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!

Kathleen’s Snail Mail

Kathleen was slow to send birthday wishes to her sister, so she came up with an extra charming use for a tiny knit snail!
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Here’s the explanation she shared on Ravelry about the project:

I don’t like shopping for greeting cards because I can never find the right one or even one that I sort of like. I usually try to figure something out. My sister’s and her husband’s birthdays are in March, and I’m super late with my acknowledgment of their big days, so I figured that a 3-D card was in order. I think I need to make more of these. :)

To make the snail stay upright on the card, I had to sew him on. After I mounted the white cardstock onto the orange cardstock, I made two set of parallel holes with an x-acto knife, making sure they were well under the snail. Then using the body color yarn, I went up through the bottom of the card and stitched the snail to it using the holes. I tied a bow with the ends of the sewing yarn on the underside of the card in case the recipient wants to easily remove the snail. (That’s what my sister did!)

I love that people are constantly coming up with creative new things to do with tiny mochis! Stay tuned for a new contest that’s all about highlighting fun new ideas.

By the way, the tiny snail pattern is free, right here: Snails and Slugs

Behind the Scenes of Peak Alpaca

I have to say, Peak Alpaca is one of my favorite Mochimochi Land animations yet! (Well, they’re all my favorites, especially the ones made with Maureen.)

We’re always so busy on the set that I don’t remember to take too many photos of our work, but here’s a shot I thought to take of our setup for the mountain climbing scene.

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All of the mountains were just pieces of knitted fabric draped over foam rubber.

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Here’s one more set photo, for our long shot of the mountain.

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There were a lot of tricky things about this animation, including getting the pacing right (slow is hard, we discovered) and the physics of things falling down a mountain. The apple bouncing at the end required a shot-by-shot diagram, and then plenty of Photoshop to erase the wires.

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Peak Alpaca is the third in our tiny sheep trilogy. Also see Happy Baa-lentine’s Day and Funky Fleece!

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A pack of alpaca (one’s a sheep, technically) embark on an epic journey to satisfy their sweet tooth.

Thanks to Maureen Boyle for her animation help, and William Steffey and Tim Koelling for music.

In other alpaca news, I now have tiny alpaca kits with REAL alpaca yarn!