I’ve been getting emails all month from knitters who think they’ve spotted knitted gnomes, snowmen, and other Mochimochi Land creatures on TV. If you’ve been watching Nickelodeon, you’re eyes are not deceiving you! Last month I had the opportunity to work with Nick on a series of animated holiday IDs featuring a variety of wintry mochis making mischief in the snow. If you tune in right now, you’ll probably see them airing between commercials!
I’m excited to share the full animations here.
Like with the other stop-motion videos and GIFs that I’ve made, the animations were created by moving the creatures a fraction of an inch and taking a photograph, and repeating that again and again until we had a series of hundreds of photos that could be put together to make one action happen. Then repeat. And repeat. Making a 10-second animation could take up to four hours, and that’s pretty good time for stop-motion!
I worked together with the Nick promotions team to concept and animate the first six IDs, with all the post-production work, including the sound and the flat animations, handled by Nick. The last four animations starring mochi-fied Nick characters were done by the Nick team themselves using materials I had made.
It was an incredible experience to get to work on these ambitiously-conceived animations with such a talented and enthusiastic team. I had a blast with this project, and I learned so much! The project has made me more excited about all the possibilities for mochis in motion.
Big thank-yous go to Matthew Dunteman at Nick and to my agent Koko for making this happen!
UPDATE: The contest is now closed for entries. Thank you for your photos, and please check back soon for honorable mentions and semifinalists for YOU to vote on!
Photo by Brandi Simons
Don’t forget! Today (Monday 12/9) is the last day to enter your photos in the 2013 Mochimochi Photo Contest—photos added to our Flickr group after midnight (Pacific time) won’t be eligible for the contest. But if you just can’t help being late, don’t fret! All photos added after midnight automatically will be entered in next year’s contest.
Once all your photos are in, John and I will carefully look over all the entries, and do the difficult task of selecting honorable mentions, and then our semifinalists, which we will ask you to give us your input on. And next week we’ll have the final vote for everyone to participate in. So be sure to check back here for all the photo fun!
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!
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!