Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Family History

I think my Grandma might have been just a little bit crazy. Not much, but a little.

My evidence?

That's my bed, which is a full size bed, and it is covered with crochet squares that my grandmother made back in the 1950s.

There are 18 of the brown squares (at the bottom on the right).

There are 81 of the white squares. Eighty one.

There's even one that is still attached to the ball of crochet cotton where she just up and quit working on it. The original pattern was for a table cloth.

In the 1950s my Grandma had two young daughters to take care of. I can't figure out where she got the time to do all of this!

And if it's not enough that she crocheted 81 of these things, let me show you the hook she used.

It's a steel crochet hook, made in Japan, size 10. I can barely see it without my glasses on.

And if all that weren't enough, I also found this in the bag.

I love this medallion. I don't know what I'm going to do with it, but I'm keeping this. It's gorgeous. It's a little over 12 inches in diameter, and it was crocheted with the same steel size 10 crochet hook.

I think I'll toddle off to my weekly Wednesday night knitting and feel humbled as I work my sweater sleeve on US 6 needles. Compared to that hook, I'm knitting with old grown tree trunks.


  1. I found you through Ravelry...block the medallion! It's a pineapple doily! I've made tons of those and they look great under decorative things like lamps, vases, and on top of pianos/end tables. A little something of your grandma to display in your house. What a treasure!

  2. What a treasure! What are you going to do with them - I hope you finish it or hire someone to finish it for you as it is incredible. My mother in law crochet intricate items like this. Thanks for sharing.