This tiny cowboy is spending the day rustling up love for the tornado victims in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma is my birthplace and will always be home to me. I’m so thankful that none of my friends or family were hit, and my heart goes out to those who were not so lucky this time.
I already had plans to fly to Oklahoma tomorrow for a visit with my family. I’ll be giving them extra hugs this weekend!
Sometimes my morning goes in a completely different direction from what I had planned. Today I was expecting a couple quiet hours of prototype knitting, but instead I started looking at some photos from last year, and then somehow I ended up with this screen in front of me.
So now I’m working on new buttons with colorful rainbow gnomes! You can expect to see them in the shop soon. (For now, you can get a variety pack of tiny mochi buttons.)
The only thing better than a friendly local yarn store is a local yarn store run by friendly chickens!
This is Phil’s adorable entry in our recent Fine Feathered Photo Contest. It was heartbreaking not to include it in the top three, but all that cuteness and attention to detail gets a big honorable mention from us! (And the gnome button portrait is just genius.)
Don’t forget to keep adding your photos of Mochimochi knits to our Flickr group—they’ll appear in the gallery page of this website, and they’ll automatically be eligible for our big photo contest in the fall.
We saw cotton-candy roving wool…
And the world’s saddest photo contest…
(Actually the photos were really good—it was just the display that broke my heart.)
And we saw a sock knitting machine at work! Of course the most interesting thing was the thing that I forgot to take a picture of, but it looked like this:
It’s made by the Erlbacher Gearhart Knitting Machine Company, which is based in Missouri. Jim from Good Karma Farm showed us how it works, and we were mesmerized. I actually saw more than one of these at the festival, so it must be a popular choice among serious sock makers.
There was a brief moment when I fantasized about using such a machine to crank out hundreds of mochis for my next installation. But that dream died when I reminded myself about all the shaping that I do, and the tiny scale that I prefer, not to mention the price of the machine. But if I ever need to make a boatload of giant snakes, I know just what to get!
If you haven’t seen one before, here’s a demo video of a vintage machine at work.
Are you sock knitters tempted?
It’s been a crazy kit-making week in Mochimochi Land! (It would be way crazier without my dad’s yarn-winding contraption.) Thanks so much to everyone who has placed an order. Your mysteries are on their way…
Chick chillin’ out
Chick ‘n Hen going to work
Makeup [note the framed photos on the wall!]
On the road
Curtain call—The End
John and I just love the incredible detail this knitter has used, employing all sorts of materials to complete the scenes. And a tiny rockstar chicken is a pretty awesome character. Great inspiration for the weekend!
Big news today about tiny kits!
First, it’s time for another free mystery kit special! Now through May 27th, everyone who purchases two kits and/or books from the Mochimochi Shop will get one of these mystery kits for free.
These are all-new designs with patterns that aren’t in any pattern collections or books yet. All I can reveal is that they’re all animals… and they’re all adorable!
Order two kits and/or books from the Mochimochi Shop, and a randomly-selected mystery kit will automatically be sent with your order. (You don’t have to add it to your shopping cart.) Order four kits/books, and two different mystery kits are yours. Order six kits/books, and all will be revealed to you.
Once the mystery kit special is over, these kits won’t be available in the shop again until later this year. So don’t miss out, especially if you love a good mystery…
Plus! By popular demand, the much-anticipated tiny gnome kit is finally here!
This kit comes with a pattern and enough Cascade Heritage yarn and stuffing to knit up three tiny gnomes. (That’s the minimum number required for a gnome kick line.)
If you know a knitting gnome lover who lacks the right colors, this is just the thing! (It’s also great for travel knitting.)
It’s now available for $12 in the Mochimochi Shop! (And yes, we ship internationally.)
It’s time to announce the winners of our Fine Feathered Photo Contest!
We asked you to create a scene with a photo or a series of photos featuring Tiny Chickens, Tiny Hatchlings, or Tiny Perching Pigeons. And boy did you come through! We were delighted by the creativity and hard work that obviously went into the more than 100 entries that we received. It’s the toughest thing in the world for John and me to select only three winners from all of the cuteness, but this beautiful Spud & Chloë yarn isn’t just going to give itself away…
See the winning entries after the jump!