let’s get knitty: navy plicate

*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

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let’s get knitty: herringbone cowl

*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

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my husband makes cool stuff

*file under: reasons i love C/my husband makes cool stuff
*more of his collage pieces here


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let there be light: adventures in house renovation

*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.

*winston has been surveying the process from his favorite perch and likes what he sees:



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high tops

i have a spring shoe goal: i want to find a pair of high top trainers.
fun ones.
like these.

i have a pair of cute brown ones i found in marshalls a few months back, but they have hidden wedges.
i love wedges, but i’m already 5″9′.
i would like a pair of sneaks that are flat.
the search begins…

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*new color crush for 2013: copper
*currently loving: essie penny talk

*soft coppers:

*bold coppers:

(images: 1, 2)

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army of knitters

forcing myself to leave hat territory and start a bigger knitting project.
this one:

only not in pumpkin orange.
(altho i dig her her hair color and amazing crimps. makes me want to buy a crimper. yes, i’m admitting that.)

trying to decide on a color still…part of me wants to knit it in a killer bright red.
but i’ll probably knit it in a neutral grey or cream or camel so it matches everything and i can wear it a million times.

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Have you seen Fiore Magazine? It’s making me think that I might actually wear tulle.

I have no idea where I’d wear it, but I want to wear it.

Someone needs to get married or have a spring party to give me an excuse to wear tulle.
It’s even pretty in black.

See the entire first edition here and check out all the amazing tulle here.

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knit cozy

*in love with these big cozy tops. so perfect for a winter day.

(image 1, 2)

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this year for christmas, C and i decided to buy one gift for ourselves:

it’s my first fancy camera ever.
arrives tomorrow. 

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