It’s now on Amazon, so that makes it official: Huge & Huggable Mochimochi is coming this October!
My fourth book of patterns for knitted toys will be full of epic mochis with larger-than-life personalities to match. I want to leave most of the surprises for closer to the launch, but you can expect colossal creatures, giant vehicles, and blown-up everyday objects. Like my previous books, this one features fantastic photographs by Brandi Simons. And that gorgeous cover model? That’s my darling niece Nora!
The book is now available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and starting October 15th it will be available everywhere in the US (including your LYS, I hope!), and I will also be shipping copies internationally from the Mochimochi Shop. October can’t come soon enough!
I’m not sorry to see winter go this year (especially since it’s taking its time here in NYC), but there will always be special things about the season that make it a little bit worth the darkness and cold, as I am reminded by this delightful series of photos that Alaskan Knitter took of her small army of tiny (and not-so-tiny) gnomes.
Teeny gnomes engage giant gnomes in a snowball fight…
The little guys win this round!
But they’d better not get too cocky…
A quick but fun escape!
Here’s a peek behind the scenes.
I love it when someone makes an epic mochi story with a series of photos.
Speaking of which, I’m about to announce this year’s springtime photo contest! As you might remember from last year’s Tiny Bunny Contest, for the spring photo contest we like to have a more narrow focus of characters, and we encourage storytelling and sequential photos. And we have a great new sponsor this year that I can’t wait to announce. Check back for all the details the first week of April!
These guys are based on Pictoplasma’s Missing Link mascot. I met a captive one in person two years ago when I was at the conference!
The pattern and all the info on the workshop is now up on annahrachovec.com.
Here’s the official description:
The Wooly Woods
Fiber artist Anna Hrachovec brings to life a candy-colored forest crawling with curious fauna. Continuing her study of the imaginary realm Mochimochi Land, Anna combines found wood with brightly-hued yarn to create miniature landscapes where snails, butterflies, and birds interact with an exploding population of native wood-dwelling mammals called twiggins. The tiny dramas that play out in the branches are inspired by the fortuitous bends and twists of the wood, leading viewers to notice the beauty in the smallest bits of nature.
The Wooly Woods
Opening reception: Wednesday, April 10th, 7-9pm
The concept for the show developed out what I saw in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in NYC. The number of trees and branches that came down was astounding—in Prospect Park alone (my favorite place in Brooklyn), more than 300 trees came down and more than 1,000 large branches fell. The scene was sad and awe-inspiring in its scale, and still lingers nearly 5 months later.
I was inspired by this natural destruction to create something playful and magical out of the waste.
This has been an intense project, with 30 pieces ranging in size from 4 inches to 4 feet, and I can’t wait to share it with the people of Berlin and the Pictoplasma festival-goers.
I will also be leading a monster-knitting workshop on April 13th!
Full details are on the Pictoplasma website.
Announcing our new springtime pattern!
Tiny Hatchlings are just-born baby birds who will fly off your needles in no time! Tiny bluebird, chick, and gosling are quick to knit up and make the sweetest Easter basket stuffers. The pattern also includes instructions for three whole eggs, so you can have a handmade egg hunt too!
The pattern is now available as a PDF download for $5 in the Mochimochi Shop.
A new springtime pattern is coming soon to the Mochimochi Shop!
If lately things have seemed a little quiet here on the blog, it’s because I’ve been working round the clock on pieces for my upcoming show in Berlin for the past several weeks. This is what the floor of my bedroom/studio is looking like these days.
Watch your step!
These twigs and branches are what I’m using as the bases for my pieces. I’ve been collecting them in various sizes and shapes, and I’m trying to let the forms of the wood inspire the scenes that play out on them.
I’m knitting my cast of characters at the same time, and most of them get off to a humble start, stashed away in this plastic bag until I need them.
Working on ideas for a piece is a little like playing with action figures. I experiment with using different characters in different colors, and see what I can make them do in the twigs.
(I’ve been leaving the loose ends on most of the creatures so that I can be really precise when attaching each arm and leg.)
Here’s a piece in progress that’s soon to be ready for assembly. It’s fun and challenging to see how many different ways I can make the monkeys interact with each other and their miniature environment.
Just stitching the little guys on each piece can take from 30 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the size and detail. It feels like this show is taking all my time, patience, and creative energy these days, but I love a crazy big project and I hope the results will feel worth the work.
I’ll have the full information and more photos soon, but this show will be on exhibit at Smallspace gallery in Berlin April 10-14th, during the Pictoplasma character art festival. I’ll also be giving a talk (open to festival attendees) and leading a knitting workshop with local knitters. Time and place TBA!
I’m feeling almost not worthy of the beautiful poems you wrote about the humble butterfly I posted on Friday! Here’s a sneak preview of the reason I designed a butterfly in the first place.
This is a detail of a piece that will be in my upcoming show in Berlin, which I’ve been working on nonstop for the past several weeks. (More on that soon!)
Moving on: there were so many fantastic poems that I can’t pick a single favorite. I have FOUR favorites, and it was difficult to even narrow it down to that. I’m going to order them here from silliest to most serious.
This right here is Tiny Butterfly
She’ll eat any kind of food that comes by!
Whether it’s a slice of rhubarb pie
or a bowl of noodles from Shanghai
even soup which was really fluorescent pink dye!
Hmmmm… that’s probably most likely why…
She has such bright pink wings to fly!
There once was a little pink butterfly,
Who liked making scrapbooks on Shutterfly.
But one day she tripped…
All her captions were flipped!
That poor little pink “flutterby”.
From Zoe Lowinfell Cauvel :
Petite Lepidoptera, Butterfly.
Fluttering ‘round in my mind’s eye.
More magical than the fourth of July.
Diaphanous wings leave me tongue-tied.
Upon warm breezes glistered wings glide,
and awaken memories of summer time.
The wings of these, the butterflies,
wink their scarlet mist and I utter sighs.
Wisps of membrane, each fold
a fan, somehow hold
the fat forms in air.
I see them there
bobbing along flower
to flower, passing each hour
as though they could live beyond life. Pine
for what they cannot have: the distant buds, time.
Each petal falls and then, they swift of wing do fly
over far-off hills to birth their babes, to die.
I am so eager for spring right now! Because I can’t make myself choose a favorite, all four of these poets will get a set of tiny mochi pins!
(Winners, I’ll email you soon for your addresses.)
Thank you to everyone who contributed a poem!