Mod Contest Winners

You all really came through with fun modified mochis for our first ever Mochi Mod Contest!

The delay in announcing winners is partly because there were so many awesome entries and it was difficult to narrow them down! And also because it’s summer and we wanted to lie in the grass instead of sit in front of a computer. But mostly because there were just so many cool mods to choose from! We were exited to get more than ONE HUNDRED entries.

John and I decided to assign the entries to three categories and choose one from each category. Our winners are the mods that we judged to be the most creative and most unexpected.

Category 1: Most Transformative Mod
Winner: Rapunzel by fruit.snack.knits

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As you can see, Rapunzel is a mod of the Neck Nuzzler pattern from Knitting Mochimochi! We love how the knitter turned the nuzzler on its head so that ears become legs, and the theme of longness shared by both characters is brilliant too. Super!

Category 2: Best Pop Culture Character Mod
Winner: The Lorax by Wooly Brain

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How cool is this guy!! The eyes and wooly hair really make him, of course, but we were impressed to read in the caption that The Lorax is modified from the Tiny Alien pattern from Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi, AND his tree stump is modified from the Plucky Mushrooms pattern from Knitting Mochimochi. Nicely done!

Category 3: Coolest Craziest Mod
Winner: Cupcake Crown by spiraling.into.madness

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All hail the cupcake crown! The tiny cupcakes are from the pattern in Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi, with a modified massive cupcake to top it off. We love this ambitious wearable mod.

Each of our top three winners will receive a $20 Mochimochi Land gift card, a six-skein rainbow from Bonney Teti’s World’s Biggest Yarn Stash…

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And a temporary tattoo and an itty-bitty unicorn!

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I promised you a randomly selected winner too.

Category: Random Mod
MetroGnome: A Cover Band by KnittyKitty99

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I think we all know what pattern these guys are modified from. Love their different rockstar personas!

KnittyKitty99 will receive this random prize.

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Winners, I’m contacting you via the websites you submitted from.

Thank you to everyone who participated with their mods! I’ll be sharing more of the cool entries here soon. I think we should hold this contest again sometime, so be thinking about your next mochi mods!

New Tiny People 3 Patterns are Here

And they would like to entertain you!

Through July 31st, get $2 off the Tiny People 3 pattern collection with the code GRANNYGANG.

The patterns aren’t available on Ravelry yet, but if you would like them added to your library when they are (sometime next month), just send me a quick email with your Ravelry name at time of purchase.

(Patterns for a cookie, pie, cupcake, sumo wrestler, and tiny cactus are available separately.)

Interview in Simply Knitting

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Simply Knitting magazine interviewed me for their back page “On the Needles” feature in their July 2016 issue. It was a fun interview! Among other things, they asked me what the younger me had wanted to be when I grew up. (Answer: a flight attendant, the owner of a science museum, and the lady who rides the elephants in the circus. Who knows, two of those three dreams may still come true.)

This issue also comes with a free pair of 5mm needles AND a highly detailed Alan Dart pattern for a knitted astronaut. Gotta love Simply Knitting!

How to Knit a Tiny Patriotic Gnome while also Making Potato Salad

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Step 1
Buy the ingredients for Martha Stewart’s All-American Potato Salad.

Step 2
Knit a tiny bald gnome. (When you switch to the face color in the tiny gnome pattern, decrease by 8 stitches as instructed, then knit 6 more rounds. Then stuff and [k2tog] 8 times to finish off.)

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This guy is made with worsted-weight yarn and size 5 DPNs for a slightly bigger tiny gnome.

Step 3
Boil the potatoes

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Step 4
While the potatoes are boiling, follow this pattern to make your gnome a tiny Uncle Sam hat:

With white, cast on 4 stitches onto one DPN.
Rnd 1 (work as I-cord): [Kfb] 4 times (8 sts).
Distribute the stitches onto 3 DPNs.
Rnd 2: [Kfb, k1] 4 times (12 sts).
Rnds 3-6: Purl (4 rnds).
Switch to blue.
Rnds 7 and 8: Purl.
Bind off the stitches, and turn the piece inside-out, so that the purl stitches are on the inside.

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Work brim
With white, pick up and knit 12 stitches along the bound-off edge.
Rnd 1: [Kfb] 12 times (24 sts).
Bind off loosely.
Weave in the loose ends.

With red, embroider vertical stripes on the white area at 2-stitch intervals.
With white, embroider dots along the middle of the blue area at 1-1/2-stitch intervals.

Stuff the hat lightly and stitch to your bald gnome’s head.

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You can also stitch this hat to any other tiny mochis to make them instant patriots!

Step 5
Talk your patriotic gnome into helping you finish making the potato salad according to the recipe, because it’s the patriotic thing to do this weekend. (If necessary, promise him that he can lick the bowl when you’re done.)

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Step 6
Have a Happy 4th! And don’t forget to enter your own mods of Mochimochi Land patterns in the Mochi Mod Contest by July 5th!

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Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi in German

Now you can knit teeny-tiny mochis in German!

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This translation of Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi from Topp came out at least a year ago, but sometimes it takes a while for me to get notified and receive copies. It was a nice surprise, especially since I know there are so many knitters in Germany, and I received a warm reception when I brought Mochimochi Worlds and The Wooly Woods to Berlin.

I have a few extra copies—if anyone within the US has a good reason to receive one, please let me know!

Win a Rainbow of Yarn for your Mochi Mod

The prize yarn from Bonney’s World’s Biggest Stash has arrived!

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The three winners of the Mochi Mod Contest will each receive six balls of Sassy Skein yarn in a rainbow of colors! Bonney loves this yarn because it’s colorful (obviously) and it’s 100% cotton, making it perfect for washcloths and toys that will be played with.

You know, I just visited the Sassy Skein blog to read that they have closed their operations. Sad! So, this is a good opportunity to get some of their yarn before it’s really hard to find.

You have until July 5th to enter the contest—details here.

Somewhere Over the Gnomebow

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We can make this a safer, less fearful world.

Announcing a Mochi Mod Contest

Update: Congratulations to the winners! (And thank you for more than 100 entries!)

Update: This contest is now closed for entries. Thank you for all the mods! I’m very excited by what we got. I’ll post the winners soon!

Update: Here’s the awesome rainbow of yarn that our top three winners will receive!

It seems like every week I’m pleasantly surprised by some cool new mod that someone has done with a Mochimochi Land pattern, ideas that make me say Why didn’t I think of that?? Your mods are so genius, I want to see more! So now I’m announcing the first ever Mochi Mod Contest, to get more mods out of you.

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What is a mod? It’s short for modification, that thing that knitters do naturally when they’re making something using a pattern, and adding their personal twist that transforms the project into something different. It can be as simple as GnomeGranny’s Star Wars Chickens, or as complex as this stripy mustachioed Roary by Knittist24, or as monstrously cute as the Sully and Mike by Amanda that you see above.

Let’s get to the details!

Eligibility

This contest is open to knitters worldwide. To be eligible, your photo must contain at least one knitted toy made from a Mochimochi Land pattern. (This can be a pattern from the Mochimochi Shop, a pattern from one of the Mochimochi books by me, or one of the free patterns on the Mochimochi Blog.) The pattern SHOULD be modified in some way, but it should have been made with the basic instructions from a specific Mochimochi Land pattern.

We’re looking for originality in your mod—not necessarily the most professional-looking photo. We want everyone to enter!

How to enter

There are three ways to enter. Please choose just one, and submit no more than 6 photos.

1) Post your photo(s) on Instagram with the hashtag #mochimodcontest AND a note saying which Mochimochi Land pattern you based your mod on.

2) Post your photo(s) to the Mochimochi Land Facebook page with the hashtag #mochimodcontest AND a note saying which Mochimochi Land pattern you based your mod on.

3) Add your photo(s) to the Mochimochi Land Flickr group with the hashtag #mochimodcontest AND a caption saying which Mochimochi Land pattern you based your mod on.

Deadline

The last day to enter the contest is July 5th, 2016. We’ll choose three winning mods shortly thereafter, plus one winner who will be chosen at random!

Prizes!

Each of our top three winners will receive a $20 Mochimochi Land gift card and a rainbow of yarn from the World’s Biggest Stash!

The randomly chosen winner will get a random surprise prize!

(Thanks to my mother-in-law, Bonney Teti, for diving into her stash for prizes!)

Image usage

Please note that any images submitted to this contest may be used by me for promotion of this contest or a future contest.

I can’t wait to see the mod madness!