Why am I feeling like your grandma? Well, not literally YOUR grandma, but more like nostalgic for the good ole days.
Around Mother’s Day, my youngest asked me what kind of gift I wanted. Feeling guilty for ALWAYS asking for yarn, I thought I’d change it up a bit and request some crochet thread. When I opened my gift I was surprised (and really excited) to see that she had brought me two HUMONGOUS rolls of #10 Crochet thread – like Almost 5,000 yards worth! It was around that time, also, that I was feeling nostalgic and thinking a lot about my mom.
We lost my mom when I was 18 but before she passed, she made three beautiful thread crochet tablecloths – one for me and each of my two sisters. They took her forever. So intricate and elegant and an amazing accomplishment given her severe rheumatoid arthritis. I wanted to do something to honor her and here I had a truckload of #10 crochet thread and one Elizabeth Hiddleson pattern book that I had purchased years ago (when I was feeling the same mood, no doubt).
Every time I thought I was getting close to finishing a row of pineapples, another row would start to grow. Bigger and more beautiful than the last.
I crocheted in the morning before work. I crocheted sometimes at lunch. I crocheted at night sitting in front of the tv. Don’t do that, by the way. There’s nothing worse than making it almost all the way around a HUGE circle just to realize you made a little mistake one row down. And with this project, one tiny mistake will throw the whole thing out of whack. Sort of like a little earthquake in the middle of the ocean can turn into a giant tsunami.
I loved this project more than I thought I would. It brought back many memories of my mom and made me feel close to her again. I mentioned the piece my mom made so many years ago in a group and wouldn’t you know that someone there recognized it and led me to the source. It is also an Elizabeth Hiddleson pattern. So I bought it, and a bunch more and you know what I did?