Funds Raised for Oceana

Thanks to your help, Mochimochi Land donated over $200 to Oceana!

It was great to do this little fundraiser and get lots of support and enthusiasm from knitters. Of course, this contribution is a mere drop in the ocean, but every little bit does something, and talking about climate change and other environmental issues is a first step toward prioritizing it in our lives and culture.

If you’d like to do something good for the Arctic and for all ocean life, please check out this worthy nonprofit and consider supporting them regularly.

I’ll be adding the Tiny Frozen Friends patterns on Ravelry soon, so those of you who requested me to add them there will get them in the next few days.

Tiny Frozen Update

An update on our project raising funds for Arctic conservation!

We’ve done our research and decided to donate funds raised this month from sales of the Tiny Frozen patterns to Oceana, a nonprofit that’s doing a lot to support the Arctic.


Learn about their work here. (And please consider supporting them regularly!)

Through the end of July, $1 of each sale of the Tiny Frozen patterns and the related knitting kits will go to Oceana. Thanks to everyone who’s already gotten them!

It Was the Narwhal!

I think I forgot to mention this already, but the mystery kit from May was the Tiny Narwhal!


It was fun shipping the kits out to people all over, knowing (or at least feeling pretty sure) that they would be well received. (And from the happy feedback I got, it seems I was right!)

Now the tiny narwhals are enjoying their official debut in the summer.

You can now get the pattern as a kit or as part of the new Tiny Frozen collection—and $1 of each sale of those this July is going to support Arctic conservation.

Why the Penguin?

A couple of people have asked why I included a tiny penguin in a set of patterns that is connected to a little fundraiser for Arctic conservation. Penguins don’t live in the Arctic, duh! I think the Arctic will take all the help it can get, but for those who need more of an acknowledgement/explanation, I thought I would further clarify.

This is not the first tiny penguin that I’ve designed—if you take a close look at the tiny patterns available in my shop, you’ll see a little blue penguin included in the Tiny Mochis Collection 5. I designed this guy a number of years ago, and he’s still close to my heart. He even appeared in a Nickelodeon network ID in 2013!

But a couple of years back I decided I wanted to update the tiny penguin kit that I offer on my site and to retailers to be a black and white type—more of a classic, black-tie penguin. But black eyes don’t show up so well on a black body, so I made the face all white, altering the design quite a bit in the process.


So that was that, but of course some people liked the new penguin design but didn’t want to purchase a kit, so I’ve been looking for a pattern collection that I could include it in. I certainly could have offered the new penguin as a pattern on its own, but I try not to do that with too many tiny patterns, because hundreds of additional shop listings would be a lot to handle (but that doesn’t mean I won’t try it sometime).

So, when I decided to make a collection of Arctic creatures, I was all set with four designs—the glacier, polar bear, walrus, and narwhal. But that little penguin just begged to be included! I couldn’t resist giving the pattern a home so that more people could knit him, and I had a hunch that those who are interested in knitting a polar bear, etc. might also like to knit a penguin. And that’s why the pattern collection is called Tiny Frozen Friends, and not Tiny Arctic Animals.

That’s more of an inside scoop than I think most of you would need, but I thought I’d chat about it for anyone who’s interested. Either way, I hope those of you who get the patterns enjoy the knitting and the teeny new friends and can open your hearts to a tiny black and white penguin (or whatever colors you choose to make yours). I haven’t decided for sure which organization we’ll be supporting with the July sales, but that’s something else that I’m thinking hard on and want to make the best decision about. I’ll certainly share that information here once it’s settled.

Thanks, always, to all of you who knit, comment, share, and like!

New Tiny Frozen Friends to Knit


It’s the hottest month of the year for many of us, so why not knit some cool little creatures? Patterns for Tiny Frozen Friends—including a penguin, walrus, polar bear, narwhal, and even a glacier—are now available in the Mochimochi Shop!

And because even these guys need help beating the heat, through the end of July $1 of each sale will go to Arctic conservation efforts.

The freezer isn’t really a long-term solution, but it’s a start.

Three of these characters—penguin, walrus, and narwhal—are also available as a kit, perfect for gifting and knitting on the go. $1 of each kit sale in July will also go to supporting Arctic conservation.

Funky Punky Gnomes are Here

Fresh off their Spring 2017 Disco Tour, the gnomes of Funky Fleece fame are ready to dance their way into your hands!

Not a pattern, but real physical inhabitants of Mochimochi Land, each gnome is hand knitted and needle felted by me (Anna) in Chicago, and each is stitched to his own personal sparkly felt disco tile for self-standing superpowers.

These guys are available in blind boxes, so you may get a mullet gnome, an afro gnome, or a mohawk gnome.

Find them in the shop for $25 each!

The Shop is Hopping

I’ve been happily surprised by just how many people are ordering kits for Mystery Kit May! I’ve run out of my regular mochi stickers, in fact, and am now shipping out packages with funky gnomes to greet the recipients.

I’ve also been knitting a bunch of these cotton-candy-haired little guys, and will be adding them to the shop soon too!

Don’t forget that all this month if you order two kits from the shop, you automatically get an all-new mystery kit for free with your order! (And if you order four kits, let me know what additional kit from my shop you would like for free.)

I hope everyone receiving packages is excited with what they find…

It’s Mystery Kit Time Again!

The mystery kit is back! Through May 31st, buy two kits from the Mochimochi Shop and you’ll automatically receive a mystery kit for free!

What is a mystery kit? It’s a kit containing the pattern, yarn, and stuffing for an all-new tiny design. This is a new intermediate-level pattern that’s not available anywhere else right now! You’ll just need a set of size 1 double-pointed needles and a tapestry needle to get started.

Please note that the mystery kit AUTOMATICALLY COMES FREE with a purchase of 2 kits (or 2 books, or one kit and one book) through May 31—there’s no need to add it to your cart.

Past mystery kits have included… 

Want a hint? This year’s mystery is a design that’s been requested countless times, a special animal that will point you to your destiny…

When you receive yours, please keep it hush-hush if you can, so we can preserve the mystery through the end of the month!