Audrey’s Literary Bromance

Audrey saw my recent call for Huge & Huggable mochi photos, and she and her brother did something a bit more ambitious!

Yes, everyone needs a friend—even giant knitted pencils. I love the way that Audrey used simple props and words to tell this cute and touching story!

The slideshow is impressive on its own, but I would also like to mention that Audrey is 11 years old, which makes it extra impressive. So she gets TWO free patterns for sharing her creativity with us!

Keep sharing photos of your huge mochis in our Flickr group—Everyone whose photo I share on the blog this summer will receive a free pattern of their choice!

The Biggest Twig

Yesterday I spent a couple hours on my porch working on a new piece of the Wooly Woods. This one will be the biggest Twiggin home yet!

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If you weren’t visiting this blog when I was preparing for my show last year, I gathered twigs and branches that had fallen near my home in Brooklyn during Hurricane Sandy, and I used those as forms for sculptures, wrapping the twigs in colorful yarn and placing little characters (many of whom were a species I call Twiggins) on them.

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It was one of my favorite projects ever, and it occurred to me after moving to Chicago that I could continue it here—Chicago is known for begin especially windy, after all, and that means more twigs for me to gather! (Yes, I know that the “windy” in “windy city” is referring to politicians, but I’ve found that it is also a windy city in the literal sense.)

So I’ve started gathering twigs in my new home, and it didn’t take long before I spotted the really big twig that had fallen in a storm. I love seeing it transform into something a bit more magical.

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This piece may make its debut at VK LIVE in October, but I should also mention that I’m going to be leading a workshop with this same theme in Ann Arbor next month! If you’ll be in the area, please join me on July 12th at the city library for a fun session of knitting with nature. All are welcome to wrap twigs (much smaller than my big twig!) in colorful yarn, and those who knit will be supplied with patterns to make creatures to live in their twig. It should be fun for all ages and skill levels! Check out the Ann Arbor District Library website for more information.

If You Happen to be in South Korea This Summer…

Some hand-knit Mochimochi goodies will be for sale in Hyundai department stores located in Seoul for four weeks this June and July!

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(I can’t read the details on the announcement, but I trust that Korean speakers can!)

My tiny characters, mini gnome scenes, and postcards will be part of a pop-up shop organized by Everyday Mooonday, a gallery focused on character art that recently opened in Seoul. The gallery owner, Diny, saw some of my knitted artwork in NYC when the both of us lived there, and I was so happy that she kept me in mind for this opportunity. I only wish I could visit in person!

Among the pieces I just shipped out to Seoul is this tiny hand-standing gnome.

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Along with the recent publication of Super-Scary Mochimochi in Korean, this is making me feel that Mochimochi Land and Korea might just be a good match. I hope to get some photos of the pop-up shop once it’s open, and share them here!

New Mochimochi Classes at VK LIVE Chicago

Registration is now open for this October’s Vogue Knitting LIVE Chicago! Last year I got to experience VK Live Chicago as an artist in the gallery (and as a brand-new Chicago resident), and this year I’m slated to teach three classes PLUS have a presence in the art gallery again. It’s going to be quite a weekend!

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Check out my class descriptions after the jump.

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Yoshi’s Wooly World Concept Art

If my Twitter feed is any indication, knitters and crocheters are pretty psyched about Yoshi’s Wooly World, the new game Nintendo just announced that’s coming out in 2015.

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Adorable, right?

This is the second yarn-themed Nintendo game in recent years (Kirby’s Epic Yarn came out in 2010), so I take this as a good sign that knitting and crochet still have a solid pop culture presence, and there is plenty of crossover between gaming and crafting. Awesome!

Just a few days after I first heard about Yoshi’s Wooly World, a couple of nice people on on Twitter let me know that a little piece of Mochimochi Land made an appearance in Nintendo’s public announcement about the game. When discussing the game’s development, the Nintendo presenter showed this image, among others.

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They added yarny Yoshis to Gnomes vs Snowmen! The photo looks like it came from my display at Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago last year, so someone must have taken it from the event’s website.

I don’t have any more information than that, but I just had to share this fun discovery! It’s very cool to think that my art may have had some small influence on how the game designers envisioned the wooly world of Yoshi. I’m looking forward to playing the game next year!

Introducing Farfalla the Flying Narwhal

The newest pattern in the Mochimochi Shop is a little bit make-believe and a lot bit magical!

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In fact, Farfalla the Flying Narwhal is a little more make-believe than I had thought, because I’ve been referring to her as female, and someone on Facebook just informed me that only the male narwhals grow tusks… I guess this gal just can’t be boxed in!

It’s hard not to love a narwhal, but when I was thinking about designing one, it took me a while to figure out how to make mine a little special. It was my sister-in-law Jenna who initially suggested giving a narwhal wings, way back in… April of last year. So this one has been in the works for a while! Thanks, Jenna!

Another cool thing about this project is that the photo shoot for it got me to finally visit the Chicago beach! I realized that it was less than a 10 minute drive from my apartment—I had no idea. My sister just happened to be in town last week, so I recruited her as a hand model. Thanks, Leah!

Farfalla is an intermediate-level pattern, and techniques include knitting in the round on double-pointed needles, a little stranded colorwork, and mattress stitch. I recommend using worsted-weight yarn (like Cascade 220) and size 5 DPNs, but as with any toys, you can scale up or down using a different yarn weight and needle size.

The pattern is now available as a PDF download for $6 in the Mochimochi Shop.

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Knit one for you, and one for someone who doesn’t believe in magic… maybe now they will!

Huey Li’s Cheeseburger Eddie

Hungry? Open wide…

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No, way wider!

Huey Li shared this epic pic in our Flickr group recently, and it makes me giggle every time I see it, so I had to share.

It also makes me think that we need more photos of the BIG mochis from Huge & Huggable Mochimochi! So here’s the deal: You add your photos of Huge & Huggable projects to our Flickr group, and if I feature them here on the blog, I’ll send you a free pattern of your choice! (Photos with people about to eat the toy, or vice versa, get bonus points!)

And if you don’t have a copy of the book, you can get the Arthur pattern for free on the Lion Brand website (registration required).

The Gnomes Get a Garden

Now that spring is in full swing, I’m getting to garden for the first time in my life in our new backyard. A few weeks back I planted some zinnia seeds that my mom sent me, and it looks like they’re finally coming up!

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Of course, the gnomes didn’t hesitate to take over and claim this as their own work.

It occurs to me that gardening might be a bit like knitting, in that you can make it as simple or as complicated as you want, and it’s a rewarding pastime either way. I’m starting simple with these seeds, plus basil, tomato, and pepper plants that I just put in yesterday. I can’t wait to see what it all looks like in another month or two!

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