Adventures in Mochimochi Land is Anna Hrachovec’s fifth cute knitting book and the first that is aimed at non-knitters too, as it’s partly an adorable story book set in Mochimochi Land, a weird and wonderful place where almost everything has a face.
As a big fan of the residents of Mochimochi Land, I was so happy to hear about this book as, while I do know how to knit, I’m unable to do so any more as I have RSI in my wrist. Without any hope of knitting up any of the patterns, I was never able to own any of Anna’s work. Until now!
Adventures in Mochimochi Land contains 3 photo stories – a giant donut on a rampage, an undersea election and an airborne escape from Carnivale, with each story told by a little chap called Ichigo the adventurer.
While the stories are short on words (and thus suitable for all ages), they’re accompanied by many pages of fully knitted scenes – not just the characters, but whole backgrounds and funny little details. I can’t even imagine how much work must have gone into each page.
The first story is my favourite, with an ever-growing donut rampaging around town eating everything from skyscrapers to cute little bunnies (noooo!)
Once you’ve enjoyed the stories, you can use the patterns at the back to knit up 25 of the characters and create your own stories. The patterns are aimed at more experienced knitters, but there’s also a few pages of knitting tips and instructions for beginners if you fancy giving it a shot.
This is a great addition to any cute and crafty bookshelf and would make an excellent gift for any knitters with small children to entertain.
Adventures in Mochimochi Land is out now and available online from Potter Craft, the Mochimochi Land website, Amazon and from your local book stores. We also have a couple of copies to give away so check back tomorrow for that, plus we’ll have a Super Cute Creators interview with Anna next week.
(Book was provided for review but these are my honest opinions and the photos are my own)
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She also designs cute character goods as Asking For Trouble. Having visited Japan five times, Marceline is enormously inspired by all things Japanese and especially loves bunnies, space and any kind of food object with a happy face.