*spring always makes me want to dye my hair
*i have big news: we have door knobs.
*we’ve been living upstairs for 2 years without door knobs on our bedroom and bathroom doors.
*we also have 2 cats.
*the 2 cats love to push open door-knob-less doors at 2 of the most annoying times: 1. when i’m sleeping and C is in the room off the bedroom watching a movie or when C is sleeping in the morning and i am making lots of noise 2. when someone is over using the bathroom and the rest of us are sitting in the living room: we always know a cat has surprised an unexpecting guests when we hear a “oh…hi there” from beyond the bathroom door.
*needless to say, i am extremely happy with these updates.
*needing some brightness in my life to get me through the rest of winter
*switched up my little inspiration wall with some new summer pictures and some bright washi tape
reflections on this hat:
*instead of ribbon, i used a piece of suede and an antique button to create the slouch.
*my one critique of this hat is the hole knit near the crown of the hat: it’s unnecessarily large and therefore obvious. i would revise the pattern so that there are fewer stitches cast off. but the height of the hat and fit is perfect, so i will definitely knit it again.
*pattern here, more images here, yarn in ruby
*happy heart day!
*i’ve knit this hat 4 times
*it’s my favorite
*i can’t remember what yarn this one is, but i love the navy and hints of purple
*this week is let’s get knitty week here at madebyrachel: i’m finally getting pictures of things i’ve been knitting this winter! every day i’ll be posting something different.
*first up: the herringbone cowl. i love this stitch!
*yarn in color oats
*file under: reasons i love C/my husband makes cool stuff
*more of his collage pieces here
*had some requests for some house renovation updates and realized i haven’t posted much of anything since spring. so much news! the downstairs is no longer a pit i’m scared to fall into, there are actual walls where there should be, and we have lots of new windows. here’s the downstairs scoop:
*we have dry wall! the main living room wall has sections for built-in shelving, a lower section of a build in credenza, and space for art with a drop-down screen for movie watching. the front windows have not been replaced yet, but C has trimmed them out:
*the kitchen is also partially framed: the far wall (past the brick chimney in the picture) has space for built-in cabinets and the fridge:
*beyond the kitchen is the back entrance with new double doors that open to the patio, closet and upper storage space and a door to the half-bath:
*we replaced the window in the entrance, which brightens up the entire back area and provides a few of the patio:
*the new half bath is in the corner where the old kitchen used to be. the new window replaces the old one that was above the kitchen sink. (see pics here. we removed the back window, which was not original to the house.)
*because the house had next to nothing original left in it when we bought, we’ve tried to keep some of the interesting aspects of the original walls, like this section in the new bathroom, which shows where an original staircase was in the house, mostly likely a small back stairwell:
*C backlit this section, which i have yet to capture some good pictures of.
*we put in two windows that had been bricked in at some point in the early 1900s. these windows frame where our new kitchen will be, creating a lot more light in the middle of the house. this is the view from the driveway now. we’ve had a lot of mason work done to restore the brick below all of the windows throughout the house:
*next up: replacing the two windows that frame the dining room. they are pretty busted, so they are covered with insulation to keep the winter cold out:
*once the windows are replaced, all of them will get trim. then the living room and kitchen build-outs will start happening, the hardwood floors (which are all piled up throughout the downstairs, waiting to be installed), and the stair treads.