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Funky Punky Gnomes are Here

Fresh off their Spring 2017 Disco Tour, the gnomes of Funky Fleece fame are ready to dance their way into your hands!

Not a pattern, but real physical inhabitants of Mochimochi Land, each gnome is hand knitted and needle felted by me (Anna) in Chicago, and each is stitched to his own personal sparkly felt disco tile for self-standing superpowers.

These guys are available in blind boxes, so you may get a mullet gnome, an afro gnome, or a mohawk gnome.

Find them in the shop for $25 each!

The Shop is Hopping

I’ve been happily surprised by just how many people are ordering kits for Mystery Kit May! I’ve run out of my regular mochi stickers, in fact, and am now shipping out packages with funky gnomes to greet the recipients.

I’ve also been knitting a bunch of these cotton-candy-haired little guys, and will be adding them to the shop soon too!

Don’t forget that all this month if you order two kits from the shop, you automatically get an all-new mystery kit for free with your order! (And if you order four kits, let me know what additional kit from my shop you would like for free.)

I hope everyone receiving packages is excited with what they find…

How to: 3-Needle Bind Off

I’m posting this technique right now because it’s used in the new mystery kit! I also use it in a few other patterns like the Thwickeds and the tiny parrot.

This technique is a super easy way to bind off live stitches for a neat seam that grafts the stitches together. It’s a common knitting technique, but I’m sharing a tutorial of my own because my technique is different from most. (I don’t turn the knitting inside out first, because most of my patterns are constructed out of closed shapes that can’t be turned right side out again.)

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It’s Mystery Kit Time Again!

The mystery kit is back! Through May 31st, buy two kits from the Mochimochi Shop and you’ll automatically receive a mystery kit for free!

What is a mystery kit? It’s a kit containing the pattern, yarn, and stuffing for an all-new tiny design. This is a new intermediate-level pattern that’s not available anywhere else right now! You’ll just need a set of size 1 double-pointed needles and a tapestry needle to get started.

Please note that the mystery kit AUTOMATICALLY COMES FREE with a purchase of 2 kits (or 2 books, or one kit and one book) through May 31—there’s no need to add it to your cart.

Past mystery kits have included… 

Want a hint? This year’s mystery is a design that’s been requested countless times, a special animal that will point you to your destiny…

When you receive yours, please keep it hush-hush if you can, so we can preserve the mystery through the end of the month!

Funky Fleece 2: Fully Wooly

It’s funky fleece season again in Mochimochi Land! This year’s celebration is funkier and fleecier than ever.

Thanks to Maureen Boyle and William Steffey for animation and music help!

If you haven’t seen it, check out the original Funky Fleece.

You can find patterns for tiny sheep and gnomes, plus tiny hand-knitted gnomes, in the shop!

Here’s a little behind the scenes shot of our set.

Yay New Website!

You may have noticed that mochimochiland.com has a new look! We were way overdue for a makeover—the last site redesign was way back in 2010! Before that, it looked something like this.

That was also back when I was designing cross stitch patterns! So we’ve come a long way.

One cool new feature I’d like to highlight in particular is the new community gallery, which features all the Instagram photos that you all have tagged #mochimochiland.

Also, in celebration of the new site, you can take 10% off all purchases from the shop with the code SAMEGREATTASTE through April 19th.

Also, there might be a few little kinks that we need to work out after the revamp, so thanks in advance for your patience and for getting in touch if you notice something awry.

A big thank you to Jenn Wong for making this website come true!