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I am a knitter and crocheter and love to design when I get a chance. I am known as the crazy cat lady with 3 dogs. I am a mother to 3 of my own and step-mother to several. I am also a grandmother.

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Welcome to my blog. I hope to blog about my knitting and crocheting as well as everyday life. The patterns that I post are original and as such there is copyright on them. When they are based on another pattern there is a link to the pattern.

My husband and I adopted a beautiful dog named Leo. He is a dachshund and absolutely adorable! we adopted him on June 23, 2010 and he has become the love of our lives.

I love to share patterns that I find along the way or to talk about some of the neatest designers that are out there today, so I love to post links to the designs or the designers.

So grab a cup a and sit and enjoy the blog.


Cora

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Harmony Guides are a great investment for those who design.

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Harmony Guides Help You Crochet a Finished Object

Maybe you're not like me. Maybe your gauge is always spot on and the vision you have for your garment works perfectly. Maybe you don't have a box of false starts and “Good golly, what was I thinking?” portions of garments. Maybe you don't have things that are too big / too small / just plain unwearable.

Simple Shell EdgingWell, I've got them. And when I finally admit that the thing just isn't working, sometimes I rip it back to a ball right away. And sometimes I stuff it in the Denial Drawer. Deep inside.

And the balance is again tipped between unfinished objects (UFOs) and finished objects (FOs).

A recent Feng Shui unearthed a vast expanse of knitted purple fabric that I recalled, after a moment, wanted to be a guernsey back in the day. It was HUGE—I don't know what I was thinking. But the texture is very intriguing and I can see why I didn't rip it back to its essence. It wasn't going to be a sweater, at least not for me. But, it would make a good kid-size blanket, if it were jazzed up a bit. It was time to remedy the balance: this UFO could become an FO, with a little help.

Enter Harmony: specifically The Harmony Guides: Crochet Edgings and Trims, hot off the press. I flipped through, entranced by the feathery fronds of the Clematis, the bobbly Bullion Stitch Balls, the elegant Picots with Chain Texture. After perusing every one of the 150 possible edgings—twice—I settled upon the Simple Shell Edging. This is a two-row edging, with the first being a base row of single crochet. Because the edges of my knitted swath are pretty even and stable, I was able to make it even simpler: I eliminated the base row. So I just commenced crocheting green shells around the purple swath until my UFO became an FO—just a different FO.

And now all is harmonious: I have one less item in my stash of “good gollies” and Project Linus has one more item in its stash of blankets.

Go ahead—let a little Harmony into your life, too!

Best,

Marcy


Over on CrochetMe:
On the blog: Xenobia Baily's Crocheted art.

On the Forums: Share how you turned a UFO into an FO.
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Marcy Smith

Marcy Smith
is the Editor of
Interweave Crochet Magazine


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