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Free Pattern: The Gloves Are Off

This pattern is free, and for its use I’m requesting a minimum $5 contribution to an abortion fund, such as the National Network of Abortion Funds, Midwest Access Project, or the Chicago Abortion Fund. You are also welcome to sell knitted uteri (either this version or the Knitty version) to raise funds for abortion services.

Click or scroll down to view the full pattern. You can also download a PDF version of this pattern via Ravelry.

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Let’s get together at Knitting LIVE!

This February! In NYC! In person! Knitting LIVE by Vogue Knitting is retuning and I will be there! God willing!

Registration is now open, and you can sign up for a CLASS with me! I’ll be teaching a gnome knitting class for people who are a little familiar with circular knitting, as well as a unicorns and rainbows class for people who are newer to circular knitting/tiny toys.

I’ll also be in the art gallery/marketplace with Bluebirds of Crappiness! You can bring your own to add to a group project too! (More details are coming on that later I think.) There will probably also be a giant gnome!

Can you tell I’m excited? 😀 I hope to see your beautiful faces there!

From the Vogue Knitting folks:

General registration for our Winter Vogue Knitting LIVE! NOW open! Return to NYC with us this February 9-12, 2023 at the newly renovated Marriott Marquis in Times Square and experience Knitting Live in-person: Take inspirational workshops on fit and shaping, pattern reading, lace, socks, and more! And don’t forget about our Marketplace, which showcases new yarn and accessories! Classes are selling FAST! If there’s a class you’ve had your eye on, snag your ticket NOW before it sells out!

A new Knitty pattern for u and us (it’s a uterus!)

While I’m not pleased about the events that prompted this project, I am pleased to introduce a new (and FREE) pattern in Knitty, everyone’s favorite online knitting magazine. It’s the Fumin’ Womb, the tiniest, angriest little uterus ready to take on anyone who wants to tell her what to do in 2022.

It almost feels like this project doesn’t need any explanation, but I’ll say that I’ve been suppressing my rage every day since the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, followed by all the state restrictions and talk of national bans on abortion in the United States.

So when Knitty asked me to design a tiny uterus for their 20th Anniversary issue (congratulations to Knitty! 🥳), inspired by recent events and their much-loved Womb pattern by MK Carroll (from the Winter ’04 issue), I was grateful to have a creative way to channel my rage.

Techniques used in this pattern include knitting in the round on double-pointed needles, grafting, picking up stitches, and I-cord. I used Hand Dyed Diva’s Homegrown Sock in Pink Petunia for the main color (get a skein and make a bunch of uteruses!), and Knit Picks Palette (a favorite basic of mine) for the gloves and details. (Yarn scraps from other projects work great too!)

Thank you to Amy Singer and Kate Atherley and everybody at Knitty, thank you to my tech editor, Marilyn Passmore, thank you Kate O’Leary for modeling in the photos above, and thank you to Kristine Brandel and Bonney Teti for pattern testing!

I hope you enjoy the pattern, in whatever way you’d like. It’s in great company in this issue of Knitty!

(This version is coming soon too!)

🏆 Winners of the 2022 Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest 🏆

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The results are in!

One of the BEST things about designing little knitted toys is when I get to see fellow knitters from all over (that’s you!) use Mochimochi Land patterns to create their own characters with original personalities and stories.

When we have a contest, it’s a special opportunity to experiment and have fun with those stories. For the 2022 Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest, many of you picked up your needles—and your lights and cameras—with results that were hilarious, sweet, and awesome. Thank you to all the creators who contributed to this year’s contest!

The theme was Sharing is Caring. Now, let’s take a look at the exciting winners!

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It’s Tori time!

Just in time for your end-of-summer tiny knitted dinosaur needs, the pattern for Tori the Tiny Triceratops is now available as a PDF download 🦕💕

Tori is cute as a fossilized button, and super quick to knit. Her pattern features the magic of simple yarnovers: little yarnover holes help with leg and horn placement, and more yarnovers give Tori her fabulous frill 🦚

Other techniques include I-cord and mattress stitch—video demos linked in the pattern will help you along the way.

The cute yellow Tori shown here was made with Hand Dyed Diva Homegrown Sock yarn in Limoncello, which gives her body some lovely variegation. Yarn scraps also work great!

Tori was super fun to design, and I hope you enjoy knitting her! And possibly knitting your own tiny dinosaur adventure park! (Tori, of course, is besties with Tina the Tiny T-Rex, also on my website 🦖)

Big thanks to my tech editor Marilyn Passmore, and test knitters Amanda, Brian, and Rikke for their help making this pattern as user-friendly as can be! ❤️

This pattern was originally published in the wonderful Knitrino app. If you bought the pattern in Knitrino and would like to get the PDF as well, you can email me for a discount code on the PDF.

You can find the pattern in my shop and also on Ravelry.

Photo + Video Contest update

A couple of happy updates about the 2022 Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest!

First, due to Covid nonsense, the deadline has officially been extended to September 7th. You have so much time to finish your entries! (But get started now because September will be coming soon!)

And second, we have a new prize! Our top three winners will each receive a copy of Patty Lyons’ Bag of Knitting Tricks (featuring illustrations by Franklin Habit)!

This book is available for preorder right now—I can’t wait to have it in my hands!

That’s in addition to trophies made by yours truly, along with gift cards to the Mochimochi Shop.

See the full contest details on how to enter!

Summer Shipping Break

UPDATE: Due to COVID-related travel delays, orders of physical goods will be shipped by 8/19

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It’s time for our annual summer shipping break! If you order something physical (books, kits, buttons, etc) from the shop around now, it will be shipped out by August 9th.

(Digital patterns don’t involve shipping, so there should be no disruption with those orders.)

We hope those of you in the northern hemisphere are having a good summer and staying cool!

Announcing the 2022 Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest

UPDATE: Congratulations to our awesome winners!

UPDATE: Deadline extended! The new deadline for entries is September 7th!

UPDATE: Check out the Top Winners and the Bonus Award Winners from our 2020 contest for inspiration!

That’s right, The Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest is back for another summer of knitting cute Mochimochi Land characters and making them do cute and weird stuff!

The theme this year: Sharing is Caring

Let’s celebrate being together and the things we like to share: ideas, snacks, a contagious yawn… there are many possibilities!

The top three winners will receive a handmade, one-of-a-kind Mochimochi Land trophy! They will be hand-made by me out of ceramic! Making them will be my own special summer challenge 😉

Eligibility

This contest is open to knitters worldwide who are 18 years or older.* To be eligible, your photo series or video must contain at least one knitted toy made from a Mochimochi Land pattern. This can be a pattern from the Mochimochi Shop, a pattern from one of the Mochimochi books by Anna, or one of the free patterns on the Mochimochi Blog. The pattern may be modified, but not beyond recognition from the original design. (The use of Photoshop is OK, and other toys/characters, including other knitted toys, are welcome to appear in your photos or video too!)

Categories

Like last time, we’ll have three main categories, photo series, short video and super short video. As always, we’re looking for your cutest, most creative photos and videos of Mochimochi Land toys! (We prize originality over “professional” quality entries.)

PHOTO SERIES is a series of 3-10 photos. This should be a short sequence showing an unfolding action with or without “dialog” or captions.

SHORT VIDEO is a video that’s at least 20 seconds long, and up to 2 minutes long. It can be puppetry or stop-motion animation. Make a Mochimochi movie! Please avoid making this a slideshow of photos.

SUPER SHORT VIDEO is a video or animated GIF under 20 seconds long. It can be puppetry or stop-motion animation, Again, please avoid making this a slideshow of photos.

Note that we’re looking for humor, cuteness, and originality—not necessarily the most professional-looking photos and videos. We want everyone to enter! Need some inspiration? Check out the winners from our 2020 contest. They’re fantastic!

PLEASE NOTE: We may share/repost any photos or videos entered into the contest on social media, the Mochimochi Land newsletter, or on the Mochimochi Land website, but only with credit and only in relation to promoting the contest (no commercial use).

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How to enter

PHOTO SERIES: There are three ways to enter a photo series. Please choose just one platform, and enter up to three series of 3-10 photos each.

1) Post your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #mochiphotocontest22. Post the photos together in one post if possible, or title and number each photo in the captions if posting separately.

2) Post your photos to the Mochimochi Land Facebook page with the hashtag #mochiphotocontest22. Post the photos together in one album.

3) If you can’t or don’t wish to use social media to enter (understandable if your accounts are private), you can send your photos as an email attachment to info@mochimochiland.com with the subject PHOTO CONTEST ENTRY.

SHORT VIDEOS (20 seconds to 2 minutes long) and SUPER SHORT VIDEOS (under 20 seconds): Enter up to 3 videos in each category. Here’s how to enter a video.

1) Post your video to Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #mochiphotocontest22. (Make sure your post is PUBLIC.)

2) Post to GIPHY (if it’s a GIF) or a video site like YouTube or Vimeo. After posting your video, please email a link to the video to info@mochimochiland.com with the subject line VIDEO CONTEST ENTRY. Please do NOT send the video as an attachment.

Deadline

The last day to enter the contest is September 7th, 2022. We’ll announce the finalists shortly thereafter here on the blog and all the socials. (Follow me on Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates!)

Prizes!

We’ll pick one top winner in each of the three categories. And the prizes will be a bit different this year! As suggested by a clever knitter, I will be attempting to craft handmade trophies for the winners. They’ll probably be ceramic, but we’ll see what happens with that. It’s my own creative challenge for the summer. 😉 Each winner will also receive a gift card to Mochimochimochi Land, and probably other fun stuff too!

Needles ready? Cameras set? Let’s GO!

* “Family” entries involving creative kids are welcome!