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

5 by --erin kate
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

2 by --erin kate
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

1 by --erin kate
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 !

5 by --erin kate
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

44 by --erin kate
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

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

Supplies:
~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

Sizing:
Xs(s,m,l,xl)
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.


Visit the Ravelry Page or



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

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

gold & quartz necklace

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

a quick diy between tests/midterms/projects/etc.

I ordered some cut quartz pieces off the internet & crocheted around one with some gold wire.

I've been wearing it on a plain gold necklace chain from a broken vintage necklace. (yard sale buy ! )

Friday, November 9, 2012

how to: simple infinity scarf

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

whenever people find out that I can knit, they always ask me to make this kind of infinity scarf. This year I think I might print out this pattern & give it as a gift in a kit (and you can too) . . .

What You Need:
~ two skeins of worsted weight yarn held together or a bulky yarn (I used caron simply soft here)
~ size 13 24" circular needles
~ stitch marker.



-Cast on 120 stitches using your favorite Cast on method. Join in round, being careful not to twist. Place stitch marker at beginning of round.

1. * K1, p2 repeat from * to end of round
2. Knit to end of round.

Repeat rounds 1 & 2 until piece measures 8" from the beginning. Bind off using the k2tog bind off or loosely using a needle a size or two larger.

That's it !

Monday, October 22, 2012

halloween edition !

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

Every year I think extensively about the halloween costume I want to make. This year I was an angel & I made the wings from scratch. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out!

I started out with some thrift store knitting needles that I covered in wire & hot glue for the "frame".

Then I cut pieces of cardboard and used pieces of wire like twist-ties to kind of sew them together. After that, I took a long sleeved tshirt & cut off the sleeves & eased them over the frames. Then I glued on feathers like crazy. . .

!
To make them wearable, I sewed elastic sort of like backpack straps & added ribbon tabs to the bottom. . .


That's all!


Happy halloween !