Category: Knitted Things

Want to Test Knit a Starter Owl?

UPDATE: The testing slots have all been filled! Thank you SO MUCH for the many responses—it was great fun to hear from so many knitters, and it makes me want to brainstorm a big crazy project that we all could get involved in. (Hmmm, leave a comment about it if you have an idea for what that could be…) The owl pattern is coming soon, so please keep your eyes peeled for it!

I’m looking for a small group of knitters to test knit this little owl!

(I asked Soupy to take a look at the pattern, but he was no help at all.)

Specifically, I’d like to have the pattern tested out by some knitters who are at the advanced-beginner level—people who know the basics like casting on, knitting and purling, and increases (kfb) and decreases (k2tog), but who are new to knitting toys or at least new to Mochimochi Land patterns. Circular knitting is not required.

Testing is easy—you just work the pattern and let me know how it goes, and send photos of your finished project.

The deadline for the test will be September 16th.

Once the test is complete, I’ll send you a credit to the Mochimochi Shop as thanks!

If you are interested and will have time to knit the owl by the deadline, email me with a little info about yourself and your knitting experience (and testing experience, if any). I may not be able to reply to all the emails, but I will post an update here when the testing slots are full.

Thanks in advance!

Buggy Mobile for Baby-to-be

My newest project is multidisciplinary—a bug-themed mobile for a baby on the way!

We’re expecting a baby girl to make her debut any day now. Ideally after I finish making this mobile, but we shall see!

Things may be a bit quieter than usual this fall while I take some time off, but I have some help with the shop, so shipping should more or less proceed normally.

The last time I made a mobile, it was lion themed for Leo, who is now 20 months old. It seems like last month that I was working on it!

littlelion5

Six Little Lions

Update: I’ve had some inquiries about whether I’ll make a pattern for these guys. Maybe someday! Let me know in the comments if you’d like that.

We now have six little lions to greet our baby when he comes next month!

littlelion5

I’m happy that I was able to come up with six mane variations. But making variations on a simple theme is one of my favorite things to do, so this has been a fun project. (If anyone is still wondering, these guys are about the size of a softball—not choking hazards like all my other tiny projects!)

Today is actually my 10th anniversary—10 years married to my best friend is a pretty good life, and now seems like a perfect time to be adding a third to our family. Just a little more than a month to go!

Four Little Lions

littlelion4

I now have four out of six little lions done, with about six more weeks of pregnancy to go. The end is in sight!

I’m either going to hang these on a circular mobile structure (like the one Joan used for the “Lighthearted Lovers” mobile or else use twigs wrapped in colorful yarn a la The Wooly Woods. Probably six lions is too many to hang from the mobile, but I like the balance of colors, and maybe baby will want one or two to play with anyway.

We may have a ton of practical things to buy and a whole house to move to before the big event, but at least the cute stuff is coming along nicely!

Bumble Bee Beanie Kit Giveaway Winner

Update: Kim sent a photo of her bee onesie—she wasn’t kidding about it!

beeonesie

I don’t know about you all, but now I want a bee onesie too.

Last week I blogged about an interview that Let’s Knit magazine did with me in their July 2015 issue, and I threw in a giveaway because it’s a little boring to just talk about myself.

letsknit_ju15bee

It’s now time to randomly select a winner winner, which is… commenter number 8, Kim!

I had a huge collection of bee related stuff when I was little, and am currently sitting in my bee onesie as I type this, and with our first baby on the way, this would be awesome for them and me!

It seems that this is a very worthy winner. I for one would love to see this bee onesie that she was wearing as she typed!

Congrats, Kim! I’m emailing you for your mailing address right now.