I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! And I hope you enjoyed this week’s little series. Thank you for being a part of Mochimochi Land with me!

It’s Cold in the Refrigerated Section


The Big Day Approaches


Tiny Turkey Schools Tiny Tofurkey


Tiny Turkey Meets Tiny Tofurkey


Win Knit Picks Gift Certificates or a Giant Toy Kit

It’s time to talk about our super special returning sponsor for our annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest: Knit Picks! Knit Picks is everyone’s favorite online yarn retailer, and they’ve been enthusiastically sponsoring our photo contest for years.

They offer so many different products on their website, including all manner of delicious yarns, that’s it’s hard to know where to begin with them. Myself, I regularly use their yarn swift and ball winder—in combination with the bobbin winder that my dad constructed, these help me make alllll the tiny mochi kits you see in my shop. I also have a big stash of their fingering-weight Palette yarn that I use for many Mochimochi Land projects, including all the colorful little concentric gnomes that were part of The Gnome Genome Project show earlier this year in Seoul.


The colors that Palette comes in leave nothing out, and I personally love the wooly feel of this yarn. Soupy is also a fan.


In the non-wooly category is their acrylic Brava yarn, which is super soft and comes in three different weights. I used a lot of the bulky variety for the projects in my 2013 book Huge & Huggable Mochimochi, including this squeezable Capybara Caravan.


Speaking of which, Knit Picks has a new prize for the winner of the video category this year: a Giant Toy Kit that includes a copy of Huge & Huggable Mochimochi along with skeins of Brava to make those capybaras, Lupe the Piñata, and more!


For the top three winners in our photo category, Knit Picks is offering gift certificates: $50 to the top winner and $10 each to the second and third place winners. And if you live outside of the US or Canada, don’t worry—we’ll make sure you can use those gift certificates, so this is also a rare opportunity to get Knit Picks goodies in other parts of the world.

So a big thank you goes to Knit Picks once again this year for being such a great contest sponsor. By the way, they’re having a big sale right at this moment, so now’s a great time to stop over at their website as you brainstorm your photo and video entries.

The deadline for our contest is December 1st—see full contest details here!

Win Funky Tote Bags and More from Bonney’s Yarn Stash

We really never know what’s going to emerge from my mother-in-law Bonney’s epic yarn stash. In recent years she’s dug up some fun and unusual treasures as prizes for our annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest, and this year is no exception!

Bonney was on the ball a couple of months back when sent me three tote bags covered with very trippy illustrations, including a girl holding a sheep (that’s how they made it into her stash).


We were mystified about why these bags existed and where they came from, but today when I was getting them out again I noticed the words TEAM MACHO at the top.


I remember Team Macho—they’re an art collective in Toronto! I’m quite fan but haven’t kept up with them recent years, although I did blog about them here waaay back in 2007. So these bags are even cooler than I’d thought, and they’re going to the top three winners in our photo category.

PLUS we’ve got vintage pattern collections to give away, and also lego pencil boxes for some reason? Bonney says they would make great needle cases, and I can’t argue with that. Thank you for the prizes, Bonney!


So add these to the Franklin Habit illustrations, the Australian Homespun subscriptions, the Knit Picks gift certificates (and more), AND Mochimochi Land gift certificates, and that’s pretty sweet incentive to enter your photos and videos in our contest! (Plus we always add in more goodies as surprise prizes at the end.)

The deadline for entries is December 1st—see the full contest details here!

Six Little Lions

Update: I’ve had some inquiries about whether I’ll make a pattern for these guys. Maybe someday! Let me know in the comments if you’d like that.

We now have six little lions to greet our baby when he comes next month!


I’m happy that I was able to come up with six mane variations. But making variations on a simple theme is one of my favorite things to do, so this has been a fun project. (If anyone is still wondering, these guys are about the size of a softball—not choking hazards like all my other tiny projects!)

Today is actually my 10th anniversary—10 years married to my best friend is a pretty good life, and now seems like a perfect time to be adding a third to our family. Just a little more than a month to go!