Mochimochi Photo Contest

Announcing the 2014 Mochimochi Photo Series Contest

Update: Congratulations to our winners!

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. You may enter up to three series. 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!

Winners of the 2013 Mochimochi Photo Contest

After hundreds of photos submitted, hundreds of comments on the semifinalists, and hundreds of votes on the finalists, THE RESULTS ARE IN for the 2013 Mochimochi Photo Contest!

But first, we want to thank each of you who participated in our favorite Mochimochi Land tradition. Mochimochi Land wouldn’t be the fun crazy place that it is without the creativity and love that all of you bring to it through your knitting, your photo sharing, and your commenting. You all are the BEST!

Big thanks also go to our sponsors, Knit Picks and Craftsy, for providing great prizes this year! So did my lovely mother-in-law Bonney—thank you, Bonney!

Now let’s celebrate our winners!

We’ll start with our Judge’s Choice Award. This is the photo that didn’t make it into the top three, but that John and I personally think deserves special attention. This year that photo is Snowman Friends by Emily!


We just love the simple charm of this photo. Nice job, Emily!

In third place is the delightful Best Beard Contest by The Happy Cupcake!


Yay!! You win a $10 gift certificate to Knit Picks, a 25% Craftsy discount, a $10 gift card to Mochimochi Land, and these goodies from Bonney Teti’s World’s Biggest Yarn Stash in Wilmot, New Hampshire!


(See more adorable Best Beard Contest photos at The Happy Cupcake’s Flickr page.)

In second place is the cheerful Bird Conga by Bonnie!


Yippee!! You win a $10 gift certificate to Knit Picks, a 50% Craftsy discount, a $10 gift card to Mochimochi Land, and these goodies from Bonney!


(See more rainbow penguin antics at Bonnie’s Flickr page!)

And now for our top winner… it’s Giant Squid Love by Jill Watt!


Woohoo!! And well deserved, Jill! You win a $50 gift certificate to Knit Picks, a free Craftsy class, a $20 gift card to Mochimochi Land, and these goodies from Bonney!


Congratulations to these very clever knitters! And that wraps up the 2013 Mochimochi Photo Contest—thank you again to all who participated!

Feeling inspired? It’s not too early to enter next year’s contest! All photos added to the Mochimochi Friends Flickr group will automatically be entered in the 2014 Mochimochi Photo Contest. And we’re also bringing back our springtime photo series contest, so keep an eye out for that in a few months.

Safe travels and happy holidays, everyone!

Mochimochi Photo Contest ’13: The Big Vote!

UPDATE: Congratulations to our winners!

It’s finally here: the FINAL VOTE! After much consideration and a lot of help from all of you, we’ve narrowed down the 20 fantastic semifinalist photos to 10 stunning finalists in the 2013 Mochimochi Photo Contest.

Presenting your top 10 photos!


Which of these, in your opinion, are the cutest, funniest, most original photos of mochimochi toys? Cast your official ballot below! We know that many of the entries have big fan followings (which is great!), so to help make things fair, we’re asking that everyone PLEASE VOTE FOR AT LEAST TWO PHOTOS. But you can vote for even more!

The poll will be open throughout the weekend, and we’ll announce the top three winners on Monday, December 23rd. Be sure to return for the results!

Semifinalists ’13, Group Two

UPDATE: Congratulations to our winners!

It was awesome to see all the impassioned comments on our last post of semifinalists—thanks, everyone! Let’s keep up the cheering for our next group of semifinalists, which we present to you today.

Like the last group, these are photos that John and I chose for their originality, their storytelling, and their overall cuteness. They are all winners to us, so we need your help narrowing these down for the finals! Take a good look at each, and ROOT FOR YOUR FAVORITES IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS POST.

Here they are, in no particular order, your final batch of semifinalist photos in the 2013 Mochimochi Photo Contest

Rappelling Gnome by Shannon

Go, go tiny gnome! We love this dramatic close-up.

Teeny Tiny Lolcats by Monica

Mochi cats plus internet meme equals happy! We love all the different breeds, too.

Knit Nested Birds by Hannah

The composition is just lovely. And happy wings!

PTA (Painted Turtles of America) Campout by ForeverWrens

We love how everyone seems to have a job in this busy scene, except maybe for the guy who’s just sitting on a rock. Adorable!

Thor! by Lucy

Thor indeed! The attention to detail in this very tiny knit is just awesome.

Giant Squid Attack by Amanda

It seems inevitable that Squidpocalypse would start attacking the other mochis sometime. The water and clouds are a great touch!

Mochi Burger Restaurant by Sarah

There’s so much going on here, but we especially love the tiny dog who’s getting a melted ice cream treat.

Hens Playing Quidditch by seakame

Awesome diorama! The 2D/3D combo is very clever.

Bird Conga by Bonnie

They’re rainbow penguins and they’re marching in formation! Enough said.

Luvbot Mending Broken Hearts by FatalsAttraction

There’s something irresistible about this photo. I think it’s how seriously Luvbot is taking his task.

Aren’t these all just the tops? Congrats to these witty knitters!

Don’t forget to leave a comment telling us which of these photos (it can be multiples!) you want to see in the finals. We’ll be taking all of your comments into consideration for the big final vote. The poll will open later this week, so don’t forget to check back and cast your vote!

Semifinalists ’13, Group One

UPDATE: Congratulations to our winners!

It’s semifinalist time in the 2013 Mochimochi Photo Contest!

Today we present to you the first batch of ten semifinalist photos. It’s always really difficult to narrow the entries down, but John and I selected photos of mochis that were unexpected, that told stories, and that showed lots of originality. And cuteness, of course! We also decided not to have more than one photo by the same person in the semifinals this year.

And we need your input to help narrow the semifinals down to the ten finalists! So take a close look at these awesome photos and ROOT FOR YOUR FAVORITES in the comments to this post. Just leave a comment saying which photo or photos you would really like to see make it to the big final vote. Your feedback will really help us out!

Here they are, in no particular order, your first batch of semifinalist photos…

Stormtroopers Knit Droids by Taylor

We love how seriously these little guys take knitting!

Giant Squid Love by Jill

Just wow! Some amazing engineering going on here.

Sty Guys by Elly

Who knew there were so many varieties of Pigs with Wigs? Each really seems to have its own personality!

Poseidon by Shanna

Lovely scene and a great mod!

Tortoise and Hare: The Deleted Scene by Ilana

All those tiny shoes! (And that tiny foot measurer!) Awesome.

Snowman Friends by Emily F.

This one is so charming in its simplicity!

Herding Chicks by Emily

We didn’t know that tiny armadillos were good herders, but now it just seems obvious!

Polar Bear Plunge by juleenbean

Such a cute wintry scene! We love the set and the tiny mug!

It Looks Like a Purple People Eater to Me by wooly brain

Watch out, little guy! We love the composition and colors in this dramatic scene.

Best Beard Contest by The Happy Cupcake

It’s about time that someone featured one of the big gnome events of the year!

Aren’t these photos just super? Congrats to these clever knitters!

Now we need your help to narrow these down to the finalists. Don’t be shy—let us know which of these especially tickles you in the comments! And be sure to check back on Monday for the next batch of semifinalist photos!