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11.2.07

Pineapples Everywhere

A symbol of welcome, a slice of pineapple was presented to Christopher Columbus when he reached the shores of Guadeloupe in 1493, to quench his thirst after so many days on salt water; pineapples were even hung near the entrances of huts as a sign of hospitality.

"It is shaped like a pine cone, but it is twice as large and its flavour excellent. It can be cut with a knife like a turnip and it seems very healthful." Christopher Columbus

He noted that in Guadeloupe the islanders even made wine from the juice. (Hmmm that's a thought.)

I have always loved to crochet pineapples, almost as much as I love eating chocolate. there is something magical for me in chaining and making single crochets that turn into pineapples that fascinates me. I know there is something mathematical about it, but I can't figure that one out. Hey, I just learned to do Sudoku puzzles, so maybe there is hope for me.

To make the fascination even go a step further, there is some fiber made from pineapples. If you head to the kpixie website, look for the yarn called Fique. I have not had a chance to try this thread but gosh I sure want to.

This is the latest doily I have finished (to the right). The finished size is 24 1/2 inches. It is not the largest doily I have ever done. I believe that one was about 36 inches. It was a gift for my sister (pictured below). Both doilies are from old Magic Crochet magazines.

2 comments:

specialangel1946 said...

i totally love the doily with the outside round of pineapple leaning sideways. is it from a magic crochet magazome if so, do you remember the magazine number???

Rosemary said...

I too like to make pineapples. Have that pattern think and will try. Oh_-------------nice to see someone else likes them as much as me.