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Free Pattern: Simply Sunflowers

This pattern is free, and for its use I’m requesting a $5 contribution to an organization that’s helping Ukrainians and refugees.
Here are some suggestions.

Sunflower of Peace

Voices of Children

Doctors Without Borders

Click or scroll down for the full pattern on my blog. You can also download the PDF version of this pattern via Ravelry.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Well our leprechaun parade never really got started today, on account of the grand marshal getting stuck in his pot of gold. The situation is developing, as you can see!

But we DID have some wee Irish friends stop by today—swipe to see a peppy little leprechaun from Kim A…

…and a lucky crew from Gwen B.!

Kim and Gwen are both getting gift cards for the Mochimochi Shop for their participation. Keep tagging your Mochimochi Land creations with #mochimochiland so we can all see and enjoy!

☘️ Happy St. Paddy’s Day! ☘️

Join the Leprechaun Parade

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How about we do something entirely silly for this up-and-down month of March: a leprechaun parade!

Make a leprechaun or “friend” from my Tiny Leprechaun and Friends pattern, and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #tinyleprechaunparade. I’ll gather the leprechauns next week for the tiniest St. Patrick’s Day parade.

🍀 You don’t have to buy the pattern to join in: my Good Luck Clover pattern is free and would make a happy parade participant too!

Should we have prizes in the parade? Gift cards for Best “Float” and other silly categories are a strong possibility!

All the Hugs for Huey

OK, this is incredible: Manchester resident and long-time Mochimochi knitter Huey recently completed the huge feat of knitting every single project from my book Huge & Huggable Mochimochi! (Yes, there is a whole book of extremely not-tiny Mochimochi Land projects!) He started this project back in 2014, and he even matched all the yarn colors from the book! I am so wowed by this. And honored!

You can see more photos on Huey’s Instagram. The book is available from online bookstores and also in the Mochimoch Shop.

Keep tagging your photos of Mochimochi Land projects with the hashtag #mochimochiland so we can all get excited about them!  

Tiny tiger giveaway

UPDATE: The tiger poems were wonderful, and the winning tiger poets have been selected!

One thing I love about designing tiny little knits is that sometimes I can make extras to give away to friends and strangers. And sometimes I do giveaways on Instagram too, like right now with this rainbow of tigers!

All you have to do (if you’re over 18 and living in the United States) is come up with an original tiger-themed poem and add it to the comments on this Instagram post. I’ll be picking winners by February 11th of the year of the tiger. 🐯

If you’d like to knit a tiger of your own, you can do that too with the Hey Tiger pattern!

Hey Tiger, it’s a new year!

Happy New Year! I gave this one a very slow start as things have been crazy and I’m mostly taking it day-to-day so far. I imagine many people are feeling this way! Anyway, whatever day it is, it’s a good day for knitting something tiny and cute, so let’s knit tiny tigers together for the year of the tiger!

Just looking at these little guys, with their peppy stripes and friendly face fuzz, makes me happy. It’s a quick pattern that uses stranded color knitting, I-cord, and a smidge of picked up stitches for the tail. Great for yarn scraps, or I also have a kit that makes two yellow tigers, one for you and one for a friend!

I have Yuri from Eylul yarns in Osaka, Japan, to thank for motivating me to make this pattern. I spent one new year in Japan when I was an exchange student (many years ago now!), and it was such a wonderful time of family and friends and fancy foods and wishes for the new year. And I have Lora Kinberger to thank for her test knitting!

As for this design, I think this is the first time I’ve gone with this sort of side-facing look for the face—it’s something I’ve been doing in clay for a while, actually, and it only recently occurred to me to try it in knitting.

I like how you get to see the full face and body at the same time! It’s very illustrative, and although I’m not an illustrator, I’m trying to open my eyes more to the shapes and patterns that illustration can inspire.

Anyway, I hope you love the pattern, and I hope we all have many good things ahead in 2022!

Oh, and you can take 22% off most everything in my shop right now with the code HappyNewRawr!