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.)
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.
I figured: Architexture is a scarf. Surely it will only take me 20 minutes.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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