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).
So… I went to work. I made it through the first several rounds in a snap. I thought, this is a cinch!
Then came the pineapples!! Oh those dreadful, but beautiful and classic, but still dreadful, PINEAPPLES.
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.
But finally, on a Monday night four months later, I finished it! Right before my 21st wedding anniversary (my husband bought me a round display table, how did he know?)
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?
I started another one! And not just some random beautiful, elegant, classic tablecloth. The one my mom made me. Thirty years after her passing-to honor her. Love you mom!
Debbie · August 13, 2016 at 10:47 am
Mary · August 13, 2016 at 10:49 am
Thank you Debbie!
Vicky · August 13, 2016 at 11:09 am
BEAUTIFUL!!! I love making tablecloths! Could you tell me where I could find the pattern for the first pictured tablecloth? Thanks! 😊
Mary · August 13, 2016 at 11:15 am
Thanks Vicky. I would suggest heading over to http://www.countryyarns.com and click on the “what we sell” link. Both tablecloths are from the Elizabeth Hiddleson collection.
Marilyn Safier · August 13, 2016 at 1:18 pm
Beautiful-you are one of two people I know who dread pineapples! Don’t understand that at all!
Yuo did your mama proud!
Marilyn, I also have things for sale, currently going to list an EH book #18, that has a pineapple tablecloth, but one where the pineapples circle the edge!
Mary · August 13, 2016 at 2:15 pm
Anonymous · August 13, 2016 at 7:29 pm
Heartwarming story ❤ All the tablecloths are EXQUISITE …. What a beautiful tribute to your beloved Mother … ❤
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