Tuesday, November 11, 2014

grand scale sea painting & gift knits

I've been working on & off on this three panel (6 foot wide!) seascape in oils. It's slow going with the drying time but I've been enjoying it. It's really different from the watercolors I'm used to working with.
 . . . wip video. If you're interested in more posts like these you should follow my instagram account, @ekatearcher.
. . on the needles I have already casted off this red basketweave hat & have been working on this pink beanie (christmas knitting season !). I tried out the tubular cast on & absolutely love the finished edge it gives !

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

wip : seaglass & mermaids

little projects here & there, a wire crocheted seaglass pendant. . .

still working on my rooftop sweater, I've got fronts & half a back !

& halloween costume preparation . . . (lots of superglue involved)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

wip : rooftop sweater & sketches

I'm still working on this knit-in-pieces, light blue, silk & angora cardigan. I spent a large majority of this summer knitting it on nyc rooftops, hence the name.
above : bryant park movie festival . . catching the last few bits of summer in a little pencil exercise
& preparing for a (very very big) project in oils !!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

ny, ny

I'm in NYC this summer for an internship (!) & making some things here & there . . above is a pen & watercolor drawing I did from the top of the rock . . .

& a little knitting in central park . . a soon-to-be cardigan !

Saturday, November 2, 2013

diy : en plein air watercolor kit

image by --erin kate
image, a photo by --erin kate on Flickr.

I'm currently studying in Barcelona & I've really gotten into travel drawing/painting using this little "kit" . . .

I started with this $1 eyeshadow palette

- sanded off the label

- scraped out the eyeshadow

- painted the lid white to make a clean surface to mix colors on

-spray painted the outside (gold is best !)

- squeezed in my favorite watercolors (these are Koi brand)

& that's it! Some things I've done with it . .

[p.s. I'm still updating my travel blog if you're interested !]

Friday, September 6, 2013

Hammock Pattern !!

4 by --erin kate
4, a photo by --erin kate on Flickr.

After working for almost the entire summer, I have finished the hammock for my dad !! Above is a picture of him sitting in it.

Here's an in-progress picture with my giant needles . . .

We have the perfect spot to hang it !

& another angle from the lake . . .

If you'd like to make a hammock too, I did write up the pattern! You can buy it below or on Ravelry ! Feel free to comment or email me if you have any questions !

or view the ravelry page :)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

wip wednesday : hammock !

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1, a photo by --erin kate on Flickr.

My big project for the summer . . . a hammock for my dad's birthday! I bought 2,000 feet of rope on amazon & started out with size 50 U.S. needles. The 50's were too small too so I moved to broomsticks. . . & eventually to pvc pipe with duct tape tips. (inspired by the "giganto blanket")

WIP videos:

I'm working on a possible pattern !

It's slow going because I can only do two or three rows at a time. . . my arms get sore !

Friday, July 19, 2013

champagne & summertime knitting

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5, a photo by --erin kate on Flickr.

I recently finished (sort of - I'm still considering backgrounds & frames) this watercolor of a champagne bottle. The foil bits are real (!) gold leaf! It doesn't show up well on camera but in real life it shines.

& on the needles I have this super-lightweight top-down sweater. It's slow going in the summer weather, though.

p.s. I'm currently interning at an amazing organization : Women4Women Knitting4Peace ! I'm teaching knitting lessons and attending knitting groups, trouble shooting patterns, & a ton more.
Learn more at website !

Thursday, May 30, 2013

front porch making

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2, a photo by --erin kate on Flickr.

Summer is in full swing at home & I've taken to learning french through podcasts ("coffee break french" in particular) while making things in the sun on the front porch.
Above: the beginnings of a crochet necklace.

& a sketch of a giant champagne bottle; color to be added soon.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

en plein air

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1, a photo by --erin kate on Flickr.

I haven't had much time for making things while studying abroad. But on spring break in Italy (!) I stumbled across an art store & jumped at the chance. It was so interesting for me to experience people being able to watch me work. Very strange. It felt so good to stretch my drawing muscles though.
Above: Florence, the Gold Bridge/Ponte Vecchio.

Florence: the Duomo.

The breathtaking view in Cinque Terre.

& a cheesy novel with espresso while waiting for my flight back to Barcelona from Venice.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Updates from BCN !

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5, a photo by --erin kate on Flickr.

I'm having an awesome time studying abroad! On the knitting side, I've found a great knitting group to practice my spanish. (Even though it's horribly embarrassing.) I head to Teixicòmanes every wednesday night. : )

Also, I visited the South of France last weekend & stumbled upon two yarn stores. Naturally I bought some Made-in-France souvenirs !

(my travel blog if you want to see more )

Sunday, January 13, 2013

¡ Hola !

barca by --erin kate
barca, a photo by --erin kate on Flickr.
I'm studying abroad in Barcelona for the semester! It's only been a week & I love it already.

& of course I brought a knitting project with me. . .

I'm knitting these stockings when I have time. : )

The view outside my apartment!

I also brought this notebook for drawings here & there. . .

. . . a quick sketch I did of the beautiful Sagrada Familia.

If you've been to/live in BCN, let me know if there's anything I must see or do!

p.s. if you want to keep up with what I'm doing, I'm keeping a photo blog here: http://erin-extranjera.tumblr.com

Sunday, December 30, 2012

house painting

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44, a photo by --erin kate on Flickr.

I always attempt to make a ton of my holiday gifts every year but this year, I only really accomplished this painting of my childhood house for my mom. I tweeted this picture of it in progress & Diet Coke tweeted back at me! I was thrilled. . .

Here it is finished! I got a nice frame for it & my mom liked it. It hangs in our living room now. : )

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Pattern : Polished Pullover

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IMG_1535, a photo by --erin kate on Flickr.
After a very long break, this pattern is finally ready to release !

~1200(1400,1500,1600) yards dk weight yarn
~ size 3 & 5 U.S. 29” circular needles and dpns (or size to get gauge)
~Stitch markers

To fit a size 32(36, 40, 44, 48)” bust
With 2” negative ease.
(If you wear your sweaters a little looser, go one size up.)

Polished is worked from the bottom up in the round until the armholes. The lace & cable pattern is charted & written out.

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Feel free to comment below or message me on ravelry if you have any questions !