Sheila’s 100 Monkeys

How much fun are these ONE HUNDRED tiny monkeys that Sheila knitted?

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Sheila (QueenofSheeba on Ravelry) started with the Tiny Monkey pattern from Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi and added an itty-bitty mouth flap for the classic sock monkey look… 100 times over!

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I love the scenes she’s made with these little guys. Check out her Ravelry project page to zoom in and see exactly what they’re all up to.

Thank you to Sheila once again for the inspiration!

New Kits: Tiny Robot, Tiny Ninja, and Tiny Walrus!

Update: We had a silly glitch in our shipping calculation for the robot and walrus kits, so if you’ve had trouble purchasing earlier, please try again now. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Finally, last year’s mystery kits are now revealed and available in the shop!

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What do robots, ninjas, and walruses have in common? I suppose they’re all creatures that are not to be trifled with. I know I wouldn’t want to get in a fight with any of them!

But really, these guys are just designs that I’d had in mind to make for a while—I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten a request for a tiny ninja pattern. I’m pretty charmed with how it turned out!

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And yes, there is a tiny robot pattern in Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi, but it was time for an upgrade. So this one is technically Tiny Robot 2.0. These resemble the evil robots that you may remember from Gnomes vs Snowmen, the show I did at gallery hanahou in 2011.

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As for tiny walruses, they’re just CUTE, don’t you think?

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It’s also thanks to Eat Sleep Knit that the tiny walrus design exists—they originally commissioned it as part of their 2015 Yarnathon giveaway patterns.

Each kit comes with a pattern, fingering-weight yarn (Cascade Heritage), and stuffing to make two robots or walruses or three ninjas in multiple colors. You’ll need to provide a set of US size 1 double-pointed needles and a small tapestry needle.

These three designs are only available as kits right now (sorry!), but YES, the digital patterns will be coming eventually.

Mmm Marshmallow-y

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Happy Easter! Try not to go too crazy with the marshmallow bunnies today.

Playful at Melbourne’s City Library

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Now that I’m back from leave, I have a whole backlog of things to announce, but I wanted to get this one up quick: a group exhibition that I was invited to be a part of in Melbourne!

The work I’m contributing are gnomes from 2015’s Gnome Genome Project, but I also made these tiny eggs with legs to go in a capsule machine that the show will include.

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Here’s all the show info:

​PLAYFUL GROUP EXHIBITION

Celebrating National Youth Week 2016 at Melbourne Library Service

Opening: 7 April, 6-8 PM

Location: Gallery at City Library, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

Exhibition dates: April 2 – 29, 2016

Curated by: Sophia Cai

Artists: Anna Hrachovec (USA), Ashley Ronning, Beci Orpin, Christina Gordon, Cat Rabbit, Evie Barrow, Erica Fustero (Spain), Hiné Mizushima (Canada), Holly Leonardson, Isobel Knowles, Kenny Pittock, Luke Temby, Misako Mimoko (Spain), Philippa Rice (UK), Rosaleen Ryan, Soreureubear (Korea), Tessy King, Yiying Lee

PLAYFUL is a group exhibition that celebrates the power of play and imagination. Curated by Sophia Cai for National Youth Week 2016 at Melbourne Library Service, City of Melbourne, PLAYFUL features leading Australian and international artists with works in soft sculpture, ceramics, textiles, toy design, animation and illustration.

PLAYFUL is an exhibition that encourages fun and play. Come along to a series of four curated workshops during the month of April, and learn from artists Beci Orpin, Kenny Pittock, Luke Temby and Holly Leonardson to sew, sketch, make and cut your own works of art. (Workshops for ages 15+).

Local small press Helio Press and Sophia Cai are also producing limited edition catalogues for the exhibition that feature colouring pages by more than ten artists. Last but not least, the exhibition is also home to the exclusive PLAYFUL Gashapon toy vending machines, co-curated by Rosaleen Ryan. Bring $2 coins to join the fun!

Get $2 Off Tiny Hatchlings Pattern through 3/28

Update: I’m extending this discount to run through the end of March. Happy springtime knitting!

Hi everyone! It’s me, back from maternity leave! The past three months have been a wonderful whirlwind in Baby Land, but it’s exciting to be back into Mochimochi Land. I have so much to update and so much to catch up on!

But for now I wanted to quickly share a discount just in time for easter: Get $2 off the Tiny Hatchlings pattern with the code HATCH at checkout in the Mochimochi Shop.

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Tiny Hatchlings are quick little knits perfect for last-minute making and nestling into an Easter basket.

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Not that candy isn’t dandy, but it’s nice to have a little something handmade in the mix, right?

If you’re looking for more Easter and springtime patterns, here’s a handy list:

Tiny Baby Bunnies (free)
Dust Bunnies (easy and quick)
Which Came First (interactive)
Ninjabun (interactive)
Harriet and Hayden (sheep-y)

Winners of the 9th Annual Photo + Video Contest

The results are in! We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 9th Annual Photo + Video Contest. Thank you to all of you who entered—this is our favorite Mochimochi Land tradition, and we’re so happy that it’s been going for nine whole years. I say it every year, but it continues to be true: the creativity and enthusiasm that you knitters put into Mochimochi Land are what keep me inspired to come up with new ideas, characters, and projects.

Big thanks are also in order for our sponsors, Knit Picks and Australian Homespun magazine, plus Franklin Habit and my MIL, Bonney Teti, for providing the best prizes yet this year.

Now for the winners in the photo category!

In third place is the adorable Where Do I Begin by Salla.

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Salla wins a $10 gift certificate to Knit Picks, a $10 gift certificate to Mochimochi Land, and a Team Macho bag from Bonney Teti’s yarn stash.

In second place is the colorful Frogs by TheBon.

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TheBon wins a $10 gift certificate to Knit Picks, a 12-month print subscription to Australian Homespun magazine, a $10 gift card to Mochimochi Land, and a tote bag and vintage knitting patterns from Bonney.

And our top photo winner is… Animal Crackers by KnitWit685!

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KnitWit685 wins a $50 gift certificate to Knit Picks, a 12-month print subscription to Australian Homespun, a Dolores sketch by Franklin Habit, and a tote bag and more from Bonney.

Next, we have video winners to announce! We got quite a few cute videos, so we also have three winners in this category!

In third place is Baby’s First Christmas by SARAnades In String.

SARAnades wins three mystery kits! (These will be available in the shop soon too.)

In second place is Snail Trails by Juleenbean.

Juleen wins three mystery kits and a $10 gift certificate to Mochimochi Land.

And finally, our first place winner in the video category is… Fiber Club by Jen Potter!

Jen wins a Giant Toys Kit from Knit Picks, a 12-month print subscription to Australian Homespun, a Dolores sketch by Franklin Habit, and three mystery kits.

Congratulations to these very creative knitters! And that wraps up the 9th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest—thank you again to all who participated with entries and voting.

Feeling inspired? It’s not too early to enter next year’s contest! All photos added to the Mochimochi Friends Flickr group will automatically be entered in the 10th Annual Mochimochi Photo Contest for later this year, and anytime you want to send in a video entry (by emailing a link to info [at] mochimochiland [dot] com) we’ll consider it for the next contest. We hope the next contest will be our biggest yet!

9th Annual Photo Contest: The Big Vote!

Update: Thank you for all the votes—we got more than 700 of them! Stay tuned for the results soon.

Voting week has arrived! After much deliberation, John and I have selected 12 finalists from the hundreds of photos entered in the 9th Annual Mochimochi Photo Contest.

Presenting your top 12 photos!

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Which of these, in your opinion, are the cutest, funniest, most original photos of Mochimochi toys? Cast your ballot below! To help make things fair, we’re asking that everyone please vote only one time, but PLEASE VOTE FOR AT LEAST TWO PHOTOS. You can vote for even more—as many as you like!

The poll will be open through this weekend, and we’ll announce the top three winners, along with the top video winner (selected by us), soon thereafter. Update: If you’re having trouble with the poll on your phone or tablet, try the mobile-friendly version!

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Hello 2016 Sale

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Happy New Year! You know who’s excited about 2016? It’s Zaru, who has been waiting ages for the year of the monkey to arrive.

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To celebrate the new year, Zaru is giving you 20% off everything in the Mochimochi Shop through January 31st. So it’s the perfect opportunity to nab his pattern, or any other patterns, books, or kits that you’ve had your eye on.

Our new year has been very baby-centric so far—we hope yours is off to a happy, crafty start!

Psst! Check back here tomorrow for photo contest voting…