Pass the Sheep

Remember that game Pass The Pigs? Maureen, my animator and kit fairy, discovered that you can pass the tiny sheep too!

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I love it when mochis having multiple weird uses. What else can tiny sheep do, I wonder??

Sheila’s “Think Spring” Bunnies

Sheila (QueenofSheeba on Ravelry) is a knitter who frequently embodies the Mochimochi spirit by spreading little bits of happiness wherever she goes. For her latest project, the happiness comes in the form of tiny bunnies with messages of spring for the embattled citizens of New England, who have been dealing with unprecedented amounts of snow recently.

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Here’s what Sheila says in her project description on Ravelry:

Desperate times call for desperate measures!

Much like the rest of the Northeast my little patch of Maine has been inundated with snow and it just keeps coming! All you hear is “No more snow!” “Please make it stop!” “U-N-C-L-E ALREADY!!!” That’s just me! Hehehe. Of course I am hearing the same desperate cries everywhere I go SO, I decided to start the “Think Spring” movement. Maybe, juuuuuust maybe, if enough of us thing positive thoughts spring will come about sooner. As I said, things are getting desperate!

The big batch of bunnies goes to the folks at the local library. The others will randomly be given to those in need-hehehe. I figure it can’t hurt and might make folks smile in between the snowflakes…

Sure, little knitted bunnies in plastic eggs are silly, but I have no doubt that they are just what some people need right now. There’s a whole Tiny Bunny Movement based on this idea, in fact! Check out their Ravelry group, and use my free pattern to scatter little bunny-snapped seeds of happiness yourself.

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Mochimochi Land is Coming to VK LIVE Pasadena

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Exciting news: Mochimochi Land will be coming to Vogue Knitting LIVE in Pasadena in April!

The mochis and I will be in the art gallery (in or near the marketplace) all weekend long April 17-19 at the Pasadena Convention Center. Stop by to say hi and see a piece of Mochimochi Land in person—including a sneak preview of some of the creatures from my next book! And if you like, you can also bring a tiny mochi (3″ tall or smaller) to come live in Mochimochi Land.

I’ll be there hanging out, knitting, and selling my books and a selection of kits.

Plus! On Sunday there will be a hunt for tiny roses all through the marketplace.

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Of course, I hope tiny roses will be all over the place (knit yours from my free pattern and wear it proudly!), but everyone who finds a tiny Pasadena rose with a special tag will win a copy of Huge & Huggable Mochimochi.

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VK LIVE offers so much more—check out all the classes and other goings-on at their website.

I’ll see you and your roses in Pasadena!

Eep! Tiny Sheep!

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Happy Chinese New Year—it’s now officially the year of the sheep!

To celebrate, why not turn your yarn back into itty-bitty sheepies? The pattern is now available in two forms, as a PDF download and as a giftable kit that makes two sheep.

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The inspiration behind this design is pretty obvious—I can’t count the number of requests that I’ve gotten for this high-fiber animal over the years. But I’m kind of glad that I waited until this year to make it, because my tiny designing skills have come a long way, and I wanted to get this one just right!

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The techniques that the pattern uses are your standard tiny mochi techniques—knitting in the round on double-pointed needles, I-cord, and picking up stitches (just for the tail). But I added a new technique: brushing, a tip I picked up from June of PlanetJune.

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I recommend using a 100% wool yarn to help get your sheep the fuzziest they can be. For the samples in the photos, I used a combination of Cascade 220 Fingering, Knit Picks Palette, and Cascade Heritage yarns (for the faces and legs).

And if you’ve got wool scrap yarn, this pattern is perfect for using up leftover bits—just use a larger needle size to scale it up.

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Happy shepherding!

Happy Baa-lentine’s Day

When love is in the air in Mochimochi Land, the results come quickly. May love blossom all around you this weekend!

Animation made with help from Maureen Boyle.

(A pattern for the tiny rose is available for free, and the sheep pattern is coming soon!)

A Potpourri of Tiny Roses

The tiny roses are popping up like pretty weeds on Ravelry—as of today there are 40 of them listed!

Let’s marvel at how each of these tiny roses, although made from a very simple free pattern, is a unique and beautiful creature. (The Little Prince was right, of course!) Kittrin’s Mr. Rose, for example, may have walked right out of a Super Mario Bros. game, while DQknits’ Tiny Rose strikes me as a little hand-dyed diva.

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lolypoplolpop1’s Not-As-Tiny Rose, below, seems like a bit of a tough guy with a soft heart, and beckjohn’s Tiny roses are siblings who have nothing to say to each other right now because they’ve been arguing about tap vs. distilled water and they’ve each realized that they’re never going to change the other’s mind.

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Unsurprisingly (but delightfully!) QueenofSheeba went and knitted up a whole colony of glamorous tiny roses,

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And in our Flickr group, Knit Mermaid is killing me with this spot-on Baby Groot.

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So many loved ones are going to be delighted/nonplussed this weekend. Valentine’s Day is two days away, the pattern is free and super quick—if you haven’t yet, hurry up and knit a tiny rose!

Time-Lapse Video of Animation Setup

We made a stop-motion animation yesterday—coming soon! Maureen had the foresight to shoot a time-lapse video as we were setting up and beginning to animate.

This was just the start of our production—about three hours of animating followed. Many more nails were bitten along the way. But I think it’s going to turn out cute!

Free Pattern: Tiny Rose

This is an intermediate-level knitting pattern for everyone to enjoy. Please check out the Mochimochi Shop for more patterns that you’ll love!

You can download a PDF version of this pattern on the Vogue Knitting LIVE website.

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Valentine’s Day is coming up, and you know what would really make your sweetheart swoon? That’s right, a tiny anthropomorphic plant made of yarn. This itty-bitty rose knits up in an hour or less, so you can dole out the love all over the office or make a mini bouquet for your one and only.

Techniques included I-cord and knitting in the round on double-pointed needles. Fingering-weight yarn is recommended, but just about any yarn with corresponding needle size will work great.

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