Category: Events

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!

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!

Join me for Knitting LIVE NYC in January


I’ll be teaching knitting cats, unicorns, and all things stop-motion animation at Knitting LIVE by Vogue Knitting in January! Come join me and a slate of talented teachers and makers in NYC for a long weekend of all things fiber arts!

Here’s the schedule and class descriptions:

FRIDAY 1/26 10:30-11:30 am
LECTURE: STOP-MOTION ANIMATE YOUR KNITTING

Did you know that knitting and animation go together beautifully? Anna Hrachovec of Mochimochi Land will share how she turned her tiny knitted toys into animated stars of the internet and an upcoming television show, all with basic materials and a trial-and-error process. You too can use stop-motion animation to bring your knitted toys and other projects to life—it’s simpler than you may think! Whether your want to add some motion to your social media stories or make a mini movie with characters, this lecture will cover animation basics and tools that will set you up for animation fun.


FRIDAY 1/26 6:00-9:00 pm
CLASS: KNIT A “HANG IN THERE” CAT

Pick up basic toy knitting techniques while making a little friend who feels the way we all do sometimes: just hangin’ in there! This project-based class accommodates knitters who prefer to work flat, those who are comfortable knitting in the round, and those who are somewhere in between. We’ll cover basic increase and decrease stitches, mattress stitch, I-cord, simple embroidery, and more.

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SATURDAY 1/27 6:00-9:00 pm
CLASS: TINY TOY KNITTING BASICS: UNICORNS AND RAINBOWS

In this class, we’ll knit a tiny unicorn together, covering all the techniques from start to finish: knitting on double-pointed needles, I-cord legs and horn, and embroidering a magical mane and tail. We’ll also go over how to use mattress stitch to shape knitted tubes into a little rainbow, so your unicorn can have a friend!

And of course, so many more classes are available from the biggest names in the knitting and crochet world.

Earlybird packages are available (though some are sold out!)—sign up at the Knitting LIVE website. I hope to see you in NYC!

“Hang in there” cat workshop in Ann Arbor August 12th!

We’re hanging’ in there in this hazy midwestern air this week 😶‍🌫️

On a less miserable note, I’ve got a pattern update and an upcoming “hang in there” workshop to share!

I’m planning to make kits for this persistent little guy in different cat colors. More on that soon!

And if you’re in the Ann Arbor area, I’ll be doing a workshop around this project later this summer! Please join me for a “hang in there” cat knitting event at the Ann Arbor District Library on August 12th! I’ve done quite a few workshops at this wonderful library over the years, and I’m thrilled for my post-covid return.

Plus! If you’re in the area and happen to be into classic Simpsons and/or pop culture trivia, you can join my husband, John, for a fun evening of trivia later in the day on August 12th.

One more thing—If you find yourself walking around Ann Arbor this summer, you might happen upon one of my Huge & Huggable friends, which are hanging out at various establishments around town as part of the library’s summer game. Say hi to Omelet if you run into him!

Join me for a virtual Fiberside Chat!

As you can see, I’m elated to have been invited by Longmont Yarn Shop to be a part of their virtual Fiberside Chat series later this month!

I’ll be chatting about how Mochimochi Land came to be, why it’s good for even the most serious knitters to knit toys, and how you can create any little person or creature you want with some toy knitting basics. I’ll also demonstrate my top tiny toy knitting techniques and will even get into some animation tips. Plus, your questions!

You can register for this event via the Longmont Yarn Shop website. See you on April 30th!

YarnCon recap

I just had a fabulous weekend at YarnCon!

I love this event—the friendliest people turn out, and it’s full of the DIY spirit thanks to all the lovely indie yarn dyers. And I did buy a whole lot of yarn… like, the most yarn I’ve ever bought at one time 😬

It was a blast putting together Mochimochi Land for the first time in 3+ years.🌳

Thank you to YarnCon, to my booth babe (and so much more) Kristine Brandel, and to everyone who came out 🥰

More photos after the jump!

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YarnCon is April 1 and 2nd

If you’re somewhere with a direct flight to Chicago (that’s almost everywhere), I hope you’ll join me for YarnCon in a few weeks! There are classes happening March 30-31, then the marketplace runs April 1st and 2nd at Plumbers Hall, and that’s where you’ll find me and a new iteration of Mochimochi Land 🌈 I’ll also be selling kits and books and other fun stuff!

YarnCon is really all about the indie dyers: it’s THE place to see all the new exciting yarn innovations made by the most creative dye wizards. Get all the info from the YarnCon website. Can’t wait to see you there!