2016 Year In Review

Happy New Year! Wait, what? It’s February, I know, but due to too many New Year’s resolutions (Whole30, a fitness challenge and getting back into ukulele lessons), this is the first chance I’ve had to do a “Year in Review” post. I have written a Year in Review post every year since I started blogging as Rake and Make, so I can’t break with tradition,…

Hetty Cardigan- A Blue Sweater for a Blue State

Happy post Thanksgiving weekend! Hope you all had a good one. I spent Thanksgiving day with friends, talking about how especially thankful we are (post-election) to have each other and to live in our little progressive bubble of the Pacific Northwest. I probably shouldn’t say “progressive bubble” and not say that we also talked about how we can’t be content to live…

Brooklyn Tweed Bray Cap in Truffle Hunt Shelter

I’m still trying to get my back log of completed projects posted and am especially behind on knitting projects. This is the Brooklynn Tweed Bray Cap in Shelter that I finished back in March. See the lovely Lilac tree in the background? Everything is dead and rain soaked in my yard at the moment, so this makes me happy to look at now. In…

Staple Dress #2- Birds in Flight Double Gauze

I’m happy to say, I have been sewing and knitting like crazy and I have several projects backlogged to share. This little number is the April Rhodes Staple Dress sewn in a double gauze I bought at Stitches on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Pattern- April Rhodes Staple Dress Fabric- Flight Shroom Double Gauze Organic Cotton by Birch Fabrics, purchased from Stitches This is my second Staple Dress and…

Roasted Garlic and Yellow Tomato Soup

We’re a finicky lot here in the Pacific Northwest. It’s true that it rains a lot in the winter, so we crave sunny and warm days. We had a especially beautiful and unusually warm summer this year, but with many 90 degree days (which we’re just not used to here), slaving in front of a hot stove has been the last place anyone…

40th Birthday Cambie Dress

I try to sew myself a dress for my birthday every year, but only manage to get to it about every other year. It’s a good goal though, because it gives me a deadline and feels special to wear on my birthday. One year, I sewed myself a Colette Crepe and the year I got married I wore my Victory Pattern Ava wearable muslin. I…

Introducing our New Flock!

Some of you may have seen this pic on Instagram already and maybe you read my post about losing two of our four chickens in one month (due to old age). Since we were worried about losing a third chicken and then one being by itself, Matt and I decided it was time to get some baby chicks. Baby chicks are so cute…

Yellow Fingerless Gloves

The knitting bug has got me bad. I’ve actually been knitting more than I have been sewing lately, so I’m a couple finished projects behind on sharing them. One project I finished recently is a pair of yellow fingerless gloves that I knit for my co-worker Lester. Lester and I worked together in the rental department of Glazer’s the first time…

Aging Chickens

When I took my City Chickens 101 class back in 2007, to prepare for the flock I would be getting that year, they didn’t really cover what happens when your chickens get old. The average life span of a chicken is seven years, so when my four Buff Orpingtons turned five, it was something I started to think about. That was four…

Completed: Plaid Wool Oslo Cardigan

When I was in NY last fall, I got to visit Mood Fabrics. I made sure to walk up and down every aisle of all three floors so that I at least saw the whole place, but I was so overwhelmed that I only bought one thing. I did pay the wool section a second visit, because I love plaid and was totally enthralled with…