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Hazards of Knitting With A Toddler 

Mom: Reed, did you do something with that purple scarf I just finished?

Reed: (Innocently) No.

This is how bath time went at our house last night. Here I was, wrapping up the day, getting ready for bed time stories and pre-plotting the forthcoming blog post in my head to speed things up once Reed fell asleep. I was going to write a post about my Summer Bucket List of Must Knits.

Then this happened.

My newly finished Architexture scarf, freshly unpinned from blocking, had disappeared. Only an hour before, I had brought it inside from drying, quickly took two seconds and tried it on over my shoulders in the mirror, noting my own quite-pleased-with-myself smirk, folded it up neatly, and set it on top of the computer on my “desk*.” I didn’t think anyone else in the house had even noticed, and if they did, they surely didn’t say anything (for example, exclamations of that’s gorgeous! Or, you finally finished that thing. Wow. You’ve been working on it since before Watergate.**)

Now it was gone.

At least I thought it was gone. I was immediately overwhelmed by that sensation you get when your purse full of cash has been stolen and you just realized how incredibly screwed you are. It’s a horrible feeling. I quickly checked my other knitting spot in the hall closet, in case I had stashed it there and forgotten in the flurry that is my brain. This kind of thing happens to me all the time. Like, when I frantically search for my sunglasses in a total and utter fit of frustration and cussing, only to find them on top of my head. Happens. All. The. Time.

Even before cocktail hour.

Architexture was nowhere to be seen.

I immediately thought of Reed. I checked under Fort #1 (Behind the Couch). Not there.

I checked under newly constructed Fort #2 (Under the kitchen table). Not there.

At this point, I am thinking Reed probably would have thought Architexture, all 800 fingering weight yards of the dratted thing, would have made a pretty fabulous rescue rope. I am also thinking of that pair of kid scissors that was recently floating around one of his forts. My pulse was through the roof. I searched high and low. Under the trampoline. In his toy bins.

It was nowhere.

I returned to the bathroom, where Mr. Innocent was still happily splish splashing away.

Reed, have you seen my scarf?

No mom, I haven’t. Wasn’t me.

Reed, are you sure? Did you put it anywhere?

This little game of cat and mouse went on for some time. Me accusing. Reed denying. Until finally he gave me his first clue.

 I didn’t put it my bedroom.

So of course I scurried right out of that bathroom and into his bedroom.

Thank you Mother Earth, forgive all my sins, I am newly and forever faithful. There it was. In the corner of the closet. (Now, forgive the disastrous state of the closet. Reed and I share one. It’s only three-feet wide. That’s a story for another day. But there it was, still nicely folded, right in the corner. See it?)

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The dear child hadn’t even “rescued” anything with it.  Architexture hadn’t been twisted or tied from the curtain rod to be used in some sort of Tarzan replica animal-rescue plot. The scissors had not been applied. I had been spared. A child psychologist would probably hypothesize this was Reed’s way of acting out against sibling jealously. (Reed is an only child, but knitting is his greatest competitor…which apparently he knows all too well, even at his young age.)

Reed tried to blame it all on his father in the end. Sadly for him, dad had long been sound asleep in his chair in front of the golf channel after a long day of fishing. He slept through the entire affair and had a strong alibi..

Earlier in the day, I had aspired to do an Architexture photo shoot in the evening light, in preparation for a final Look What I Did! post later in the week. But after all that adrenaline, I just can’t. I have to go lay down on the sofa and knit to recover.

Please excuse me.

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*Amounts to a small table cluttered with all my active knitting projects, a laptop, my fancy camera tucked just out of reach, random office supplies, and bills I should probably pay.

**Okay, since early March. Of 2016.

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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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