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 !)

diy : homemade bath bombs & free printable !

i recently tried out homemade bath bombs thanks to the inspiration from a beautiful mess — the perfect mother’s day gift! i made a few adjustments . . recycled packaging and measuring instead of weighing ingredients & i thought i’d share !



what you need :

1 3/4 cup baking soda
2 cups cornstarch
1 cup citric acid
1 cup epson salts (i used lavender)
3-4 drops food coloring (optional, we also used edible glitter for a few)
5 drops essential oils (i used vanilla)
1 tsp water
1 1/4 tsp coconut oil (heat it up a little in the microwave first)
plastic easter eggs
clean spritzer bottle
empty half dozen egg cartons
gold spray paint
2×4 labels

first we spray painted the cartons gold — fancy !

whisk together the dry ingredients . .

& combine the wet ingredients & slowly add them to the mixture. we ended up with a rather dry formula so we started using a little spray bottle to wet it more. it should still feel more or less dry to the touch but be able to stick together if you smush it in your hands

then we formed the bath bombs! we filled up each half of the egg so that it was over flowing & squeezed the halves together. then we removed one half to let it dry out a little before removing the other side . . .

we ended up with about 16 eggs! (we also added edible glitter to a couple of them !) then we left them to dry out completely overnight & worked on the packaging in the meantime . . .

a little faux-calligraphy & watercolor labels for the boxes . .

& that’s it !!

they work wonderfully & make a great craft for kids! if making the label isn’t your thing i’m offering these ones to download for free here & here !


thanks to my sister-assistant for helping with this post !

flowers, waves, ballerinas & lace


the painting-a-week challenge is still going strong ! above is “flowers” — i tried a little something different & used only watercolor without any pens or pencils with a lot of color.


“peace” — oil on tiny canvases (so cute !!)

update : this was published on eat sleep draw !


“grace” — still-frame ballerinas (just watercolors again!) i also posted a little animation of this one . . .

A video posted by erin kate (@ekatearcher) on


& on the needles . . . i’m swatching to prepare to re-knit this lovely paper-thin sweater that i started a few summers ago.

the culprit of why it needs re-knitting . . my new baby puppy of the time thought it tasted great. i was devastated at the time but i salvaged most of the yarn (& that face! couldn’t stay angry for long) & am taking it as an opportunity to incorporate some lace that i didn’t think of last time.

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 !

how to : leather cord roll


i’ve been so inspired by the cordito cord roll from this is ground & thought it could be something that i could easily diy to fit my own needs! i added a (removable!) zippered pouch to the bottom for smaller items that would slip away (stylus, memory card, backup charger, etc.) & used a hook that could be hung up while traveling. i had a few leather scraps in my stash but faux leather would work just as well — even just a thick fabric with interfacing would be nice !

keep reading if you’re interested in making this yourself! i’m no expert seamstress but i find that unfinished leather with a little messy stitching can be really beautiful.


what you need :
– 1/2 yard leather or 1/4 in two different colors
– 1 yard fold over colored elastic, 5/8″
“fashion buckle” (or you could use snaps or buttons if you’re not interested in hanging yours)
– 2 buttons
– zipper (can start at any size but needs to be trimmed to 8″)
– scissors, sewing machine, pencil, cutting mat, the basics !

(note : you could easily do this by hand if you omitted the zipper !)


step 1 |
cut out . . .
  an 8×15″ piece for the roll
  two 8×5.5″ pieces for the zip pouch
 & two 3×1.5″ pieces for the zipper finish


step 2 |

take the zipper finish pieces and fold them over the zipper as shown


step 3 |

stitch down using a small straight stitch, making sure to leave the zipper out. it helps to use a leather needle to do this but i didn’t have a problem


step 4 |

place the zipper piece under a pouch piece & stitch together


step 5 |

do the same on the other side & you should have something like this ! (don’t take notice of my pulled out mistake stitches!)


step 6 |

fold pouch pieces right side together & stitch up the sides & bottom, trim the excess, unzip the zipper to pull pouch right side out


step 7 |

a leather pouch that would be adorable on its own !


step 8 |

cut out :
 2 pieces of 2″ long elastic
 2 pieces of 10″ long elastic


step 9 |

fold one piece of the shorter elastic, sandwich one of the “fashion buckles” inside, & sew down in the center using a tight zig zag stitch


step 10 |

roll up the main piece in thirds & make a mark directly underneath the top hook


step 11 |

sandwich & sew down in the same manner


step 12 |

next, sew down the long elastic 1.5″ from the side of the roll using a tight zig zag stitch. repeat on the other side. then tack down every 1.5 or so inches until you reach the end. I varied my “pockets” from 1-2″ to fit different types of cords.


step 13 |

decide where you want to place the zip pouch & make a pencil mark where the elastic overlaps — this will be where you sew the buttons !


step 14 |

cut two slits in the back of the pouch to allow for the buttons to be pushed through.
(you could also just stitch the bag to the roll if you’re not fussy about it being removable)

& that’s it! organize your cords !

roll it up & fasten the hooks & you’re ready to travel !!

painting a week

a friend & i started a “painting a week” challenge — we pick a word each week & use whatever medium we like to portray it & post the result on sundays !
if you’re following my instagram, this will be old news but here are the past few weeks work:


“citrus” — grapefruit in ink & watercolors


“flight” — gold tipped wings in pen


“wave” in watercolors


“break” — daybreak in oils on canvas


“starlight” — snowy mountains in watercolors


“sleep” — coffee & reading in bed

if you’re interested in the other half of the challenge, check out claireisaherman on instagram !

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 !)