Friday
Feb142014

Wood you be Mine? 

 

Happy Valentine's Day! May you find love in unexpected places today. 

Thursday
Dec122013

Nickelodeon Holiday IDs

I’ve been getting emails all month from knitters who think they’ve spotted knitted gnomes, snowmen, and other Mochimochi Land creatures on TV. It's true! Last month I had the opportunity to work with Nick on a series of animated holiday IDs featuring a variety of wintry mochis making mischief in the snow. If you tune in right now, you’ll probably see them airing between commercials.

Here are the full animations. 

 

Anna Hrachovec for Nickelodeon: Holiday 2013 IDs from Anna Hrachovec on Vimeo.

 

I worked together with the Nick promotions team to concept and animate the first six IDs, with all the post-production work, including the sound and the flat animations, handled by Nick. The last four animations starring mochi-fied Nick characters were done by the Nick team themselves using materials I had made.

It was an incredible experience to get to work on these ambitiously-conceived animations with such a talented and enthusiastic team. I had a blast with this project, and I learned so much! The project has made me more excited about all the possibilities for mochis in motion.

Big thank-yous go to Matthew Duntemann at Nick and to my agent Koko at CWC International for making this happen!


Wednesday
Dec042013

Tiny Mochis Featured in Martha Stewart Living

A certain tiny gnome and Santa are featured in this month's Martha Stewart Living magazine!

 

My tiny kits are featured in the December 2013 issue's gift guide—these are kits that contain a pattern, yarn and stuffing for knitters to make the little inch-tall guys themselves, available in my shop.

The finished gnomes (and a few other creatures) are also available in my shop for those who don't knit. 

Thank you to Martha Stewart Living for this early Christmas present! 

Saturday
Nov162013

Hello Chicago

Afte eight wonderful years in NYC, this month my husband and I and the cats and all of Mochimochi Land packed up and moved halfway across the country to Chicago! 

The gnomes are excited about the colder weather. And I'm excited about getting to know my new city, with a more relaxed pace and a bit more space. Our move was prompted by my husband John's new job as Senior Editor of The A.V. Club. I'm so proud of him! 

We've just finished settling in to our new apartment, which will double as Mochimochi headquarters. It's so cozy and quiet and I'm in love. 

 

My office is no longer in my bedroom... 

 

And I even have a place to put all my knickknacks now! 

The cats were initially against all this change, but they've found their usual spots now and they're all tucked in for a long Chicago winter. 

Friday
Oct182013

Huge & Huggable Mochimochi is Here

My fourth book of knitting patterns is now availabe in bookstores everywhere! 

 

 

Huge & Huggable Mochimochi contains patterns for 20+ of the biggest squishiest mochis ever! 

These projects took up a significant chunk of 2012 for me. It was a ton of work to knit these guys, but the huge toys gave me a kind of bigger canvas in which to incorporate lots of fun knitting techniques, like cables, bobbles, unusual shaping, and colorwork. 

Some of my favorite projects include Roland the Roly Poly... 

a Capybara Caravan... 

and this handy guy, Totes Adorbs! 

 

As with my other books, the wonderful photography is by Brandi Simons. We had just as much fun with the shoots as it looks! 

Signed copies of the book are available from Mochimochiland.com. I'll also be doing a few book signings this fall: 

 

October 24th: Lion Brand Yarn Studio, NYC
November 1st-3rd: Vogue Knitting Live Chicago
December 7th: Looped Yarn Works, Washington D.C.
December 8th: Loop, Philadelphia

Big thank-yous go to Brandi, to Nora, my adorable niece and cover model, to all my testers, to Cascade Yarns, Lion Brand, Knit Picks, and Spud & Chloë, to my tech editor Marilyn Passmore, to my editor Betty Wong and her assistant Caitlin Harpin, and to everyone else who helped make this book happen!