Tiny Woodland Patterns Now Available

Wow, thank you for an awesome pattern launch last night! Even with an initial glitch with the pattern page (that had John and me freaking out for a few minutes—thanks to those of you who alerted us to it), we had a terrific response!

And now for the official-official announcement: The Tiny Woodland pattern collection is now here!

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Tiny fox, owl, tree, and hedgehog can be knit up in a matter of hours with minimum yarn. Have a free weekend? You can knit a whole forest! The pattern collection is available as a PDF download for $6 in the shop. (Want them on Ravelry? Just send me a quick email when you check out with your Ravelry name, and I’ll add the patterns to your library when they’re available, in about a month.)

These projects are great for scrap yarn, or pick up a kit to make three owls, hedgehogs, or foxes for $12 a pop.

Because woodland creatures have a tendency to be some people’s all-time favorite animals, I put extra work into getting the designs just right. I also wanted the photos to be just right, so when it was time for the photo shoot I called in Soupy to do what he does best: Soupyvise.

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It’s like supervising, but it’s nonverbal, and he might destroy what you’re trying to do without warning.

Here’s something else I tried as a main image.

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I liked the idea of shooting down on the projects, kind of in a Wes Anderson style, but I just couldn’t get the lighting right, and the burlap texture (which is the same as the background in the top photo) was too distracting and also made the image look slightly crooked.

And yes, I did have to hot glue the tiny owl to the twig. Oh, the sacrifices my mochis make for their art!

Anyway, I think the world is becoming a little more adorable this weekend thanks to all of you who are getting the patterns. Thank you!

Tiny Woodland Caption Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who submitted cute and silly captions to our week of woodland creature caption contests! It’s been such fun reading them all this afternoon.

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John and I really hate picking favorites, but we’re willing to do it for you cool people. So here we go!

Our favorite tiny owl caption is by Sadie:

Tiny owl doesn’t give a hoot about practicing for his flying test; he knows he’ll be able to wing it!

Our favorite tiny fox caption is a tongue twister courtesy of Devon:

What’s a knit kit without a kit to knit? ;)

Cristina’s tiny hedgehog caption gets props for being both weird and cool:

Day 32 of secretly integrating myself into pinecone society, and they’ve yet to become suspicious.

And Salla came up with a tiny tree caption that is sweet and understated:

Tiny tree is always well-grounded and his Woodland friends would describe him as being down-to-earth.

Congratulations to these worthy witty wordsmiths, each of whom wins the new Tiny Woodlands PDF pattern collection, which—yes!—is now available in the shop.

But wait, we have one more winner! Of all the lovely poems we received, one stood out for its fun story and clever rhymes:

There once was a spiffy wee fox,
Who took pride in his vermilion locks.
He ran this way and that
To avoid becoming a hat;
Oh that sneakily stylish li’l fox!

That was authored by Sophia, who wins the PDF pattern collection, PLUS tiny kits for the fox, hedgehog, and owl!

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If the above image looks a little familiar, that’s because these were the mystery preview kits that we were sending out in July. So many reveals in one blog post!

Thanks again to those who participated in our little contest. I hope you all enjoy the patterns!

Tiny Tree

Update: Congrats to our caption contest winners! Also, the tiny tree pattern is now available!

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If you’ve noticed a theme to this week of caption contests, you might have guessed that a tiny owl, a tiny fox, and a tiny hedgehog could use a tiny tree for a friend. You would be right!

Hurry up and give us your best tiny tree caption, because we’ll announce all of the caption contest winners later this afternoon, in conjunction with the release of the Tiny Woodland pattern collection. Keep it to one caption per person in the comments, please, then check back later for the winners and the patterns!

Tiny Hedgehog

Update: Congrats to our caption contest winners! Also, the tiny hedgehog pattern is now available as a PDF download and as a kit!

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It’s day three of our week of caption contests, and that means we’re just one day away from new tiny patterns!

Today this tiny hedgehog needs a caption, one that sums up what it means to be a tiny hedgehog in a way that is both adorable and profound. Or you can win us over with anything that rhymes with “hedgehog.”

Our favorite hedgehog caption (along with our favorite owl and fox captions) will be announced tomorrow, and the author will receive the new patterns for free!

As always, please keep your captions to one per person per post.

Tiny Fox

Update: Congrats to our caption contest winners! Also, the tiny fox pattern is now available as a PDF download and as a kit!

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The new tiny pattern collection is now just two days away! Thank you for all the tiny owl captions yesterday—we got so many more than I had expected.

Today I challenge you to caption the next creature in the collection, a tiny fox! Like with yesterday’s caption, John and I will choose a winner on Thursday, and that person will receive a free copy of the new patterns. (And again, please keep your captions to one per person per post.)

Tiny Owl

Update: Congrats to our caption contest winners! Also, the tiny owl pattern is now available as a PDF download and as a kit!

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School’s back in, the air is getting crisp, and new seasonally-appropriate tiny patterns are coming this week!

We’re also long overdue for a caption contest, so let’s fix that right now: Caption this tiny owl with your cutest owl pun, and the winner (to be announced Thursday) will receive the new pattern collection. We’ll have a new caption contest going every day this week, so be sure to check back for more chances to win! (Please keep your captions to one per person per post.)

Australian Homespun Magazine

I’m a little out of the loop when it comes to craft magazines (first I have to get caught up on my New Yorker subscription—ha), but an issue of Homespun magazine from Australia arrived in the mail this week, and I just have to share.

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With gorgeous design and paper stock (plus a generous page count), this magazine is really a delight to peruse. It’s in my hands because they were nice enough to include some of my tiny knits in a feature on miniature crafting! (And nice enough to send a hard copy instead of a PDF, which I appreciate.)

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I’m honored to have my projects shown alongside some truly remarkable tiny things—yay mini needle-felted Ewok!—but mainly I’m just excited to come across such a cool magazine. Just look at this intro to a project for a felt bag.

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I love the dramatic black background and the use of space here. Plus illustrations! It feels like to editorial team really cares about bringing their readers something special.

So, those of you who are both crafters and design snobs, try to get your hands on Homespun!

Biggest Twig Update

Back in June I started work on what would be the biggest twig to date in the Wooly Woods, my ongoing art project that explores the more forested regions of Mochimochi Land.

Here’s what it looked like after a few days’ work.

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And here is the fully wrapped big twig, two months later!

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Also, here is what I spent those two months looking like, from the twig’s perspective.

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Hunched over in concentration is not the most flattering angle for me, as it turns out.

The twiggins who will live in this piece of the Wooly Woods are underway as well.

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And now comes the fun part: playing around with the pieces to find the right positions for the creatures and inventing the trouble that they’re getting into, which will include more characters and woodsy elements.

The plan is for this piece and others from my show last year to be on display at Vogue Knitting LIVE in Chicago in October—which I guess is next month!—so I’m feeling good about the progress for that. If you’re thinking of attending, the event is open for registration (and I’ll also be teaching some classes there).