octopus’s garden :D

The corals are growing slowly. I’m running out of crochet patterns of corals to make from the book, so I’m trying to make up new ones.

You can click on the photos to see a larger image of it, with all its details! :D


Octopus and young kraken joined in the fun :D


And this is where I must share with you the lyrics of Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr.

I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’ garden in the shade
He’d let us in, knows where we’ve been
In his octopus’ garden in the shade

I’d ask my friends to come and see
An octopus’ garden with me
I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’ garden in the shade.

We would be warm below the storm
In our little hideaway beneath the waves
Resting our head on the sea bed
In an octopus’ garden near a cave

We would sing and dance around
Because we know we can’t be found
I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’ garden in the shade

We would shout and swim about
The coral that lies beneath the waves
(Lies beneath the ocean waves)
Oh what joy for every girl and boy
Knowing they’re happy and they’re safe
(Happy and they’re safe)

We would be so happy you and me
No one there to tell us what to do
I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’ garden with you.


(When I found out that Ringo was the conductor in Shining Time Station I was quite shocked. I didn’t realize that until I was an adult. My sister and I used to watch that show a lot when we first moved to Canada.)


Have a happy Thursday! :D



sherbert, the yeti


Meet Sherbert, the yeti :D

Sherbert lives on our couch with Filbert the Chococat and Herbert the tiny elephant (Mike found him wandering about at a trade show and invited him home).

Anyhoo, here’s how I made Sherbert the yeti. He’s actually made based on the groundhog pattern, just with a more elongated body and legs, and different arms. And because of the kind of yarn and size of hook used, he turned out quite a bit bigger than groundhog (Sherbert is 4″ tall, while groundhog is 3″), but still tiny, for a yeti.


I used:

A fuzzy kind of yarn in white, like this one.

Worsted weight yarn in light blue

5.5mm and 3mm hook

Sewing needle and white thread

Tapestry needle

Small piece of  felt in light blue

Embroidery thread in brown, pink, and white

Stuffing (I used yarn scraps)


Head and Body:

With white yarn and 5.5mm hook:

Row 1: ch 3, 5 sc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st. in top of beginning 2 ch.

Row 2: ch 2, [2sc in next sc, sc in next sc] 3 times, sc in top of beginning ch.

Row 3 and on: sc around until piece measures 1.5 inches from the beginning,  take hook off loop, don’t fasten off.

Cut an oval out of the light blue felt about 1″ wide and 3/4″ tall. Embroider eyes, mouth, teeth, and other facial features as desired. Sew face to head (the piece you just crocheted) with sewing needle and thread.

Put hook back in loop where you left off. Continue with sc in each sc until piece measures 2.5″ from the beginning. End with last st in centre front (I just eyeballed it, but one could count the stitches to make sure it’s centered if desired), don’t fasten off, continue onto legs.


ch 2, bring the ch across the opening of the body and sc in a st in centre back (I just eyeballed it, but one could count the stitches to make sure it’s centered if desired — the groundhog pattern has process photos that explains this step). 

Then, sc in each sc until the ch 2 in the middle, sc in each ch, then sc in each sc for 3 more rounds, sl st. in each of next 2 sc, fasten off.

For the other leg, attach yarn to the same st in centre front at the base of the other leg, ch 1, sc in next sc, sc in each sc until the st in centre back at the base of the other leg, sc in the st in centre back, sc in each ch of the ch 2 in the middle (one would have to crochet in the back loops of the chain), sc in the beginning ch 1 of this leg, sc in each sc for 2 more rounds, sl st in each of next 2 sc, fasten off.

Now would be a good time to stuff the groundhog through the openings at the bottom of the legs. After stuffing, close the bottom of the legs by weaving through the inner loops of the opening with yarn and tapestry needle. Weave in ends.

Arms (make 2):

ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in each of next 2 ch, ch 1, fasten off.

This makes a thick chain with kind of a forked end, like this…

Weave ends into the thick chain.

Hands (make 2):

With light blue yarn and 3mm hook:

ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in each of next 2 ch, *ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in very first ch*, repeat from * to * once more, ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in each of next 2 ch, sl st in very first ch, fasten off. 

The hand looks like this…


Sandwich the top half of the hand between the forked ends of the arm, hiding the yarn ends of the hand. Sew in place with sewing needle and white thread (the fuzzy yarn is really good with hiding sewing stitches).

Repeat for the other arm and hand.

With sewing needle and white thread, sew arms to body.

The arm and hand look like this…


And yeti is ready to take on the world! :D


Even challenging the difficult and dangerous mount of yarn, facing the great risk of a yarn avalanche!


But at the end of an adventurous day, Sherbert the yeti is back on the couch, enjoying a cup of cocoa with his friends, and wishing everyone an awesome week filled with wonderful, exciting things.


P.s. if you spot errors or anything unclear about the pattern feel free to drop me a note! 




the finished sky sweater

It’s done! :D

Actually, it’s been done a while ago, just haven’t had time to post about it. It took about a month altogether. You can see the first post here, and updates here, here, and here :D)

Here’s the back of it…

And I like the different stripe patterns where the side seams meet :D

I finished all of the edges with a row of hdc.

It’s just one big rectangle with a neck opening. Perhaps when I have more time I can share how I made it. 

I think my love of making square tops and vests come from my mom. She used to crochet and knit a lot of vests too, from beautiful Japanese patterns (She’s expert at reading the charts; none of us in the family actually know how to read Japanese).

And finally, an awesome illustration that I think is quite fitting for this post…

via swiss miss


I will certainly be enjoying my new striped sweater very much :D

Have a great weekend, everyone!



craft-along gallery posted! :D

All the awesome photos and stories you’ve sent are finally posted! You can find them by clicking the “craft-along gallery” tap above. A huge thank-you hug to Mike who added the nifty gallery viewer :D

A tiny Yeti hug :D

The craft-along was a lot of fun! And I’ve been oooh-ing and ahh-ing over the photos everyone’s sent me. I will totally be up for having another party sometimes in the future. Maybe next time we can have a themed party!

Thank you so much for joining me! So inspired by your creativity. I hope you’ve had a good time crafting, and I hope you enjoy looking at everyone’s projects!

Have a great week, everyone!

you are so awesome!

For the past few days I have been receiving pictures from the craft-along weekend and stories to go with them. Thank you so much! :D your creativity is awesome and inspiring! I thought I would also share with you what I made with the white fuzzy yarn while watching Jurassic Park on the weekend…


Yes! A Yeti! I will have to take better photos of him with props and everything, and I plan on sharing the pattern, but there’s been a family emergency this week and I’m a bit frazzled. So I hope to post the pattern later next week. But I’m still aiming to post all of your awesome photos this weekend :)

Thank you so much for crafting along with me! Have an awesome rest of the week!

partying along…

Had some school work to catch up on today but happy to be setting aside some time for crafting in the evening :D Making something white and fuzzy while watching the Jurassic Park 3 DVD I borrowed from my friend :D I saw the first two when I was a kid but didn’t even know that there was a third one. I heard there’s a fourth one coming out in 2014… whoa.

It is now storming and pouring rain outside, just like one of the scenes in the movie. And the thunder kind of sounds like the dinosaurs roaring. Roarrr.

Still not too late to join the party if you haven’t heard about it earlier! :D

Can’t wait to show you what I’ve made (will post about that mid-week) and to see the awesome projects you’ve worked on! :D

Have a fantastic Sunday! 


corals, and more party ideas

An update of the corals. Have been following patterns in the book, but also started to make up free-form ones, like the orange ones on the far right.

And now, another round of ideas for the craft-along party (party starts tomorrow! interested in joining? See this post for more details).

Polka dot sweater (or, I would call it the toad stool sweater :D) from Kittenhood.


Super quick pom pom bookmarks from Design Mom.


And for anyone who’s getting ready for Christmas — plum pudding ornament! :D From Planet June.


Wishing you a weekend of happy creativeness! :D Excited to see what everyone makes! 




sky sweater update and party idea

Sky sweater is three-quarter of the way done. First sliver of blue sky in over a week. Just hoping that electricity and heat will come back on for the parts of the world that’s been affected by the hurricane, and that everyone will be warm and safe.

And a fabulous small crochet project I came across recently — miniature crocheted desserts! Thought it might be an idea for the upcoming craft-along party :D The pattern is in Dutch, but the writer has generously provided a link to an English version. If you scroll down to the bottom of the post you will find other kinds of dessert patterns too! All very cute.

Bye for now, more party ideas coming soon! 

Take care!




you’re invited :D

 (Image from I’m Invited to a Party by Mo Willems — highly recommended!)


To a craft-along party this weekend! :D

The idea for a craft-along party was inspired by the comments from the weaving post. Over the years I’ve gotten to know many of you through this blog — so grateful for your crafting tips, ideas, and encouragement! I would so love to have a crafting party together with all of you, but we live so far apart! So I thought, why not have a virtual craft-along party? Where we craft together in spirit :D

I figure everyone’s schedule is different, and I’m kind of confused about time zones… so instead of setting a 24-hour period (as I initially suggested in my last post), I thought the party can be extended to the whole weekend :D

So! The details!


When: Saturday & Sunday, November 10 & 11 — your local time :D

You’re invited to set aside some time over this weekend to craft along with everyone who’s joining the party. Can be an hour, several hours, the whole day… Whatever you wish in terms of the time and what to make — maybe a craft that you’ve been wanting to try for a while, maybe continuing on a project that has been hibernating, maybe just setting aside an hour to be spontaneous and make something unplanned and free-formed, maybe baking a cake for the sake of baking a cake… Or maybe gather some friends and have an actual crafting party, that would be super awesome! 

Share your awesomeness: 
If you wish, send me a photo of what you’ve made, perhaps also a description/story about it, and I will post them right here on the good ol’ blog. It will be like a mini gallery exhibition and celebration! :D

Sending photo:
Please send photos of your craft-along party project by Wednesday,
November 14 to genuinemudpie[at]gmail[dot]com 


Everyone’s welcome to join, the more the merrier, so feel free to spread the word!

People are welcome to join spontaneously, but if you can leave a comment below to let everyone know that you’re planning on joining that would be really exciting! :D    


Have an awesome start to the week, everyone!



this week’s awesome finds

 It’s been a while since my last awesome finds post! Perhaps some ideas for the craft-along party? (details about that coming soon, stay tuned! :D) 


Beautiful crayon rubbing with leafs as watercolour resist. From Make and Takes.


Fabulous doorknob covers, pattern on Roman Sock.


Easy microwave wreath forms — it’s high time for making some fall/winter wonderland/Christmas wreaths! From Michele Made Me.


Or what about a paper bag sun for a wreath? Also from Michele Made Me. (As you can see, I’ve got wreaths on my mind. I’m looking to replace the spring flower wreath on my door to a more seasonal one. The paper sun might be it!)


This is so hipster-looking, I would so make one if I know how to knit in the round. Bandana cowl from the Purl Bee.


Mending moth holes with moths. Such lovely idea. From nini makes.


I love this yarn (never used it, have just been marveling at photos of it), and the simple shape of this dress. From Lion Brand Yarn (registration required to access pattern, but it’s free :D).


What lovely blouse! And a sewing pattern to download on Make.


Tea party printable, with a place to add a tea bag! Makes an enticing invitation, I think! From Mr. Printables.


A very pretty transformation of a regular boxy plaid shirt! From C & C.


Brilliant cake flowers made with fruit leather! From Wedding Chicks.


Have a lovely rest of the weekend!