Some Not-Crappy News

9/2/20 Update: August’s funds ($150) are going to Co-Prosperity Sphere’s Bridgeport Community Kitchen. Thank you!

7/31/20 Update: $1,660 raised for Chicago food pantries to date!
The portion you helped raise in July (just over $200) went to MASK (Mothers Against Senseless Killing) for their August baby supplies pantry drive. Thank you!

🐦 First, thanks to your Bluebirds of Crappiness pattern purchases, we raised another $430 for Chicago food pantries in June. That makes a total of $1,455 raised in two months! I’m dividing this month’s proceeds between Care for Real and I Grow Chicago. ⁣⁣
🐦 And second, now people who don’t knit can purchase a Bluebird of Crappiness made by me! Each bluebird will have its own unique colors and hairdo. Half of the proceeds from sales of these knitted bluebirds will go to Chicago pantries.

Thank you for helping us support our Chicago community!

What the World Needs Now*

This year, for World Wide Knit in Public Day, I’m revisiting an old classic.❤️ One of the very first knitted things that I designed (way back in 2007!) was a simple heart. I’ve just updated the pattern with new circular knitting instructions to accompany the original flat instructions. This new version of quick little Hearts is now available as a free download

These little hearts really are quick to make (especially the circular version)—I made this garland in under 3 hours! (I can’t compete with my kids’ paintings for eye-catching-ness, but still I’m happy to contribute to our colorful street window.)

Credit goes to Stacey at Knit Picks for prompting me to revisit this pattern! And thanks to Marilyn for tech editing, and Amanda, Dorien, Deb, Lalie, Linda, and Bonney for testing the new version!

Happy World Wide Knit in Public Day! Please wear a mask, give yourself space, and be safe. ❤️
* People working toward a more equitable, less police-centric, anti-racist, anti-transphobic society. And a vaccine, would be very nice! Also: love.

You’ve raised $1025 with Bluebirds of Crappiness

These Bluebirds of Crappiness are showing extra plumage because, thanks to your pattern purchases, we raised $1025 in May for Chicago food pantries!

I made an initial donation of $825 to the Greater Chicago Food Depository after the first week of sales, then followed up with $200 more at the end of the month. The ongoing anti-racism protests have motivated me to match that second chunk with a donation to My Block, My Hood, My City‘s Business Relief Fund, which is helping Black-owned businesses that have suffered damage in the recent looting in our city (largely done by out-of-state people unrelated to peaceful protests).⁣

All proceeds from pattern sales of Bluebirds of Crappiness are still going to Chicago-area food pantries. You can find the pattern in the Mochimochi Shop or on Ravelry.

I’m also thinking about selling some hand-knitted bluebirds for those who don’t knit… I’ll post about it here if I decide to do that. For now, I still have a big list of people in my life to knit them for as the crappiness continues!

A Ducky Giveaway for Fowl Times

UPDATE: We got 145 ducky comments over on Instagram, yay! Winners have been posted and notified. Thanks to all who entered!

Hi everybody! I hope you’re hanging in there and finding some fun in the extended weirdness. Here’s a little fun especially for those of you who don’t knit: A Duck-a-Luck giveaway!

These ducks have been frozen in ice and thawed out three times over, and they’re still fresh as the day they were knit. (Why did I freeze them? To make them last longer during quarantine, of course!)

Now that they’re happy and dry, these ducks are ready to spread their wings. If you live in the US, you can enter to win one by leaving a comment on THIS INSTAGRAM POST with something duck-ish. (Also, please follow @mochimochiworld on Instagram!)

Plus, each of the winners will get to send out a funky little bluebird to a friend 💙

I’ll pick winners next week (April 20th).

And you can find the Duck-a-Luck pattern at three price levels in my shop, or find it on Ravelry!