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!

 

 

adventures in loom‐knitting

For my birthday I got myself a set of knitting looms. It also serves well as a birthday crown :D

I’ve discovered that loom‐knitting is super quick for making hats! I found it quite relaxing and it’s a great for tv‐watching. I literally made 5 hats in a week. Some were smaller child‐size ones of course, but definitely quicker than knitting. And thick and cozy with the doubled brim and super bulky yarn. I’ve had great results using Caron Tea Cakes. One roll makes about 2.5 hats, and it’s just about the right thickness for the loom. 

So I made a couple with the Earl Grey colourway for friends. The looms I got came with an instruction book so I just followed that. There are also tons of tutorials for making double‐rimmed loom‐knitted hats with simple e‐wrap stitches.

Then I remade my pink hat.

And then made a couple of kids’ ones using Sprinkle Cakes :D This was one of them. The brim was 2 strands of worsted weight yarn held together. The other has a purple brim and yellow pom pom but I gift‐wrapped it before taking a picture :(

This one I made with two strands of worsted weight yarn held together throughout. 

And this was a custom order, with a modified Albertosaurus on it :)

Have you tried loom‐knitting? What else have you made? I’d love to hear about other possibilities!

Have a good week everyone! :D