The time has come to reveal the first 10 semifinalists in the 2012 Mochimochi Photo Contest! These knitters blew us away with their mad knitting skills and crazy-original ideas.
Now that we’re onto the semifinals, we need your help to narrow them down into our finals group. Please ROOT FOR YOUR FAVORITES in the comments to this post. We rely on all of you to make our decision, so it’s important! Just leave a comment saying which photo or photos you would really like to see make the big final vote.
Teamwork by amyh1979
Snowmen working together! We love all their little limbs clamoring over each other.
Tiny Swedish Chef by ohdeerlette
This is a simple mod that really shines. Fantastic background, too!
Cavemen living the prehistoric life Stephanie_055
These are really some posh cavemen with their fancy prehistoric TV. And the improvised cave walls are genius!
Tiny Texas Zombiedillo says Hola by withmyneedles
Hola zombiedillo! You are cute and hilarious.
Angry Birds! by joanna.sammis
An awesome tribute to one of our favorite games! The score at the top really completes this image.
Tiny Knit Sushi by Bitter-Sweet-
Gorgeous food photography here—that tiny sushi looks good enough to eat (and then gag on).
Thriller by knitjvf
We love a good MJ homage! You can just picture these guys breaking out into a lurching Thriller dance.
Big Mistake by kawaiihunter
How is tiny gnome going to get out of this sticky situation?? Such drama and suspense!
Gertrude the Mermaid on her inland vacation by Starparty2000
Gertrude is simply ravishing! The combination of leaf, water ripples, and tiled swimming pool is really cool.
Mama called the Dr and he said NO MORE MONKEYS JUMPING ON THE BED! by Snickerdoodleloves
Poor mama monkey has her hands full! You can see the entire adorable story on the knitter’s Flickr page.
Now that you’ve been dazzled by these awesome photos, please ROOT FOR YOUR FAVORITES in the comments to this post! We’ll reveal then second batch of semifinalists on Monday, so stay tuned for more mochi adorableness!
251 thoughts on “Semifinalists ’12, Group One”
So many awesome photos it is hard to narrow it down. But I really love, Big Mistake, Teamwork, Cavemen and um, Thriller. :D
Cause this is thriller, thriller night
And no one’s gonna save you from the beast about strike
You know it’s thriller, thriller night
You’re fighting for your life inside a killer, thriller tonight!
I am so honored that my “Teamwork” made it to the semifinals. Thanks so much.
Love them all, but gotta give it up for Thriller.
They are all so good but Teamwork is amazing
Thriller, Teamwork, and Tiny Texas Zombiedillo! All such good entries, though!
Thriller! That is some seriously amazing work. Well done!
Teamwork all the way!!!
I LOVE THE SUISHI
Big Mistake-love it
These are all amazing! They all deserve it, but I think my ultimate fave is teamwork. I love the arms holding each other up!
Teamwork, Cavemen, Big Mistake, Thriller. :)
I love the snowmen working together and how cute is that angel on top of the tree! Love that one especially. I hope it wins.
Teamwork is my favorite with honorable mentions going to
Thriller, No more Monkeys jumping on the bed and Zombidello.
Voting for Tiny Knit Sushi by Bitter-Sweet!
My favorite is teamwork
teamwork is definitely my favorite of the bunch!
also totally digging thriller and big mistake.
Teamwork! Soooo cute!
So hard to pick! As a Texan I love the cowboy, but my favorite is the Swedish Chef!
It’s december and it has been snowing all day here, so I have to go for the snowmen. I would love them to come and give my christmastree a lovely angel like that!
The other pictures are all really cute as well, congratulations on such a good job everyone!
Tiny Texas Zombiedillo says Hola!
Can I vote for myself? Angry Birds if so! :) …although I’m secretly in love with Teamwork!
I love Gertrude the Mermaid!
Teamwork is awesome!
Angry birds all the way!!
Teamwork by amyh1979 is the cutest and most clever!!
I LOVE Teamwork! That is so cute. Angry Birds, Tiny Texas Zombiedillo, No More Monkeys… and Thriller are my other favorites. They’re all so good!…
I love the sushi photo!
I do like Teamwork, the hands were genius. But there was something about the hat! on the Tiny Texas Zombiedillo that made it my fav.
All very clever but the Cavemen Living the Prehistoric Life is the best!!
Oh I am so honored to have my monkeys in the semifinals!!!!! Thank you!
Of course I’m voting for my monkeys ;)
Team work love the placement of the hands and swedish chef
I love teamwork by Amyh1979
I love the zombiedillo one! So creative!
I have to go with Thriller… too cool!
I love the sushi and Teamwork snowmen! Yay!
I love the monkeys jumping on the bed. :-)
Gertrude the Mermaid on her inland vacation !!!
I’m voting for Bitter-SWeet’s Tiny Knit Sushi!
Love the monkeys!!
LOVE them all, but rooting for: Teamwork!!!
Teamwork very cute
I love Teamwork! It’s very cute and original!
I have 2 favorites: Teamwork and Thriller!
1) Thriller! 2) Teamwork 3)Cavemen
TEAMWORK!!! SO creative, funny & CUTE~
One million percent my vote goes to TEAMWORK!!! Absolutely ADORABLE!!! I don’t think any of it could be any cuter!!! Awesome idea!!!
Zombiedillo! Yee haw!
Teamwork…love how they’re holding each other up. #2 = Thriller.
Love the Tiny Texas Zombiedillo! Soo cute
I love Teamwork! It’s in the spirit of the season!!
Teamwork and Zombiedillo! Although they are all awesome!!!
how does the SWEDISH CHEF not win all the things?!?!??!
As winter closes in on us and we’re all madly shopping and decorating, Gertrude the Mermaid looks so relaxed and happy. I want to be her! (and I vote for her too) ;-)
Teamwork. Totally loving the arms and the concentration/concern on their faces.
I’m so excited to see my Zombiedillo here! Thank you! I also love the Sweedish Chef!
Teamwork so made me smile! Definitely my favorite. I did think that the Swedish Chef was well done and deserves the “Most Looks Like the Original” award.
I LOVE the Zombiedillo! So creative. It gets my vote.
All so adorable, but I think Teamwork is my fave!
Love the zombiedillo! Cute as can be!
Teamwork is definitely my favorite!
I’ve got a fever, and the only cure is more ZOMBIEDILLO
Definitely Teamwork! Simply Adorable! My favorite!
Teamwork!!! Love it!!!
Teamwork Teamwork Teamwork Love It!!!!
Thriller!!! And probably Teamwork, they are just so dang cute. Can’t wait for round two!
All are works of art but I love “Tiny Texas Zombiedillo says Hola!” Too cute!
Trying to pick just four (though ALL are amazing!), I’ll have to go with… Teamwork, Zombiedillo, Angry birds, and Thriller.
My favorites are Teamwork and Zombiedillo!
Tiny Texas Zombiedillo is the best, though all are wonderful
Teamwork is awesome!
I Love the tiny texas zombiedillo. REmingds me of someone i know
Teamwork is the best! Love it!!!
One of my favorites is Tiny Texas Zombiedillo. All are unique!
my vote goes to Tiny Texas Zombiedillo says Hola. a perfect photo and great content!
plus a little shout out to thriller.
Tiny Texas Zombiedillo says Hola by withmyneedles
Teamwork by far is the best!
Teamwork! Love their little arms!!
Teamwork and Swedish Chef.
Thriller and Zombiedillo
I like Teamwork.
Teamwork and the Tiny Swedish chief are my favorites but they are all awesome!
I like Teamwork, the Tiny Swedish chef, and Thriller!
Teamwork gets my vote! I love the bright colors, beautiful photo, and use of Snowmen’s versatility!
I do have a soft spot in my heart for the Sweedish Chef though :)
Teamwork and Thriller are my favorites!! So cute!!
The tiny Texas Zombiedillo! I love his hat… there are so many good choices!
Another vote for Thriller. The floor and the wall–both knitted. The angles of the zombies just perfect. Love it. I thought Teamwork was by far the best, but Thriller won on the detail.
I love the expressiveness of the snowmen in Teamwork and the creativity of Thriller!
Teamwork…love it, so cute!!
Eurgh, this is hard. I think defiantly Teamwork, but Swedish Chef is awesome too.
Thriller is most original
Teamwork, Tiny Texas, and Thriller
Texas Zombiedillo–it has a zombie and an armadillo. How could anything be better?
all together they are really an impressive bunch. so much humour with such small needles. my favourites:
tiny swedish chef
Another awesome selection this year. How can you decide?
If I had to pick just one, it would be thriller.
Teamwork and monkeys would follow close behind.
Tiny Texas Zombiedillo!
I vote for “Teamwork” Something about those snowmen…..They are perfect!
My favorite “Angry Birds”
All entries were great but “Angry Birds” is the best.
Teamwork is my favorite…
They are all really awesome, but I just love
Tiny Knit Sushi
Tiny Texas Zombiedillo says Hola
They are ALL amazing, so congrats to everyone who made it this far! But my top three would have to be: 1) Teamwork, 2) Tiny Texas Zombiedillo, and 3) Monkeys. Again, great work, everyone! You’ve inspired me to enter next year :)
Teamwork, …No More Monkeys…, and Tiny Swedish Chef (that would be the one my fiance would pick)
I really love teamwork and Gertrude the mermaid. These are all so cute!
Teamwork and the Zombiedillo are my favorites!
Hands down, no contest, Texas Zombiedillo is the cutest and cleverest of them all.
These are all amazing! My absolute favorite though is the Tiny Swedish Chef, I want him for my own!
GASP! My caveman picture got in?! OMG thank you so much! Please vote for me! But if I had to choose a favourite besides mine, I have to give it to Big Mistake! That one is so cute!
Hands down, Caveman picture is the best!
I love the tiny Texas zombiedillo and the no more monkeys jumping on the bed!
Love the caveman one! I like how the TV is prehistoric, so creative!
Teamwork is so cute! Makes me want to make that for my christmas decorations :)
I like those pre-historic cavemen. Hopefully they’re getting good reception
Teamwork! and Thriller are my favorites but I also love the mermaid on vacation.
Zombiedillo all the way.
Zombiedillo!!! It’s obviously the best!!!!
from this batch i like the mermaid & sushi!
Tiny Texas zombiadillo says hola!
Zombie! Dillo!! Put ’em together, and you’ve got a post-apocalyptic rodeo worth payin’ two bits to spectate and not get zombified.
ZOMBIEDILLO, ZOMBIEDILLO ZOMBIEDILLO ZOMBIEDILLO ZOMBIEDILLO ZOMBIEDILLOZOMBIEDILLO ZOMBIEDILLO ZOMBIEDILLO ZOMBIEDILLO ZOMBIEDILLO ZOMBIEDILLO ZOMBIEDILLO ZOMBIEDILLO ZOMBIEDILLO ZOMBIEDILLO
Teamwork hands down!!!
Loved the riding Zombiedillo! Sooo cute!
CAVEMAN CAVEMAN CAVEMAN!!!
Love the zombie cowboy! Too, too cute!
Love the Texan! Very intricate work! Who’d have “thunk” it? Rie ’em cowboy!
I am very partial to the snowmen generally, and ‘Teamwork’ is just sooo cute!! In close second, I would vote for ‘Tiny Texas’. And in third place I am tied between ‘Mama called the Dr.’ and ‘Thriller’… both of them great group pieces!!
But: ALL of them are GREAT, great, great!!
love the cavemen with the tv! :)
We love the Tiny Texas Zombiedillo and Teamwork
Love the zombiedillo: it’s brilliant!
I really like Teamwork — love the snowmen!
I love the mini sushi and the thriller zombies.
My vote is for Teamwork!
Thriller!! Also, big mistake.
Teamwork. Just love it!
tiny texas zombiedillo ftw!
tiny swedish chef for a close second… :)
My vote is for Angry Birds!
I still like the gnomes kissing under the mistletoe my second favorite is the zombiedillo
Oh!!! I don’t know… I think I’m going to have to go with Teamwork.
So cute! Teamwork, Thriller and Zombiedillo are my favs though!
Definitely the Zombiedillo. He is so cute that I can hear him serenading me.
I really like the Angry Bird one, it’s super creative and adorable!
Zombiedillo all the way!
Ohdeerlette’s Tiny Swedish Chef is my favorite, and by far, the cutest! :D
I like the Tiny Swedish Chef :)
Seriously, they are all very cute, but my favorite is the tiny swedish chef.
Good work by all!
Swedish Chef is my favorite :D
I’m a big fun of Teamwork!
defiantly Thriller by knitjvf
How to chose‽
I love the Swedish Chef and Zombiedillo!
Tiny Swedish Chef!!!
They’re all so cute, what great work :-)
I love them all. My vote is for Zombiedillo :)
My vote is definitely for Cavemen!! :D
….if I can vote for two:
#1 choice = thriller
Love tiny Texas Zombiedillo.
Teamwork by Amyh1979!
These are all so amazing! Thriller and TexasZombiedillo are my favorites.
Teamwork and thriller are so cute~~
TEAMWORK! Love the snow men :-)
Tiny Texas Zombiedillo gets my vote.
I love Teamwork.
My husband has a thing for the Swedish Chef. I don’t feel threatened at all.
They’re all great, but Teamwork really stands out :)
Teamwork is awesome. Where do peoplfind the time to do that? I guess highschool does have a pretty big impact on your freetime though. I deffinitely think teamwork is the best.
You take the chocolate and the moose…
Tiny Swedish Chef is my favourite :)
Thriller and Big Mistake are my faves
Teamwork is my fave with Thriller a close runner up. No More Monkeys Jumping On The Bed deserves a shout out though – suck a great amount of creativity and work went into the knitting and photo shoot!
This is really hard. I love Teamwork, but the knit sushi is just wonderfully realistic. Those are definitely my faves of this bunch.
I love Teamwork, but I’m also crazy about armadillos, so put me down for both Teamwork and Zombiedillos?
It’s got to be Teamwork – I love their arms!
I am rooting for the Tiny Texas Zombiedillo! I love how he holds up his little hat and I can see him riding along.
Teamwork is ADORABLE!!!! Love snowmen! Great job!
I vote for Tiny Swedish chef and Tiny Texas Zombidillo
I love the Tiny Swedish Chef but they are all so very adorable!
Oh Wow! Tiny Swedish Chef is just Awesome!
I love the tiny knit sushi and teamwork!!!!!!!
Teamwork is SUPER adorable, and I also love Tiny Swedish Chef and Thriller. So many good ones!
Love Teamwork and Swedish chef! (I can hear him now…Gersh gurndy morn-dee bort bort bort!)
Tiny Texas Zombiedillo and Tiny Swedish Chef are my favorites, here.
i love the tiny swedish chef for the details! a few details and immediately it became a recognisable character. of course, i am bias because I am a huge muppets fan.
My vote goes to Teamwork . . . that must have taken forever to get the snowmen to balance like that. And I want to know where amyh1979 got the darling little tree . . .
Hola Zombiedillo! Hang onto your darling hat and hold those cute little reins for the full 8 seconds. You’ve got my vote for the championship ride!
Hi llana…I got that tree at Crafts 2000 last year. Thanks for the vote : )
Love Tiny Texas Zombiedillo – brilliant idea :)
Tiny Texas Zombiedillo says Hola
i like zombiezillo, teamwork, and thriller!
Thriller! And the Swedish Chef.
Teamwork is the best!!
Thriller for sure!
Tiny Texas, Snowman Teamwork, Thriller! But all are great!!
It’s gotta be the monkeys!
Sorry, I posted my vote on group 2’s page – i don’t know if it matters but my vote is… “I’m thinking THRILLER… thriller yeah!”
MONKEYS! MONKEYS! MONKEYS!
Teamwork and Thriller
Those monkeys are jumping right off the bed and straight to the top! Love those monkeys!
Teamwork tells a whole story in one pose!!
I vote Thriller!
Monkeys jumping on the bed!!
So lovely all of them but my favourites are Tiny Texas Zombiedillo, Teamwork, Tiny Swedish Chef and Cavemen living the prehistoric life.
Good Luck Everyone : )
Monkeys! Monkeys! Monkeys!!
Think I’ll just cast myself a little vote – tiny swedish chef!
Monkeys!…jumping on the bed!!
Monkeys for me
The monkeys are adorable!
Thriller, big mistake, tiny texan, and the snowmen using teamwork.
I still like the TIny Zombiedillo
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