It was about 1985 when my mother decided to make this pineapple pattern tablecloth. The cost of yarn was on the rise. I remember her saying “This will cost me about $100.00.” The 18 balls of J & P Coats yarn cost approx. $3.95 each for 250 yards of yarn. Then add the cost of a size 7 crochet needle. Yep, that works out about right.
I went into Youth with a Mission (YWAM) for the DTS training (Discipleship Training Service) which took six months. It was after I returned and moved to Tulsa, OK for a couple of months, that I remember seeing the almost completed tablecloth. I found out she had ended up purchasing one extra ball of yarn, taking it over the price she had intended to pay for this project. My mother was a person who “counted the cost.” I was around for the completion of the project.
I remember the conversation about why that last pineapple would not be completed, she was not going to pay $4.00 more for another ball of yarn when she would have over half left at the end of the project! She knew then that she would NOT be doing another project with this yarn size. This pattern is labeled “for advanced crochet skills”…
My mother’s passion was quilting. ;)
Little is known of crochet's early history. It seems likely that the earliest crochet was made using fingers, rather than the hooks used today. There are theories that crochet could have existed as early as 1500 BC, as part of a nun's work, which included needlepoint lace and bobbin lace.
The word crochet is derived from the French word 'croche', meaning hook. Crocheting, like knitting, consists of pulling loops of material through other loops, but additionally incorporates wrapping the working material around the hook one or more times. Crochet differs from knitting in that only one stitch is active at one time. Crochet has its own system of symbols to represent stitch types.
This crocheted pineapple pattern tablecloth is a part of my inheritance, just as it is, in its unfinished state, which makes it all the more special to me, since I know why it is unfinished. :) With my mother being the breadwinner and five children in the family, I know how tight finances were.
We seem to always want everything to be perfect, but sometimes, the best “memory items” are the ones we remember,
because of their imperfections. :)
-The GA Gang