A few years ago, someone emailed and asked me to try to tat a pineapple from a very old vintage pattern. The instructions were somehow wrong and no matter how I tried, I could not get it to come out.
A few years before that, I'd been fortunate enough to view in person the pineapple tatting by Camelia Crapo. She has made it an art form.
You might remember I've mentioned I don't like to tat doilys. I don't use them and it's very time consuming to tat them so I'd rather use my tatting time for other projects. Still...the pineapple spoke to me. (whaaaa? talking pineapples?)
So I'm tatting the Pineapple Square by Camelia. The pattern is in a back issue of KNOTS!, a now defunct publication by Mary McCarthy. (Volume 2, Issue 4) I don't believe she has any back issues left since I bought mine some time ago but you can always try to contact her and find out.
I'm not quite halfway done. I've tatted this much in barely two days but the bigger it gets, the longer it takes. The thread is Aida size 20 in a sort of pale mauve. I bought it in Australia during my visit in 2005. The color pairs up nicely with a soft green I use quite a bit in my living room so it may become yet another piece of tatting to frame.
BTW, I don't really make resolutions but I have a goal to get the pieces I mentioned in earlier posts framed: the hanky from Umi N Tsuru along with the amusement doily I tatted, and the 4 seasonal butterflies I tatted from various HDT by Marilee Rockley. They are actually on my table just waiting for me to decide on a framer.
So, to avoid this doily becoming an UFO, I'll be tatting on it steadily. THEN back to the purse which is already a bonafide UFO. Maybe if I start out the year finishing up old big projects, I'll get them done and out of the way.