Lorak on Ravelry got in touch recently with a project and story that made me smile.
Her friend Sadie is a rad 9-year-old girl living with cerebral palsy who uses a walker to get around. Sadie happens to be an inventor, and she tricked out her walker with a set of rotating wheels that allow her to climb curbs.
Read more about Sadie in this Boston Globe article.
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
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
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
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…
And a temporary tattoo and an itty-bitty unicorn!
I promised you a randomly selected winner too.
Category: Random Mod
MetroGnome: A Cover Band by KnittyKitty99
I think we all know what pattern these guys are modified from. Love their different rockstar personas!
KnittyKitty99 will receive this random prize.
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!
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.
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!
Buy the ingredients for Martha Stewart’s All-American Potato Salad.
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.)
This guy is made with worsted-weight yarn and size 5 DPNs for a slightly bigger tiny gnome.
Boil the potatoes
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.
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.
You can also stitch this hat to any other tiny mochis to make them instant patriots!
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.)
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!
Now you can knit teeny-tiny mochis in German!
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!
The prize yarn from Bonney’s World’s Biggest Stash has arrived!
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.