Wednesday, May 28, 2014

sitting here in a wool sweater!

hi! just checking in to say hello on this chilly chilly may day!!  will. not. turn. on. heat!

i've been enjoying every minute of this spring, which has seemed long and lingering. i never like to rush this greening growing season. too often there are a couple of lovely weeks and then, bam! 90 degrees! not my favorite! i'll take this cool weather a bit longer any time! 

only 4 days left of my crochet project. i'll miss it, but maybe i'll get more blogging done when it's over!

remembering the incredible life of maya angelou today. such an amazing and inspiring woman!


Monday, May 19, 2014


this past friday brian and i both took the day off from work and went to brimfield, mass. to the BIG antiques fair. it was really fun despite the drizzly weather. i didn't get many photos in the rain, but i HAD to get one of this adorable little camper with its crocheted tire cover! how cute is that!?!?! if i had a spare tire on my camper i would certainly be working on a crocheted cover as we speak!

we didn't get many things, but i found these aqua pillowcases that are about the best pillowcases i've ever seen! i loooove them!

violet likes them too. is that a little claw i see stuck into my pillow, naughty kitty!! claws and crochet do not mix!

happy monday!

Sunday, May 18, 2014


boy, it's been a while! i've been taking a lot of pictures and posting them over on instagram (@roscorichmond) and neglecting this space horribly...sorry!!!

for this month of may i have been joining kate over at her beautiful blog foxs lane with her crochet and meditation project. her thought was to crochet one motif a day while taking time for yourself and meditating on something you feel grateful for, and then posting each one on instagram at #motifdaymay for everyone to see.  such a fun and inspiring endeavor!!

instead of making single motifs which i couldn't think of a use for, i decided to make mine very small and use them to cover beach stones. i've seen these on line and always loved them, so figuring the whole thing out has been very exciting! i also made a few pieces for garlands to give my hands a break from that tiny crochet. i've  really enjoyed photographing each one almost as much as making them. here are a few shots.

 so that's what i've been up to. how about you?????

go over to instagram #motifdaymay and see all of the beautiful crochet that's goin' on!

happy sunday to you!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

spring in here!

my favorite flower in the garden (and i use that term loosely...tangled patch of plants is more like it at this point!) is blooming now. blood root is such a lovely little plant, and it's so nice that it blooms very early in the spring. every night the flower closes back up, and the leaf wraps around it for protection, such a charming habit!

also, i finished another pillow top. i'm loving making this popcorn pattern. it looks cool and has a nice texture. fun!

happy rainy sunday! i hope the sun is shining in your neck of the woods!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

i'm still here

after seeing this, i really wanted to give this pattern a try!

i crocheted the top to fit a 16" pillow form.  i had to rip rows out a few times trying to make the circle lie flat, but i finally got it right!  i decided that i didn't want to crochet the back, so i cut a fabric circle 19" in diameter. i wanted to hem the edge of the circle to make a 1/2" hem,  so i  folded the edges in 1/2" and then another 1/2".  i was then left with an extra inch to accommodate the curve of the pillow form(does this make any sense???)

then i did a blanket stitch around the perimeter of the circle at 1/2" intervals. this way i had something to crochet into to attach the front and back together.

i did one row of single crochet to attach the front to the back. when i was about two thirds of the way around, i stuck in the pillow form and then finished the row of single crochet with the form inside.

no one in this house is allowed to touch it!

Monday, April 7, 2014