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How are your Mochimochi Photo Contest entries coming? The deadline is MONDAY—that still gives you enough time to knit up a mochi and take a funny picture of it!
As I’ve been featuring this month, we have some awesome prizes for the winners, including gift certificates from Knit Picks, classes and special discounts from Craftsy, gift cards from us here at Mochimochi Land, and a bunch of surprises straight from the World’s Biggest Yarn Stash. But wait, there’s more!
Each of the top three winners will get a Sonny Angel! What is a Sonny Angel? It’s a Kewpie doll from Japan that wears a funny costume, or something! We have two holiday-themed Angels and one chocolate-themed one. Our first-place winner will also receive a Hello Kitty grocery re-ment set from Japan! (You knew I couldn’t resist throwing in some cute stuff from Japan.)
I’ve been making extra trips to the post office over the past few days, thanks to this magazine…
It’s such an honor to get a mention in this magazine. The only downside is that all the other mochis are jealous of these two overnight crafting sensations!
A big thank you to Martha Stewart Living for this early Christmas present!
Here’s another original toy created by a knitter who took my toy design class in October!
Patricia wanted to design a fox, but was unsure about where to start, especially when it came to the head. So in the class she sketched out the triangle shape she had in mind, and as a group we discussed some different options for how she could make it, with varying degrees of complexity.
I was so excited when Patricia sent me photos of her finished fox with his triangle head. Often the simple solution is the best way to go for a charming toy, and I think Patricia got it just right—this guy reminds me of an illustration, with its handmade quality and basic shapes.
Patricia shared a bunch of photos of her fox-in-progress on her Tumblr. It’s awesome to see her fox take shape!
She mentioned in the Tumblr post that she mostly pieced him together using different patterns from my books, and that’s totally OK! Existing patterns are great resources, and it’s all about simple shapes anyway, so taking elements from various sources is a good way to start designing your own toys.
Thanks to Patricia for sharing her fox!
Our 2013 holiday pattern has arrived! Knit up snowball-sized Teeter-Totter Reindeer in a day or less for quick gifts and cute holiday decor.
The pattern automatically comes FREE with any purchase of $5 or more from the Mochimochi Shop through January 1st! A link to download the pattern will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your purchase. (You don’t have to add it to your cart.)
These guys are based on animals that I made for a mobile for my niece when she was born two years ago. There’s something about a spherical body with minimalist features that melts my heart. I hope you guys want to knit them too!
I’ve decided that it’s now a Thanksgiving tradition to share a photo of one of my cats impersonating a turkey.
Nipsey just needs the sides and he’ll be all set!
I have so many things to be thankful for this year: healthy family and friends, a supportive husband, a nice home in a new city, and all of you who give me joy and inspiration and make my job possible. Thank you!
Lots of less fortunate people are dealing with hardship and loss right now. If you can, today’s a great day to give to organizations like Doctors without Borders, the Red Cross, and the UN Refugee Agency.
And this would be the post-turkey scene in our household.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! And Happy Hanukkah too!