pattern : cancun boxy lace top !


i’ve finished my cancun top that i wrote about in this previous post! i really love how it turned out & it was so simple i’ve decided to offer the pattern for free !

this top is knit in two lace & garter stitch rectangles & seamed at the sides & shoulders to create the boxy shape. it’s a really quick knit & perfect for warm weather !

(thanks to my sister for modeling !)

love folded-up knits!! this is the yarn i used, i absolutely love the pinky-tan colorway with little gold specks (impossible to photography correctly!)

if you’re interested in making your own, you can download the pattern now

update : this pattern was featured on the lucky ewe podcast !

update 2.0 : this pattern is now available in french thanks to the translation of Marjolaine of www.planete-laine.com , thank you !!
update 3.0 : this pattern is now available as a youtube tutorial thanks to ravelry user iknitsonyoutub !

fawns, flowers, bicycles, gold !


i’ve been keeping up with my painting a week challenge, above is “spring”

& “lock”
i used micron pens & watercolors for these !


& an ultra-simple project — my mom sent me this phone case that she thought i would like & i decided to make it myself since it seemed so simple! this martha stewart gold paint is really pigmented & not too expensive


i’ve also sped through my cancun lacy top! one of the pieces is blocking & one is just at the cast off edge. i’m totally in love with the yarn i’m using: blue heron rayon metallic. i bought it at vogue knitting live a few years ago, the little specks of gold are perfect !

wip : tulle embroidery & cancun

ever since going to help pick out a wedding dress with one of my closest friends i’ve been obsessed with the magical, seemingly weightless metallic embroidery on tulle. i don’t really have experience in embroidery but that didn’t stop me from gathering up the supplies to try it out! this is my first foray, i just tried out some stitches this time but next time i’m going to draw up my design first. the backing will dissolve in water once i finish !

i was lucky enough to take a trip to cancun, mexico this month! i spent a lot of the time knitting this (soon-to-be lacy summer top) with incredible views !

also in mexico, we went on a day trip to the mayan ruins & i was absolutely kicking myself for not bringing my watercolors but couldn’t resist doing this quick sketch (with a hotel pen on scrap paper . . .) of chichen itza, one of the new wonders of the world !

lace overlay hat & freelancing


i’m starting a new design . . . a lace overlay hat. i’m really excited about how its turning out so far. i used really soft chunky wool for the base of the hat & the lace is a super-fine (& also soft) alpaca.


i’ve also polished up my blog design! i made this new header & this wip video. i started with a bunch of watercolor circles & then added the text & knit stitch border in illustrator. adding in these social media buttons that i made from gold foil photos really seemed to tie it together


along the same lines, i did some exciting work freelancing recently. i created this logo for She Enlightened, a new feminist-spiritual site with meditations, affirmations, and a mission of gender equality. we worked together to create this logo, a combination of a lotus flower (a classic feminine symbol) with the “aries” symbol (often connected with the womb & feminism). i’m really proud of how it came out, especially when i see these sketches from where we started out !

(if you’re interested in hearing more about she enlightened you can check out their twitter as well !)

knitting needle organization & free pdf download


i’ve taken on the rather large task of organizing all of my knitting needles. i’ve mostly stopped using straights in favor of circulars & they are very difficult to organize. i’m using a 4″ binder and binder sleeves.

i made this chart in illustrator to keep track of all the sizes i have to minimize buying doubles . . .

& organized each binder sleeve by needle length & type. easy to store & travel with !

if you’d like to use this template to keep track of your needles as well you can download it here : knitting needle organization

wip : thrummed mittens, giants, & vectors


in the midst of this very cold winter i’ve cast on a pair of thrummed mittens! i’ve never worked with thrums before but i really love how fluffy & warm they’re turning out. i’m more or less using this pattern from the yarn harlot

. . . also on the needles, a soon-to-be cowl — ultra warm. i’m using size 50 (US) needles & raw, unspun roving. this is so quick to knit & the fabric it produces is amazing.

& something a little different. . . a mock travel poster that i created in illustrator for class. always on the lookout for city lights !!

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 !