It’s been another super year here in Mochimochi Land. 2013 was our seventh year, if you can believe it—that’s a lot of mochis!
Let’s wrap up 2013 with a quick look at some favorite happeningss on the blog.
**Favorite New Pattern**
I’m a little bit in love with these guys, but it might just be the puns they inspire in me.
**Favorite New Contraption**
This thing saved my sanity this year. Instead of spending hours winding the bobbins for my tiny kits, I can spend minutes! My dad is the best.
**Favorite Tiny Mochi**
This little guy was praised by poets! I haven’t written pattern for him yet, but I’m hoping to do so in 2014.
**Favorite Funny Mochi Scene**
The most original way I’ve seen zombies defeated!
**Favorite Crazy Fun Projects**
I had TWO favorite crazy fun projects this year.
Because of course it’s a good idea to knit things on top of delicate twigs and ship them all to Germany for a show! (As ill-advised as this all seemed at times, it actually turned out great!)
The coolest project to wrap up 2013 with!
**Favorite Knitting Debate**
It’s the ultimate question that divides knitters these days. (As it turns out, everybody thinks they’re a little silly but ultimately harmless.)
**Favorite Mochimochi Mods**
This young knitter started with some shapes from Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi and took them in an awesome direction!
**Favorite Animated GIF**
This year I started making some longer stop-motion animations, but the looped action of a GIF remains of of my favorites forms of expression.
**Favorite Personal Project**
A little kitty for my niece!
I love having a niece to knit things for! Apparently the kitty (now named Nickus) gets to go on many adventures with Nora.
**Favorite Random Cute Things**
I just sent one of my last boxes out to the winner of the 2013 Mochimochi Photo Contest.
I was inspired by many kinds of art this year, but this short animation really stands out to me.
Those were just a few of my favorite things from 2013. Oh, and I didn’t even mention my new book, which was one of the most exciting things to happen this year!
But what keeps Mochimochi Land going and growing is the participation of all of you, in the form of your comments and emails, your photos of mochis that you’ve knit, and the way that so many of you have shown up at events and said hi in person! If anything, I want to foster more community here in 2014, and I hope to have more projects that we can all participate in.
Thank you for a wonderful year, everyone! Let’s make 2014 magical together!