Category: Crafted Things

Who’s Got the Button?

Remember these guys?


I’ve been sending them out with physical purchases from the Mochimochi Shop for the past month or so, and I’ve also been giving them away at some recent NYC events. The response to these itty-bitty gnome buttons has been awesome!

So now I’m thinking that I should make more buttons with other tiny mochi characters, and have them available as a set of 4 in the shop. But which characters to buttonize?? I need your help!

Here are a few options that I’m kicking around…


Any of these tickle your fancy? Or are there other tiny mochis that you’d like to see as a button? Please let me know in the comments!

Maybe we can make it a little more exciting too. If you are the first to list a particular four-character button combo, and if I end up making that exact set, you’ll get it for free once it’s ready! (That should be sometime before the end of the year.) Remember that you can suggest any tiny character I’ve ever designed—it doesn’t have to include the above guys (although it’ll probably definitely include the gnome).

I’d love your input—thanks!

Designing Mochimochi on Whipup

Kathreen of Whipup recently asked me to put together a guest post for her blog, for a series on designing knitting patterns. It’s always an honor to get a mention on Whipup, and guest posting is even better!

I had a new design in mind, so I thought it would be fun to take Whipup readers along as I worked on it, from sketch to finish.


See more of this new Mochimochi design come together in the Whipup post! There are also other great entries to read in the guest designer series. (By the way, I promised a November release date for this guy, and that’s looking a little iffy now… I’ll do my best!)

Bonbons Giveaway Winners

The time has come to choose the winners in our Lion Brand Bonbons giveaway!

Earlier this month, I asked you to leave a comment on the giveaway post telling us about the smallest thing you’ve ever knit, for a chance to win the new Bonbons yarn from Lion Brand. At the time of choosing, we had 293 comments—wow!

The tiny gnomes have been bugging me to involve them more in the official business of Mochimochi Land, so I thought I’d indulge them by letting them choose the winners out of a bowl.


Before choosing the winners, the gnomes insisted on first going for a swim in the pieces of paper. This was a big waste of time, if you ask me, and two them suffered from paper cuts, just as I had warned them.


I finally got them to choose one winner each. The first gnome picked ZZZ, which we decided must be 222.


Commenter 222 is coryy:

The smallest thing I ever knit was an olive–and I messed up the shape, so it became yoda’s head. I knit a teeny sweater to go with and a belt, and ended up with a yoda finger puppet!

The next number they picked was 165….


That’s beffuh:

The smallest thing I’ve ever knit was a hat for a matching Christmas jacket I made for my sister’s stuffed animal bear. I made it up in the car on the drive over and it turned out quite well, I must say! :)

And our final number is 106…



The smallest thing has been the gnome from your book! I wish I lived closer to the Lion Brand studio.. ;)

(The gnomes were especially excited about this last winner.)

Each of these winners will get three packages of Bonbons yarn! The yarn comes in three varieties (acrylic, cotton, and metallic), each of which comes in two beautiful color assortments—check them out on the Lion Brand website.

If you are one of the winners, look for an email from me soon asking for your information.

After choosing the winners, the gnomes decided that they would rather keep the Bonbons for themselves, since the little balls of yarn are appropriately tiny gnome-sized. Selfish gnomes!


I told them they would have to learn to knit first—I’ve tried to teach them several times, but their attention spans are just about as short as they are.

A huge thank-you to Lion Brand for sponsoring this giveaway, and thank you to all of you who entered with your comments about super small knits! (By the way, the gnomes had a little help from

Share your Smallest Knits: Lion Brand Giveaway!

Thank you for sharing your super-small knits in the comments! The winners were just selected by a trio of tiny gnomes.

The smallest thing I ever knitted was this itty-bitty elephant, made with lace weight yarn and size 000 needles, which I made a couple of years ago.


Even though I’m always knitting tiny things, making this extra-tiny guy drove me nuts! But it was a fun challenge and I’m glad I attempted it. (Unfortunately I think I accidentally vacuumed it up at some point, but at least I have the photo.)

If you know me, you know I always have tiny knits on my mind, but I’m especially thinking about them lately because the nice people at Lion Brand recently sent me the smallest, cutest sets of mini skeins I’ve ever seen!


I’m really not much of a squealer, but these perfect little packages elicited some audible delight out of me when I first saw them. They’re Lion Brand’s new Bonbons yarn, which is now available on the Lion Brand website and also at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in NYC. Each assortment contains 8 mini skeins of yarn, and they’re available in sport-weight mercerized cotton, acrylic, and sparkling acrylic-blend.

I chose the three brightest assortments to photograph, but there are three more packages of equally lovely colors.


I probably don’t need to tell you that the Bonbons would be perfect for making little knitted toys, or ornaments, or embellishments, or any other small project that only requires a little bit of yarn.

Perhaps you would like to win some of this yarn for yourself? The Lion Brand people just keep getting nicer, because they’re offering to give away three packages of Bonbons each to three winners! To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling us about the smallest thing you’ve ever knit. (Pretend bonus points if you include a link to a photo!) I’ll choose three winners at random on July 23rd.

This contest is only open to US residents.

Also, don’t forget about my Tiny Zombie class at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio on September 23rd—we’ll be using Bonbons to knit our zombies, of course!

Needle Felting with Moxie

Last Thursday I was at the opening of the needle felting show at gallery hanahou. It was so cool!

I got to meet Hine Mizushima, one of my fiber art heros, for the first time. Here’s a quick iPhone pic I took of her section of the show:


All of the pieces in the show were amazing and really different—here’s a look at the sculptural works of Kit Lane.


Moxie was nice enough to squeeze me into her sold-out workshop on Saturday. I had never tried needle felting before, and it was so much fun! It’s really like working with clay in many ways. I gained a new appreciation for the incredible pieces that these artists create, and I went home with this little bug and a photo of me and Moxie:


(We’re standing in front of her neat-o pieces in the show, but you can’t really see them in the photo.) Moxie was an excellent teacher—if you ever have a chance to learn from her, I recommend it!

The needle felting show is up through the end of March at gallery hanahou‐check it out if you’re in NYC!

Needle Felting Show at gallery hanahou

If you live around NYC, you should definitely check out the needle felting show opening next week at gallery hanahou! It’s actually going to be four mini solo shows by my four favorite needle felting artists.

Hine Mizushima:


Kit Lane:


Yoko Nomura:


and Moxie!


I can’t wait! The opening is next Thursday, March 3rd. There will also be a needle felting workshop with Moxie on Saturday, March 5th. See full details at the gallery website.

First Pattern for 2011?

Betcha can’t guess what I’m working on for 2011!


I’m at that stage in the design process when I’m daring to hope that it will turn out just how I want, but at the back of my mind I’m fearing that I may need to rethink it entirely…

Either way, I’m looking forward to finding out what the new year will bring.


I was really excited last month when my friend Kana asked me to create something to display in the window of her store for the holiday season. Kana is the woman behind Saffron, the beautiful flower/vintage/art shop on Hanson Place in Brooklyn. (I’ve blogged about it before a couple of times.)

I’ve had a bit of an obsession lately with knitted lettering, so I got out some Cascade 128 to make big squishy letters for this project!


The Santas tucked into the letters are Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi Santas made with worsted-weight yarn (Cascade 220).


Look closely and you can see a few more Santas peeking out of some vases below.

I hope this has brought smiles to the faces of some passers-by in the past few weeks!