Last weekend my husband and I returned to NYC for a visit. It's been a bit less than a year since we moved from there to Chicago, and we couldn't have picked a better weekend to see friends and enjoy the city.
On Monday I found myself with four spare gnomes and a few spare hours in the city, so I decided to revisit four places that are meaningful to me and set a gnome free at each spot. I may no longer live there, but there’s no reason why a few of my gnomes can’t be New Yorkers!
Gnome #1 started his NYC adventure in Columbus Circle, which was my main hub when we lived in midtown Manhattan.
Other gnomes were set free on the High Line (which represents everything cool and beautiful and ambitious about NYC), in Prospect Park (which I visited almost every day during the four years that I lived in Brooklyn), and on Elizabeth Street (where I got my first job out of college).
I liked the idea of leaving these guys around the city for anyone to stumble upon and take home. I didn’t attach any kind of tags to the gnomes—I wanted the people who found them to just enjoy the discovery and the mystery. (I did share each of these photos on Instagram and Twitter in real time as I left each gnome behind.)
A part of me will probably always miss living in NYC, but it’s neat to think that the city and I will continue to have a connection via my little bearded ambassadors of Mochimochi Land.
Another piece of The Wooly Woods is in progress! This one is the biggest yet, found in Chicago's River Park, which is where I run every morning. (Turns out that Chicago really is a windy city, and there are plenty of fallen twigs and branches to be collected!)
With all the mild weather this summer, I've been spending many late afternoons in the backyard, wrapping and wrapping until the whole thing was wrapped.
The twiggins who will live in this piece of the Wooly Woods are underway as well.
And now comes the fun part: playing around with the pieces to find the right positions for the creatures and inventing the trouble that they're getting into, which will include more characters and woodsy elements.
Happy Fourth! (Don't try this at home!)
Some hand-knit Mochimochi goodies are now for sale in Hyundai department stores located in Seoul for four weeks this June and July!
My tiny characters, mini gnome scenes, and postcards are part of a pop-up shop organized by Everyday Mooonday, a gallery focused on character art that recently opened in Seoul. The gallery owner, Diny Lee, saw some of my knitted artwork in NYC when the both of us lived there, and I was so happy that she kept me in mind for this opportunity. You can spot the tiny mochis on display right in the center of this photo.
Here's a closer look at one piece—a tiny hand-standing gnome.
Along with the recent publication of Super-Scary Mochimochi in Korean, this is making me feel that Mochimochi Land and Korea might just be a good match!