Monday, July 13, 2015

Review + Giveaway: Adventures in Mochimochi Land

Adventures in Mochimochi Land
After working with Anna Hrachovec and the organizers of YarnCon on the Project Gnome Diplomacy project earlier this year, my enthusiasm for knitting tiny toys came out of hibernation. So I couldn't say no when Anna offered to have a few copies of her newest book, Adventures in Mochimochi Land, sent my way for a review and giveaway.  It was a pretty exciting day when the package arrived, and that night, I sat down at my kitchen table to page through the book while I waited for dinner to cook.

The book contains 3 short stories set in Mochimochi Land, "a magical place where everything, from the trees to the microwaves, is alive and squishy," as the book's introduction notes. These colorful, whimsical knitted creations have a propensity to get into silly predicaments, and each of the three tales are an entertaining read which you can enjoy in under a half an hour - unless, of course, you can spare a little extra time to pore over all of the accompanying images, which have a lot of clever and amusing details for the astute observer.
Image © 2015 Anna Hrachovec
The last section of the book contains patterns to make many of the inhabitants who starred in the stories which make up the first two-thirds of the book. There are 25 patterns in all, most of which call for fingering weight yarn and US 1 needles - but a few patterns, such as the Muffin Mountains or larger sizes of the Growing Donut (shown above), call for heavier weights and bigger needles to make not-as-tiny toy.
Image © 2015 Brandi Simons
There is a so much cute going on, it's kind of hard to decide where to start first! Eventually, I decided to let my yarn stash dictate which patterns I'd make for the purpose of this post. Since I don't keep a lot of odds and ends of fingering weight yarn around these days, I made my tiny toys with worsted weight yarn and size 7 needles (I think I'd classify them as "midi" rather than "mini). The yarn I had in my destash bin seemed perfect for making the critters from the second tale, "The Underwater Election." In the last week, I knit Bubbles the Dolphin, Gary the Crab, a Tiny Puffer Fish, a Tiny Octopus, and a Soggy Sea Sand Castle (although I forgot to add the final embellishment last night, oops!). Aren't they adorable?
They were fun to knit and easy enough to make whilst reading subtitles as I watched my favorite anime series. Best of all, each one only takes a couple of hours from start to finish - I think the most time-consuming critter was the Octopus since there were a lot of yarn ends to weave in. However, each pattern does a good job of minimizing fussiness and I can tell that there are instructions aimed at speeding up the process overall - for example, a lot of the appendages were knit directly onto the body of the critter, and the purl stitches of the Soggy Sea Sand Castle are achieved by knitting (rather than purling), then turning the piece inside out. So clever!

Giveaway
Here's where things get fun - you can enter to win this copy of Adventures in Mochimochiland for your very own! I am also throwing in some fun underwater-themed stickers and a mini-skein of Dragonfly Fibers' Pixie yarn in the Kelpie colorway from my TNNA Designer Dinner Swag Bag.
To be eligible, simply leave a comment on this blog post telling me what pattern you'd make first from Adventures in Mochimochiland. Be sure to also mention your Ravelry ID or email address so that I can contact you if you win.

 If you would like a bonus entry, please like my Facebook Page or follow me on Instagram, then leave another comment telling me you did so - just be sure to mention your Facebook or Instagram name so that I can verify everything!

I will randomly select one lucky winner to be announced next Monday, July 20, 2015 right here on this blog. Good luck!

56 comments:

  1. SO CUTE! I like the donuts. mmmm...donuts.

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  2. Also, I already follow you on Instagram ... does that count? :)

    Chris (while1fork there too)

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  3. Whoops, looks like the page mistook my first comment for a donut and eated it. Trying again ...

    So many to choose from! But I'd start with the Little Fluffy Cloud ... So simple yet adorable!

    Chris (ravelry: while1fork)

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  4. I'm sure my boys would tell me just who to knit first. And second and third. We could have a lot of fun. :-)

    tktl

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  5. I would make a whole family of octopi! Rav is norcalnaptime.

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  6. I follow on Insta at norcalnaptime as well.

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  7. Hello Stefanie! How can you choose? They are all so cute! I would start with a tiny octopus!
    asteride on Ravelry

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  8. Oh my god! The puffer fish!
    Rav ID is patmom

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  9. My sister is a semipro baker, and I think she needs some knitted donuts in her life!

    Sarah (OfftoExplore on ravelry)

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  10. I'd have to say the Dolphin pattern is my favorite because it would make an awesome stocking stuffer/Christmas ornament for my beach loving Mom.

    Rav ID: SaraMCrafts

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  11. Following you on Instagram (stitchedbysara) and Facebook (Sara McGowan)

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  12. I'd start with the Carnie Elephant. So cute!
    Lmecoll on Ravelry

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  13. I'm following you on Instagram. Name: Lmecoll
    Rav ID: Lmecoll

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  14. What a great giveaway! I love all of the patterns in the mochimochi series. If I had this book, I think I would make the Joyful Oyster first. =D

    -TempusMori (Ravelry)

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  15. I love the gum-gum bear - and I am an Instagram follower :)

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  16. I'd make Muffin Mountain. My daughters would love that!

    I'm vernalequinox on Ravelry.

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  17. I'm following you on Instagram! (megnurm)

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  18. I am already following you on IG and Facebook

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    1. craftyknitter7 on IG and facebook is Suzanne Gates-Devlin

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  19. I would love to make many Gum Gum bears

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  20. I would knit the donuts!
    Jayellesea on Rav

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  21. I'd start with the pufferfish. doijdd@gmail.com

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  22. I love the donuts. Really, I do! SareBearKnits on rav!

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  23. The starfish is what I'd knit first.
    sumac on Rav

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  24. With two sea obsessed daughters, I'd have to start with the dolphin, but the clamshell would be a close second.
    knitonepugtwo

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  25. Kate Yates on FB, smartmouthdwench on IG.

    I think I'd start with....Hmmmm, how to narrow this down? I bow to our tentacled overlords, and go with the octopus.

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  26. As a Maryland resident, it would have to be Gary the Crab, the crustacean being the unofficial state symbol.
    My granddaughter would love this. And as someone already working on a project with Dragonfly Fibers Pixie, I know how terrific is that part of the prize!
    I'm TesoroStitchery on Ravelry.

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  27. And consider yourself "Liked" on Facebook.

    I'm TesoroStitchery on Rav.

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  28. And consider yourself "Liked" on Facebook.

    I'm TesoroStitchery on Rav.

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  29. I would make the donuts first--they're just too cute!

    RavID: amigoodness

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  30. I also followed you on IG (itsmyhamburger) :)

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  31. I would make the Growing Donut.
    knittingdancer on Raverly

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  32. Love the book. First I would make two Bubbles the Dolphins for my great grandkids. RAV ID gramnacher.

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  33. Following you on Instagram and liked your Facebook page. Love your posts. My Instagram name and RAV ID are grammacher.

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  34. Ooo- I love the Gum Gum Bear & the Mallow Bunny, but the first thing I would make would be the Tiny Octopus, for someone who has been a great friend this year!
    I'm Laurpud on Rav

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  35. I started following you on Instagram, & I'm Laurpud there, too (beautiful tat, btw)

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  36. I would have to knit Bubbles the Dolphin first as I've been in love with dolphins ever since I watched a TV series as a child called "Flipper." He was an awesome dolphin ;-)

    sisterrobinson on Ravelry.

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  37. So Cute!! Gary the tiny crab!!

    Penny
    knitbybitdesigns on Ravelry

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  38. I follow you on instagram.
    @knitbybitdesigns

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  39. I follow you on Facebook--Susan Ipavec

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  40. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely prize! I would knit Bubbles the Dolphin, the cute little octopus, and the doughnuts--too cute! I'm Suzieknittingmama on Ravelry

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  41. An octopus, of course (or is that a squid?). Either way, CEPHALOPODS FTW!!!!

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    1. *sigh* follow the instructions, woman. Ravelry name is tollbaby as well!

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  42. Oh, and I followed you on Instagram and added you on FB :)

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  43. Most definitely the mallow bunnies! I'm Wink40 on Rav

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  44. Most definitely the mallow bunnies! I'm Wink40 on Rav

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  45. I want to make the tiny balloons! (asimplehomestd on Rav)

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  46. I already like you on Facebook

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  47. Oh! I'd have to make the donuts first!

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  48. And, I follow you on Instagram B3THANN1203

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  49. Yikes, let's try that again. My rav name is lafileuse, and I would make several octopuses :)

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  50. Already liked your page on fb (lordal)

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  51. And followed on IG (mitoticspindle)

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