Gnome Team Selfie

These selfie-taking gnomes want to remind you that Tuesday is the last day to enter our photo series contest!

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I made this little sculpture earlier this year for the 10th anniversary Pictoplasma Festival, a week of events celebrating character art in Berlin that happened last month. I didn’t make it in person this year, but my gnomes were part of their character portrait gallery that will be traveling to other cities next.

The sculpture is meant to be seen from all sides, so I made this GIF before sending it off to Berlin.

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Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope some of you plan to spend a little bit of it taking photos of your mochis!

Super-Scary Mochimochi in Korean

Here’s some cool news: Super-Scary Mochimochi, my book of patterns for cute and creepy mochis, has just come out in Korean!

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The guy on the cover toting a net of naughty mochis is my friend Mike (who’s also my photographer’s husband). So now Mike can say he’s big in Korea!

This entirely translated version was published by Hans Media. I love how it has such a different look from the original book.

Even though I know the whole thing is in Korean (and I can’t read a bit of Korean), I just can’t stop flipping through the pages and seeing how different they look in translation.

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And here’s a nice little touch that isn’t in the English version: cute little icons!

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I don’t know what these guys are supposed to be, but I’m all for them.

I actually have more copies of this book than I need, so I would love to give two of them away to people who can use them. If you live in the US and are a native speaker of Korean, or know someone who is, or if you’re studying Korean in the US, please leave a comment! I’ll randomly pick two people to give the book away to next Tuesday (May 27th).

Quarters the Arcade is Here!

I am psyched to announce the newest pattern in the Mochimochi Shop.

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Meet Quarters, formerly knows as the untitled arcade mochi project!

This design has been in the works for… nearly 10 months! If you’ve been a regularly visitor here during that time, you’ve seen that it started with a sketch, then went through a rough draft while I figured out the shape, and then finally I asked all of you for name suggestions while I worked on the pattern writing and chart making. (Thank you, Crysta, for the perfect name!)

A couple months of tech editing (thank you Marilyn), testing (thank you Linda, Rikke, and Amanda), and more editing, and we have a finished pattern! Just for fun, here’s the whole thing.

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As you can see, the pattern contains photos, charts, and an assembly schematic. It’s definitely not a one-evening project, but I think it’s a very satisfying knit for anyone who’s into gaming (or loves someone who is) and is up for a challenge. Most of the pattern is knitted flat and seamed together, with intarsia along the way. The piping consists of two I-cords that are stitched on at the end.

The pattern is now available as a PDF download for $8 in the Mochimochi Shop. And get $2 off with the code LEVELUP through May 26th!

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That’s a Wrap

I can hardly believe I’m typing these words, but the book photo shoot is officially wrapped! After 11 straight days of work and 3,175 frames taken, Brandi and I finally tore down the last set with bittersweet feelings late Saturday night. (I only just now have the energy to blog about it.)

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Tomorrow I go home to Chicago, where I just might sleep for 3 days straight before finishing up the rest of the work on this book. Of course, every book I’ve written has been a big challenge, but this one has been a challenge of an entirely different nature. My hope is that all the work will result in something pretty cool and unique in 2015.

For those of you who have been waiting for an email or other reply from me in the past few weeks, thank you for your patience. I’ll be back to a more normal life and work schedule soon!

Interview: Julie Lindsey of Happy Go Lucky Yarn

How are your entries for our photo series contest coming along?? You have nearly 3 weeks left before the deadline—plenty of time to snap a series of fun photos with your mochis!

Today I’m excited to share with you an interview with Julie Lindsey, the yarn artist behind Happy Go Lucky, the sponsor for our photo contest.

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I’m especially thrilled to have her as a sponsor because not only are her hand-dyed yarns lovely, but she’s also local to our new Chicago home! So I’ve had the opportunity to meet her in person and talk fiber on multiple occasions. It’s so cool to know the person behind the yarn. Get to know Julie yourself (and pick up some tips on working with hand-dyed yarn) after the jump!

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Things Learned on the Set

Week one of my book photo shoot has been quite a whirlwind of knitting and photography and some strange decision making! Some of the things I’ve learned in the past 7 days:

• Sometimes the best thing to do is iron the wall.

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• Pipe cleaners have really come a long way since I was a kid, and I seriously have a whole new respect for them.

• In a pinch, a ball of yarn can be a pretty great reflector holder.

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• My dad is a hero. (But I already knew that.)

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• My photographer is a hero. (I knew that too!)

• Wrapping a plastic ferris wheel in yarn is harder than it sounds.

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• Even the cutest toys have to get ugly sometimes. For the sake of art.

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• It’s probably best not to start out a photo shoot with the most difficult shot in the entire book.

There’s plenty more work to do and I’m sure lots more to learn along the way. Follow me on Twitter or Facebook for behind-the-scenes updates as we enter week two of the photo shoot!

Three Bags Full

Would you believe that everything I’ve been working on over the past four months fits into three zip-lock bags?

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That’s a slight exaggeration, but not far from the truth.

It’s photo shoot time for my next book, so all the hours of knitting and designing and re-knitting and re-designing are getting packed up for a trip to Oklahoma, where the fun part starts and Brandi Simons and I get to play with toys! Follow me on Twitter or Facebook for some peeks behind the scenes over the next couple of weeks.

This photography trip also means that we’ll have a shipping delay on physical goods—all orders placed between now and May 13th will be shipped on May 14th. (Orders on PDF patterns will be unaffected.)

Zdenija’s Empire-Building Bunnies

While there’s still a little half-priced Easter candy left on store shelves, I wanted to share again this awesome photo series from Zdenija, who entered our bunny-themed photo series contest in 2012. Zdenija titled her entry “Building an Empire,” and we were tickled by the clever way that her bunnies’ empire takes shape!

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I love how this series demonstrates that you don’t need fancy props or a stunning location to come up with a really clever story. Something to keep in mind as you think about what to do for this year’s just-announced photo series contest! (This time, tiny bunnies as well as all manner of other mochis are invited to play!