Category: Mochimochi Photo Contest

Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest BONUS Awards

We had so many terrific entries in the 2020 Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest, I have some BONUS awards to give out in addition to our top three winners.

Each of these creators will receive a $15 gift card to the Mochimochi Shop!

Click on the title or image to be taken to the full video or photo series on social media.

BEST KNITTING THEME: Little Helpers by Bonnie

BEST BIRDS IN FLIGHT: The Great Escape by Tammy G

BEST NEWS GRAPHICS: Breaking News by Lora

BEST ALIEN: What If? by Ursula B

BEST SOUND: An Axe-ccident Waiting to Happen by Hueymcr

BEST NUDITY: If you go down in the woods today by LundeLinda

Congratulations to these creative thinkers! I could have given out so many more awards, but we just had to stop somewhere. Thanks again to everybody who took part in our contest this summer. Keep sharing your creations on social media using the hashtag #mochimochiland!

Announcing the 2020 Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest

Update: More wonderful entries featured in our BONUS awards!

Update: Congratulations to the winners!

Update: The submission deadline has passed. THANK YOU FOR THE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS! A team of Special Guest Judges will be announced soon, and winners will be selected later in September.

Update: Another new prize to announce! Each winner will receive a copy of Bites of Terror, the hilarious, creepy-cute book by Cuddles and Rage, aka Liz and Jimmy Reed!

Update: We have a new prize to announce! Each winner will receive the ebook SpillyJane Knits Mittens from the always clever indie designer SpillyJane

The 2020 Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest is now officially open for entries!

This year’s theme: Escape into Mochimochi Land!
We want this summer’s photo contest to be a refreshing departure from the world, and there’s no better way to escape than through stories! Use your knitted friends from Mochimochi Land to tell a story through a series of photos or a video. (We’re using “story” very loosely here—it can just mean that something HAPPENS.) We’re looking for cuteness, humor, creativity, and escapism. Enter through your favorite social media platform (see below for details). Deadline is August 31st!

Winners will receive generous gift cards to some of our favorite small yarn stores (all capable of shipping internationally), plus “goodie bag” packages with lots of surprises.

Eligibility

This contest is open to knitters worldwide who are 18 years or older.* To be eligible, your photo series or video must contain at least one knitted toy made from a Mochimochi Land pattern. This can be a pattern from the Mochimochi Shop, a pattern from one of the Mochimochi books by Anna, or one of the free patterns on the Mochimochi Blog. The pattern may be modified, but not beyond recognition from the original design. (The use of Photoshop is OK, and other toys/characters, including other knitted toys, are welcome to appear in your photos or video too!)

Categories

There are 3 categories to enter: Photo Series, Short Video, and Super Short Video.

PHOTO SERIES is a series of 3-10 photos. You could think of this as a short sequence showing unfolding action or emotion, or as a kind of “comic book” format for storytelling, with or without dialog.

SHORT VIDEO is a video that’s at least 20 seconds long, and up to 2 minutes long. It can be puppetry or stop-motion animation. Make a Mochimochi movie! Please avoid making this merely a slideshow of photos.

SUPER SHORT VIDEO is a video or animated GIF that under 20 seconds long. It can be puppetry or stop-motion animation, but no slideshows for super-short videos. Please avoid making this merely slideshow of photos.

Note that we’re looking for humor, cuteness, and originality—not necessarily the most professional-looking photos and videos. We want everyone to enter!

IMPORTANT: We may share/repost any photos or videos entered into the contest on social media, the Mochimochi Land newsletter, or on the Mochimochi Land website, but only with credit and only in relation to promoting the contest (no commercial use).

How to enter

PHOTO SERIES: There are four ways to enter a photo series. Please choose just one platform, and enter up to three series of 3-10 photos in each series.

1) Post your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #mochiphotocontest20. Post the photos together in one post if possible, or title and number each photo in the captions if posting separately.

2) Post your photos to the Mochimochi Land Facebook page with the hashtag #mochiphotocontest20. Post the photos together in one album.

3) Post your photos on Twitter with the hashtag #mochiphotocontest20. Post the photos in a thread in order (preferably numbered), or post separately with a title and number as a caption for each.

4) If you can’t or don’t wish to use social media to enter (understandable if your accounts are private), you can send your photos as an email attachment to info@mochimochiland.com with the subject PHOTO CONTEST ENTRY.

SHORT VIDEOS (20 seconds to 2 minutes long) and SUPER SHORT VIDEOS (under 20 seconds): Enter up to 3 videos in each category. Here’s how to enter a video.

1) Post your video to Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #mochiphotocontest20. (Make sure your post is PUBLIC.)

2) Post to GIPHY (if it’s a GIF) or a video site like YouTube or Vimeo. After posting your video, please email a link to the video to info@mochimochiland.com with the subject line VIDEO CONTEST ENTRY. Please do NOT send the video as an attachment.

Deadline

The last day to enter the contest is August 31st, 2020. We’ll announce the finalists shortly thereafter here on the blog.

Prizes!

We’ll pick one top winner in each of the three categories. Each winner will receive a $100 gift card to one of our favorite yarn stores: Gather Here in Cambridge, MA, Knitty City in NYC, or Yarnify in Chicago. The gift cards will be usable online, of course!

Like many local yarn stores right now, these three are working to help their communities while also working hard just to stay in business—and these three are very special to me personally.


Photo credit: David Trudell
Each winner will receive the ebook SpillyJane Knits Mittens from the always clever indie designer SpillyJane


Each winner will also receive a copy of Bites of Terror, the hilarious, creepy-cute book by Cuddles and Rage, aka Liz and Jimmy Reed!

Needles ready? Cameras set? Take us away to Mochimochi Land!

* “Family” entries involving creative kids are welcome!

Winners of the 11th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest

OK everyone, we’ve tabulated your almost 1,000 votes, and it’s time to announce the winners of the 11th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest!

Here’s another look at the finalists.

First, I want to again thank everyone who participated with your very creative entries. Mochimochi Land thrives on your enthusiasm and inspiration!

And once again, a big thank-you to our sponsor, Knit Picks! Knit Picks has sponsored this contest every year almost from the very beginning, and this year they are generously providing gift certificates to the top two winners in each category.
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If you’re at all familiar with Knit Picks, you know they have everything a knitter or crocheter could want, including my favorite Palette yarn—perfect for knitting tiny mochis!

Without further ado, here are your winners in the photo category.

In third place is the charming Solar System by thefrugalgirl (knitted by Sonia)!

We love this cool cosmic family! You win a Mochimochi Land mystery kit and this collection of cute stuff (including, appropriately, a miniature astronaut)!

In second place is the awesome Beekeeper Gnome by Huey!

Way to go Huey! You win a $50 gift certificate from Knit Picks, a $25 gift card to Mochimochi Land, and two mystery kits!

And first place in the photo category goes to the adorable Sakura Bunnies by wooly brain!

Hooray! You win a $100 gift certificate from Knit Picks, a $50 gift card to Mochimochi Land, and all three mystery kits!

Now for our video category winners!

We had almost an exact tie for second and third place. In the end, by a very small margin, third place went to Robot Froyo by juleenbean!

So cute, Juleen! You win a Mochimochi Land mystery kit and this collection of cute stuff (which includes a fancy mushroom keychain)!

In second place is the epic der berg ruft by Alice is knitting!

Incredible knitting achievement! You win a $50 gift certificate from Knit Picks, a $25 gift card to Mochimochi Land, and two mystery kits!

And finally, first place in the video category goes to the eerie Stringer Things by Megan S!

Terrific, Megan! You win a $100 gift certificate from Knit Picks, a $50 gift card to Mochimochi Land, and all three mystery kits!

Congratulations to these most creative knitters! And that wraps up the 11th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest—thank you again to Knit Picks and all who participated with entries and votes. You all keep Mochimochi Land a thriving place of cuteness, adventure, and happy-making!

11th Annual Mochimochi Photo Contest: Honorable Mentions!

Many thanks to everyone who entered the 11th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest! I love that so many of you decided to spend precious hours knitting cute little creatures and making them do weird stuff for all the internet to see. Your creativity is an inspiration, for 11 years running!

Without further ado, here are this year’s honorable mentions! We loved these photos and are excited to share them here. (See full images and credits after the jump.)

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11th Annual Mochimochi Photo Contest: The Video Vote!

UPDATE: Congratulations to the winners!

A handful of dedicated knitters made the effort to get their mochis moving for the video portion of the 11th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest. They are the coolest! We’ve made it easy for you voters, narrowing it down to three finalists—that means they’re already all winners!

Watch the embedded videos first, then for your favorite one OR two in the survey below. The poll is open through Sunday, May 20th.

(Click below for the ballot.)

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11th Annual Mochimochi Photo Contest: The Photo Vote!

UPDATE: Congratulations to the winners!

Here is your ballot for the 11th Annual Mochimochi Photo Contest! We’ll leave the poll open through Sunday, May 20th. Please vote only one time (although you can vote for as many photos as you like, and we ask that you vote for at LEAST 2 photos).

Good luck to these very bold and original knitters!

(Click below for the ballot.)

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Announcing the 11th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest

UPDATE: Congratulations to the winners!

The 11th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest is now open for entries!

For the 11th year, we’re looking for the cutest, funniest, most creative photos and videos of Mochimochi Land toys. Enter through your favorite social media platform (see below for details). Deadline is March 31st!

Winners will receive awesome prizes from our favorite sponsor Knit Picks, gift certificates to Mochimochi Land, and more!

Eligibility

This contest is open to knitters worldwide. To be eligible, your photo or video must contain at least one knitted toy made from a Mochimochi Land pattern. This can be a pattern from the Mochimochi Shop, a pattern from one of the Mochimochi books by Anna Hrachovec, or one of the free patterns on the Mochimochi Blog. The pattern may be modified, but not beyond recognition from the original design. (The use of Photoshop is OK, and other toys/characters, including other knitted toys, are welcome to appear in your photo or video too!)

Note that we’re looking for humor, cuteness, and originality—not necessarily the most professional-looking photos and videos. We want everyone to enter!

How to enter

PHOTOS: There are three ways to enter photos. Please choose just one, and enter up to 8 photos.*

1) Post your photo(s) on Instagram with the hashtag #mochiphotocontest18.

2) Post your photo(s) to the Mochimochi Land Facebook page with the hashtag #mochiphotocontest18.

3) Add your photo(s) to the Mochimochi Land Flickr group. All photos uploaded to this group since the last contest deadline, December 14th, 2016, are already entered in this year’s contest!

VIDEOS: You can post your video to Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, or Vimeo. To make sure we see it, please email me the link at info@mochimochiland.com with the subject line VIDEO ENTRY. Please do not send the video as an attachment. We prefer that the length of your video be at least 30 seconds to at most 2 minutes long. Enter up to 3 videos.

Deadline

The last day to enter the contest is March 31st, 2018 April 30th, 2018. We’ll announce the finalists shortly thereafter here on the blog, and everyone will be able to vote for their favorites! So be sure to check the blog after the deadline.

Prizes!

The first place photo and video prizes will include a $100-value surprise gift package from Knit Picks, a $50 gift certificate to Mochimochi Land, and more.

The second place photo and video prizes will include a $50 gift package from Knit Picks, a $25 gift certificate to Mochimochi Land, and more.

The third place photo and video prizes will be all surprises this year!

Thank you to Knit Picks for their continued awesome sponsorship!

Needles ready? Cameras set? GO!

* This limit doesn’t apply to photos already added to the Flickr group.

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Winners of the 10th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest

The results are in! We are excited to announce the winners of the 10th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest!

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First, let me say thank you once again to everyone who participated with your very creative entries. Mochimochi Land is really a real place because of all the knitting and enthusiasm that you share!

Big thank-yous also go to all of our wonderful sponsors this year.
Our longtime super-sponsor Knit Picks is providing exciting surprise prize packages to our winners. What could be included??? Knit Picks carries all sorts of wonderful stuff, including yarn, needles, patterns, kits, and knitting notions and tools that you didn’t even know existed.

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Knit Picks Palette yarn, one of my personal favorites.

Knitwear designer SpillyJane (who I interviewed here) is sending all six winners this delectable collection of PDF patterns from her Ravelry store:

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And knitwear designer Angela Tong (who I interviewed here) is also sending all six winners this beautiful collection of PDF patterns from her Ravelry store:

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Plus! My mother-in-law, Bonney Teti (who I video-interviewed here) has contributed a collection of vintage and not-so-vintage patterns, books, and kits from her World’s Biggest Yarn Stash to be divvied out to the winners:

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Thanks to these generous friends we’ve got the best and biggest prizes ever this year!

So without further ado, here are your winners in the photo category.

It was a close race for third place, but in the end it went to the oh-so-clever Deep Sea Shadow Box by Huey Li.

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Well done Huey! You win a $50 surprise gift package from Knit Picks, patterns from SpillyJane and Angela Tong, goodies from Bonney Teti’s World’s Biggest Yarn Stash, and a $20 gift card to Mochimochi Land.

In second place is the very zen Sweet Yoga by Wooly Brain (aka Denise).

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Yay Denise! You win a $75 gift package from Knit Picks, patterns from SpillyJane and Angela Tong, goodies from Bonney’s World’s Biggest Yarn Stash, and a $20 gift card to Mochimochi Land.

And first place in the photo category goes to the stunning rainbow of Tiny Hedgehogs by The Bon (aka Bonnie).

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Congratulations, Bonnie! You win a $100 gift package from Knit Picks, patterns from SpillyJane and Angela Tong, goodies from Bonney’s stash, and a $20 gift card to Mochimochi Land.

Now for our video category winners!

Again we had a tight race for the second and third place winners. In third place is the very current Mochimochi Land Mannequin Challenge by Juleenbean.

Nice job, Juleen! You win patterns from SpillyJane and Angela Tong, goodies from Bonney’s World’s Biggest Yarn Stash, and four tiny kits from the Mochimochi Shop.

In second place is the tragicomic How Snowy Lost his Nose by Toomanycupcakes (aka Sara).

Beautiful, Sara! You win patterns from SpillyJane and Angela Tong, goodies from Bonney’s stash, and four tiny kits from the Mochimochi Shop.

And last but certainly not least, first place in the video category goes to the epic saga The Witch and the Dog by Lais.

Amazing, Lais! You win a $100 gift package from Knit Picks, patterns from SpillyJane and Angela Tong, goodies from Bonney’s stash, and six tiny kits from the Mochimochi Shop.

Congratulations to these most creative knitters! And that wraps up the 10th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest—thank you again to Knit Picks, SpillyJane, Angela Tong, Bonney Teti, and all who participated with entries and voting.