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Behind the scenes of Catside Up, Catside Down in Modern Daily Knitting

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The Catside kitties are on Modern Daily Knitting today! I was thrilled when MDK invited me to write something about the making of Catside Up, Catside Down, and I loved the opportunity to revisit the process that went into the writing and the knitting that went into my book.

I’ve been a fan of MDK since way back, so it’s a special thrill to appear on their site after so many years 🤩

Thank you to Kay and Andrienne!

Mochimochi Land at H+H Americas

Mochimochi Land is headed to H+H Americas next week! This is an industry show for those involved in the business of handicrafts. I’ve attended in previous years, since it’s held in Chicago, but this is my first time as an exhibitor. I’m so excited!

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If you’ll be there, be sure to pay a visit to Mochimochi Land at booth 1505 (all the way to the right once you walk into the exhibit hall). I’m bringing a world of knitted toys, plus a display of the cats from Catside Up, Catside Down. 😺
If you’re a local yarn store owner, you can learn about stocking Mochimochi Land kits and books 😀
I’ll also be on a panel about craft book publishing on Friday 5/3 at 12:15 on the main stage. 🤓
See you there, yarn industry friends!

Don’t make wars—make dinosaurs!

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Just in time for dinosaur hatching season, the adorable Amy Apatosaurus is now available as a PDF pattern!

This Jurassic classic will melt your heart and stretch your knitting skills at the same time. You’ll curve her neck up with a little mattress stitch trick, then bend her head forward with a few wrap & turn short rows. Links to how-to videos are included to help you along the way.

Use any yarn you like (hand-dyed and variegated varieties are fun options) and corresponding needles for a pocket-sized dinosaur that knits up in an afternoon and will live forever in your heart. Samples shown are knit with fingering-weight WoolTribe Homegrown Sock yarn and size 1 double-pointed needles.

🦕 Now available from the Mochimochi Shop and Ravelry! Check out my bio for the links 🦕

The Amy pattern was originally released through the Knitrino app, which is a great place for tiny knitted dinos to be born. (Stay tuned for another new hatching there as well…😆)

You can see some adorable Amys already living their best lives over on Instagram—and tag your own Amy photos with #amyapato to join in! 🦕💕

Thank you to Marilyn Passmore for her tech editing help with this pattern!

Nickelodeon spots from 2013

Ten years ago I got to work with an incredible team of creative people at Nickelodeon to make a collection of network IDs for the holidays. It was the opportunity of a lifetime and an experience I’ll cherish forever.

Together we came up with the concepts and I worked like crazy to knit up a ton of characters and props, including some Nick stars that I got to render in yarn. 🤩 Then we did an intense 2-day shoot in Times Square to make the stop-motion magic happen.

I remember feeling bittersweet when it was over, because this unique educational and affirming experience was coming to an end, and also because it coincided with my move from NYC to Chicago. It was quite a way to say goodbye to the city!

Then, incredibly, I DID get to work with them again the following year, although the next time I stayed in Chicago and shipped my knits out to the team, who then animated them in NYC.

So much gratitude to Matthew Dunteman, who made the whole thing happen. And to Steph Shank, who was the brilliant mind behind much of it, including those adorable 2-D clips!

Dovetail Holiday Market TOMORROW (12/2)

Chicago friends, I’ll be vending at Dovetail Brewery’s holiday market this Saturday, 12/2—come on out for some chill holiday shopping!

This will be my first holiday market in…13 years!? 😳😬 I’m pretty excited. I’ll have copies of my new picture book, a bunch of cat kits, a few lil knitted friends, and more.

There will be good food and cool vendors and of course great beer.

Hope to see you there, 1-7 on Saturday 12/2 at 1800 W Belle Plaine!

Book signing & trunk show at The Bloomin’ Spindle

Chicago Friends! Here I am realistically posing in front of The Bloomin’ Spindle, in real life, with my real new book. Come see me here on Sunday 11/26 at 11am for a book signing and trunk show! I’ll be hanging out until 2pm or so with books, cat kits, and probably some cat animations too.

If you haven’t visited The Bloomin’ Spindle, it’s a gem of a yarn store and well worth the trip from wherever you are.

Hope to see you there!

Introducing Kitty Canes!

UPATE: The Kitty Canes pattern is now available as a PDF download!

Introducing the 2023 Mochimochi Land holiday pattern: Kitty Canes!
They’re like candy canes…only with 100% more kitty 😻

Kitty Canes’ not-so-secret ingredient is a color-coordinated pipe cleaner that holds the I-cord tail in a twisty bend. Because the pipe cleaner is visible, and because different colorways are fun, we’ve created a limited number of kits for this pattern that let you knit THREE Kitty Canes in three color combos!

Each kit comes with an intermediate-level pattern (an instant download that you get right away), stuffing, and enough fingering-weight yarn to knit three Kitty Canes: Peppermint, Blueberry, and Raspberry.
You’ll need to provide a set of size 1 US (2.25mm) double-pointed needles and a tapestry needle.

Please note: orders placed Thanksgiving week will ship the week of 11/27.

Techniques include knitting in the round on double-pointed needles, I-cord, grafting stitches, picking up stitches, and and some simple embroidery. All key techniques (aside from basic circular knitting) are demonstrated in videos linked in the pattern.

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And yes, a standalone PDF pattern is coming soon too!