Category: Mochimochi Land News

Donations for Doggies (and Kitties)

Thanks to your help, we’ve raised enough to donate $200 to animal welfare causes in July! We decided to split the gift and donate to two organizations. First is the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, who both rescues dogs during disasters and employs dogs to help rescue people. Natural disasters especially are on the rise these days, so this seemed like a great organization to support right now.

And second is Homeward Bound, the Addison County Vermont Humane Society, which Linda P. emailed us about:

We adopted our cat, Callie, from Homeward Bound… When she arrived there she was recovering from a broken pelvis and a number of Dental problems. Not only did they fix all her dental issues including pulling some teeth. They put her on medication for her pelvic arthritis and pain. Additionally, spaying and microchipping her.

She is a special needs kitty. They treat her and any animal that comes to them with the same care and compassion. They offer low cost spay and neuter clinics for the community and much more.

How sweet is Callie! Thank you to Linda for telling us about her and the wonderful work people in your community are doing.

Let’s knit some dogs that look like food!

New dog-licious patterns are here!

Inspired by cute breeds and our favorite summertime foods, new Doggie Treats patterns are tiny knitting fun!

Knit a doggie slider, an ice cream doggie, a hot doggie, a Chihuahua watermelon… or a mutt loaf!

(Is your mouth watering yet?)

Get the pattern collection download from the Mochimochi Shop or Ravelry now!

Three of these new doggies are also available as kits, complete with pattern, yarn, and stuffing. (Just add needles!)

And through the end of July $1 of each Doggie Treats sale (patterns and kits) will be donated to support animal welfare.

It’s Mystery Kit May!

UPDATE: Mysteries revealed! The kits sent out in May were the Hot Doggie, Ice Cream Doggie, and Doggie Slider! All are now available for purchase as kits and as a pattern collection download.

Mystery preview kits are back! Through May 31st, buy two kits from the Mochimochi Shop and you’ll automatically receive a mystery preview kit for free!

Buy four kits, and get two DIFFERENT mystery kits for free! Buy six kits, and ALL THREE MYSTERIES will be revealed to you. For free!

What is a mystery preview kit? It’s a kit containing the pattern, yarn, and stuffing for an all-new tiny design. These are new, intermediate-level patterns that aren’t available anywhere else right now! You’ll just need a set of size 1 double-pointed needles and a tapestry needle to get started.

Please note that the mystery kits AUTOMATICALLY COME FREE with a purchase of at least 2 kits (or 2 books, or one kit and one book) through May 31—there’s no need to add them to your cart.

Past mystery kits have included… 

Want a hint? This year’s mysteries are quite a treat, but would definitely be rough to eat…

When you receive yours, please keep it hush-hush if you can, so we can preserve the mystery through the end of the month!

(And yes, the kits and patterns will all be available for purchase in the future.)  

Introducing Abracadabbit

AMAZE YOUR FRIENDS by knitting a magic rabbit who pulls tiny bunnies and carrots out of his hat AND his tail! (Your friends will probably just be amazed that you knit something.)

Introducing Abracadabbit, the amateur magic rabbit! His trick hat features a secret compartment for hiding bunnies and carrots, and his tail has an opening for stashing a bonus bunny!

Knit Abracadabbit in classic white, black, and red, or make a sweet chocolate bunny with pastel complements.

Get the PDF pattern download at the Mochimochi Shop or on Ravelry.

It was so much fun to design this knit. It’s been a long time since I’ve made an interactive toy, and the size is just right, I think—it feels like a real project, but doesn’t take so long that you want to give up halfway through. (At least that’s the hope!)

THANK YOU to Marilyn for her edits, and to Amanda, Rebecca, and Magon for testing help!

Meet Kate’s Kitten, New Pattern in Knitty!

Back in 2005, a cat wearing burgundy pants appeared in the young online knitting magazine Knitty and sparked a knitted toy revolution. Designed by Jess Hutchison, Kate was beautiful in her simplicity, and she gave me something to study when I started thinking about designing toys of my own.

As 2017 marks 10 years of Mochimochi Land AND 15 years of Knitty, I jumped on the chance to revisit Kate and make a version of my own. So I’m thrilled to introduce Kate’s Kitten, a mini mochi-fied version of the classic tail-free cat! The pattern is in the current issue of Knitty, along with many other exciting projects.

Not only did Knitty inspire me when I first started designing, but they also gave Mochimochi Land a boost when my Woodins were included in the Fall 2007 issue. I still love this design.

If you’re a Knitty fan, you should become a patron!

Special Little Snowflakes

The 2017 holiday pattern is here! Special Little Snowflakes celebrate how we’re all a bit alike and also unique at the same time. Knit them for all the special creatures in your life!

This pattern automatically comes FREE with any purchase of $5 or more from the Mochimochi Shop through January 1st! No need to add it to your cart—a link to download the pattern will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your purchase.

This is a seamless, intermediate-level pattern that incorporates stranded color knitting. Special Little Snowflakes knit up fast for ornaments, garlands, and more, for perfect little last-minute hand-knitted gifts!