What does mochimochi mean?
In Japanese, mochimochi is a descriptive word meaning “squishy,” like the traditional sweet made of sticky rice called mochi. (It’s delicious!)
I spent some formative years in Japan, where I caught both the knitting bug and the CUTE bug.
I don’t knit, but I want one of your toys. Will you make me one?
You can find a few tiny mochis in my shop. I wish I had time to sell the toys I design, but I’m usually too busy designing them! Sometimes my one-of-a-kind knits are available through galleries and stores. You can email me for more info.
Do you do custom knitting or designing?
I don’t usually do custom orders, but if you have a really special/ interesting project, I would love to hear about it.
Do you teach knitting classes?
Occasionally I do. Now that I have two small kids, I’m mostly limited to the Chicago area. I’ll post about any upcoming classes on Facebook and Instagram.
Can I sell toys made from your patterns for a charity? How about for my own profit?
I ask that knitters get my permission before selling items made from my toys. That said, I love it when my designs can be used to raise money for a good cause, so please let me know about your plans and we can discuss it. For other sales, I grant permission on a case-by-case basis, so please get in touch with the details of how and where you would like to sell items made from my patterns.
What knitting skills do I need to use your patterns?
I don’t have any patterns for complete beginners, sorry!
For those who know the basics (casting on, knit stitch, basic increases and decreases), my Starter Mochi Patterns are perfect.
All patterns in my shop have their special techniques listed on the product page, so you can see if you know those techniques or are willing to learn them.
If you’re still not sure but want to give something a try, check out the free patterns I have on my blog.
I like your toy designs, but I don’t like double-pointed needles. Can I use a different technique?
You sure can! If you are more comfortable using a circular needle, then I recommend looking into the magic loop method of using one long circular needle to knit a small number of stitches in the round. You can find a video on magic loop at the knitting help website. http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/advanced-techniques
If you are a committed flat knitter, all of my patterns can be converted into flat knitting with just a little math. All of my Starter Mochi Patterns come with instructions for both flat and circular knitting.
If I get stuck/confused in a pattern, can I ask you for help?
You definitely can!
First please check my How-to page, which includes tutorials on techniques that are special to my designs. (With videos coming soon!)
You can contact me for help at info [at] mochimochiland [dot] com.
Do you have a mailing list?
Yes! Sign up here for twice-monthly updates on new patterns, special deals, contests, and other fun stuff.
How do I support both Mochimochi Land AND my local yarn store?
Please check my list of vendors to see if there is one near you.
If your local yarn store doesn’t carry Mochimochi Land kits, please encourage them to contact me to start an order!
How can I become a pattern tester?
I have all the pattern testers that I need right now, but whenever I am in need of more testers, I will put an announcement on my blog and on social media. So be sure to check those regularly!