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

 

mystery dino CAL!

Introducing — mystery dino crochet-along! :D

This idea has been brewing in my head for a while, to make a series of tiny dinosaurs, thinking about different dinosaur shapes and ways to articulate them with crochet stitches… and I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to organize it and invite everyone to join in on the fun. But at the same time finding myself procrastinating with the designing… So I figure, I’d just launch it! That would make sure that I do it!

So here it is! Over the next little while you’ll find a dinosaur pattern posted every week, or, “excavated” from a square of the badlands above (ha!). Follow along to see what dinosaurs get unearthed! :D 

As you can see one dinosaur is already out! You can find the tiny stegosaurus here

What to do with tiny dinosaurs, you ask? It makes a wonderful zipper pull, brooch/pin, and travel companion…

They would also make really friendly fridge magnets. Or a baby mobile with all of them together. Or a pocket pal. They’re flat so it’s super easy to mail one to someone to brighten their day! Nothing says “never in a million years did I think I’d find someone so utterly perfect…” better than sending a dinosaur! (haha, maybe not, but still! Who doesn’t love a tiny dino?) 

So I invite you to journey along, and send me your dinosaur pics, and at the end I’ll put my amateur graphic design skills to good use and make a virtual dino party with all of your pictures! It will be a riot! :D

You can share your pictures by:

  1. Emailing genuinemudpie[at]gmail[dot]com
  2. Bloggers: leave a comment on any of the Mystery Dino CAL posts with a link to your blog post with the picture.
  3. Instagram: tag me @genuinemudpie and use the hashtag #mysterydinocal
  4. Join the Ravelry group
  5. Post your FOs to my Ravelry dino project pages

 

I hope you will join me! Have a rawrrring weekend everyone! :D 

 

countdown to the TTC knitalong!

I spent yesterday morning stuffing awesome swag bags with awesome people for everyone coming to the TTC Knitalong (heart-eyes, heart-eyes, heart-eyes). Check this out!

So excited!! It’s only one week away! It’s not too late to sign up, but hurry, there are only a few tickets left!

So grateful for the sponsors this year!! 3 we’ve got very nice mercerized cotton, large buttons, needles, hooks and knooks (new craft to learn btw!), gauge ruler, and knitting patterns!

There are ALSO lots and lots of YARN raffle prizes, which you can check out on the TTC Knitalong Instagram feed :) And you can get a free raffle ticket for every yarn or finished item donation! The yarn donations go to organizations like Street Knit, Knitted Knockers and hospitals. Proceeds from the event goes to Sistering, a drop-in and support centre for women in Toronto.

Come join us this Saturday if you’re in the Toronto area! :D You’ll see me with team Magic Loop!

Have a good week everyone!

 

spring knitting

There was this buy one get one free deal for Caron Simply Soft yarn one day at Michaels. I was working on a project that needed dark blue at the time and thought I only needed one skein. So I picked up this fun self-striping fiesta colour for the free skein because I love the neon yellow in it. One of my nieces birthday was coming up soon, so I thought I’d make her a fun vest with it :D (pictured above) The pattern is from issue 88 of Inside Crochet, the Imogen cardigan. I added the arcade stitch to the bottom third of it for more fun :)

And then I ended up needing more of this blue yarn, so I had to get another skein, and had the chance to pick up yet another free skein of fun self-striping yarn!

(One might even suspect that I did this on purpose so I could get more free skeins to grow my stash rather than just getting the 2 skeins of blue that I needed in my first round of shopping. But I promise I really thought I only needed one skein of that blue. Who would want to grow their stash? That’s ridiculous.) 

What do I do with this delicious mixed berry colour? Turned out that one of my best friends was visiting from out of town with her most adorable daughter. So I made another vest, plus a matching bias scarf for mum! :D

I used the Chasing Blizzard pattern for the scarf, but only followed it loosely, because my gauge is different. It was a lot of fun to knit. Here I am kind of modelling it so you can see the stitch patterns a bit better.

And the bunny rocking the vest :D It was part of a cardigan pattern from a very old issue of Crochet Today magazine. 

She insisted on playing with the rice cooker measuring cups at the juncture of kitchen and dining room. (that was how her mum was able to get a picture of the front of the cardigan)

And spring is the perfect time to go on a knitting/crocheting/yarn crafting adventure! Two years ago I participated in the TTC knitalong, it was a great deal of fun visiting different local yarn shops, meeting other yarn crafters and knitting in public! (you can see my pictures here!). I even got a few exclusive patterns and won a sweater-quantity of handspun from one of the shops!

This year the knitalong is going to be on Saturday July 15! It’s been a hugely popular event that’s entirely run by volunteers, so this year I’m helping to organize the event and we need a few more yarn-loving folks to help out! So if Toronto is your neighbourhood and if you love yarn I think you should absolutely join me :D

It’s really a fantastic event that brings people together, draws business to independent yarn shops and benefits Sistering, a local drop-in and support centre for women. So! The next planning meeting is Saturday May 20 at 1pm, and we can even get ice cream afterwards! :D For more information and updates, check out the event’s Facebook page here.

Hope everyone’s enjoying the sun!

 

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!