Mochimochi Land News

Announcing the 2014 Mochimochi Photo Series Contest

The time has come, mochi knitters, for this year’s springtime photo contest!


We all know that cute knitted creatures are great for gifts, decorations, and the occasional tea cozy, but what do your mochis get up to when no one is looking? We want to see your knitted friends in action through a series of photos!

Choose any Mochimochi Land creatures to feature in your story. Then, take a series of photos showing your mochis getting up to something: fighting crime, exploring the universe, putting on a concert—let your imagination go wild!

The top three photo series will win stunning hand-dyed Mini Skeinbows from Happy Go Lucky, an awesome indie dyer local to our new Chicago home. And everyone will win positive creative karma!

The deadline for entries is May 27th.




Knitters from all countries are welcome to enter! To be eligible, your photo series must contain at least one knitted toy made from a Mochimochi Land pattern. That can be any pattern from the Mochimochi Shop, from Anna’s books, or one of the free patterns available here. The pattern may be modified, but not beyond recognition from the original design.

How to enter

Simply add your photo series to the Mochimochi Friends Flickr group, include numbers in their titles to indicate the order they should be viewed in, and tag them with seriescontest14. If you don’t have a Flickr account, it is free and easy to register (though we recommend signing up as soon as possible, because it takes a little time for your account to be approved for sharing photos in a group).

This is a series contest, so your entry should consist of 3 to 6 photos showing a story taking place. Photos entered in this contest will not be eligible for the 2014 Mochimochi Photo Contest this fall.


Winners will be picked by us at Mochimochi Land, but the Flickr pool is open to be seen by everyone. We will be focusing on creativity in this contest, and not just looking for pretty images.


The last day to enter the contest is May 27, 2014. We’ll announce the winners shortly thereafter!


The top three winners each receive a selection of colorful selection of fingering-weight wool/nylon yarn provided by Happy Go Lucky: third place gets a 6-skein Mini Skeinbow (Brights), second place gets two Mini Skeinbows (Brights and Lights), and first place gets three Mini Skeinbows (Brights, Lights, and Muted).


Thank you to Julie of Happy Go Lucky!

Tiny Ballerina Kits are Here!


I’m excited to announce that we now have tiny ballerina kits in the Mochimochi Shop! I just couldn’t resist packaging this pattern up as a kit—we needed to get a little lady in the collection!

The kit comes with the pattern and enough yarn (Cascade Heritage, a wool/nylon blend) and stuffing to to knit up three tiny dancers. They make sweet little gift toppers, ornaments, and more. The kit makes a cool gift for fellow knitters too!

The kit is $12 in the shop. (International shipping is available!)

Hunt for Footballs at VK LIVE this Weekend

Going to Vogue Knitting LIVE in Seattle this weekend? Keep an eye out for mini footballs on Sunday!


Ten of these footballs (five in classic “pigskin” brown, five in Seahawks colors) will be hidden all around the marketplace, and the ten people who hunt them down will each receive a free copy of my book Huge & Huggable Mochimochi!


They can also keep the footballs.

If you’re not familiar with Vogue Knitting LIVE, it’s an incredible weekend of classes, talks, panels, tons of shopping, and knitted art like you’ve never seen before. I’m sorry to be missing it, even though my absence is for a good cause: I’m working on a new book! I’m happy that at least I’ll be there in spirit with the football hunt. And if you’re going to the Chicago show in October, I’ll see you there.

The tiny football pattern can be found in my Tiny Fall collection. (Winter may be just ending, but it’ll probably be football season again before we know it!)

Ann Arbor Library Now Offering Mochimochi Patterns

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!

New Tiny People are Criminally Cute

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!