Lately

Lots of loom knitting projects lately. I even made myself a garter stitch sweater.

Really hoping to write up a pattern soon, but I think I have to give it another try in order to get some process photo to explain the collar part. It’s quite thick and warm, and really happy to have used up much of my blue yarn stash :D

Made a garter stitch hat as well, for my mom. I think I like this look better than the ewrap stitch version. And it would look quite nice with a pompom.

Also learned how to make slipper socks! I watched this YouTube video to understand how to make the toes and heels (which are actually made the same way), and then read this blog post to learn the top-up method.

They look cozy don’t they? Kind of like the reading socks they sell at bookstores these days.

It was Chinese New Year a couple of weeks ago, so I made some new year cake to bring to my parents’. I followed the recipe on All About Ami, it was really good, and very, very simple, perfect for someone who doesn’t usually bake, like me :D

Also on the cooking front, my co-workers have been recommending turmeric tea for a long time. Mike came across some turmeric paste in the grocery store, so we gave it a try. I found numerous recipes and they’re all very similar. I ended up just making this with 1/2 tsp per cup of milk, pinch of black pepper, pinch of cinnamon, pinch of ginger powder, a few squeezes of honey, and boiling all together. I enjoyed the taste, and hope to reap the health benefits of it soon!

And if your in the downtown Toronto neighbourhood tomorrow, it’s the annual Warming Toronto Knitting Day, benefiting Street Knit, which brings handmade mittens, hats and scarves to folks who are street-involved. Swing by for some snacks, mingling and yarn-crafting fun! 

Happy weekend!

 

this week’s awesome finds

Deep winter, indoor mode with busy hands and many projects :)

 

A cocoon shrug with a gorgeous stitch, paid pattern by Eleven Handmade on Ravelry. (there’s also a sweater version!)

 

Make one for every door. From Make and Takes.

 

I’m partial to sweaters with sideways construction. This one’s from Lion Brand Yarn (follow link from Ravelry). 

 

An asymmetrical crochet scarf that looks very meditative to make. From Little Things Blogged.

 

Dream of summer weather with this summery backpack. From Paint Box Yarns.

 

This pattern is called “Diary”, which makes me think of patterns that involve mindfully making one section a day, and I always liked patchwork designs. From Wollinger on Ravelry.

 

Another sideways sweater, this one is a cardigan and has pockets! From Amy Christoffers on Knitty.

 

So fluffy! I’m intrigued by how to make crochet look so furry… And February 16 is the first day of the year of the dog! :D Make your own fluffy pups to celebrate! From All About Ami.

 

And last but not least, this incredibly beautiful pattern from My Crochetory.

 

Stay warm and keep crafting! :D

 

 

knitting is caring

knit knit knit…

I made a pair of Totoro baby mitts for a friend who just had a baby :) Following the charts from this Ravelry pattern. For the small Totoro, I used this Totoro hexipuff chart

Over January I was busy getting as much knitting done as possible for the Hand Knit Hope initiative for eating disorder awareness. This project delivers handmade scarves, hats, headbands, etc. to treatment centres across Canada as gifts of encouragement, and the handmade goods are also used to raise funds for other initiatives aimed to increase support for people living with eating/body image issues or eating disorders. (you can read more about the project, and how you can help out too, on their Facebook page. If you scroll down a bit you’ll also see a brochure I made, and you might recognize a couple of patterns on it :D)

So I made 3 headbands, all on the knitting loom, with either two strands of worsted held together or one strand of super bulky weight yarn.

They were all made on the 36-peg round loom. The far left one is just a long tube of e-wrap stitches until it was about 8 inches long, then the top and bottom edges are sewn together so it’s double thick.

For the middle one, I followed this video tutorial

The one on the right is made with garter stitch, which is basically alternating one round of e-wraps and one round of purl stitch.

I also made a cowl, which was inspired by the Purl Soho Garter Gaiter cowl, using alternating colours for the e-wrap and purl stitch rounds. It was made on the 41-peg loom.

On the topic of knitting for a good cause, the Warming Toronto Knitting Day is back again at the end of February! Mike and I are planning to be there :D If you’re in the neighbourhood we’d love for you to pop by! You can find all the details here on Facebook.

Happy February everyone!

 

may the porg be with you

I made a tiny porg!

Fan opinions about them seem to polarize. I happen to love them like I love all fuzzy round-shaped creatures. Its shape is so amigurumi-ready, and it reminded me of my penguin tots. I couldn’t help but had to make one. 

If you’ve made the penguin tots before, the porg is not different structurally but a bit more complicated with the colour changes.

It’s very carry-able and rides well in pocket, so it can always be with you :)

The upturned mouth of the actual porg makes my tiny version look sad, so I opted for a regular mouth instead. 

Here it is contemplating life, or deciding what to eat for lunch, by the jade plant.

To make your own tiny porg, you’ll need:

Small amount of mustard, white, brown and orange yarn in worsted weight

3.5 mm hook 

2.5 mm hook (for feet and weaving in ends)

2 black safety eyes (3mm), or round black beads

Black thread and sewing needle

Yarn needle

Yarn ends (for stuffing), or polyester stuffing

Pattern:

Body:

Note: beginning ch 1 does not count as a stitch throughout.

Round 1: With brown, ch 4, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, 3 sc in last ch, sc in the remaining loop of the next ch (the ch that has only 1 sc in it), sc in the next ch (the ch with the beginning 2 sc in it), sl st in first sc of round.

Round 2: ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 3 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, sc in next sc (the sc with the beginning 2 sc in it), sl st in first sc of round.

In the next round we begin to incorporate other colours. Here’s a tutorial on how to change colours seamlessly, in case it’s helpful.

Round 3: ch 1, in back loop only, sc in next 7 sc. When completing the 7th sc, attach and change to white. Carrying the brown yarn (i.e. wrap it in your stitch) as you crochet with white, sc in the next 4 sc. When completing the 4th sc, change back to brown, sc in last sc, sl st in first sc.

Round 4: With brown, ch 1, sc in next 7 sc, change to white, carrying the brown as you go, sc in next 4 sc, change to brown, sc in last sc, sl st in first sc.

Round 5: Repeat round 4.

Round 6: With brown, ch 1, sc in next 6 sc. Change to yellow and carrying brown as you go, sc in next 2 sc, change to white and carry the brown and yellow as you go, sc in next 2 sc, change to yellow and carry the brown as you go, sc in next 2 sc, change to brown, sl st in first sc.

Round 7: Repeat around 6.

After round 7, install safety eyes (or sew on beads for eyes) in between the 2 yellow stitches between rounds 6 and 7. Sew on mouth. Stuff with yarn ends or stuffing.

Round 8: With brown, ch 1, 2 sc tog three times, change to yellow and fasten off brown, 2 sc tog with yellow, change to white and carry the yellow as you go, 2 sc tog with white, change to yellow and fasten off white, 2 sc tog with yellow, sl st in first sc of round, fasten off, leave a long tail. Weave the tail in the remaining stitches around and cinch the opening close, secure and fasten off, weave in ends.

Wings (make 2): With brown, ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook (forming a point), sc in ch with the 5 sc in it, sl st in first sc of round, leave a tail for sewing, fasten off. (I only leave a tail for sewing on one wing, not both.

Sew on wings: Position the wing with the yarn tail for sewing on the side of the body, thread the yarn needle in the yarn tail, insert needle where you want the first wing, pull the needle through the body so the needle comes out on the other side where you want the other wing to be. Thread the other wing through the needle, and sew back and forth through the body to secure both wings at the same time. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Feet:

Feet are made linked together with a few ch in between.

With orange, *ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in very first ch made, ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, sl st in very first ch made*, ch 2 (link between feet), then repeat from * to * once more. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Position feet under body and sew on with yarn tail, fasten off and weave in ends.

The porg is ready for adventures!

Tiny porg wishes everyone an awesome week!

 

this week’s awesome finds

Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean the home can’t smell festive! Easy to make wax sachets from Hello Glow.

 

This cozy cardigan was made with a round knitting loom! Must try. From Good Knit Kisses.

 

Good night’s sleep and relaxation in a bottle makes a great homemade gift :) Pillow mist from Let’s Mingle.

 

 

Oh my goodness, a gorgeous cable sweater and it’s free! Crochet pattern by Sewrella.

 

Lion Brand Yarn has come up with some designs that I really like lately, such as this simple, relaxed-looking cardigan.

 

And this nice cowl — perfect for practicing cables and I like it’s clever construction.

 

These felted cats! Made using a cookie cutter! Brilliant! Tutorial from Cat at Roof.

 

One of my favourite things from the Last Jedi :D Pattern by The Geeky Hooker on Ravelry.

 

I think I’ve probably posted this before but it’s so awesome, no one would mind if I post it again! Cord tacos as easy to make as real tacos :D From Local Adventurer

 

Hope everyone’s having an awesome weekend! Stay crafty :D

 

 

happy scrappy sweater

Start the new year right! Use up those scrap yarn to make room for new ones! :D

And get some knitting looms! So you can make this happy scrappy loom-knitting sweater! :D

*Disclaimer: I have not received compensations for any knitting loom manufacturers* (but maybe I should…)

I just… love the simplicity, the rustic fisherman look, the double thick, super warm fabric.

So! If you have a knitting loom, or if you’d like to get one and try your hands on loom knitting, here’s how this raglan sweater was made. 

(Haven’t tried loom knitting much but want to tackle a sweater project? No fear! I’ll have video tutorials throughout to show you different stitches. I did start with making hats and headbands first but the sweater really isn’t much harder.)

I used:

A 41-peg round loom (the largest in the set). I got mine in a set by Loops & Threads at Michaels (for medium to bulky yarn). It was about $20 and I had a 55% off coupon so it ended up being quite affordable.

Worsted weight yarn. I knitted with 2 strands of yarn held together throughout. I had a large ball of over 1000 yards of forest green (I can’t remember what brand and lost the label) that I used throughout, then just added different colours of scrap yarn as I went. 

6 mm crochet hook for casting on. Smaller hook for weaving in ends.

Yarn needle (that came with the loom set).

Sizing:

The size I made was 33″ around. I would have liked it larger. Given that I’m on the small scale of humans, I’m going to write the pattern for 37″ so it might work for more people. 37″ is the largest size the loom can make, for this pattern. Below are the approximate measurements, with 2 stitches = 1″ and 3 rows = 1″. The actual measurements for your sweater may vary depending on the kind of yarn you use.

Pattern:

Notes: 

Knit with 2 strands of yarn held together throughout. I used one colour consistently and just added different colours of scrap yarn. To change colour, I simply cut the working yarn and tie on a different colour. Very high-tech ;)

The pattern consists of 4 pieces: front, back, 2 sleeves. They’re sewn together in the 4 diagonal seams from under arm to collar, then sleeves are sewn together under the arm, and the sides are sewn together. 

Wherever “knit” or “k” is indicated in the pattern, it means the e-wrap stitch.

Front/Back (make 2):

Cast on all the pegs around the loom using this chain cast on method with a crochet hook, but don’t join in the round. I tend to cast on quite tightly so that the edges are as neat as possible (41 sts.)

Work k1 p1 rib for 6 rows. (video tutorial for k1 p1 rib here)

Continue knitting using the e-wrap stitch (e-wrap video here) until piece reach 13″.  

Now we begin decreasing towards the collar (yoke).

Yoke row 1: In the next row, decrease 1 by moving the loop on the last peg to the one next to it, e-wrap and knit off the 2 bottom loops on peg. Continue knitting until 2 stitches remain. Move the loop on the last peg to the second last peg, e-wrap and knit off the 2 bottom loops on peg. Decrease done! Simple, right? (Here’s a decrease video to summarize the action)

Yoke rows 2–3: Knit 2 rows even.

Repeat yoke rows 1–3 eight more times, then work yoke row 1 (decrease row) once more. 28 rows in yoke altogether, 21 stitches remain.

Work k1 p1 rib for 5 rows. 

Bind off (bind off video here).

Sleeves (make 2):

Chain cast on (same as front/back) 19 sts. 

Work k1 p1 rib for 5 rows.

Sleeve row 1–7: Knit 5 rows even.

Sleeve row 8 (increase): knit 2, make 1 (m1), knit until 2 stitches remain, m1, knit 2. (make 1 video here — the person in the video uses a different knit stitch method but you can continue using the e-wrap for this)

Repeat sleeve rows 1–8 seven more times — 64 rows altogether, increased to 35 sts.

Now we decrease for shoulder.

Shoulder row 1: knit 1 row even.

Shoulder row 2: decrease 1, knit till 2 stitches remain, decrease (see yoke row 1 above).

Repeat shoulder rows 1–2 thirteen more times, 28 rows altogether in shoulder, 7 stitches remain.

Work k1 p1 rib for 5 rows. Bind off.

Assembly:

With wrong side facing, and using one strand of yarn only (to reduce bulk), sew raglan seams together connecting sleeve pieces to front and back pieces. Sew sleeve together under the arm and continue sewing together the sides. Repeat with other sleeve/side.

Voilà!

And! I got this incredible t-rex wooden sculpture from a dear friend :D Isn’t it the most awesome thing?

If you do give it a try do drop me a line! Cheers to a fantastic roaring year! 

  

 

holiday makes

Tis the time of year for the holiday crafting post, after all the gifts are gifted :D But I always lose track of what I made… here are some highlights!

The plant above is for a dear friend who said she can’t keep plants alive. But wait for it…

It’s a hidden Oddish!! Yes, she is also a big Pokemon fan :D

Here’s Oddish chilling on the couch.

I’m really happy with how Oddish turned out. There are a few good Oddish patterns out there but I ended up making it up as I crocheted because of the size of the plant pot. I also got a pair of reddish brown safety eyes as part of a free gift one time from a crochet magazine subscription :D They worked perfectly on Oddish.

And then there’s this cozy pair of crochet mittens, for a friend who recently relocated to colder climates. But wait…

It has finger openings for texting and taking pictures! :D I made them from this lovely pattern.

This one took me quite a while…

But well worth the time! Look how happy my dad is! :D And it fits perfectly! Always tricky making garments for my parents, never know if it’s going to fit and I can’t get Mike to test try it because he’s much taller… but it worked out this time :D The cable pattern is actually taken from this sweater pattern

This is my mom doing a dance with the crochet shawl, probably to the music on TV (my sister sent me the photo :D).

I thought it would be good for when she studies and writes in her office at home, which she spends quite a bit of time doing. It’s modified from this gorgeous pattern, because I was using a much heavier yarn. I skipped over quite a bit of the granny stitch sections. It’s a fun pattern to make with variegated yarn with long colour changes.

This is the warmest neckwarmer I’ve never made, probably Lapland-ready! :D Loom knitted (on a 41-peg round loom) a very long tube (about 20″) with two strands of worsted weight yarn held together, then the ends of tube are sewn together to make a double-thick tube! I took a photo before wrapping it for my mother-in-law :)

And now, things others made that I can’t make…

Isn’t it magnificent? :D Very grateful heart and stomach.

And for a year of more making…

Mike got me a long loom, a stitch counter, and the perfect yarn-crafting snack! :D :D :D

Here’s to a year of new ideas and more crafting!

 

shine on

 

In these dark and uncertain times, there can be great value in imagining a bit of star in each human soul. Not just that it gives some hope for humanity at a time when man’s inhumanity to man seems ever on the increase; but also because it points to an inner brightness that can light the way in dark times. 

― Michael Meade, The Genius Myth

 

May each of us shine on with hope, peace, love, and crafting hands into 2018!

Much gratitude for everyone who journeyed with genuine mudpie over the past year. Looking forward to sharing more crafty goodness in the next! May your Christmas and new year be merry, and may you be surrounded by warmth, love, new inspirations, and many blessings in 2018.

All my best wishes,
Trish

 

tutorials, tutorials, tutorials

Remember sakura mochi? :D

He’s the first ever posted pattern on this blog!! Feels like ages ago. It is ages ago. It was in March 2010 that I started this blog, and today it is home to over 40 tiny plush patterns, almost 20 wearable patterns, and over 30 other craft tutorials.

When I came up with the numbers I was quite blown away myself! Actually I was more blown away by the fact that I never counted or took stock of what has been created on this blog until now. Really because I have two days off, with nothing planned, but only had to use up the vacation hours that would otherwise be lost by the end of the year. 

So I did a tutorial overhaul! :D

I realized that even when I was scrolling through my own tutorials it was tedious to have to scroll forever back and forth to find what I need. So I categorized them! 

If you go to the Tutorials page now, you’ll see a list of categories, from tiny plush to non-yarn crafts! 

I don’t know how to do this just yet but in the future I hope to layout the tutorials in a grid rather than a list, like I see on other nice modern looking blogs :) But I hope at least the categories make things easier to find.

In the beginning this blog was more for me as a way to feel motivated to create, and record patterns and how-to’s that I come up with so I can go back to them later if I need to remake something. I really only expected about a dozen people reading it, mostly my family and friends. It’s never intended to make profit. I welcome yarn and related products and promote yarn-related businesses by writing review posts, but I always turn down offers for ads. I have not yet written a pattern for sale. I’m lazy about the blog’s appearance (hence the long overdue tutorial overhaul and the early 2000’s look, kind of like my everyday appearance :S). But it’s a comfortable place that I always go back to, a virtual home, updating and writing posts even when I’m swamped, even when I don’t feel like it, even when I thought it’s not amounting to anything, even when WordPress tells me that my readership is dwindling. Somehow, I want to keep it alive.

Since then I’ve met many great people through this blog, sharing such kind comments and crafting along, letting me know that they’re trying out my patterns, exchanging notes so we can figure out modifications together, communicating in different languages across the continents (me using Google Translate), actually exchanging snail mail and hoping to one day meet in person… I’m so grateful for the connections and for the kindness you’ve shown me and genuine mudpie. Perhaps it is not really the blog that I want to keep alive, but the connections and creativity that sustain this blog.

So cheers to you! Let’s craft forward! :D

 

loom knit a plum pudding!

It’s my latest craze! I can’t seem to get back to the needles at the moment… I’m sure I will, but right now I’m just looking for all kinds of things to loom knit. I saw some really cute crocheted and knitted tea cozies in the shape of plum pudding lately, and I thought I could probably loom knit one! So here it is :D

I’ve actually never had plum pudding, but always thought it’s the cutest-looking Christmas-related thing! The lighting in my apartment is quite poor especially in the evening, but here’s a better look at the tea cozy.

I thought I’d share what I did here, in case you’re a loom knitter and want to give it a try, or if you also want to try your hands on loom knitting (it’s so much fun!), and for myself to remember when I need to make one or a few more next year :D 

I used this 31-peg loom, it came in a set of 4 by Loops and Threads at Michaels. I bought it because it’s affordable, especially with the weekly Michaels coupon, for my first try with loom knitting. I’m not sure why this particular loom has an odd number of pegs, because I thought all round looms have even number of pegs… but it worked anyway.

I used:

Worsted weight yarn in brown and white, with 2 strands held together throughout

A bit of worsted weight yarn in green and red

3.5 mm crochet hook

Yarn needle

How to:

To begin, cast on using chain cast on (I learned using this video) with brown.

Then, using e-wraps (here’s a tutorial), work 8 rows around. The tea cozy uses e-wraps throughout.

We now separate front and back pieces.

Front:

Work 16 stitches back and forth (to create a flat panel) for 7 rows (video on how to make a flat panel here).

Then, incorporate white using this chart.

Start with the bottom row. Work two stitches of brown. Make a slip knot with white and put on next peg, and work this stitch. When wrapping the next peg with white, make sure that the brown working yarn is laying on top of the white working yarn, thus carrying the brown yarn along. Continue following the chart, carrying the brown when wrapping with the white, and vice versa.

After finishing the chart, work 10 rows back and forth in white. (My teapot is a bit on the tall side standing at 6.5″ including lid, so if your teapot is smaller, you can probably omit a few rows.) Cut yarn.

Back:

Attach brown to the first unworked peg at row 8. Wrap and knit the remaining 15 unworked stitches for 7 rows. 

Follow the chart for the next 3 rows. If you have the same loom as me you would need to omit either the far left or far right column of the chart.

Work 10 rows in white (or the same number of rows on the other side). 

Work 5 rows in the round. Tie and secure the yarn tail when you get to the peg where the yarn was cut at the end of the front piece.

Leaving a long tail, cut yarn. Thread yarn tail in needle, weave needle through each stitch while taking the stitch off the peg, gather and cinch the stitches together, turn piece inside out, weave the needle through the gathered stitches a few more times and tie off. Weave in all the ends. Turn piece right side out. 

Here’s close up of the completed icing chart…

Holly:

Leaves (make 3): Leaving a long tail for sewing, ch 10, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, through back loop only, *sc in next ch, dc in next ch, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next ch, sc in next ch, dc in next ch, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next ch, sc in next ch*, sl st in next ch. Now working on the other side of the foundation chain, repeat from * to *, sl st in last ch, fasten off, weave in this end.

Berries (make 3): Leaving a long tail for sewing, 6 sc in magic ring, don’t join in the round, 1 sc in each sc for 2 rounds (or just work 12 sc’s), fasten off. Stuff tail end into berry. Thread beginning tail in needle, pull on tail to ensure magic ring is closed as tightly as possible, pass needle through the magic ring and the berry and prepare to sew on the pudding.

Assembly:

Sew leaves and berries onto the top of the plum pudding with the yarn tails, like so…

Put teapot in cozy, and we’re done! Pretty quick and easy. Makes a great gift for tea lovers :)

Have a cozy, happy weekend, everyone!