Kirimi-chan the Fish Fillet

Earlier this year I blogged about Gudetama, the odd egg yolk character that Sanrio released to the Japan market. It seems that Sanrio is ready to test the “weird and cute” waters with their English-speaking followers now, with the introduction of their new character Kirirmi-chan, “a star in the slicked food world.”

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Yes, it’s a fillet of fish. Salmon, perhaps? This one is actually a little too weird for me, or maybe it’s the way that the body seems tacked on and lacking in design.

Super Cute Kawaii introduced this character to me this morning, but the blog Kao-ani has more information in a post from January, saying that the character resulted from an online vote that Sanrio held last year for a new food-related character. Fascinating! I have a feeling this one won’t be sticking around for very long, so for that reason alone I’m tempted to get some Kirimi-chan-branded products. Or even better…

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Book Signing & Tiny Chicken Class Aug 10 in Chicago

I’m looking forward to my first Chicago Yarn Crawl coming up next month!

As part of the crawl’s events, I’m going to be at Sifu Design Studio signing books from 10am to 1 pm.

Then in the afternoon, I’ll be teaching a tiny chicken class!

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This pattern incorporates elements that I use in many of my designs (like I-cords and picking up stitches), so it’s a great starting point for those new to tiny knitting. You’ll be well on your way to having a mini flock by the end of class!

You can find all of the class details and sign up on the Sifu website.

I’m looking forward to seeing all the yarn crawlers next month!

Schneck Lecker Gummy Snails

I discovered a new favorite candy this weekend! Schneck Lecker are gummy snails made by Haribo, and they are both weird and delicious (in a weird kind of way).

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I was really hoping that schneck lecker meant “snail licker,” especially since we see several little snaily tongues on the packaging. But Google Translate tells me that it just means “delicious snails.” (Still, I’d say they’re pretty lickable, so in my own head they’ll always be “snail lickers.”) Update: Several people have informed me that yes, it actually DOES mean “snail licker!” (Google Translate, you’re fired.)

The snails’ bodies are made of gummy foam, and the shells are regular transparent gummy (sorry, I don’t know the technical gummy terms). Haribo combines these two gummy types in many of their candies, but I’ve never seen the foam-to-regular-gummy ratio be so high, which makes these snails unique among gummies.

Also, they have cute little heads, complete with eye stalks and a nose.

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After I tried the first one, I had to play with the others and take photos for a while before they all went into my mouth.

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Wouldn’t these be fun toppers on a garden-themed birthday cake? If you can’t find them at your local European foods store, you can find them online from Euro Food Imports.

I’ll also take this snail-themed post as an opportunity to remind you that I have a free pattern for wooly snails and slugs. (Less delicious, but fewer calories!)

How to Pick Up Stitches

Recently I’ve received several requests for a tutorial on picking up stitches—it’s a technique that I use allll the time, so it’s about time that I show it! (And it comes in handy for one of the mystery kits that I’ve been shipping around the world this month…)

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Visit the How-to page for the full tutorial!

Tiny Steak

I woke up this morning feeling the need to knit a tiny steak, so that’s what happened.

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This guy was inspired by “The Ballad of Mr. Steak,” an infectious song by Kishi Bashi that I’ve decided is my official summer jam of 2014.

Now my little steak just needs arms and legs so he can dance California Raisins style!

Jeanne’s Roland Meets a Monkey

Cute baby plus giant toy alert! Jeanne shared these photos of Roland the huge roly poly encountering a similar-sized creature.

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Roland seems suspicious of the familiar-looking leg that this creature is holding…

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…maybe rightly so!

This is just all kinds of cute, and makes me want to go borrow that baby for all my photo shoots. Thanks for sharing, Jeanne!

Have you knitted toys from Huge & Huggable Mochimochi? Share your photos of them in our Flickr group, and you’ll get a free pattern when I feature them here!

Interview in Let’s Knit Magazine

UK magazine Let’s Knit interviewed me for their July 2014 issue! The Q&A is part of a feature about knitting on the internet. I’m a knitter who uses the internet, so there was a lot to talk about.

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The piece also has a Q&A with Tracy Burgess, who creates the most amazingly weird colorwork monsters.

Thank you to Amy at Let’s Knit!

(Cool bonus fact: Let’s Knit featured my mother-in-law Bonney’s epic yarn stash in their first issue back in 2007!)

It’s Mystery Kit Time Again!

Ready for a MYSTERY? The 2014 mystery preview kits are here!

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Now through July 31st, purchase two kits and/or books from the Mochimochi Shop, and you’ll receive one of these mystery kits for free!

Want some hints about what’s inside? All three are new, never-before-seen designs for adorable tiny creatures. One is feathered, one is furry, and one is… something else. In my completely biased opinion, these are the best mystery kits yet!

Order two kits and/or books, 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 on their way. Order six kits/books, and all will be revealed!

Once the mystery kit special is over, these patterns won’t be available until later this year. So don’t miss out!