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!
How are your Mochimochi Photo Contest entries coming?? Don’t worry if you haven’t started—there’s still plenty of time before December 9th arrives. And we have plenty of reasons for you to enter, including prizes from our new sponsor Craftsy!
Craftsy is the destination for online classes on all things craft: knitting, quilting, sewing, weaving, cake decorating… their list goes on and on! Good friends of Mochimochi Land teach for Craftsy, including Angela Tong, Franklin Habit, and Stacey Trock—check out their full instructors list, and you’ll likely see lots more familiar names!
When you take a Craftsy class, you watch the videos at your own pace, the instructors are available throughout, and you can get feedback and advice all the time from interactions with your fellow classmates.
We’re so excited to have Craftsy as a sponsor for our photo contest this year. Our top winner (chosen by all of you) will get a free class! Our second place winner will get a 50% discount, and our third place winner will get a 25% discount. That’s in addition to prizes from Knit Picks, from Bonney Teti’s yarn stash, and from us here at Mochimochi Land!
So after the eating and the napping and the crazy shopping (if you’re into that), this would be a GREAT weekend for making your contest entry! All you have to do is knit a Mochimochi toy, take a fun photo of it, and add it to our Flickr group. See the full contest details, and have fun with it!
Last week I mentioned how fun and inspiring it was to teach a toy design master class at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in October. Because I was just about to move to Chicago, we couldn’t schedule a follow-up class to see everyone’s progress with their designs, but I asked the participants to send me updates by email. A few have come through, including Jessica, with this adorable oyster that she designed and made!
In the class we had talked about how Jessica would make the top and bottom pieces hinge together, and how she might make the wavy “lips” of the oyster. For the lips especially, it seemed like there would be a simple solution, but it would require a little trial and error just to see how it would turn out. She opted to try making a separate I-cord and stitching it in place, and I think it worked out brilliantly!
If you’re interested in designing your own toy, my biggest advice is to just start knitting! It’s easy to get caught up in Planning Mode, thinking that you have to have everything figured out before you begin. Toys are a great place to start with designing because you can incorporate lots of fun knitting techniques and you don’t have the pressure of making sure that it will fit someone in the end. If you’ve had a toy in mind that you’d like to design, just go for it!
I’ll be leading a short workshop on toy design at Vogue Knitting LIVE in NYC in January, so I hope you’ll plan to join me if you’ll be there.
And if any of the other Lion Brand Studio class participants are reading this, I’d love to see more of your finished projects!
Knit Picks is a huge part of my knitting: I got my swift and yarn winder from them, I have a whole stash drawer dedicated to their Palette yarn, and I used their Brava Bulky yarn for a bunch of the projects in Huge & Huggable Mochimochi. So it made my day to see KP staff member Hannah’s Roland on the Knit Picks blog this week!
And Knit Picks is giving away THREE copies of Huge & Huggable Mochimochi right now—check out Hannah’s blog post to find out how to enter. (The deadline is for the book giveaway is Monday.)
What’s more, Knit Picks has been a sponsor of our annual Mochimochi Photo Contest for the past four years, and they’ve stepped up again this year! Our second and third place winners will each receive a $10 gift certificate, and our first place winner will get a $50 gift certificate. That’s a lot of Palette!
Or needles, books, kits, tools…there’s so much to choose from!
(And if you don’t live in the US or Canada, this is your rare opportunity to score Knit Picks stuff—we’ve worked it out so that any winners in other countries will be able to get the goods too.)
But you can’t win if you don’t enter your photos! The photo contest deadline is December 9th. So check out the full contest details, and get knitting and clicking!
By popular demand, look who’s now available as a kit!
The Tiny Snowman Kit comes with the pattern and enough yarn (Cascade Heritage, a fingering-weight wool/nylon blend) and stuffing to make two snowpeople, one with a blue scarf and one with a pink scarf. All you need are a set of size 1 DPNs and a small tapestry needle.
This would make a COOL gift for your knitting friends, if you’ll pardon the pun. (And the pattern is super simple, so it’s a great one to start with!)
If you haven’t checked them out, we now have 17 different tiny kits in the Mochimochi Shop, each available for $12.