Harmony Guides Help You Crochet a Finished Object

Jul 23, 2009

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


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