all was well

This week’s quick make! :D

I had quite a bit of leftover untwisted multi-colour yarn left from the pink fisherman hat project, I thought it would make a great colour block cowl! Also a perfect opportunity to try the no purl rib pattern from Purl Soho, which I have been eyeing for some time :D

I used 10 mm straight needles, cast on 27 stitches, used 2 strands of bulky weight yarn held together for the grey part, knitted till the piece was about 45″ long, then sewed the ends together to make a cowl. Here’s a better look at the magically made ribbed texture, with no purling involved! 

It is very thick and warm :)

Speaking of warm scarves and hats, I’ve just discovered that there’s a knit/crochet-together event in the city next Sunday! If you’re in the city, maybe consider joining me to knit for those who can use some handmade warmth this winter? Warming Toronto Knitting Day is happening next Sunday Feb. 26, 12:30-6pm at the Imperial Pub (Dundas/Yonge). I’ve started another fisherman rib hat for the event!

And of course you notice the rad t-shirt I’m wearing in the first photo? :D 

Mike and I finally visited the Lockhart, a Harry Potter themed bar in the west end of Toronto, for brunch!

The food was marvelous and quite affordable. The Better Beer (a butter beer in my book :D) does not disappoint!

Highly recommend if you’re in the neighbourhood, especially if you’ve enjoyed the Harry Potter series. (confession: I’ve actually not read the books, but quite enjoyed the movies! Maybe I’ll read the books one day…)

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend! :D

 

new year, new wallpaper! :D

I was feeling very proud of this fluffy wreath and its merry mushroom friends (which I made from a giant pipe cleaner and wine corks), and Mike kindly took really nice photos of them and made it into a desktop wallpaper for me, thought I’d share it with you! :D 

Just click on the size you want and it should bring up an image that you can save.

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Wishing everyone a very happy new year! May 2017 bring much joy, lots of crafty adventures and many blessings :)

 

happy Christmas everybody! :D

Wishing everyone a joyous holiday and many blessings for the new year!

 

And here’s a bit of behind-the-scene with this greeting card… every year Mike and I make Christmas cards together to send to friends and family. It’s a bit of a tradition of ours. This year we came up with the jellyfish idea. We thought about lino block prints (which we may still try another year) and simply printing an image from the computer. Eventually we ran out of time, so I just thought I’d try my hands on whatever we had in the house, which was an eraser and a big old utility knife. 

Turned out not so bad didn’t it? :D I’m quite proud of it actually. I also carved the holly stamp, and the berries are stamped with the end of a bamboo skewer. Mike typed the text with his grandmother’s type writer.

Cheers to another year of simple joys, new adventures and shared journey! :) 

 

holiday (tiny) shop update!

Feeling a bit inspired and motivated after visiting the One of a Kind show last weekend, I made some last minute update to my kind of dormant Etsy shop :D

I listed a very small quantity of items at friends-and-family prices in order to find them good homes, I only have one of each at this time.

There’s Santa’s Favourite milk and cookie ornament pack

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This very festive tiny wreath with mushroom and bell (the bell DOES ring!)…

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And a few pairs of tiny sushi earrings. There are 3 different sushi combo sets, you can see the other sets in the listing.

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To make sure the the orders will arrive before December 25, please place orders before Dec. 10 for Canada/US destinations and before Dec. 1 (that’s in 2 days!) for international destinations.

Have a look at the genuine mudpie shop if you’re looking for some handmade tiny plush to spread holiday cheers!

Wishing everyone an excellent rest of the week!

 

yarn-filled day of adventure ahead! :D

Hey everyone! This is awesome! :D

 

The TTC Knitalong!

If you live in/near Toronto and haven’t got plans yet for Saturday August 22, here’s a yarn-filled day of adventure! I just found out about this by chance today and have never participated before, but I thought it is the most AWESOME idea and registered right away :D

You can find out more about how it works here. But basically, people travel in teams on different routes to visit different yarn stores in the city, knitting (and crocheting too I’m sure!), shopping, eating, and making new friends :D I also hear that there will be tote bags with knitting/yarn swag, discounts and prizes. AND!! Proceeds from the registration fee go to Sistering, a fantastic women-centered agency that is very close to my heart. Registration costs $15 and it starts today, and several teams are full already, so if you’re interested register for a spot soon!

It will be great to meet you there :) Have a great week, everyone!

 

this blog is a happy place

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This blog has always been a happy place for me. The main purpose of this blog is to share the joy of crafting. But a few days ago something happened on this blog, something that’s probably the most unhappy thing that’s ever happened on this blog, and I feel that I cannot go on writing my usual happy posts without addressing it with the visitors and regular readers.

A few days ago, it was brought to my attention that one of my past posts was problematic. I’ve addressed what happened in the post itself, including taking down much of the content of that post. It can be read there, so I won’t go over the detail again here. But I want to apologize to everyone for not being careful and thorough enough when I wrote the original post. My intention has always been focused on sharing what I know, and sharing it freely. But in this incident the desire to share had precluded thoughts about determining what is or is not mine to share. So I will, from now on, be a lot more careful about finding original sources and acknowledging the hard work that artists/designers/artisans have put into their creations.

I’ve had the urge to take down that entire post so that I won’t have to face my mistake again, so that I can keep this blog a happy place. But this blog can be a happy place and bear my mistakes, and we move forward from here.

So, to end this post, I share with you a very happy spot I visited today, underneath a crab apple tree. I wish I could record the magical fragrance of this tree for you. And here is a view from underneath the canopy.

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I’ve just visited the cherry trees at High Park with the Diana this week and dropped off the film for developing today, so there will be more blooming tree photos to come!

Thank you for reading today. I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

 

find me on instagram! :D

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Did you know that genuine mudpie is on Instagram? :D

Lately I’m finding myself posting more work-in-progress and other photos (like this one here from my outing to the Toronto Botanical Garden) on Instagram. I’ve talked about how I’ve been posting a bit less on this blog because of lack of time. Instagram is really a much quicker way of sharing. Pictures that I would post here a couple years ago (like experiments with smoothies and short rows, or almost-weekly origami challenge with my niece and nephews), I now post on Instagram.

But I also want to say that Instagram posts will not replace this blog. I can’t see myself posting a pattern on Instagram, for example. I also know that not everyone has Instagram, so noticing my increased Instagram activity and decreased blog activity is also motivating me to work on posting here more regularly.

(If only Instagram and WordPress will sync! *shakes fist*)

But if you are on Instagram please come by to say hello! :D

Happy Sunday!

 

let’s make tiny donuts! :D

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Before digging our hands into yarn and making more donuts, we need to pick a winner for the giveaway!I used this simple random name-picker tool. And the winner is…

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DARLENE!!! Congratulations!!! :D *throws more glitter*

(Now we all gotta imagine ourselves all glittery from head to toe, ’tis how a virtual party works, except we’re not really covered in glitter and we don’t have to spend hours washing it out of our hair only to find more glitter on us weeks later — ’tis the beauty of virtual party :D and if you’re receiving this post by email you might want to click on to the actual blog so you can get more of the glitter experience ;) anyway, I digress)

Darlene please send me an email at genuinemudpie(at)gmail(dot)com, letting me know which 3 donuts you want and your mailing address :)

Thank you everyone for participating, and leaving all the wonderful comments about this blog (and donuts!)! It means the world to me that you’re enjoying reading about my crafty adventures! I look forward to sharing more craftiness with you! :D

And now, we make more tiny donuts! :D

This is actually more like a recipe than a pattern. My donut turns out to be just shy of an inch across. You can make it smaller or larger by using a lighter (fingering, embroider thread?) or heavier (worsted) yarn, and changing hook size accordingly (2mm for finer yarn and 3.5mm for worsted, for example). You can also make a larger donut by increasing the number of beginning ch by multiples of 2, and repeating row 3 a couple of times (more about that in the recipe below). I wouldn’t start with fewer stitches than what the “recipe” calls for though, it can be really tricky to manage such small number of stitches.

I initially developed this recipe to make donut earrings for my shop. It took a few attempts to get the size right and the icing looking the way I wanted. I think I’ve perfected the recipe now :) AND!! The entire donut is only made of 5 rows! You can make an army of them in an evening :D

I used:

Small amount of sport weight yarn in donut and icing colours (tan, brown, pink, yellow, white, etc.)

Embroidery thread in sprinkle colours

3mm hook, 2.5mm hook or smaller (for pulling in ends)

Needles for sewing and embroidering

Recipe:

Round 1: With donut colour (i.e. tan), ch 8, join with first ch to form ring.

NOTE: The side that is facing you (i.e. the front of the work) is the INSIDE of the donut. For the first 3 rounds you’re working with the inside of the donut facing you. So the back of the work is the outside of the donut.

Here I have finished the first 3 rounds of the donut, crocheting with the inside facing me.

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Here is what the outside of the donut looks like after the first 3 rounds.

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Round 2: ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), sc in first ch, 2 sc in next ch, [sc in next ch, 2 sc in next ch] around, sl st in first sc to join (12 sc).

Round 3: ch 1, sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc to join (12 sc).

NOTE: If you’remaking a larger donut and started with a few more beginning ch’s, you can repeat round 3 one or two more times.

Round 4: Attach icing colour, fasten off donut colour. TURN (now you’re working with the outside of the donut facing you), ch 1, sl st in each sc around in the front loop only, sl st in first sl st to join (12 sl st). (Be careful not to pull too tight while making the sl st in this round, otherwise the next row would be difficult.)

Here I’m working on found 4, inserting my hook in the front loop of a stitch.

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NOTE: If you’remaking a larger donut and started with more beginning ch’s, you can repeat round 3 one or two more times with icing colour before starting round 5.

Round 5: ch 1, TURN (now you’re working with the inside of the donut facing you again), working in the front loop only, sc in first st, 2 sc tog over next 2 st, [sc in next st, 2 sc tog over next 2 st] around, sl st in first sc to join (8 sc), leaving a long tail for sewing, fasten off.

Sew the final icing round to the first donut round using whip stitch, matching the stitches.

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I find it really difficult to sew the donut together with stuffing inside, and because the donut is so tiny I don’t feel it needs stuffing. I just pull all the yarn ends into the donut with a crochet hook after it’s sewn together.

Embroider sprinkles to your heart’s content :)

Pull all yarn ends and thread ends into the inside of the donut with a small crochet hook.

And here we have it, a tiny donut! :D

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If you’re making these donuts, let me know what flavours you’re making, I’d love to see them! :D

Hope you have a wonderfully sparkling weekend! :D *throws glitter*

 

one more day!

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One more day to leave a comment before I draw a name for the tiny donut give-away tomorrow (Friday) night at 11pm EST!

The winner gets to choose 3 of the tiny donuts shown in this post, and I will attach a tiny safety pin to each one too so they can be worn as brooches :)

To enter you just need to leave a comment on this post or the previous post. If you subscribe to this blog (thank you!) and receive blog posts by email, please comment on the actual blog post (rather than sending a reply email) so I can include your name in the draw :D

Will be announcing the winner AND posting the donut pattern on Saturday! :D Stay tuned! Until then, have a happy Friday!

 

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