Category: Knitted Things

Tiny Koalas Here to Help

Thanks to you knitters, we raised $2,333.50 AUD for wildlife rescue in January! The money went to WIRES and Animals Australia 🐨 ❤️ (Thanks to Jenna and Melodye for the tips!)⁣

I hope you’ll also join me in prioritizing the environment in daily life and in politics. That’s our only chance to prevent more of the kind of awful climate disasters like the one that continues in Australia right now. ⁣

These tiny koalas made by Instagram knitters pikosew, northridgecottage, porchcatknits, knittedbyviv, omlair, rubyinstitches, ninette.craps, nutmegknitter, and bliss-yarns 💙
If anyone would like to raise funds for Australian wildlife or people affected by fires by selling tiny Koalas made from my pattern (found in my Tiny Mochis 6 Collection), please go ahead!

Hello 2020 and a Tiny Rat Giveaway

Happy Lunar New Year!

It’s the year of the rat, a great reminder to be active, social, and resilient. And if resilient to you means eating your way through a block of cheese and then making it your temporary home, go for it, you beautiful rat!

Through February 13th, take 20% off of all PDF patterns*, books, kits, and needles with the code HELLO2020

Would you like a tiny rat pattern? I’m working on it! For the time being, I’m doing a tiny rat giveaway on Instagram—check out this post and see how to enter.

* Discount does not apply to the Tiny Mochis Collection 6 pattern download, because the proceeds from the sales are going to supporting Australian wildlife relief this month.

Heartbreaking Loss in Australia

UPDATE: Thanks to you knitters, we raised $2,333.50 AUD for wildlife rescue in January! The money went to @wireswildliferescue and @animalsaustralia 🐨 ❤️ (Thank you Jenna and Melodye on the tips!)

I wish we could knit our way out of the crisis in Australia, but it’s going to take more. If we want a chance to prevent this from happening more and more, we need to prioritize fighting climate change in our lives and politics. ⁣

If you’d like to knit a koala, I’ll donate the proceeds from sales of the pattern collection this month to wildlife rescues in Australia.

Naked Ms. Claus Mod

Make your Ms. Claus even merrier!

Make a leg by casting on 4 stitches and knitting 2 rows of I-cord. Break the yarn and make another leg, without breaking the yarn this time. Join the legs by knitting them together into a round. (This is the same way you start the tiny santa pattern.)

Increase to 16 stitches in the next round, then 24 stitches in the following round. Then work the pattern as originally written starting with Round 3, using only the skin color yarn, and changing all purl stitches to knit stitches.

Naked Ms. Claus will turn out a bit bigger than a clothed version. If you want them the same size, you can skip a couple of knit rounds in her lower half. Embroider a butt crack and a belly button with black, pulling the stitches tightly for body contours.

Don’t forget her modesty apron!

Ms. Claus Giveaway!

For those who can’t knit their own, I’m giving away FOUR Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi Ms. Clauses knit by me! ⁣
Four of them because they’re family: mother, daughter, cousin, and an aunt who lives a “clothes optional” lifestyle. ⁣

To enter to win one of these holiday heroines, please write a charming Ms. Claus-themed poem in the comments to this post on Instagram. I’ll choose my four favorites on Monday 12/16!

Easter Teeth

I’ve been a bit obsessed with the idea of knitting teeth lately—party because I recently read The Story of My Teeth, and partly because twice a day I’m wrangling my toddlers into the bathroom for a brushing. There’s something a vaguely easter-like about a tooth, so I decided to make some knitted teeth and toothbrushes to go in my kids’ baskets this year.

They weren’t the biggest hit ever, but they were not reviled. I’m calling it a win! And after I showed my 3-year-old that the brush could brush his tooth friend, he gave it a try himself for a few seconds, which totally melted my heart.

No pattern for these, at least for now. It was fun to knit something just for fun!

Happy Easter!

Tiny Leprechaun and Friends

The best way to catch a leprechaun is to knit one yourself!

Make March magical by knitting a tiny leprechaun, tiny pot o’ gold, tiny rainbow, and a rather normal-sized four-leaf clover for St. Patricks Day or just for a little luck! So gather your scraps of green yarn and celebrate the imminent-ness of spring!

The pattern collection is available as a $5 download in the Mochimochi Shop and also via Ravelry.

There are no rules in Mochimochi Land, so clothing is optional!

(If your personal pot of gold isn’t quite full, you can always find the clover pattern for free. And if you have a copy of my book Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi, there’s an earlier version of the tiny rainbow pattern in there!)

Thanks to Marilyn for tech editing and Amanda for testing!

Knitting Swift from Nick Jr’s Top Wing

I recently got to work with Nick Jr to make little knit versions of the characters from their series Top Wing!

This was my first time knitting an entire project on camera. I was actually sweating bullets throughout, even though I knew it would be sped up and wouldn’t really matter if I made a mistake.

This video shows me knitting Swift—figuring out how to do the color work on his head was the biggest challenge. I got to knit all four main characters, so there are more of these to coming to Nick Jr’s social media!