Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Mochimochi Land Interview and Giveaway

This winter I had the pleasure of meeting Anna of Mochimochi Land. If you don't know of Mochimochi Land yet, where have you been? Anna makes some of the most cleverly cute knitted creatures I have seen to date. From Tubby, to the Luvgun to Pepto, she has something for everyone. The best part is, for $5.00 you can get one of her patterns and make one of your very own and occassionally she has a FREE pattern up on her blog. And what's even better than that is if you leave a comment here you have the chance to win a $15.00 gift certificate to Mochimochi Land! I will be meeting up with Anna again in NYC in a few weeks so I think we will choose the winner on March 31st.



S- How long have you been knitting and when did you start designing your own toys?

MmL- I first learned to knit in high school, but I really picked it up again about five years ago in college, when I met my then-boyfriend, now-husband's mom, Bonney. She is an expert knitter, and encouraged me to try all kinds of projects. She also gave me tons of free yarn from her gigantic stash, so I couldn't refuse!

The first knitted toy that I made was my own design -- it was in late 2006, when my coworkers and I were getting ready to open our new gallery. The gallery logo looks a little creature-like, so I thought it would be fun to make toy versions of it to give as gifts to my coworkers. They were so much fun to make (and so well received), that I soon had a shelf full of all kinds of knitted toys.



S- How long does it usually take you to come up with a new design? What's your process?

MmL- The longest part of my design process is coming up with an idea. I like for each of my toys to have something a little unexpected about it, and good ideas are not always forthcoming.

When I finally do come up with a concept, and it seems do-able, the actual making of the toy design doesn't usually take me so much time -- anywhere from an evening to a week or so. I do a combination of writing out a pattern in advance and writing things down as I improvise. I often have to rip everything out and start again a few times, but since all of my toys are relatively small, that's not so heartbreaking.

Read the whole interview here

122 comments:

sascha said...

Thanks for a great interview with Anna! I belong to an admiring group at Ravelry and have knit the Bob pattern. Her imagination is superb and her ability to interpret her idea is amazing. :O) I'm a huge fan! samm

Lotuspixie said...

ooh, ooh! i love mochimochiland so much! i just made her free "grass" pattern, and i plan to have cute little grass plushies all over the house now.

*here's crossing my fingers for the giveaway!

Kari said...

I loved seeing Anna on Martha a few weeks ago, and I really appreciate the insight into her design process!

Kelly-Jean said...

Enter me in please!

I just love Mochimochi designs. They're such a great modern twist on knitted toys. I just wish I had enough time (and yarn!) to knit them all.

Anonymous said...

Good on ya Anna, well done, proud of you. Still your #1 fan. It was also an honour to have been one of your pattern testers too.

Faye (you know who I am)

Kounting Sheep said...

I left a comment over on the larger interview, so I'll leave one here too! I have almost all of her patterns, but I need that giveaway for the few I don't have yet! Great interview with Anna; she is awesome!

Tara said...

Very cool! I love reading interviews with designers I adore. Thanks!

Ariel said...

Isn't Anna just amazingly creative. I love seeing what she'll do next. So far I've knitted BOB.

Robin said...

Thanks for a great interview! I don't think toy designers get enough credit in the knitting community. I'm working on Tums the Hippo by Anna right now and my knitting class just finished the Love Gun at a moonlight knitting party as a gift for one of the attendies who is a police officer. We even made her the heart shaped bullets. She has it on her desk in the station. :)

greetingarts said...

Aren't her things just so clever? I'm absolutely in love with Tubby, and am working on the Luvgun and hearts for my husband for our anniversary. Those squarish kitties are awfully cute, too!

Diana T said...

Thanks for a great interview. Mochimochi designs are so clever.

Heather said...

Great interview I was wondering how she comes up with such cute critters. I just knit two of her toys this last week for my kids easter baskets. They came out so darling. I will definitly be making more of her toys.

marianne said...

I enjoyed reading the interview! I (knitted)heart Mochimochiland!

Bethel said...

Love the stuffed toys!

Berry Gal said...

Thanks for sharing with us... Enter me.... I love the tube with the bubbles

Bunny B said...

Great interview! Anna's very talented! They mochies are all so CUTE!!!! Hope I win, pick me please! :P

Trish said...

I only became aware of Mochimochi Land and Anna a few weeks ago, and I loved seeing her on Martha Stewart. Her designs are just the cutest! She is so creative!

Carla said...

What a great interview! I absolutely love her site and always follow her blog. Her designs are so creative and wonderful!

Wendy said...

I love Anna's designs!! Right now I'm slowly knitting an army of Bobs. And I can't wait for the stackable cats so I can make a bunch for my crazy cat lady friends.

Wendy stareyes15[at]gmail[dot]com

Janya said...

Thank you for a fantastic interview. I kept seeing Anna's work around and I didn't know about the artist, thankyou for enlightening me! Her work is fantastic!!!!

Alana said...

I love the mochimochi land patterns... the woodins on Knitty made me search out her site. Very creative & inspiring for new knitters. The lemmings diving off the cliff in her gallery were just too cute!
-Alana

Kris said...

Awesome interview. :)
I remember the first time I stumbled across Mochimochi Land. I fell in love.

Rebekka said...

I saw your blog mentioned on Anna's and had to take a look. One more for the blogroll it seems :)

Great interview. It's always inspiring to read about the design process.

Kae said...

I just love love love Anna's designs :D Found Mochimochiland not so long ago and so far I've knitted the Luvgun (known as Mr Gun in my house) with the little hearts (loads of them!! They are so quick and easy to knit and make great keyrings as well)... Oh, I want to knit them all!!! Just need more hours in the day...

~x~

MissyJoon said...

I was sitting 6 people away from Anna at the Martha taping, and saw her cute designs firsthand!! I am making "grass" and "woodins" for Easter surprises . . . and that which came first pattern is the best!!

Please pick me!!! xox

nikkapotamus said...

Thanks for the interview. I followed the link over here from MochiMochi Land. I just adore her little toys! I just finished knitting up her snail pattern. So cute!

Lisa-Maria said...

i really enjoyed reading the interview, thank you very much! i have already knitted several of anna's toys and i enjoyed it immensely. hers were the first patterns i ever wanted to buy and i was so happy when i found out that i could and could have them straight away even though i live in austria....
so, thank you, anna. knit on! ;o)

Michelle said...

I love her patterns! I'm currently knitting the "What Came First" chicken pattern (from Craft Magazine) for Easter. Her latest, the chubby butterfly, it too cute!

mikkers said...

i absolutely adore anna! she always comes up with such creative toys and construction techniques!

Candice P. said...

I can't believe it only takes her anywhere from an evening to a week to design her patterns! That a great example of how talented Anna is!

Caroline said...

Anna's designs are awesome and I love how they are so cute and small, they are an excellent way of using up odds and ends of yarn.

knitten purl said...

Anna's designs amaze me =] I have knitted a few of her patterns already and can't wait to knit more =]

Momilani510 said...

Thanks for introducing me to Mochimochi Land...please enter me in the giveaway...

Sandra said...

i definitely love her plushies. she's so creative!

please enter me into the giveaway! :o)

3 to get ready said...

I'm sitting here looking at a little knitted heart that a dear friend sent me for Valentine's Day. How fun to read the interview with Anna!

Andrea said...

She has such creativity and a knack for knitting, I absolutely love her patterns!!

Melanie said...

I lover her plushies! They are the cutest thing ever!

Celluloid Pixie said...

Great interview! Her creations always inspire me!

luv2stitch said...

I love her patterns and am making The Chicken or The Egg (Which came first?)for Easter.

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the giveaway. I love the designs!

Mrs E said...

I love what Anna is doing for knitting, and what a great interview! I would love to win this giveaway

lynnfredd said...

I love MML so much! I have it set as my homepage. I can't help but smile whenever those cute faces pop up when I open up my internet browser. Thanks so much, Anna, for sharing your creativity!
lynnmarieva at yahoo dot com

stacieknits said...

I'm in love with all of the patts at Mochimochi!

janet said...

oh my gosh, Anna's designs are so cute and I love how so many as so interactive with their huggable bits and pieces.

Sydney Sun said...

Mochimochi's designs inspire me. It is always wounderful to meet the person behind everything and also know that they are human, like me! ^-^

Ansley said...

Adore her work and would love a gift certificate.

Ashley said...

Mochimochi Land = lots of awesome

:D

rivqa3 said...

hayden is so cute, and I love the bathtub....what a magical imagination you have!

heyjulie said...

I love mochimochiland! I'd have such a hard time choosing.....

April said...

This is the first I've seen of mochimochiland. Having moved to warmer climes, I'm looking for stuff besides hats and scarves to knit and these are just adorable! I can't wait to waste daily office productivity on the site.

Rachel said...

She's so cool and talented!

KNITSABELLA said...

Yay! I like seeing Mochimochiland and Anna popping up around the web - her creations are so cute and whimsical, and the world should get to see them :) Sweet interview.

Rhiannon said...

*love*

ax174 said...

Thanks for the interview. It was interesting to read about her design process.

Bryn said...

I made the little hearts for my BF for V-day and he loved them! I love this site and wish Anna all the best

Rycrafty said...

How have I missed the love gun?!
I'd love to be entered in the contest!

Miranda said...

Those patterns are so cute! If I don't win I'm sure I will buy some.

Ayse said...

I love Anna's designs. They are both cute and weird. Thanks for the interview.

lmilla said...

I LOVE Mochimochiland!!!

Linda Dang said...

Oooh, great interview. Here's hoping that I win!

Eva said...

oh, i'd love to win! her stuff is adorable and so creative :)

... said...

mochi mochi land sure makes me smile :)

Mal said...

what great insight into your design process and how you started! Such cute toys, I'm envious of the mad knitting skills.

stoneamazon said...

Mochimochiland patterns are adorable!

kim said...

I love her stuff!! Thanks for doing the interview, it was great!

Kristen said...

Wow - I love every one of the patterns over at Mochimochi Land - I'll definitely be adding these to my knitting project to-do list! Thanks for the interview.

Kate said...

This stuff is adorable. I know a good deal about crocheting but am not an experienced knitter. I'm taking a knitting class this weekend and I'll probably start with the little hearts from MML once I feel comfortable with the stitches.

Janice said...

I love the Mochimochi designs! thanks for a great interview.

Deakyn said...

Awwww.... mochimochiland! LOVE! She has the cutest creations. She's got a lot of talent and originality. I plan on having a room full of all her creations so they can party with each other all night long!

T-Mo said...

I love Anna's patterns. It makes my day when I see a new Mochimochi Land pattern.

thinkingmama said...

I love mochimochiland!! I hope I win! Her toys are so adorably cute.

knittedstudent said...

Mochimochiland is something that I check every single day, sometimes twice! It is definitely my favorite blog, knitting and non-knitting alike!!

stacey said...

Luv! Luv! Luv her stuff!!!

I made a string of Uh Oh's for my twins before they wer born. Now they use them a teethers. Gota love cotton for babies :o)

M Ward said...

I was lucky enough to discover Mochimochi Land right when I began my knitting career. It not only gave me the desire to continue knitting but goals to aim for. I can't wait for the hot winter months when these fantastic toys will be just the thing I need.

celia said...

Mochi, mochi! Pick me!!

Margaux said...

I love mochimochiland patterns! It's really refreshing to see upbeat, modern (but cute!) knitted toys. The patterns are truly creative and inspiring (and did i mention cute!?!) Thanks for the interview as well!

Anonymous said...

this was a really good article and now i feel like i kno anna!!!1111

catmum said...

I've just started knitting again and love Mochimochiland, I read her blog all the time. It's great inspiration, I'm looking forward to making some of her toys for my granddaughter soon.

poprock-6903 said...

I've always admired Anna's cute designs. It's cool to see how she got started!

Angie said...

I'm amazed by mochimochiland's patterns. They all look so fun!

devon said...

i love mochimochi patterns! i made tums and hrumph, and the uh ohs are next on the list. so cute!

Anonymous said...

I love your work, i wish i had time in the day to knit everything...keep up the great job

Danielle said...

Very nice interview! I love her stuff and just have such a hard time picking what I might want to make. :)

MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

I'm a huge fan of Mochimochiland. Some of her designs are so freaking cute it hurts me, physically. I love knitting toys and her designs are adorable with the right amount of twisted humor to keep them from being too cutesy. Thanks for the interview!

Liane said...

I love Mochiland. :D I'm trying to learn to crochet better -just- so I can use her adorable patterns.

And oooh, $15 gift certificate.

silver-moon45 said...

I just visited Mochimochi Land for the first time -- ok, where HAVE I been? This was very cute, and I like the names, like Butterfull and ninjabun, *almost* as much as the toys themselves.

Very cute site!

hami said...

i never really wanted to knit toys until i came across mochimochiland. now anna is inspiring me to design my own. she has the best and cutest ideas.

Rita said...

All your designs are so cute! Thank you for sharing your inspiration.

S said...

Pick me. Choose me. Love me.

Moon's Creations said...

I adore Anna's work. She's so visionary.

Alex said...

Thanks for the interview with Anna. I love her cute designs. hugs Alex from Germany

Anonymous said...

Wonderful interview! I love Mochimochiland! Anna is inspiring.

Melinda
kupuohi@verizon.net

Myssie said...

Great interview...I love her quirky, fun patterns.

Hanna said...

Her toys are great, thanks for spotlighting this gal!

Happy Easter!

Teenuh said...

I am so totally enchanted by Anna's patterns. This was a great interview!

Bernadette said...

Great interview - I love hearing how designers come up with their creations, and yours are so sweet and unique! It's nice to see your designs printed and available for purchase - glad your business is growing!

sword-maiden said...

I actually followed a link from Mochimochi Land here (she wrote "interview" I said "excellent, what kind of questions did they ask?" and popped on over...I'll admit, mention of a giveaway didn't hurt either>) I love looking at her sight she's always got the cutest stuff up.

Well done on the interview.

Amanda. said...

such an inspiration!!!


-m

trashalou said...

Love Mochimochiland. Interesting to read the why and how behind these creations!

s glasscock said...

mochimochi is soooo cute! i am def going to keep up with anna to see her new stuffs!
:))

kb0424usa said...

I love Mochimochi toys! I'm learning to knit just so I can make them!

Robin said...

Great interview! Mochimochi Land has some of the cutest patterns I have seen! LOVE THEM ALL!!

suealex said...

I made Luvgun and am abig fan of ANna's patterns. She writes them so well! And I just love her whimsy. I was going to make my own gun pattern and then found hers - what luck! Now I want to make that silly bubble bath.

Caroline F said...

Thanks for introducing me to Mochimochi land. I love the designs. I'd seen some of them before, but never had seen Mochimochi land itself. Great site!

Lisa said...

your critters are sooo cute! i'm going to bookmark this blog.

evan.onthesidewalk said...

I watched Anna on Martha! Love her ingenious designs. What an inspiration to beginners and advanced knitters alike!

Ragamonster said...

I am IN LOVE with her work. I stubled upon her site looking for crochet patterns. I was sad to learn it was for knitting only. :(

pocky said...

she has really cute knits! i really like the snake and mouse one ! :D

Fuji Mama said...

Loved the interview--thanks! I think Anna is one of the most talented designers out there. I love how she takes "ordinary" objects completely out of the ordinary.

crazyshell said...

I've knitted all of the free patterns on Mochimochiland and am in love with the others. They're all great!

Pretty My Mouth and Green My Eyes said...

i loooove mochimochiland. love knitted toys. i made 6 grasses already. thanks for designing great toys anna. <3

hello pineapples said...

Great interview. I am in love with the creations at Mochimochiland.

Allison said...

I just heard about mochimochiland 2 days ago from my sister, and now here's an interview! Adorable!

Rita said...

I just came across Mochimochi Land on LJ, and am completely smitten. I really want to try the snake and the love gun. I'm digging out tiny dpn's now to make snails to attack people at work with!

z's momma said...

very nice interview.

Slauditory said...

I love Mochimochiland toys and how clearly written the pattern was! Everyone I know loves the Bob I made and is always enchanted by the website. The toys are really the epitome of cute! I love how streamlined the toys always look.

Good interview!

Michaela said...

I don't like plush animals but I immediately was attrakted by Anna's ideas. My favourites of Mochicochi designs are the lemmings.
I already knitted two of her designs: the Sleepy Snake and Uh-Oh. My nieces and nephiew also like them very much.
Ciao

Ariel said...

I first saw Anna's site a while ago, maybe 8 months ago, and I fell in love with the cloud pattern and the one for the small hearts- they're sooo cute! Anna has a real gift for knitting original and often funny toys. Even the names are cute! My favorite toy would probably be Tubby- I love the little droplets waiting to splash out of the rim. I don't know if it's just me, but small round things are completely adorable! The only thing I have to say is go Anna! I'm always looking forward to each new post on her blog, because it's always new and interesting. Thanks for interviewing her!

-Ariel

Jane said...

This is a great interview, I love Anna's work. I first found out about mochimochiland when a friend sent me a link to her rainycloud pattern.

Robyn said...

a friend just introduced me to the Mochimochi goodness...and there's no turning back!

I just bought the pattern for Sleepy Snake after letting my son (4 yrs) browse through the pics in Anna's webshop. He can't wait for me to get started!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! I'm so glad I had the oppourtunity to learn more about Anna.

YZgirl4 said...

Thanks for the interview, I love finding new talented people.

yzgirl4[at]verizon[dot]net