* recent makings : en plein air, seaside inspiration, starscapes

working on a chunky knit seafoam green pillow cover with some watercolor seashells to match

a quick illustration of my baby pup at home for national dog day

stretching my sketching muscles with icy blue & green florals

en plein air lake erie sunset from a long weekend in my hometown

vacation winery sketch

en plein air sketch of the freedom tower

painting of the week, for the word “split”

painting of the week, for the word “lattice”

painting of the week, for the word “guide”

painting of the week, for the word “permanent”. (i struggled with this word, but finally ended up with this as the only permanent thing i could think of: change)

star studies / a sneak peek of the upcoming skillshare class that i’m working on !

knitted watercolor landscapes

lately i’ve been painting these knitted landscapes (seascapes, mostly!) that combine my favorite things

cabled waves. .

color work sunset . .

field of peonies. .

color work night-time sea

& the most recent, a beaded sparkling sea! i’m planning to continue this series & have a few ideas kicking around! i also sell prints at my etsy shop here !

exciting news !! (finbar&fiona)

i have big exciting news! i illustrated a children’s book !!
now, if you search for erin kate archer on amazon, it pops up !!

the title is finbar & fiona and is the story of an adorable kitten (fiona) who tries her best to befriend her family’s houseplant. (&its also available at barnes&noble)

here’s a little sneak peek! the illustrations were done in one of my favorite styles, in ink & watercolor.

i really enjoyed the process & would love to do this again if the opportunity presents itself!

the author & i are hoping to do a few book signings here on the east coast of the US, if you’re interested in keeping updated on that just let me know !

p.s. also, i’ve created a facebook page to share my work for those that prefer it over blogs. if you’re interested, you can check it out here !

handlettering, picot peds, & watercolors

first, painting of the week updates. above is “silken” in pen & watercolor

“submerge” in oils on canvas

“heat” in watercolors

“frontier” in acrylic

“cracked” in watercolors

& an extra, i’m working on learning a little handlettering. (flowers just for fun !)

on the knitting front — i’ve finished my picot peds! i used the pom pom peds pattern from the purl bee & they’re adorable & fit me so perfectly that i’ve already casted on another pair !

diy beauty : natural luminizer




i’ve been on a diy beauty products kick lately, particularly natural ones. i read about how the rms living luminizer is an amazing natural product that is used on all sorts of celebrities for a sheer “lit from within” glow. looking at the ingredients, they were so simple & natural that i thought i could make it myself without paying almost $40 for such a small container. it turned out beautifully & i took notes on what worked !
(p.s. if you’re not the diy type or are short on time, i’m selling these in my etsy shop !

keep reading for the tutorial & swatches !

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diy : knitted rosebud cord keeper

i’m always looking for a way to use up the scraps from my knitting projects, especially when i have a particularly nice yarn that i can’t bear to throw away the tiniest bit of. there are tons of projects like this on the internet but i wanted something that used a small amount of yarn & was useful. enter floral cord keepers !

these are very simple to make (even simpler if you decide to crochet the flower rather than knit it) & are perfect for gifts or to use as an organization tool. i’m using mine to keep my headphones from creating an untangle-able knot inside my purse.

keep reading to see the tutorial !

what you need :

– pipe cleaner
– dk or worsted weight scrap yarn in two colors (green & your choice for petals !)
– yarn needle
– size 6 US dpns

1. bend the pipe cleaner in half and twist until you reach the raw edges of wire, bend those like in the photo, and finish twisting.

2. co 5 sts with the green yarn & begin working an icord (knit all stitches, slip work to the other end of the needles without turning the work, knit & repeat) for 3 rows. place pipe cleaner behind work & trap it when you move yarn to other side, as pictured. continue until you reach the end of the pipe cleaner.

3. for leaves : kfb of every stitch, 5 sts on each dpn
  – starting on the right side of one leaf, knit one row
  – purl one row
  – ssk, k1, k2tog
  – purl
  – slip one, k2tog, psso
  – break yarn and pass through final stitch. repeat leaf on other side

4. petals :

center petal (1) : – co 5 stitches with your petal color, leaving a tail
                           – purl
                           – knit
                           – purl
                           – kfb, knit to last stitch, kfb
                           – work in stockinette for 11 rows
                           – ssk, k3, k2tog
                           – purl
                           – co 3 sts
                           – co remaining 2 sts and break yarn & pass through last stitch, leaving a tail

outer petals (3) : – co 2 sts, leaving a tail
                           – knit
                           – pfb, purl to last stitch, pfb
                           – kfb, knit to last stitch, kfb. repeat these two rows until you have 12 stitches
                           – kfb, knit to last stitch, kfb
                           – purl
                           – ssk, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog
                           – purl. . . repeat above two rows until you have 6 sts, end on rs row
                           – p3tog, p3
                           – k3tog, k1
                           – bo remaining sts, leaving a tail

5. roll up center petal & use ends to tack it into place

6. wrap petals around center & use ends to tack into place, then sew rosebud in between the leaves


picot peds, bento bag, & watercolors

on the needles . . . i casted on the first of the purl bee’s pompom peds in dove grey. in lieu of pom poms, i’m going with a picot cast on. i’ve also been working on this 100% silk (in ballet pink !) in a new design . . i’ve found that i do best to have one project that i’m designing as well as one that i’m just following a pattern, beats any boredom !

i also sewed this bento project bag thanks to this tutorial. the original purpose of this kind of bag was for snacks & things but it is the perfect size to throw in a purse with a pair of socks on the needles !

 

’tis the season! i used micron pens & watercolors to paint these two cards. one for mothers day (me & my two sisters in her arms !) & one for my favorite college graduate who loves hockey.


& a couple painting-of-the-week updates ! above is “trail”


& “intertwined” (this gold is unbelievable in real life !)