Author: Anna

Mochimochi Land Kits in Chicago Reader Gift Guide

The Chicago Reader featured Mochimochi Land kits in their 2018 All-Chicago Holiday Gift Guide!

Can you spot the tiny gnome in this collection?

I love that the kits are listed under the “self-care” category. Because knitting really is self care, whether you’re making something for yourself or for others!

If you’d like to pick up some Mochimochi Land kits in the most Chicago way possible, you can find them at Yarnify in Printer’s Row.

Knit Ball Pit Update

We’re up to 305 balls in the Knit Ball Pit!

That’s a lot of hand knitted and crocheted balls!

I’m hoping we can amass 1,000 balls by January 1st. Will you help us? Check out the Ravelry page for the pattern and a flyer that you can print and post in your LYS and/or hand out to your fiber-friendly friends.

If you’ll be at Vogue Knitting LIVE in NYC this January, you can bring your balls directly to the ball pit party. Then take a dip yourself! After VK LIVE, the balls will be donated to the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, who will send them to kids in Congo, Uganda, Kenya, and Zimbabwe.

Thank you to Cheers To Ewe! for sponsoring this project!

Tiny Scarecrow is Terrible at This Job

At least he shares his treats! 🎃

The Tiny Scarecrow pattern (with micro crows!) is now available as a PDF download from the Mochimochi Shop.

Take $1 off the pattern with the code SCARYNOTSCARY through November 1st!

If you want the pattern in your Ravelry account, just leave me a note when checking out with your Ravelry name.
(You can also buy it directly from Ravelry, although the discount doesn’t apply there.)

New Starter Owl Pattern is Here!

These little owls are ready to be knit by you!

The newest pattern in the Starter series, the Starter Owl comes with instructions written for both flat and circular knitting. Depending on your knitting speed, they can be made in a couple of hours or in a matter in minutes!

You’ll need basic knitting skills like casting on, knit and purl stitches, increase and decrease stitches, and then some simple embroidery will take care of the rest.

The pattern is now available as a download for $5 from the Mochimochi Shop and from Ravelry, and also as a kit (which includes yarn to make one lovely lavender owl and one minty fresh owl)!

Creating this pattern was a big process—it underwent several versions before I arrived at the final owl.

And then I wanted to make sure that it was a good project for knitters at an advanced-beginner level, so I recruited some new testers. They really delivered with the cuteness!

Thank you to Danielle Holke, Andrea Buzsáky, Sally Costello, Kelly Westlund, Stacy Warner, and Sandra Horne!

If you’re interested in more patterns at this level, check out the other Starter patterns in the shop.

Happy knitting!

The Knit Ball Pit will be Donated to AFCAids!

We have some exciting Knit Ball Pit developments this week!

Contribution made by Paula in Georgia

Thanks to Ladianne Henderson of Cheers To Ewe! (the lovely yarn shop in Huntersville, NC), we have connected with the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, who will receive all of the mochimochi balls after Vogue Knitting LIVE and will send them to children in Congo, Uganda, Kenya, and Zimbabwe!

I am always conscious of how important it is that charity knitting projects actually be beneficial to the causes they are meant to help, so I was very happy to read these words from Tanya Weaver, the founder of AFCA:

We can give [the balls] to children after a medical exam or blood test; we can give to babies born to abused girls whom we are helping with new lives; we can gift to students who have no one to encourage them along the way, and we can give to the hurting, needy child who will see this as a symbol of love.

As if Tanya’s words don’t melt your heart enough, she was also kind enough to send me some photos of the children her organization works with. Here are Joseph, Abraham, Samuel, and Precious.

I want to knit them all the things, and I’m sure you do too!

Whether or not you are planning to knit balls with us, I encourage you to visit the AFCA website and learn about their work and how you can help.

And to help make this project possible, Cheers To Ewe! has also signed on to be our sponsor, yay! Thank you to Ladianne and Cheers To Ewe!

Also, since I originally posted about the knit ball pit, I’ve added the pattern as a free download on Ravelry, so now it’s easier to print and share it.

Follow the developments here and with the #knitballpit hashtag!