2012 Mochimochi Favorites

It’s been another great year here in Mochimochi Land! If you can believe it, 2012 was the sixth year of this blog and the sixth year of Mochimochi knits. The time has gone so quickly!

I’d like to wrap up 2012 with a quick look back at some of my favorite happenings on the blog. Here we go!

**Favorite New Patterns**

Jumbo Gnome


After two-plus years of knitting teeny-tiny stuff, I was excited to try designing something with a little more heft. I just love how he turned out!

Plinky & Plunky


Knitting a piano had been a lofty dream of mine for a long time, so it felt like a real accomplishment to finally figure out how to get the design just right. Now my holy grail of knitting is a refrigerator. Maybe someday….

**Favorite Mochimochi Mods**

Soyaspade’s Flower and Buddy (modified from the Pocket Protectors pattern in Knitting Mochimochi)


This pair is an adorable mod with its elegant horticultural twists!

Zephrbabe’s Tiny Napoleon, modified from the Tiny Gnome pattern.


I’m in love with this little guy! This knitter added just the right details to make him unmistakably Napoleon.

**Favorite Crazy Fun Project**

Gnome Infestation!


I had way too much fun taking photos of the naughty gnomes who had moved into my apartment in the night…

**Favorite Animated GIF**

Free Unicorn Rides


This one was hard to choose (I’ve made over 20 GIFs this year), but I’m going with this one because it included the first scene change that I’ve done. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but I think it made a coherent story, and I love it.

**Favorite Tiny Mochi**

Tiny Turtle


I didn’t make as many tiny mochis this year as I have in the past, but I know I’ll never be tired of them. This guy turned out pretty cute, and you can expect a pattern sometime in 2013!

**Favorite Cat Photo**

Happy Valenfeline’s Day!


I love how my boys snuggle up so close one minute and then are duking it out for the top of the scratching post the next.

**Favorite Interview**

Hine Mizushima


Hine has been a huge inspiration to me for a long time, and it was a pleasure to interview her and learn more about her story and her creative process.

**Favorite Random Cute Thing**

Sweet Dreams animation by Kirsten Lepore

I can only dream of making an animated short like this someday!

Those were just a few things I’m excited about as I look back on this year. But more than anything, getting to know all of you through your comments and tweets and photos of your own Mochimochi knits, and especially by meeting you at events throughout the year, is really the best part for me. Thank you for being there and helping to spread hand-knitted happiness throughout the world! See you in 2013…

18 thoughts on “2012 Mochimochi Favorites

  1. I find great joy in the mochimochi patterns. I’ve given several mini gnomes away. Gnorm and Gnelson are staying at my 90 year old neighbor’s as his house is gnome safe. Watching the animations and discovering what you’ve created is quite inspiring.

  2. That is so nice to hear, Leslie! Thank you so much! Hope you have lots of fun knitting awaiting you in the new year.

  3. I only discovered Mochimochi land this year and I totally love all your patterns and animations. They always make me smile and I eagarly look forward to the next one! Thank you :) and Happy New Year x

  4. Love the Animations. The patterns are all so cute. i will be whipping up the Girl Scouts soon. Thanks for all the great inspiration!

  5. Happy New Year, Anna! I gave various Tinys to my family as Christmas ornaments this year. This is my second year as part of the Mochimochi Land family, and I’m loving it! Thanks for all the amazing knitting inspiration; I’m looking forward to what 2013 will bring!

  6. Thank you all for your lovely New Year’s wishes, and thank you for being on board the Mochimochi train for another year! Let’s make 2013 the cutest and squishiest yet!

  7. Happy New Year and thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us! I also only discovered MochimochiLand this year, and it has just been so much fun…

    Also, I LOVE the Tint Turtle and cannot wait until the pattern comes out!! :)

  8. I’m glad that you are here creating such whimsy for us to enjoy. While I didn’t end up knitting any toys in 2012 (sewing took over a bit), I look forward to making more of your toys this year and in years to come!

  9. Belated Happy New Year to all!!!
    Can’t wait to see what fun Mochimochi Land has in store for us in 2013! :)

  10. Happy New Years!!! 2012 was a great year, from the patterns to the cute videos, everything was full of whimsy, creativity and fun, all thanks to you Anna!
    Can’t wait till the Tiny Turtle pattern comes out!

  11. the jumbo gnome is my favorite new mochimochi pattern too! i made one (gnorman the gnome) for my niece and it was a big hit!

    happy new year!

  12. my new years resaluotion was to learn how to do the purl stitch. by the way Anna would it be ok if i sold the toys i made from your patters?

  13. Molly-

    If you’d like to sell toys made from my patterns to your friends and family in a causal way, that’s absolutely fine. Selling at craft fairs or other in-person events is OK too, but if you’d like to do that there are a few other details I’d like to discuss, so let me know if you’re interested in that. (You can email me at info@mochimochiland.com.) I ask that you not sell them online, though.

  14. oh mein gott, sind das niedliche sachen!!!
    ich würde die bücher sofort kaufen, aber der versand ist soooo teuer, leider
    gratuliere dir :)

  15. I am finishing up the Jumbo Gnome and I have to say the pattern was such a pleasure to knit. Everything works and makes sense. Your construction is elegant and practical. I just love your patterns – such high quality. I have made the chicken/egg, the bat, and am about half done with the snake and mouse. I am hoping to crank out two ‘bots for Valentine’s Day for my boys.Thanks for the great fun!

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