Knitted Things

Biggest Twig Update

Back in June I started work on what would be the biggest twig to date in the Wooly Woods, my ongoing art project that explores the more forested regions of Mochimochi Land.

Here’s what it looked like after a few days’ work.

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And here is the fully wrapped big twig, two months later!

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Also, here is what I spent those two months looking like, from the twig’s perspective.

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Hunched over in concentration is not the most flattering angle for me, as it turns out.

The twiggins who will live in this piece of the Wooly Woods are underway as well.

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And now comes the fun part: playing around with the pieces to find the right positions for the creatures and inventing the trouble that they’re getting into, which will include more characters and woodsy elements.

The plan is for this piece and others from my show last year to be on display at Vogue Knitting LIVE in Chicago in October—which I guess is next month!—so I’m feeling good about the progress for that. If you’re thinking of attending, the event is open for registration (and I’ll also be teaching some classes there).

Putting the Fun in Fun Fur

One thing I miss about living in NYC is having the Lion Brand Yarn Studio just a subway ride away. I went there for all my fun fur needs—which admittedly weren’t frequent needs, but I’ve found that when I get the fun fur bug, I want it NOW! (OK, that goes for any kind of yarn that I decide to use, but still.)

So I have at least a week to wait before my novelty yarn arrives in the mail, but in the meantime I dug out what I could find in my stash and was soon reminded why fun fur is so fun.

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This creature has so much personality already, thanks to Romance, the softer, more feathery alternative to fun fur that Lion Brand makes. I am so in love with this stuff! I held it together with worsted-weight yarn and used size 8 US needles (just a tip, in case some of you would like to incorporate fur into a toy, which is something you can do with pretty much any non-tiny toy).

I’m thinking that with different colors, a different shape, and minimal (non fur) appendages, this guy could be really cute and spooky and cool.

And if you live in NYC, please stop by the studio and say hi to everyone!

The Gnomes Get a Garden

Now that spring is in full swing, I’m getting to garden for the first time in my life in our new backyard. A few weeks back I planted some zinnia seeds that my mom sent me, and it looks like they’re finally coming up!

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Of course, the gnomes didn’t hesitate to take over and claim this as their own work.

It occurs to me that gardening might be a bit like knitting, in that you can make it as simple or as complicated as you want, and it’s a rewarding pastime either way. I’m starting simple with these seeds, plus basil, tomato, and pepper plants that I just put in yesterday. I can’t wait to see what it all looks like in another month or two!

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Thank You for Your Photo Series!

Thanks to all of you who entered our 2014 Photo Series Contest! Soon we’ll announce who wins this rainbow of yarn from our sponsor Happy Go Lucky.

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Stay tuned for the results!

Winners of Super-Scary Mochimochi in Korean

It’s time to pick two people to win copies of the Korean edition of Super-Scary Mochimochi! 11 of you who speak Korean or know someone who does left comments on my post from last week for the giveaway. (I’m not counting my dad, who commented to say that I’m going to need more books, or the other person who commented to say that my dad is amusing.)

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And our two randomly-selected winners are…

commenter number 5, Salleigh:

I did independent study of Korean while at university, and also attended the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, CA, to study Korean. I was stationed in Korea off and on for 7 years as well. I would love a copy of your book so I can learn Korean knitting terminology :)

and commenter number 3, Maria:

My Korean friend would love a book like this and I’m sure her kids would love to have a few super scary mochis.

Congrats, winners! I’ll be emailing you two soon for your addresses.

And if any of you happen to be in Korea and spot this book in the wild (at a bookstore or library), please snap a photo and send it to me! In fact, that goes for any foreign-language edition of any of my books. With each one, the mochis are getting a little bit closer to world domination!