Winners of the 9th Annual Photo + Video Contest

The results are in! We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 9th Annual Photo + Video Contest. Thank you to all of you who entered—this is our favorite Mochimochi Land tradition, and we’re so happy that it’s been going for nine whole years. I say it every year, but it continues to be true: the creativity and enthusiasm that you knitters put into Mochimochi Land are what keep me inspired to come up with new ideas, characters, and projects.

Big thanks are also in order for our sponsors, Knit Picks and Australian Homespun magazine, plus Franklin Habit and my MIL, Bonney Teti, for providing the best prizes yet this year.

Now for the winners in the photo category!

In third place is the adorable Where Do I Begin by Salla.

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Salla wins a $10 gift certificate to Knit Picks, a $10 gift certificate to Mochimochi Land, and a Team Macho bag from Bonney Teti’s yarn stash.

In second place is the colorful Frogs by TheBon.

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TheBon wins a $10 gift certificate to Knit Picks, a 12-month print subscription to Australian Homespun magazine, a $10 gift card to Mochimochi Land, and a tote bag and vintage knitting patterns from Bonney.

And our top photo winner is… Animal Crackers by KnitWit685!

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KnitWit685 wins a $50 gift certificate to Knit Picks, a 12-month print subscription to Australian Homespun, a Dolores sketch by Franklin Habit, and a tote bag and more from Bonney.

Next, we have video winners to announce! We got quite a few cute videos, so we also have three winners in this category!

In third place is Baby’s First Christmas by SARAnades In String.

SARAnades wins three mystery kits! (These will be available in the shop soon too.)

In second place is Snail Trails by Juleenbean.

Juleen wins three mystery kits and a $10 gift certificate to Mochimochi Land.

And finally, our first place winner in the video category is… Fiber Club by Jen Potter!

Jen wins a Giant Toys Kit from Knit Picks, a 12-month print subscription to Australian Homespun, a Dolores sketch by Franklin Habit, and three mystery kits.

Congratulations to these very creative knitters! And that wraps up the 9th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest—thank you again to all who participated with entries and voting.

Feeling inspired? It’s not too early to enter next year’s contest! All photos added to the Mochimochi Friends Flickr group will automatically be entered in the 10th Annual Mochimochi Photo Contest for later this year, and anytime you want to send in a video entry (by emailing a link to info [at] mochimochiland [dot] com) we’ll consider it for the next contest. We hope the next contest will be our biggest yet!

9th Annual Photo Contest: The Big Vote!

Update: Thank you for all the votes—we got more than 700 of them! Stay tuned for the results soon.

Voting week has arrived! After much deliberation, John and I have selected 12 finalists from the hundreds of photos entered in the 9th Annual Mochimochi Photo Contest.

Presenting your top 12 photos!

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Which of these, in your opinion, are the cutest, funniest, most original photos of Mochimochi toys? Cast your ballot below! To help make things fair, we’re asking that everyone please vote only one time, but PLEASE VOTE FOR AT LEAST TWO PHOTOS. You can vote for even more—as many as you like!

The poll will be open through this weekend, and we’ll announce the top three winners, along with the top video winner (selected by us), soon thereafter. Update: If you’re having trouble with the poll on your phone or tablet, try the mobile-friendly version!

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Hello 2016 Sale

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Happy New Year! You know who’s excited about 2016? It’s Zaru, who has been waiting ages for the year of the monkey to arrive.

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To celebrate the new year, Zaru is giving you 20% off everything in the Mochimochi Shop through January 31st. So it’s the perfect opportunity to nab his pattern, or any other patterns, books, or kits that you’ve had your eye on.

Our new year has been very baby-centric so far—we hope yours is off to a happy, crafty start!

Psst! Check back here tomorrow for photo contest voting…

Photo Contest ’15: Honorable Mentions

Thank you all once again for your entries in the 9th Annual Mochimochi Photo Contest! And thank you for your patience with us as we’ve waited until now to share the results and have the vote. I hope 2015 ended nicely for you all—we certainly had a memorable holiday season with the addition of our little Leo.

Today we’re revealing the Honorable Mentions in the photo portion of our contest, and soon we’ll have the big vote on the finalist photos. The winning video (chosen by John and me) will be presented along with the winning photos a bit later.

So without further ado, here are your Honorable Mentions! These photos didn’t quite make it into our finalist group, but we found them charming and are excited to share them here. See the full images close up after the jump!

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2015 Mochimochi Land Favorites

A lot happened in Mochimochi Land in 2015. Here are some highlights!


Free pattern: Tiny Rose!

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Funky Fleece


Tiny Alpaca tongue twisters

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Looong Gnome!


Giant Gnomes

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Adventures in Mochimochi Land

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Project Gnome Diplomacy and The Gnome Genome Project

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Back Page Photo Contest

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Tiny Terrors!

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Tiny Turkey vs Tiny Tofurkey

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Wrap Party starring the Generosi-trees

And finally, Baby Leo!

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All in all, I’d say it was a pretty great year. Thank you for being a part of it!

Also, due to this last item, I plan to update the blog less frequently in 2016, but I hope you’ll keep up with Mochimochi Land activities via Facebook or Instagram. See you next year with photo contest results!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Contest Results Coming Post-Holidays

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Since Christmas is fast approaching and everyone is busy with travel, parties, and holiday prep these last few weeks in December, we’re going to wait until after the holidays to post results from the Photo + Video Contest. I hate to make you all wait, but on the other hand I think it will be a great way to start the new year.

I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season—stay tuned for a special animation in the meantime!

Meet Baby Leo

Things have been quiet here lately because our baby Leo decided to arrive early! He was born on Wednesday, December 9th, weighing in at 6 lbs even.

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As a result, we’ll be delayed in posting photo + video contest results. Thank you for your patience!