Domestic Bliss

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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You can make your own bit of squeezable domestic bliss with the new Homely and Hut pattern, now in the shop.

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These guys are cute projects on their own, and they’re also just the right size for a scene with tiny mochis!

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Winners of the 10th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest

The results are in! We are excited to announce the winners of the 10th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest!

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First, let me say thank you once again to everyone who participated with your very creative entries. Mochimochi Land is really a real place because of all the knitting and enthusiasm that you share!

Big thank-yous also go to all of our wonderful sponsors this year.
Our longtime super-sponsor Knit Picks is providing exciting surprise prize packages to our winners. What could be included??? Knit Picks carries all sorts of wonderful stuff, including yarn, needles, patterns, kits, and knitting notions and tools that you didn’t even know existed.

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Knit Picks Palette yarn, one of my personal favorites.

Knitwear designer SpillyJane (who I interviewed here) is sending all six winners this delectable collection of PDF patterns from her Ravelry store:

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And knitwear designer Angela Tong (who I interviewed here) is also sending all six winners this beautiful collection of PDF patterns from her Ravelry store:

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Plus! My mother-in-law, Bonney Teti (who I video-interviewed here) has contributed a collection of vintage and not-so-vintage patterns, books, and kits from her World’s Biggest Yarn Stash to be divvied out to the winners:

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Thanks to these generous friends we’ve got the best and biggest prizes ever this year!

So without further ado, here are your winners in the photo category.

It was a close race for third place, but in the end it went to the oh-so-clever Deep Sea Shadow Box by Huey Li.

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Well done Huey! You win a $50 surprise gift package from Knit Picks, patterns from SpillyJane and Angela Tong, goodies from Bonney Teti’s World’s Biggest Yarn Stash, and a $20 gift card to Mochimochi Land.

In second place is the very zen Sweet Yoga by Wooly Brain (aka Denise).

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Yay Denise! You win a $75 gift package from Knit Picks, patterns from SpillyJane and Angela Tong, goodies from Bonney’s World’s Biggest Yarn Stash, and a $20 gift card to Mochimochi Land.

And first place in the photo category goes to the stunning rainbow of Tiny Hedgehogs by The Bon (aka Bonnie).

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Congratulations, Bonnie! You win a $100 gift package from Knit Picks, patterns from SpillyJane and Angela Tong, goodies from Bonney’s stash, and a $20 gift card to Mochimochi Land.

Now for our video category winners!

Again we had a tight race for the second and third place winners. In third place is the very current Mochimochi Land Mannequin Challenge by Juleenbean.

Nice job, Juleen! You win patterns from SpillyJane and Angela Tong, goodies from Bonney’s World’s Biggest Yarn Stash, and four tiny kits from the Mochimochi Shop.

In second place is the tragicomic How Snowy Lost his Nose by Toomanycupcakes (aka Sara).

Beautiful, Sara! You win patterns from SpillyJane and Angela Tong, goodies from Bonney’s stash, and four tiny kits from the Mochimochi Shop.

And last but certainly not least, first place in the video category goes to the epic saga The Witch and the Dog by Lais.

Amazing, Lais! You win a $100 gift package from Knit Picks, patterns from SpillyJane and Angela Tong, goodies from Bonney’s stash, and six tiny kits from the Mochimochi Shop.

Congratulations to these most creative knitters! And that wraps up the 9th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest—thank you again to Knit Picks, SpillyJane, Angela Tong, Bonney Teti, and all who participated with entries and voting.

10th Annual Mochimochi Photo Contest: The Big VIDEO VOTE

Update: The poll is now closed. Thank you for your votes! Results coming soon!

For the third year in a row, we had a video category in the Mochimochi Photo Contest. Making a video is way more involved than taking a still photo, but the reward is more storytelling and the magic of seeing your mochis come to life.

This year we had six great entries, so we’re also holding a video vote! First, watch the embedded videos below, then please vote for your favorite (or favorites!) using the ballot at the bottom of this post. We’ll leave the poll open through Sunday, January 22nd.

Good luck to these creative knitter-animators!

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10th Annual Mochimochi Photo Contest: The Big VOTE

Update: The poll is now closed. Thank you for your votes! Results coming soon!

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Here it is, your ballot for the 10th Annual Photo Contest! We’ll leave the poll open through Sunday, January 22nd. Please vote only once time (although you can vote for as many photos as you like).

Good luck to these creative knitters!

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Free Pattern: Tiny Pussy Hat

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Granny’s going to a march this weekend! Here’s a simple pattern for you to knit as a good luck charm for you or for someone you’re supporting:

Cast on 20 sts, distribute onto 3 DPNs.
Work one round in [K1, p1] rib.
Knit 4 rnds.
Next rnd: [Kfb] twice, k6, [kfb] 4 times, k6, [kfb] twice (28 sts).
Divide the sts onto 2 DPNs, and bind off with kitchener stitch.

The hat should fit tiny mochis like the granny, Knit Kit and Purl Girl, and more!

This hat was inspired, of course, by the #pussyhatproject.

Vogue Knitting LIVE NYC is this weekend!

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If you’re going to be anywhere near NYC this weekend, I hope you’ll get yourself to the Marriott Marquis in Times Square for Vogue Knitting LIVE.

Here’s the rundown of Mochimochi Land goings-on:

• You can join me in a group knitting project—we’ll be making as many FellowSheep as we can all weekend, sponsored by Lion Brand!

• Check out a small display of classic Mochimochi characters and animations!

• I’ll be in the art gallery area of the marketplace all weekend signing books and selling kits at a special price, including exciting NEW kits that you can’t find anywhere else yet!

• On Sunday there will be a tiny ninja hunt in the Marketplace! Each person who finds a knitted ninja will win either a copy of Adventures in Mochimochi Land or a tiny ninja kit.

• My mom’s gonna be there too!

10th Annual Mochimochi Photo Contest: Honorable Mentions

Thank you, everyone, for your entries in the 10th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest! Yes, somehow this really was the 10th annual contest!

Today we’re pleased to announce the 12 Honorable Mentions in the photo portion of our contest, and very soon we’ll have the big vote on the 12 finalist photos. We’ll present the videos next week.

So without further ado, here are your Honorable Mentions! We loved these entries and are excited to share them here. See the full images close up after the jump!

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Free Pattern: FellowSheep

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An advanced-beginner pattern so quick, you can knit sheep by the herdful!

Tag your sheep #FELLOWSHEEP (literally and on Instagram), then set them free to bring fluffy happiness—and happy fluffiness—to those who find them.

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