"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Rose's Crocheted Bib

Rose in her rosebud material dress that was her mom's 

Storm Orion Snow

Storm Orion Ice

Storm Orion snow and debris around the daffodil leaves

Fog and mist as Storm Orion snow is washed away by rain

Spaghetti dinner for Valentine's day

Being housebound due to the snow and ice of Storm Orion last weekend gave me more time than usual to knit and crochet.  I figure 15 rows x 181 Continental knit stitches per row advanced my Merino wool blanket by approximately 2,715 stitches!  The blanket is starting to be big enough to keep me warm as I knit :)

Although I am enjoying the new for me method of knitting, it occurred to me that I had neglected to crochet a special cotton bib for Rose.  Since I made infant bibs for my other five grandchildren, I took a break from knitting the blanket in order to complete the bib for Rose so she can use it before she is no longer an infant!  The pattern is based on a bib given to me for my first baby, Tim.

We had a Valentine's Day Dinner with the movie Lady and the Tramp in mind.  You know the scene were Lady and Tramp share a spaghetti dinner.  Well my daughters staged our dinner with a red checked tablecloth and lots of candles and sparkling grape juice.  Romantic Italian music played quietly in the background.  It was fun...and the spaghetti was yummy, too :)

The UK edition of Jane Brocket's, The Gentle Art of Domesticity is available in a digital version, which I recently purchased and enjoyed reading. Jane is skilled in analyzing what interests her, and helps me better appreciate our common interests in subjects such as knitting, crochet, and quilting.

Rain is washing away Storm Orion's snow and ice, including the ice  on our ponds.  When I got home from church today, Mrs. Duck quacked hello from the front pond, and posed very nicely for me!  In the afternoons and evenings we have been hearing a chorus of frogs!  So while we may well still have more snow and ice in the days ahead, the creatures around us seem to be preparing to celebrate Spring!  But I am praying for restoration and encouragement for those of you suffering weather extremes.

Hoping you have a happy, creatively satisfying week,

Gracie xx


  1. Hi Gracie. The snow outside your home looks so pretty. But I am sure you are happy the rain has washed it away. I loved your festive table for Valentines Day!!!! I remember that movie scene very well. Baby Rose's rosebud dress that belonged to Mama, is like one I had for my daughter. That sweet rosebud print was so popular. I had sheets and bumper pads and all in that sweet rosebud. Are her eyes blue? She is so pretty. And I love her bib!!
    XO Kris

  2. There are always lovely enjoyable happenings at your place Gracie, and I always enjoy reading about them and seeing your lovely pics, thank you! Little Rose is just sooooo beautiful and I love her little bib, as well as all those little treasures you have in your window. How lovely that Rose can now wear the pretty little dress that was her Mum's. I do hope your weather improves soon and a little bit of sunshine comes peeping through! Love, Joy x

  3. A lovely post Gracie and such a beautiful granddaughter, she has grown so much ☺

  4. Rosie's bib is just darling....as is Rosie! Your blanket is really coming along nicely too. I was a bit disappointed to see your snow though. I always look to you for all the green grass and flowers and open water photos so I'm hoping your snow melts quickly. ;-)

  5. Dang, I typed up a huge long comment and hit the wrong button.. "sign out".. ARGH!! Well, again, lovely bib and I hope you show a photo of Rose in it. Lovely table. See you on Wed! Will be busy tomorrow preparing for the Friends of Multnomah Falls meeting. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. Beatiful pictures Gracie's and you are doing excellent on your continental knitting. I'm so proud of you for not giving up! Great job! Hope you've had a great weekend. :)

  7. I love popping in to see what you have been up to. And,thus week,what a lot. All lovely. I can not believe how Rose has grown. The time flies by. That bib is so beautiful. What a lucky girl to have such a talented Grandma.

  8. Aw, Rose's new bib looks lovely and she looks like a happy little soul :) As ever, your photo's are great and show the awful weather you have had...and I LOVE the look of your dining table set for your Valentines meal.
    I hope the weather is better for you this week, hugs Sarah x x

  9. Sounds like a peaceful and cozy time being housebound. Your bib is very sweet and I'm sure your granddaughter will get lots of use of it. We continue to have cold and snow here in OH. The weather forecast is for warmer weather though and I'm looking forward to the change. Wishing you a blessed week. Heather

  10. Hi Gracie! Little Rose is adorable in her rosebud dress and the bib is a perfect one for her isn't it? Just beautiful. Such fun to share a house with such cute little girls that you have. Way to go with the blanket. Taci must be a good teacher. You're making such great progress on it. Too bad it wasn't done before Orion hit. It sounds like I came home in a small window of opportunity last week before the rockslide or I might still be there. I'm glad you had such a nice Valentine's Day with your girls.
    I pray God's good and perfect blessings on you as always my friend.

  11. Rose is getting so big! I love the bib and it's so nice to see her wearing her mom's old dress. I imagine that her sisters wore it too. The Valentine's spaghetti dinner sounds like so much fun! What an adorable celebration idea. I'm sure the girls loved it. I hope the snow melts soon and that spring weather is just around the corner for you! Take care and have a great week, Gracie. :)

  12. Such a lovely bib you made for Rose, she is such a cutie. Lovely of your daughters to make a Lady and the tramp style valentine dinner. I really love the color of you're blanket too it's really coming along, keep warm roll on Spring time
    Clare xx

  13. Thank you for mentioning Jane Brocket - I've never come across her before but I've now found her blog. It looks to be right up my street! Lesley

  14. Love your photos of our winter's snow storm and your wonderful hearts in the window! Very cute and unique bib--and I love it in red! Your granddaughter gets cuter and cuter with every new month--what a blessing God has given your family:)

  15. Every baby girl needs a rosebud bib, I think! Precious! And what a sweet idea for Valentine's Day. I'm going to have to remember Lady and the Tramp for next year! :)

  16. Gracie, your days sound like they are so filled with love. Love surrounding you everywhere, well that is because you are the picture of love. I think your daughter is amazing, she makes life so special for those darling girls. Rose is getting so big! she is a beauty.

  17. That bib is adorable, what a gift for Rose to treasure. You are so creative and talented Gracie, and I imagine everything you do is filled with love. Your Storm Orion photos are very dramatic - that ice, goodness!

    And happy belated birthday to you too - I hope you had a wonderful day. x

  18. What a beautiful little bib for a beautiful little baby - and what a super cozy-looking blanket beneath it.

    Daffodil leaves ... sigh. I hope they weren't damaged by the storm.

    I very much enjoyed reading "The Gentle Art of Domesticity" a few years ago. Such lovely photos, and she always seemed to be making fairy cakes with bright frosting and pretty sprinkles! :)

    Mrs. Duck looks very ready for spring ... aren't we all?


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