11:32 am

    I agree about long needles. I do all my work on circulars! Beautiful scarf.

  • Reply Katharine blair April 10, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Oh man, this is on my bucket list. I very nearly clicked through to buy it last time I was browsing the Craftsy pattern site but looked down at my overflowing WIP basket (really just 3 things) and my pregnant belly just ready to burst and thought ‘I’ll never have the time’. But now I’m sat here on the couch, under said baby, knitting for hours as he sleeps and Peter and the other kids go off on adventures around me and I’m sort of wishing I had something in the queue.

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