Winners of the 10th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest

The results are in! We are excited to announce the winners of the 10th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest!

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First, let me say thank you once again to everyone who participated with your very creative entries. Mochimochi Land is really a real place because of all the knitting and enthusiasm that you share!

Big thank-yous also go to all of our wonderful sponsors this year.
Our longtime super-sponsor Knit Picks is providing exciting surprise prize packages to our winners. What could be included??? Knit Picks carries all sorts of wonderful stuff, including yarn, needles, patterns, kits, and knitting notions and tools that you didn’t even know existed.

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Knit Picks Palette yarn, one of my personal favorites.

Knitwear designer SpillyJane (who I interviewed here) is sending all six winners this delectable collection of PDF patterns from her Ravelry store:

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And knitwear designer Angela Tong (who I interviewed here) is also sending all six winners this beautiful collection of PDF patterns from her Ravelry store:

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Plus! My mother-in-law, Bonney Teti (who I video-interviewed here) has contributed a collection of vintage and not-so-vintage patterns, books, and kits from her World’s Biggest Yarn Stash to be divvied out to the winners:

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Thanks to these generous friends we’ve got the best and biggest prizes ever this year!

So without further ado, here are your winners in the photo category.

It was a close race for third place, but in the end it went to the oh-so-clever Deep Sea Shadow Box by Huey Li.

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Well done Huey! You win a $50 surprise gift package from Knit Picks, patterns from SpillyJane and Angela Tong, goodies from Bonney Teti’s World’s Biggest Yarn Stash, and a $20 gift card to Mochimochi Land.

In second place is the very zen Sweet Yoga by Wooly Brain (aka Denise).

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Yay Denise! You win a $75 gift package from Knit Picks, patterns from SpillyJane and Angela Tong, goodies from Bonney’s World’s Biggest Yarn Stash, and a $20 gift card to Mochimochi Land.

And first place in the photo category goes to the stunning rainbow of Tiny Hedgehogs by The Bon (aka Bonnie).

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Congratulations, Bonnie! You win a $100 gift package from Knit Picks, patterns from SpillyJane and Angela Tong, goodies from Bonney’s stash, and a $20 gift card to Mochimochi Land.

Now for our video category winners!

Again we had a tight race for the second and third place winners. In third place is the very current Mochimochi Land Mannequin Challenge by Juleenbean.

Nice job, Juleen! You win patterns from SpillyJane and Angela Tong, goodies from Bonney’s World’s Biggest Yarn Stash, and four tiny kits from the Mochimochi Shop.

In second place is the tragicomic How Snowy Lost his Nose by Toomanycupcakes (aka Sara).

Beautiful, Sara! You win patterns from SpillyJane and Angela Tong, goodies from Bonney’s stash, and four tiny kits from the Mochimochi Shop.

And last but certainly not least, first place in the video category goes to the epic saga The Witch and the Dog by Lais.

Amazing, Lais! You win a $100 gift package from Knit Picks, patterns from SpillyJane and Angela Tong, goodies from Bonney’s stash, and six tiny kits from the Mochimochi Shop.

Congratulations to these most creative knitters! And that wraps up the 9th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest—thank you again to Knit Picks, SpillyJane, Angela Tong, Bonney Teti, and all who participated with entries and voting.

10th Annual Mochimochi Photo Contest: The Big VIDEO VOTE

Update: The poll is now closed. Thank you for your votes! Results coming soon!

For the third year in a row, we had a video category in the Mochimochi Photo Contest. Making a video is way more involved than taking a still photo, but the reward is more storytelling and the magic of seeing your mochis come to life.

This year we had six great entries, so we’re also holding a video vote! First, watch the embedded videos below, then please vote for your favorite (or favorites!) using the ballot at the bottom of this post. We’ll leave the poll open through Sunday, January 22nd.

Good luck to these creative knitter-animators!

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10th Annual Mochimochi Photo Contest: The Big VOTE

Update: The poll is now closed. Thank you for your votes! Results coming soon!

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Here it is, your ballot for the 10th Annual Photo Contest! We’ll leave the poll open through Sunday, January 22nd. Please vote only once time (although you can vote for as many photos as you like).

Good luck to these creative knitters!

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10th Annual Mochimochi Photo Contest: Honorable Mentions

Thank you, everyone, for your entries in the 10th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest! Yes, somehow this really was the 10th annual contest!

Today we’re pleased to announce the 12 Honorable Mentions in the photo portion of our contest, and very soon we’ll have the big vote on the 12 finalist photos. We’ll present the videos next week.

So without further ado, here are your Honorable Mentions! We loved these entries and are excited to share them here. See the full images close up after the jump!

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Thank You for the Photos and Videos!

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Contest entry by Kelly Lynn Smith

The deadline for the 10th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest passed a couple of days ago. We’re thrilled to see so many fun entries from all of you mochi makers! I’m glad that we extended the deadline because it seems that many more people were able to participate as a result.

Because we’re getting into heavy holiday season now, we’ll be making the contest announcements in early 2017. Stay tuned!

Announcing the 2016 Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest

UPDATE: Thank you for all the fun photos and videos!!! We’ll make the announcements in early 2017.

UPDATE: We’re extending the deadline for entries by a whole month! You have until December 14th, 2016 to submit your photos and videos.

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Believe it or not, it’s now officially time to enter the 10th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest!

For the 10th year in a row (!!!), we’re looking for the cutest, funniest, most creative photos and videos of Mochimochi Land toys. This year you can enter through your favorite social media platform (see below for details), and you have so much time to enter: the deadline is November 14th, 2016.

Winners will receive awesome prizes from our favorite sponsor Knit Picks, from indie designers Angela Tong and SpillyJane, and from Bonney Teti, my mother-in-law and owner of the World’s Biggest Yarn Stash.

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Kouyou by Angela Tong / Cupcake Mittens by SpillyJane

Eligibility

This contest is open to knitters worldwide. To be eligible, your photo or video must contain at least one knitted toy made from a Mochimochi Land pattern. This can be a pattern from the Mochimochi Shop, a pattern from one of the Mochimochi books by Anna Hrachovec, or one of the free patterns on the Mochimochi Blog. The pattern may be modified, but not beyond recognition from the original design. (The use of Photoshop is OK, and other characters, including other knitted toys, are welcome to appear in your photo or video too!)

Note that we’re looking for humor, cuteness, and originality—not necessarily the most professional-looking photos and videos. We want everyone to enter!

How to enter

PHOTOS: There are three ways to enter photos. Please choose just one, and enter no more than 8 photos.*

1) Post your photo(s) on Instagram with the hashtag #mochiphotocontest16.

2) Post your photo(s) to the Mochimochi Land Facebook page with the hashtag #mochiphotocontest16.

3) Add your photo(s) to the Mochimochi Land Flickr group. All photos uploaded to this group since the December 1st deadline of last year’s photo contest—with the exception of those entered in our recent Mochi Mod Contest—are already entered in this year’s contest!

VIDEOS: First, upload your video to any public video sharing site (like YouTube or Vimeo). Then email me at info@mochimochiland.com with with subject line VIDEO ENTRY, and include a link to your video. Please do not send the video as an attachment. The length of your video can be anywhere from 30 seconds to around 2 minutes long. Please enter no more than 2 videos.

Deadline

The last day to enter the contest is November 14th, 2016. Update: It’s now DECEMBER 14th! We’ll announce the finalists shortly thereafter here on the blog, and everyone will be able to vote for their favorites! So be sure to check the blog after the deadline.

Prizes!

The first place photo prize will include a $100-value surprise gift package from Knit Picks, fabulous PDF pattern packages from Angela Tong and SpillyJane (two of my favorite designers), an assortment of crafty goodies straight from the World’s Biggest Yarn Stash, and a $20 gift card to Mochimochi Land.

Second and third place photo prizes will include a gift package from Knit Picks ($75 and $50 value, respectively), PDF pattern packages from Angela Tong and SpillyJane, an assortment of goodies from the World’s Biggest Yarn Stash, and a $20 gift card to Mochimochi Land.

The first place video prize will include a $100 gift package from Knit Picks, PDF pattern packages from Angela Tong and SpillyJane, an assortment of goodies from the World’s Biggest Yarn Stash, and six Mochimochi Land kits.

Second and third place video prizes will include PDF pattern packages from Angela Tong and SpillyJane, an assortment of goodies from the World’s Biggest Yarn Stash, and four Mochimochi Land kits.

Thank you to Knit Picks, Angela Tong, SpillyJane, and Bonney Teti for the exciting prizes!

Needles ready? Cameras set? GO!

* This limit doesn’t apply to photos already added to the Flickr group.

Mod Contest Winners

You all really came through with fun modified mochis for our first ever Mochi Mod Contest!

The delay in announcing winners is partly because there were so many awesome entries and it was difficult to narrow them down! And also because it’s summer and we wanted to lie in the grass instead of sit in front of a computer. But mostly because there were just so many cool mods to choose from! We were exited to get more than ONE HUNDRED entries.

John and I decided to assign the entries to three categories and choose one from each category. Our winners are the mods that we judged to be the most creative and most unexpected.

Category 1: Most Transformative Mod
Winner: Rapunzel by fruit.snack.knits

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As you can see, Rapunzel is a mod of the Neck Nuzzler pattern from Knitting Mochimochi! We love how the knitter turned the nuzzler on its head so that ears become legs, and the theme of longness shared by both characters is brilliant too. Super!

Category 2: Best Pop Culture Character Mod
Winner: The Lorax by Wooly Brain

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How cool is this guy!! The eyes and wooly hair really make him, of course, but we were impressed to read in the caption that The Lorax is modified from the Tiny Alien pattern from Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi, AND his tree stump is modified from the Plucky Mushrooms pattern from Knitting Mochimochi. Nicely done!

Category 3: Coolest Craziest Mod
Winner: Cupcake Crown by spiraling.into.madness

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All hail the cupcake crown! The tiny cupcakes are from the pattern in Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi, with a modified massive cupcake to top it off. We love this ambitious wearable mod.

Each of our top three winners will receive a $20 Mochimochi Land gift card, a six-skein rainbow from Bonney Teti’s World’s Biggest Yarn Stash…

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And a temporary tattoo and an itty-bitty unicorn!

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I promised you a randomly selected winner too.

Category: Random Mod
MetroGnome: A Cover Band by KnittyKitty99

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I think we all know what pattern these guys are modified from. Love their different rockstar personas!

KnittyKitty99 will receive this random prize.

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Winners, I’m contacting you via the websites you submitted from.

Thank you to everyone who participated with their mods! I’ll be sharing more of the cool entries here soon. I think we should hold this contest again sometime, so be thinking about your next mochi mods!

Win a Rainbow of Yarn for your Mochi Mod

The prize yarn from Bonney’s World’s Biggest Stash has arrived!

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The three winners of the Mochi Mod Contest will each receive six balls of Sassy Skein yarn in a rainbow of colors! Bonney loves this yarn because it’s colorful (obviously) and it’s 100% cotton, making it perfect for washcloths and toys that will be played with.

You know, I just visited the Sassy Skein blog to read that they have closed their operations. Sad! So, this is a good opportunity to get some of their yarn before it’s really hard to find.

You have until July 5th to enter the contest—details here.