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!

Yay New Website!

You may have noticed that mochimochiland.com has a new look! We were way overdue for a makeover—the last site redesign was way back in 2010! Before that, it looked something like this.

That was also back when I was designing cross stitch patterns! So we’ve come a long way.

One cool new feature I’d like to highlight in particular is the new community gallery, which features all the Instagram photos that you all have tagged #mochimochiland.

Also, in celebration of the new site, you can take 10% off all purchases from the shop with the code SAMEGREATTASTE through April 19th.

Also, there might be a few little kinks that we need to work out after the revamp, so thanks in advance for your patience and for getting in touch if you notice something awry.

A big thank you to Jenn Wong for making this website come true!

Introducing the Starter Mochis

Every time I spend a weekend at Vogue Knitting LIVE or any other event, a question I frequently get is Which of your patterns would you recommend for a total beginner? Up until now, my reply has been lengthy explanation about what kind of basic knitting project to try first, then what kind of circular pattern to try next, THEN a new knitter might be ready to tackle a Mochimochi Land project.

But now I have a better answer!

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I’m so excited to introduce my new series of Starter Mochis, beginner-friendly Mochimochi Land patterns that come with instructions for both flat and circular knitting.

While these aren’t appropriate for TOTAL beginners, if you know the basic stitches—knit and purl, plus increase and decrease stitches—the Starter Gnome, Starter Hedgehog, and Starter Unicorn are totally doable for you!

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Worsted-weight yarn is recommended for pocket-size mochis (and that’s what comes with the kits), but you can scale them up or down as you like.

Grab a kit and needles so that you’re all set with materials, or if you’re well stocked but finding it hard to choose just one project, the PDF collection gets you three patterns for the price of two!

I hope that these projects help more new knitters give toys a try, and maybe even jumpstart a (very positive) addiction.

Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi Nutcrackers!

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It’s time for the 2016 Mochimochi Land holiday pattern: Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi Nutcrackers!

They may look fierce, but these little guys are only 3 inches tall and 60% hat. The pattern comes with instructions to knit a perfectly average-sized walnut!

This pattern comes FREE with any purchase of $5 or more from the Mochimochi Shop through January 1st! No need to add it to your cart—a link to download the pattern will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your purchase.

Make them for everyone on your nutty and nice lists!

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And keep an eye out for a nutcracker-themed animation coming closer to Christmas…

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Tiny Thanksgiving Patterns are Here

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It’s mid November—time to move on from talk of walls (at least for now) and start building bridges made of butter and carbs. Thanksgiving is coming!

In Mochimochi Land, we’re giving thanks for the little things with some sweet and savory new projects that you can make much more quickly than an actual Thanksgiving dinner. Knit a tiny turkey, tofurkey (or fruitcake, if you prefer), mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie for a miniature centerpiece that will delight your cool cousin Rita and confound Uncle Ernesto.

The pattern collection is available as a PDF download for $6 from the Mochimochi Shop. And take half off with the code THANKS through 11/27!

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Let me also take this opportunity to thank all of you who have been a part of Mochimochi Land this year with your knitting, your commenting, your sharing, your purchases, and your crazy mods. It’s a privilege to share this world of knitting with you! And if you’re new to Mochimochi Land, welcome!

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New Logo

Mochimochi Land has a new logo!

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Isn’t it fun and HAPPY??

This was designed by Chicago illustrator (and my good friend) Kate OLeary. You should check out her website and Instagram!

Now we just need a new website design for Mochimochi Land! One thing at a time, I suppose.

Summer of Squee Sale is Back

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The big Mochimochi Land summer sale is back!

Refresh your knitting with 20% off of EVERYTHING in the shop through September 5th. EVERYTHING includes all PDF patterns, books, kits, needles, and more adorable things that help you make happy!

To take advantage of the discount, use the code SUMMERSQUEE when checking out.

Please note, this sale does not apply to patterns purchased from the Mochimochi Land Ravelry store, but we’re happy to add patterns purchased via Mochimochiland.com to your Ravelry library upon request.

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