Category: Events

Talk at Ann Arbor Downtown Library July 14th

I’m excited to announce that my squishy friends and I will be visiting Ann Arbor next month!


I’ll be giving a talk with slideshow and signing books at the downtown library on July 14th, from 2-4 pm. Come learn about how Mochimochi Land came to be and meet some of the characters who live there! (There may even be some super-sneak previews of Huge & Huggable Mochimochi, along with other surprises…)

In addition, I’ll have some of my artwork and other characters on display around town that weekend, so keep your eyes peeled, Ann Arborites!

This will be my first visit to the area, so I hope to see you there if you live nearby. I can’t wait!

Please visit the Ann Arbor District Library website for all the info.

Exciting VK Live Seattle Updates

In just a few days, I’ll be headed off to Seattle with a posse of gnomes for Vogue Knitting Live!


There’s a lot going on next weekend, so I wanted to do a quick rundown for those who are attending or thinking of attending (you should!).

Friday 4/5 I’m teaching a Teeny-Tiny Toy Knitting class bright and early (8:30am). There are a few spots left, so it’s not too late to sign up and learn everything you need to know about knitting itty-bitty gnomes and all sorts of other creatures.

From 6-8pm come see the epic Mochimochi Land battle of Gnomes vs Snowmen in the art gallery, which will be located in or near the marketplace.


Saturday 4/6 I’ll be in the art gallery all day with books and kits (including special new kits) and more. You can see the other artists who will wow you with their yarn and knitting-related creations on the VK Live website.

Sunday 4/7 Tiny Zombie Hunt! Ten tiny zombies (made by yours truly) will be hidden all around the marketplace. Find one to win a free copy of Super-Scary Mochimochi!


Also at 11:30am I’ll be giving a slideshow talk about how Mochimochi Land came to be and who you will find in this weird squishy world. This is happening at the stage in the Exhibit Hall, along the back wall.

So if you’re in the Seattle area, I really hope to see you next weekend! It should be a blast!

Vogue Knitting Live Seattle
April 5-7
Meydenbauer Convention Center
11100 Northeast 6th Street
Bellevue, WA 98004

Classes and More at VK Live Seattle in April

UPDATE: I’ll be presenting a slideshow about the origins of Mochimochi Land on Sunday, April 7th at 11:30am at the stage in the Exhibit Hall.

Exciting news! The mochis and I are taking on Seattle in April for Vogue Knitting Live!


For the first time, I’m teaching a class at VK Live, so you can become an expert in knitting tiny toys with me! There is very limited space for the classes, so I recommend registering now if you can.

Plus! I’ll have a display in the art gallery area at VK Live, and when I’m not teaching, I’ll be there with books and kits and more.

I fell in love with Seattle when I visited a couple years back, and I’m so excited to be returning with lots of my little friends!

Vogue Knitting Live Seattle
April 5-7, 2013
Meydenbauer Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Bellevue

Rescheduled Pictoplasma NYC Talk Feb 8

In November I was scheduled to give a talk at the Pictoplasma NYC character art festival, then Hurricane Sandy hit the weekend before and the whole festival had to be postponed while the city recovered from the damage. Now the city is back up and running, the festival is back on, the talk is now happening February 8th!


My talk will be an overview of my journey into Mochimochi Land, and what it means to create character designs in the form of knitting patterns that others can recreate as their own.

The talk is open to people who have registered for the festival, but at the same time I’ll have some new knitted characters on display for everyone to see at a Pictoplasma group show at Cappellini in Soho. I can’t reveal what they are here… they’re just too top-secret!

Mochis Headed to VK Live NYC

Vogue Knitting Live returns to NYC January 18-20! And for the third year in a row, I’m bringing my knitted artwork and other mochi goodies to this epic knitting event!


This year, I’m exhibiting Mochimochimochimochimochi, which was first shown at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in 2011.

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At last count, the piece is made up of 372 tiny mochis (plus two big guys swimming in them), but I’m planning to add more prior to and throughout the event, so who knows how large it will grow…

In addition to the artwork, I’ll have books and kits available, including two new top-secret kits! You can find me in the art gallery area of the marketplace. If you’re not already registered for VK Live, there is a fee to enter the marketplace.

Plus on Sunday the 20th I’ll be doing a book signing at the Knitty City booth at noon!

Here’s all the logistical info:

Vogue Knitting Live NYC
January 18-20, 2013
New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway (between 45th and 46th Streets)

Marketplace hours:
Fri 5-8pm; Sat 11am-6:30pm; Sun 10am-4:30pm

Hope to see you there! And did you hear that VK Live is coming to Seattle in April? I’ll be there! More details coming soon…

Snowmen Win, Free Snow Cones for All


The results are in, and Snowmen win! More than 600 of you voted in this very important election to determine which tiny mochi will represent Mochimochi Land for the next four years.

The gnomes shook the snowmen’s hands….


But then they gave a very bitter concession speech, so we’re not even going to show it here.

The snowmen have already gotten to work increasing snowball production…


Installing more icicles in underserved rural areas…


And expanding ice cream distribution for the less fortunate citizens of Mochimochi Land.


Big snowman government, here we come!


Thanks to Jenna Leigh Teti for use of her photography of Gnomes vs Snowmen!

Gnomes vs Snowmen: The Vote

UPDATE: The results are in!

It’s time to vote! Get to the polls, Americans!

Today also happens to be election day in Mochimochi Land (purely by coincidence), and the decision is yours: Gnomes or Snowmen? Which party is best suited to represent tiny knitted toys for the next four years, or until they’re ousted by scandal?


If you’re reading this, you’re an honorary citizen of Mochimochi Land, and the candidates want your vote!

Just in case you’re having trouble making a decision, the candidates have some negative campaigning to entertain you with.






The poll closes at midnight tonight, and we’ll post the results tomorrow.

Thanks to Jenna Leigh Teti for use of her photography of Gnomes vs Snowmen!