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List of the Harmony Guides

Found this at Yarnmarket, I was looking for the complete list of the Harmony Guides series of stitch books. Craft snob that I am (!) I assumed that if volumes 6 and 7 were on crochet stitches, there must be 5 other crochet books I hadn’t read yet. This is the current list of available Harmony books. Some original volumes are out of print.

Posted for reference (italics mine):

# The Harmony Guide: 101 Stitches to Knit
boxed kit of 101 cards with booklet
# The Harmony Guides: 101 Stitches to Crochet
boxed kit of 101 cards with booklet
# The Harmony Guides: Cables & Arans
from the original Harmony Guides Vol 2, 3, & 5
# The Harmony Guides: Knit & Purl
from the original Harmony Guides Vol 2, 3, & 4
# The Harmony Guides: Lace & Eyelets
from the original Harmony Guides Vol & 3
# Harmony Guides Volume 1: Knitting Techniques
# The Harmony Guides: Basic Crochet Stitches
# Harmony Guides Volume 4: 250 Creative Knitting Stitches
# Harmony Guides Volume 6: 300 Crochet Stitches
# Harmony Guides Volume 7: 220 More Crochet Stitches

And from Amazon, listed by latest publication date:

  • The Harmony Guides: Colorwork Stitches: 250 Designs to Knit by Sharon Brant (Paperback – Jun 1, 2009)
  • The Harmony Guides: Crochet Stitch Motifs: 250 Stitches to Crochet by Erika Knight (Paperback – Jul 1, 2008)
  • The Harmony Guides: Basic Crochet Stitches: 250 Stitches to Crochet by Erika Knight (Paperback – April 1, 2008)
  • The Harmony Guides: Cables & Arans: 250 Stitches to Knit by Erika Knight (Paperback – Oct 1, 2007)
  • The Harmony Guides: Knit & Purl: 250 Stitches to Knit by Erika Knight (Paperback – Oct 1, 2007)
  • The Harmony Guides: Lace & Eyelets: 250 Stitches to Knit by Erika Knight (Paperback – Oct 1, 2007)
  • 220 More Crochet Stitches: Volume 7 (The Harmony Guides) by The Harmony Guides (Paperback – Jan 1, 1999)
  • 300 Crochet Stitches (The Harmony Guides, V. 6) by The Harmony Guides (Paperback – Jan 1, 1999)
  • 220 Aran Stitches and Patterns: Volume 5 (The Harmony Guides) by The Harmony Guides (Paperback – Jul 1, 1998)
  • 250 Creative Knitting Stitches (The Harmony Guides, Vol. 4) by The Harmony Guides (Paperback – Jul 1, 1998)
  • 440 More Knitting Stitches: Volume 3 (The Harmony Guides) by The Harmony Guides (Paperback – Jul 1, 1998)
  • 450 Knitting Stitches: Volume 2 (The Harmony Guides) by The Harmony Guides (Paperback – Jul 1, 1998)
  • Knitting Techniques: Volume 1 (The Harmony Guides) by The Harmony Guides (Paperback – Jul 1, 1998)
I’ve removed the links to the individual books due to some issues with wordpress advertising policy. Please check out used booksellers such as Powell‘s or AbeBooks and save a tree in the process.
Ravelry members can also access a list of posts regarding the guides here


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Blog Contest (not mine)

Go see Jane at  Grammieknits for a nice New Year’s contest

that will have you thinking in a good way.

get it, thinking/brain?

Ok, just go.

(ends Jan 15)

via Dandy @ purpleisafruit

image courtesy of Monster Crochet *

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June 3rd is National Cancer Survivor’s Day


A lot of us who crochet like to give our treasures as gifts to family and friends, some also donate their creations to charities. There are hundreds, if not thousands of large and small groups who make, collect and distribute to those in need. It’s very easy to get involved, and it’s a wonderful feeling knowing you did something constructive for a good cause.

Project Linus was started in 1995 after a Parade magazine article featuring the photo of a young cancer patient clutching a blanket spurred Colorado resident Karen Loucks Rinedollar to begin making blankets for her local children’s hospital. It is named after the “Peanuts” cartoon character by Charles Schultz (who actually coined the term “security blanket”), and has chapters all across the United States and abroad. The organization provides handmade blankets of all types to children who are ill or in need.

If you’re interested in crocheting “Chemo Caps” – soft, comfortable and attractive (or sometimes funny and p’d off, like Sharon Osborne’s) hats that some cancer patients wear when they lose their hair due to the rigors of chemotherapy – Bev’s Country Cottage has pages of patterns, including knit, crochet and sewing, for you to choose from. She also has patterns and links to pink ribbon items to make supporting breast cancer awareness.

The Breast Cancer Site, which funds free mammograms for underpriveledged women, is aiming for 6 million clicks this month. If they reach their goal, they will receive an additional $20,000 in sponsor funding. I subscribe their daily email reminders and try to click every day. You’ll get a free pink ribbon pin if you decide to sign up, and they also have buttons that you can use for your site, blog, or email signature (mine’s on the right if you scroll down) . Click this link to help:
Fund Free Mammograms @ The Breast Cancer Site

Lion Brand has a full page of pattern links, as well as an extensive database of organizations that accept donations of goods and yarn. It’s searchable by keyword, zip code or organization name. It’s a great resource if your knit or crochet group is looking to make a donation.

Whether you make booties or grannies or afghans or hats, just for today, think of how a caring crafter may have comforted or raised the spirits of a cancer patient. We have a lot of opportunities in life, and sometimes the smallest thing we do can mean the world to another.

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No Sibling Ravelry here…

Ravelry's organizer featureRavelry – a “knit and crochet community”, looks like a LOT of fun. The way I see it, it’s going to be a mashup of Myspace, Flickr, and a personal online organizer. Wowza! I am such a sucker for things like this; thank god it’s not a paid site. It’s in beta testing right now, so all you can see are screenshots, but the interface looks fantastic. I signed up to join when it’s released – I just hope it’s soon.

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Coupon Links this Week


4/24 Tuesday Only

50% Off One Regular Price Item – Rag Shop

4/24 Tuesday through 4/28 Saturday

40% Off One Regular Price Item – AC Moore Coupon

30% Off Regular Price Krylon Paint 12oz decorator – Hobby Lobby

4/25 Only

“Wacky Wednesday” 30% off Entire Regular Price Purchase – Rag Shop

Sale Ads and expiring deals, not printable coupons:

4/24 Tuesday through 4/28 Saturday
Click on “Yarn Sale-Every skein on sale” on upper right of page and use code APRFSH7352 for Free standard shipping on $35+ through Wednesday 4/25.


25% Off Caron

Through 4/30 Tuesday

Free Vinyl Tote with $20 Purchase Keycode ESDVBAGAnnie’s Attic

Date Unknown has a nice selection of knit and crochet books, however, I am not familiar with their site and don’t know about the competitivness of their pricing.

Please note that I am in no way affiliated with any of the above merchants.
Happy Shopping!

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Stripes The Long Eared Bunny

Is he or isn’t he?
Is He or Isn’t He?

So I picked up my first Rachael Ray magazine last night. My husband and I used to enjoy her old $40 a Day show way back when. (Yeah, we’re cool, we were into her before she sold out and went mainstream, man.) I’ve always thought she was a bit too “chummy”, like your goofy friend that the boys make fun of but secretly like. But hey, that happens to everyone, right? No? Well, nevermind then…I know she’s quite in vogue these days with all the tv and the Oprah and I’ve read the amusing net backlash as well. (“Raytard”. Enough said.) I only bought the issue because cooking is not my forté and I’ve been hearing that a lot of her recipes are simple, and, for lack of a better term, man-pleasing. Superbowl steak sandwiches. Chili. She wrote a book called Guy Food, for goodnes sake, And since my beloved will barely eat what I do prepare, I thought she deserved a chance.

Enough of the backstory. I’m surveying the mag after a late night grocery trip and finding nothing simple nor manpleasing. Since it’s a bit of a lifestyle magazine as well, there are cute tablesettings and household tips and such. I reach the “Everyday Faves” section, which showcases the current must-haves in fashion and home items. And what to my wandering eyes should appear? A forlorn little bunny with floppy striped ears! As surprised as I was to see crocheted toys advertised in a hip mainstream magazine, I was immediately saddened by a mental picture of the poor sweatshop workers having to mass produce them. It looks like all single crochet with color changes every three rows…I get a blister just thinking about it.

I halfheartedly closed my new useless recipe book and dragged the kids to bed alongside my sickly (and possibly malnourished) husband and fell asleep without further thought about cooking or sweatshops. So, imagine my surprise this afternoon while surfing some blogs when I saw this post pointing to a “cute, snuggly knitted bunny”. I know there is enough polarization in the fiber community, and may the great Skein in the Sky forgive me if I am wrong, but I do not believe in my heart of hearts that this animal is knit.

Rachael’s got it listed for sale at, a site which gives no indication of the thing’s construction. A quick google reveals he’s (and let’s call him he for the sake of argument, shall we? I’m sure no one is questioning the gender of a stuffed toy) made by Schylling and sold by dozens of progressive Ikea type boutiques online. Some sites, including Amazon, say he’s knitted, while others have been saved by the don’t ask, don’t tell policy popularized by today’s military. Notice also that he can be “long eared” or “long earred”, which only serves to add more fire to the stew. Though what really caught my attention was the total lack of copywriting originality. Each site seemed to be remixing each others’ descriptions like I did when I copied my term paper out of an encyclopedia in the 7th grade.

Down and Dirty in the trenches

Listen, I know it’s tough enough to crochet in a world that caters to knitters, so let’s set the record straight if we can.

By passing over all the rhetoric, maybe we can out this bunny and bring a peace unto a nation of crafters.

Perhaps it’s true, by Stripes we can all be healed.

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