Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi Nutcrackers!

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It’s time for the 2016 Mochimochi Land holiday pattern: Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi Nutcrackers!

They may look fierce, but these little guys are only 3 inches tall and 60% hat. The pattern comes with instructions to knit a perfectly average-sized walnut!

This pattern comes FREE with any purchase of $5 or more from the Mochimochi Shop through January 1st! No need to add it to your cart—a link to download the pattern will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your purchase.

Make them for everyone on your nutty and nice lists!

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And keep an eye out for a nutcracker-themed animation coming closer to Christmas…

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Tiny Thanksgiving Patterns are Here

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It’s mid November—time to move on from talk of walls (at least for now) and start building bridges made of butter and carbs. Thanksgiving is coming!

In Mochimochi Land, we’re giving thanks for the little things with some sweet and savory new projects that you can make much more quickly than an actual Thanksgiving dinner. Knit a tiny turkey, tofurkey (or fruitcake, if you prefer), mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie for a miniature centerpiece that will delight your cool cousin Rita and confound Uncle Ernesto.

The pattern collection is available as a PDF download for $6 from the Mochimochi Shop. And take half off with the code THANKS through 11/27!

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Let me also take this opportunity to thank all of you who have been a part of Mochimochi Land this year with your knitting, your commenting, your sharing, your purchases, and your crazy mods. It’s a privilege to share this world of knitting with you! And if you’re new to Mochimochi Land, welcome!

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Make Love in the Dark

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This is about all I have to say (and do) this week.

The Return of Tiny Turkey and Tiny Tofurkey

Look who’s back!

Now that it’s November, tiny turkey and tiny tofurkey will be taking the place of tiny Trump and tiny Hillary on the debate stage. And check this out—they’re agreeing on something today!

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Once this election is finally over, there will be patterns for these guys!

Happy Halloween from Leo the Lion

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My first attempt at a homemade Halloween costume has not been a hit with Leo, but at least I got one cute picture before he ripped his mane off.

Happy Halloween!

Interview: Angela Tong

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Angela Tong and I go way back—she’s actually one of the very first people who tested a Mochimochi Land pattern! That was when we both lived in New York (she’s now in New Jersey and I’m in Chicago), and also before her career as a teacher and designer of elegant, attractive knitwear and accessories took off.

Like SpillyJane, Bonney Teti, and Knit Picks, Angela is a sponsor of the 10th Anniversary Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest—winners will receive PDF packages of her designs. I hope if you’re reading this, you’re working on an entry! Read Angela’s interview and then get back to work!

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Interview: Bonney Teti and her World’s Biggest Yarn Stash

Oh look—the deadline for entries in the 10th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest is one month away!

Among lots of other fabulous prizes, we’ve got a boatload of unusual books and kits from the World’s Biggest Yarn Stash for the winners. I thought it was about time to delve deeper into this stash, so let’s take a look inside!

A video interview was a new thing for me, so please forgive any awkwardness! I think the interview works well as a podcast, actually, but Bonney does show us around the stash, which contains way more than just yarn.

After we finished the interview, Bonney sent over some adorable photos of cats that she asked me to share.

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These rescue cats are enjoying a cozy bed that Bonney made from her stash yarn. She’s definitely using the power of the stash for good, and not evil.

If you missed it, please check out my (written) interview with another of this year’s sponsors, designer SpillyJane! I also have an interview with Angela Tong coming up, so stay tuned for that too!

It’s a Small Wall After All

Even the wall is done with this guy!

Knit your own tiny Trump and Hillary with free patterns.

Sound and music by Maureen Boyle and William Steffey.