Mochimochi Land News
I have some exciting news today for Ann Arbor residents! The Ann Arbor District Library now has 20 of my patterns available for download FREE to all of its cardholders.
How is this possible? Well, this cutting-edge library wants to offer unique items to its cardholders, so we’ve worked out a licensing arrangement for a three-year period. I get a licensing fee, the library gets to offer something new, and the people of Ann Arbor get to knit up Sleepy Snakes, Luvbots, and Gobbledyghosts—everyone wins!
As far as I know, pattern downloads is a new idea for a library, and we have Erin the librarian to thank for that! She invited me to speak at the library last summer (there was also a robot Mochimochi display and a Gnomes vs Snowmen-themed hunt that tied in with the library’s summer game), and things just got rolling from there. I’m planning to return this summer for another event—I can’t wait!
A town where designers are supported, and all the knitters can download patterns for free… sounds pretty ideal to me. Let’s hope more libraries see the potential in this kind of partnership!
If you read my post from Tuesday about the current state of my arcade toy design, you might be wondering if I ever finish any projects. I do! In fact, I have something exciting and new to share with all of you…
That’s right, brand-new tiny people patterns! Can I say that these are my favorite tiny mochis yet? (No, that would make the others sad.) But I’m pretty psyched about these guys. Just think of the madcap capers they could pull off together!
Techniques include knitting in the round on double-pointed needles, I-cord, colorwork, and a little bit of wrap + turn. Like all tiny patterns, these ones recommend fingering-weight yarn and size 1 DPNs, but they’re also great projects for scrap yarn, and you can scale them up as much as you like.
The patterns are now available as a PDF download for $6 in the Mochimochi Shop!
While I was feeling a little un-inspired (and maybe also a tiny bit sorry for myself) on Friday, a package of happiness arrived: Spanish and Dutch editions of my first book, Knitting Mochimochi!
I had heard that the Dutch version had been in the works, but I had no idea the title would include as fun a word as knuffels. Knuffels! According to sources on Twitter, the word means both “stuffed animal” and “hug.” Simply the best word in any language period.
Amigurumi de Punto Mochimochi was a complete surprise, and a very welcome one! It appears to be intended for the market in Spain, but I’m hoping it will find its way to other Spanish-speaking countries too.
With the Swedish version, that makes four languages that this book is available in. Next, the wooooorrrld!
It was great to hear about people’s favorite knitting projects from 2013 in the comments on my kitschy Christmas dog post from earlier this week. You were a busy bunch last year!
And the randomly-selected winner of the kitschy Christmas dog from 1940s Japan is… Commenter #19, Anita!
My favourite project this year was my Sixareen cape by Kate Davies, my first fair isle project.
Congrats, Anita! I just emailed you for your address.
The rest of you deserve a little something for the new year too, so how about a discount on ALL of the PDF patterns in the Mochimochi Shop?
Happy 2014, everyone! Let’s make it a year full of inspiration, art, and love.
You can’t keep me away from NYC for long—the mochis and I are headed back this month for Vogue Knitting LIVE in Times Square!
Instead of showing one of my knitted sculptures or scenes this year, I’ll be showing some of my stop-motion animations in the marketplace’s art gallery (which I’ve heard will be on two floors this year—yay fiber art!).
I’ll also have all my books available for sale and signing, as well as a special discount on kits. Please stop by and say hi if you’ll be there!
PLUS! There will be a tiny snowman scavenger hunt in the marketplace on Sunday the 19th. 10 people who find a tiny snowman will win a copy of my new book, Huge & Huggable Mochimochi!
PLUS! I’ll be leading a free workshop on designing your own knitted toy on Sunday at 11am.
PLUS! I’ll be on an artist panel (moderated by Debbie Stoller) at 2pm on Sunday too!
I can’t wait for all the VK LIVE fun. See you soon, NYC!