book: Knitting Mochimochi + giveaway

by KateG on 28/06/2010

in Books, Toys+Plush

Knitting Mochimochi: 20 Super-Cute Strange Designs for Knitted Amigurumi By Anna Hrachovec, Watson-Guptill Publications, 2010.

Normally when it comes to writing, I figure I am pretty handy with the English language. Grown up words can flow onto the screen fairly smoothly. I have to use one of my favourite grown up words, onomatopoeia (the formation or use of words that imitate the sound associated with something, e.g. ‘hiss’ and ‘buzz’) to describe my reaction to Knitting Mochimochi. When I review books, I try to be analytical and constructive, and a bit witty if I can. When I first saw Knitting Mochimochi, all that I could say was “squee!”, a high pitched “awwwww!” and that chubby cheek kind of noise that people make when they squoosh the cheeks of a gorgeous baby, a bit like “woodgewoodgewoodge”.

The title of this book, Knitting Mochimochi: 20 Super-cute strange designs for knitted amigurumi, isn’t kidding. These designs are super cute. And creative. And witty. In my ongoing and failing attempt to declutter my house and life, there isn’t much room for whimsy, but the projects in this book have set me back even further. How can I not want to make a Grumpy Couch? Or a teensy tiny set of Human Beans, and minute Hamsters? And please don’t make me justify why I am going to make a knitted petite Pencil, firstly because I have no reasons, only those high pitched sqee type noises, and secondly because once you see this project and all the rest of the book, you will know, and I challenge anyone not to want to make one for yourself.

Strange is also a good descriptor for some of these projects, but in a Wow I Never Would Have Thought Of Knitting Pollution And Making It Look Cute kind of way. Squirrels with wheels instead of feet makes me imagine a knitted Squirrel Roller Derby League, and Pigs with interchangeable wigs makes me imagine porcine Motown music (with a piggy trio of do wap girls behind), or wigged pigs swanning around amongst the 18th century French aristocracy.

If you are like certain people I know who buy books that are clever and fantastic to look at, even if you don’t know how to do the craft that the book is about, but it doesn’t matter since you love the projects so hard, then this book is full of bonus for you. If you are in love and can’t help making noises when you see these projects, but can’t knit a stitch, then know that the author, Anna Hrachovec, has included a very clear to read, clear to follow section on materials, yarn, tools, gauge, the basics and tricky bits of knitting, stuffing, sewing up and embellishing. She even demystified the marvel that is the Magic Loop method in a way that nobody else ever has for me. Cheers! She also understands that some of us might not keep all the cuteness for ourselves, and has written about childproofing and cleaning the toys.

But there is even more to love about this book. Not only has Anna Hrachovec provided us with patterns for gorgeous little strange little thingies to knit, she understands the offbeat creative urge, and has written a section on designing your own knitted toys including diagrams and instructions on making different shapes. If I didn’t love her and this book in every way before I got to the design section, then this would have clinched it for me.

So if cute things, knitted things, good looking books, books with great technique sections, or creativity get you going, go and check out Knitting Mochimochi: 20 Super-cute strange designs for knitted amigurumi. If you can’t find it in your bookstore, just listen out for the sound of “Sqee!”. Someone will have found it.

The publisher is kindly donating a copy of Knitting Mochmochi to one whipup reader – so please leave a comment in the next 48 hours [now closed winner will be notified] telling us the craziest, funniest and impractical thing you have ever made.

Reviewed by: Kate is a busy mother of four with many craft projects on the go, including, but not limited to, crochet, knitting, sewing, dyeing, paper making, spinning, felting and bookbinding. Kate has challenges in the areas of finishing things, saying no and craft supplies storage. She also has a very very patient and tolerant husband.

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1 Alex June 28, 2010 at 12:42 am

Hi! I’d love to win…and i recently made a tiny moss garden inside a thimble that you wear as a necklace! now THAT is impractical!
you can see it here…

2 Sarah June 28, 2010 at 12:57 am

Hi there,
this book looks great!

Most impractical is probably a batch of neverending pancakes – of course I wasn’t following a recipe!
First the batter was too thin – add more flour
Then, too thick – add more milk.
Meanwhile, the stack of cooked pancakes grew, and the level of batter in the bowl stayed the same. My boyfriend was frightened (and still teases me about it!)

3 Christina Almond June 28, 2010 at 12:57 am

I made some knitted cupcakes stuffed with cotton filling some time ago! Not much to do with them but they sure were cute! :)

christinaalmond at gmail dot com

4 Jennifer June 28, 2010 at 1:03 am

I’ve made a little chicken amigurumi that can be flipped in or out to be either the chicken or the egg. It’s actually quite cute, but I just don’t know what to do with it. Here it is:

Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! I’ve always loved Mochimochi’s patterns.

5 Laurel June 28, 2010 at 1:09 am

I haven’t made anything terribly crazy. I tried the “cleeves” pattern from Knitty – sleeves with a tube around the chest – for a friend, and somehow messed up the chest part so you could fit like, 6 people in there….so at least it’s super impractical.

6 Charlotte M June 28, 2010 at 1:17 am

One time I decided to make a superlong, velvety-yet-hairy white scarf, completely disregarding the fact that I have horrible fur allergies. It’s incredibly warm, which would make it awesome to have if you lived somewhere chilly, but I live in SoCal, so completely useless. Looks nice in my closet, though.

7 Pam June 28, 2010 at 1:23 am

I usually try to make things that will at least make sense to the person getting them… I have knitted a salamander for a friend of mine who studies them, and just let me say that the looks you get while asking for a knitting pattern for a lizard are pretty great. My next fun project will be an apple cozy for a friend of mine… she likes her apples to be pampered!

8 Heather June 28, 2010 at 1:35 am

While not completely crazy, I made a fully knitted stuffed snake boa just to wear to the premiere of Snakes on a Plane.

9 Lorrie June 28, 2010 at 2:10 am

I must make the pigs in wigs! Speaking of wigs, I made a pink flip wig for my kitty. Safe to say, she did not enjoy it. She did look awful cute in it!! …’til she pulled it off and nommed it to death.

10 whitney June 28, 2010 at 2:59 am

i made my daughter a crocheted hippo – well, i haven’t finished it quite yet, but hopefully i will someday soon. the thing is, she isn’t very interested in toys! (she likes electronics…)
i think it would be fun to try some things from this book!

11 P June 28, 2010 at 3:06 am

The funniest thing I ever made, at least the thing which garnered the most comments, was a version of the uterus pattern from I enlarged it by about 3 times the size and used HOT pink fuzzy yarn. I went to a conference while I was working on it, and people kept asking me what I was knitting. And when I told them, to a one, they all went o.O.

That said, I am a giant fan of weird and unusual knitting patterns and have knit many a crazy thing, here are but a few besides the uterus: a tiny Cthulu, a brain slug a la Futurama, a giant gnome doll complete with removable clothes, and 27 baby gnomes in various colors. If it’s weird and knitable, I have made it, tried to make it, or have bookmarked the link for future attempts.

Needless to say, I cannot wait for the Mochimochiland book!

12 Jessica P June 28, 2010 at 3:43 am

I’ve never made a wearable garden, but I have made some totally unwearable necklaces!

13 sy June 28, 2010 at 3:47 am

i love her blog, the book looks amazingly cute. i don’t think i make any crazy/funny/impractical items >.< i'm knitting a dishcloth that has autobot symbol on one side and decepticon symbol on the other side, i'm hoping some ppl will find it funny.

14 two hippos June 28, 2010 at 3:54 am

wigged pigs!!! Amazing, who wouldn’t just adore this book. I have never made any amigurumi as they tend to be crochet, but knitted, I’d love to. Don’t know about crazy but I did turn my daughter into a medieval princess and a pony into a unicorn fit for a princess, and one Christmas a child into a green fake fur Christmas tree… that was funny.

15 Thea June 28, 2010 at 3:56 am

One day between crochet projects I was bored so i thought about what I should crochet… My eyes landed on my iPod Touch and it hit me “Lets replicate it in crochet!” So i did. It is cute and I even crocheted the app icons… Jeez I am such a dork-asaurus. Here is a link to the photo of it I posted in Flickr

16 Eskimimi June 28, 2010 at 3:56 am

I have knitted a Fair Isle tank top for Giantmonk, my large monkey friend, which you can see here:

This was knitted after a prolonged series of nakedness (Giantmonk’s, not mine) during which time I tried a temporary solution of crocheting and felting a fig leaf to at least hide his blushes a little (a solution which only made him pose a lot), which you can also see here:

I love the Mochi Mochi site and have made a pop-up groundhog from a Anna Hrachovec pattern, so I’d adore this book. I’ll keep my fingers firmly crossed for the draw.

17 Caroline K June 28, 2010 at 4:37 am

Last year I made a disco ball costume for Halloween…it involved a large exercise ball, paper mache and silver spray paint. Paper macheing an exercise ball is a bit messy f.y.i… I love the pigs in this book!!! They are sooo cute! Thanks for the chance the win!

18 Laura June 28, 2010 at 4:52 am

Hmm… I make a lot of (mostly embroidered) impractical things these days, but the impractical thing I have made most of in my life would have to be papier mache style spheres made of toilet roll and water mixed together. I used to be obsessed with making these when I was about five. Eventually my mum called a halt to the activity and banned me from doing it. A few months later, she found a huge collection of toilet roll balls (some hardening nicely and some going horribly mouldy) hidden under my bed. I just couldn’t stop making those useless and bizarre little objects!

19 Meghan June 28, 2010 at 5:58 am

Well, this one’s crazy/funny possibly, but not impractical…I made the Condom Owl from “Naughty Knits.” (That’s not the pattern’s actual name, I think. It’s just what it’s called in my household.) It’s a little owl with a pocket in the front for prophylactics, and a lined inside for the bottle of your choice. For a birthday a few years ago I got one of those presents from someone who knows you knit, but doesn’t really know anything about knitting–ie, a single skein of ridiculously chunky yarn. It was basically enough yarn to make maybe a 4″ x 8″ block of garter stitch, which happens to be about how much you need for the Condom Owl! So I made him, complete with i-cord feet and felt eyes and beak. He’s, uh, come in handy.

20 Courtney June 28, 2010 at 6:35 am

I’m in the process of making a knit breast as part of our effort to “tag” local businesses with knit items that go along the theme of their business. A friend owns a eco and natural parenting friendly baby store, so she is getting a knit breast and is very excited about it. :)

21 Kate June 28, 2010 at 6:54 am

This book looks like it’s just up my alley. I started out making all the most ridiculous ami patterns I could find and have recently started making my own such as re-usable fortune cookies, the crew of Star Trek the next generation, and a pair of daleks (Doctor Who) as a bride and groom; they were given as a wedding gift. Although I’m designing my own already, I’d love some extra help with tricky shapes.
All my wacky creations can be seen at

22 Bonney June 28, 2010 at 7:25 am

Hard to say. More than a few things would fit even though they didn’t start out that way! I can’t wait to see this book. The pigs with wigs is first on my list!

23 Jess June 28, 2010 at 7:43 am

Hello, I’ve made some many silly things… like drawing (in a childish way as I can’t draw) my friends on little brooches and sell them… they loved it.
Thanks for the giveaway

24 Anne Marie June 28, 2010 at 8:18 am

The silliest thing I ever made was felt food – why do I need this – but it was fun. The collection now sits on a shelp collecting dust.

25 vonda June 28, 2010 at 8:34 am

Oh my, I love it. Having two small children I knit up plenty of super silly things such as aliens and fried eggs, but they all get lots of use.

26 melissa p. June 28, 2010 at 8:37 am

i would love this! the funniest and most impractical thing i’ve ever made was my first mitten. it was so enormous, it ended up hanging on my sister’s front door stuffed with holly and greens as a christmas decoration. it was as though the book, “the mitten” had actually come to life and lived inside it….it was ridiculous!

27 Carolyn June 28, 2010 at 8:42 am

I knitted my husband a stuffed walrus, so this book is right up my ally!

28 DK June 28, 2010 at 8:53 am

I made my fiance a love minster for his birthday one year when we were not living together and time together was short and infrequent. It was 2 different types of fake fur, short black and super long white, with embroidered face, body details, long and windy tail and colorful ear tufts. I put some of my perfume oil on the polyfil when I stuffed it so it would smell like me. He said it was one of the most thoughtful gifts he’d ever received. Even though we move a lot, he’s kept that love monster through all of the moving.

29 Randi June 28, 2010 at 8:54 am

I think an apple cover was the craziest thing I’ve ever knit – but it was so cute.

30 Carrie June 28, 2010 at 8:59 am

This is super cute! I guess the most impractical thing I made lately is a faux pie inside a beer bottle cap (it’s made with little beads and felt strips). Cute…but absolutely no purpose. =)

31 Meghan June 28, 2010 at 9:08 am

A stuffed animal for my daughter’s stuffed animal. :) Just so he could be tucked in. Cute and gloriously impractical!

32 Julie June 28, 2010 at 9:40 am

I make tons of useless toys, but I guess when I started crafting I went on a sock monkey craze. I think I made a total of 15 :)

33 Amy June 28, 2010 at 9:53 am

When Coppola wines came out with Sophia sparkling wine in a small can (with straw attached to the side like a juice box) I knitted small can cozies for my girlfriends in sparkly yarn so we could enjoy this ridiculous drink more ridiculously. They were lovely and well received.
Thanks for the giveaway, I think I’m going to love this book!

34 ashley June 28, 2010 at 9:55 am

my most impractical yet awesome thing I’ve made is a knitted jackalope.
Knitting toys is such a blast–I will def be buying this book if I don’t win it here!

35 Chris June 28, 2010 at 9:56 am

I love to knit hedgehogs. Now the hedgehogs would argue that this is an entirely practical thing to do. Ants in the kitchen? Knit a hedgehog! What better form of pest control!

36 Octavia June 28, 2010 at 10:00 am

i think the nuttiest thing i have ever yarned up was a fish with a mustache for my dad. it suited him perfectly! thanks for the giveaway.

37 Patty Manders June 28, 2010 at 10:08 am

I’ve made dozens and dozens of these flip-flops to use as luggage tags! Fun to make, fun to give, and you can use ’em, but they’re pretty crazy!

38 Tricia June 28, 2010 at 10:30 am

Not nearly as nutty as the stuff in this book, but I knitted a Totoro stuffie for my kids. I obviously need help getting a little wackier.

39 Anita June 28, 2010 at 11:04 am

Not very crazy but I did try to make a cat toy. I think my cats would have destroyed it.

40 Rycrafty June 28, 2010 at 11:40 am

I knit a pie once, for my boyfriend. There are a few patterns out there for stuff like that now, but there weren’t when I made mine!

41 jessica June 28, 2010 at 11:59 am

Its not that crazy.. but I did knit a slug. Its a huge hit with everyone that sees it!

42 Sarah June 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I knit a hoodie for my mp3 player. It ended up being too big so it ended up being a sweater for my niece’s stuffed rabbit.

43 Jen June 28, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I would LOVE this book! I’m such a practical person it’s hard for me to remember the craziest thing I’ve ever made! Maybe it was the time I stayed up really late finishing these knitted crowns for my kids as a Valentine’s gift. I should have just gone with candy! But they sure were cute!

44 Dana June 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm

My most impractical thing I have ever made was a plush poo! I went as far as making two, one brown (obviously) and one pink. Thanks for the giveaway!

45 Megan Richards June 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I knitted Cadbury egg cozies when I first started knitting. They were cute, if pointless.

46 rebecca June 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm

i made a yarn and felt beaver for my husband one christmas. completely impractical and has nothing to do with christmas… unless i make up a story about how he chews down pine trees to give to orphans. uuuh, yeah. lol.

47 Susan (sjanova) June 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm

The craziest thing I have made is NOT tiny. It’s a BIG cow, all rust brown, complete with udder. My brother and SIL have an organic dairy farm with Jerseys and I thought it was a perfect (if chubby) Jersey. My brother said it’s more a Guernsey. I sent it to my SIL for her birthday. She responded that it was amazing. She was astounded (her term). It’s big enough to be a floor pillow. The pattern is based on Debbie Bliss’ big cow pattern but it’s not a Hereford like hers, of course. I also sent her the smaller version of the cow and sheep, just so the big one would have company. (Photo is in my Ravelry projects — one of the first ones from way back.)

48 Amanda June 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I would LOVE to win this book!! I once knitted a DNA molecule. I am always looking for odd things to knit. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

49 Gabby June 28, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Ummmm once I made a little ninja! It doesn’t have a purpose but it is super cute!!!!!

50 Erin June 28, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I knitted a tomato. I never got around to making other veggies for a display, so it sits on my desk at work and people pick it up and look at me weird.

51 Jessica June 28, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Oh good lord this is adorable. I think I make a lot of impractical things, but recently I’ve been on a “spray-paint everything metallic” kick. I have a bunch of tiny inch-tall plastic dinosaurs and buffalo and babies on my shelves now, spray-painted to look shiny silver and gold. I love them very, very much.

52 TopHat June 28, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I made a scarf out of some novelty yarn. It looked like cat barf. I called it the “Barf Scarf.” Very ugly. As for odd things, I’ve knit traffic cones!

53 emily sloan June 28, 2010 at 2:59 pm

welllll…. my rubber chicken didn’t think it was impractical when i knit a bunny hat for it… but everyone else thinks it is odd.
you can see it here:

54 sarah June 28, 2010 at 3:15 pm

I think the craziest thing I ever knit would be a rabbit holding a big 50 for mums bday – doesn’t sound adventurous, but knitting those numbers just about drove me crazy!

55 Anne June 28, 2010 at 3:21 pm

A cotton nose warmer in varigated purple thread! It should definitely have been made of wool.

56 Mia June 28, 2010 at 3:33 pm

I knit a GIANT octopus

57 Kara Beth June 28, 2010 at 4:40 pm

i would love to be entered for a chance to win! :oD the most impractical thing i ever made was a little handbag that i just HAD to have, it kicked my butt and ended up being too small for my stuff…so now my daughter uses it as a play purse and it spends most of it’s time crumpled in the corner…sigh. ;o)

58 joan June 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm

most impractical and crazy thing i’ve ever knit? a bra and thong for a personal shower. totally not the kind of thing i normally knit!

59 Wendy June 28, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Knitted cupcake and donuts, although they are played with by my son. Hmm, I guess a knitted mustache that is slid on a finger and you put your finger under your nose. Good for a few laughs.

60 Bailey June 28, 2010 at 6:27 pm

I would very much love to win this book. I love mochi mochi and would love to make all of the tiny little knitted lovelies in it. The most pointless thing I’ve ever made was a knitted molar for my friend who was getting her wisdom teeth removed. It turned out so cute, I was actually sad to see it go :( but she loved it so it was worth it :D

OOOH I hope I win!

61 Amaranthology June 28, 2010 at 6:27 pm

currently I’m handknitting a parasol with Caron Wimply Soft. Ridiculously impractical.

As for completely impracticality… I’d have to say my “Sick Mask” Which isnt useful as anything but a nose warmer lol

62 elizabeth June 28, 2010 at 6:28 pm

When I was home for the summer after my freshman year of college, I was terribly bored and wanted to knit a sweater. Except, I didn’t knit a sweater, I knit Cleaves. You remember cleaves? That knitty pattern from way back when that’s basically a ribbed bandeau with sleeves? Yeah. And I knit it out of white yarn with sparkles.

The most ridiculous part is, I actually wore it a few times.

63 Abbie June 28, 2010 at 6:48 pm

The most impractical thing I have ever made would have to be my little amigurumi ninja. He’s very cute, but I can never find him. This book looks awesome. Squee!!

64 Cait June 28, 2010 at 6:53 pm

I once knit a mobile comprised entirely out of legs. Little legs, but legs. Some of them wore socks, some didn’t, some were blue, some were green . . . I meant to knit hands too, but then realized how weensy the fingers would have to be and the very idea of knitting them made me want to run screaming into the night.I knit a number of heads, too, with shaped noses and jaws and eye sockets, but they didn’t make it into the mobile. They were just too bizarre.

65 Irene June 28, 2010 at 6:54 pm

tyre warmers…My 2 yr old was watching Formula 1, then using either babywipes or ripping up paper and wrapping up the tyres on his toy Roary The Racing Car…so i knitted him a set of tyre warmers,simple garter stich,sew into a tube and gather one open end tight…i have never been so amazed as when he saw the 1st two finished and i was still working on the 3rd…and he started putting them on the car before i’d even said what they were :-)

66 Marilyn June 28, 2010 at 7:01 pm

My son was very sad when his favorite Japanese restaurant closed, so I knitted him sushi to cheer him up!

67 Dani June 28, 2010 at 7:25 pm

I crocheted my grand daughter a dozen eggs and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. She quit playin with it. Now I use it as coasters. Everyone wants to know what is it and what is the point… I did put faces on the eggs and strung them together. they hang in my grand daughters room. it was kind of fun to do at the time, now I look at it and wonder why…

68 Karen June 28, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I crocheted a Santa face pillow. I misread the instruction, but didn’t realize it until I finished it. I made curls for his hair & beard, but a made way too many. The finished project still looked good until he lost one eye.

69 Giggles June 28, 2010 at 7:30 pm

I made a quilted felt Möbius strip for an English class once.

70 polinium June 28, 2010 at 7:36 pm

I made a tiny little heart shaped pillow that is too small to actually use as a pillow, so I just have a tiny blue knitted heart pillow for no reason.

71 Chloe June 28, 2010 at 7:37 pm

I really, really want this book!!!
I think the most impractical thing i made was a tiny toy cat…which turned out looking like a mouse. And my cats too fat and lazy to play with it. So its sitting there alone with its eye coming off. :) Thats impractical!

72 Jean June 28, 2010 at 7:43 pm

I would love to get this book…the only thing I’ve ever knitted that falls into the category of impractical and useless was made at the request of my boyfriend. He thought it would be great fun to see one of our cats in a hat, so I made one. The cat was not amused…

73 Beth in Seattle June 28, 2010 at 7:48 pm

The most impractial, craziest, funniest? I knit a nose mitten, it was funny and itchy and gross all at once.

74 kelly-ann (on ravelry) June 28, 2010 at 7:54 pm

I made a knitted cupcake for my son’s Kindergarten teacher. It was her birthday the next day and that was all I had time for. I don’t know what she did with it…I just hope it didn’t get thrown away!

75 M Ward June 28, 2010 at 7:54 pm

I think my craziest thing I made was the knitted uterus from Knitty. It is now hanging from my ceiling – which I suppose makes it even more impractical and useless. Or more…

76 Jenna June 28, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I think the most impractical thing I’ve ever knit have been the Tiny Things collection by the author of the book. I love them, my son loves to play with them, but they don’t really serve a purpose per se. Next would be sweater’s and hat’s for a handful of corks.

77 Michelle June 28, 2010 at 8:22 pm

A knitted mermaid costume for my then 5 year old. Took forever, but she absolutely loved it.

78 Vanessa D. June 28, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Knitted Bacteria – they were just too darn cute a pattern to pass by! :)

79 Pauline June 28, 2010 at 9:00 pm

The craziest, most impractical thing I’ve ever made…
Pogo, a knitted corndog – in Canada, Pogo is a brandname corndogs are sold under.

80 susanna eve June 28, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I too would love to win this book, if the giveaway includes canadians. I have heard such good reviews of her patterns.

81 Shanna June 28, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I would LOVE to win this book. I can’t think of anything crazy or strange that I’ve knit, though I have knit lots of stuffed animals. The book looks like it has lots of really cute things my kids would like.

82 anla June 28, 2010 at 9:10 pm

i once tried to make a hat without a pattern and it got soo messsed up but i didnt want to stop so it ended up being a pointed sock cover for one foot

83 Darcy Watts June 28, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I knit wee tiny socks that fit in the palm of your hand for no other reason then it is a challenge I have needle felted on them my favorite an Orca Whale you can see them on my blog
I love Mochimochiland and would love love to get this book:)Hugs Darcy

84 val h. June 28, 2010 at 9:55 pm

i can’t wait to see this book!!

85 Shannon June 28, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I knit a kidney for a friend that needs a transplant. It made her giggle. :)

86 Jessica June 28, 2010 at 10:13 pm

The craziest thing I’ve knitted was a stuffed monkey. I miss read the pattern and ended up with a miss proportioned monkey – no big deal, just redo it right?! Well silly me did it not once, but three times. So I looped the monkeys arms and legs together to create a chain…then what to do with the chain. It’s still hanging in my closet waiting for the best recipient!

87 radioactivegan June 28, 2010 at 10:45 pm

I once made some shrinky-dink luggage tags out of old take out containers. i didn’t quite get the amount of shrinky right, though. the tags definitely fit into the “dink” category at about 1″x0.5″. Not as useful as I’d hoped they would be…

88 Debby June 28, 2010 at 10:59 pm

I made a faux bowl of goldfish. I got a great plastic goldfish and speared it on the end of a wire. I measured out a length of that wire that would place my goldfish in the center of the bowl then coiled at the opposite end. I attached that to the bottom of the bowl and then took some aquarium gravel and mixed it with white glue which I poured over the bottom, burying the coil. It took quite a while to dry but in the end, it really worked and looked good! I gave it to a friend.

I would LOVE to knit some of these great amigurumis!

89 Twilight June 28, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Oh I hope I win! As for craziest-I once knit a womb for a friend who was having a hysterectomy. She loved it.

90 Jackie June 28, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Thank you for the giveaway. I’ve made Christmas hats for dalek salt and pepper shakers. I want to knit a snake that can fit an elephant inside that then looks like a hat, a la The Little Prince, so this book would be very handy.

91 Shawna June 28, 2010 at 11:41 pm

I made a patch to cover the gaping holes left after my cat used my bedspread as a scratching post. On the patch I embroidered a cat’s paw with extended claws. I then added a “prohibited” sign around the claw (i.e. a circle with a slash through the middle.) My cat didn’t get the message and ended up ripping the patch as well:(

92 Lisa M June 28, 2010 at 11:57 pm

I can’t remember the last *practical* thing I’ve knit! Owls and manatees and frogs and elephants and minions and birds and dust bunnies and little eggs… take your pick!

93 Caroline June 29, 2010 at 12:01 am

I made small stuffed 2d unicorn. It was really flat :(

94 Wensy June 29, 2010 at 12:28 am

The funniest thing I ever knit was a devil version of Anna’s free Bob pattern.

95 Angela June 29, 2010 at 2:10 am

First I built my boyfriend a stuffed penguin at Build-A-Bear. The impractical part comes later: I knit the penguin a tiny ribbed scarf to match the one I knit for him.

96 Claire June 29, 2010 at 3:47 am

I knitted a Rubik’s cube for my cube-obssessed brother. It was based on a real cube with the tiles all twisted so he could try to solve it in his head (but I put in a deliberate mistake so it was impossible to solve – cruel??).

97 rubbishknitter June 29, 2010 at 3:49 am

i made a knitted medusa, to turn my enemies into stone…

98 Wendy June 29, 2010 at 4:04 am

I knit glove-mittens (gittens) with the index finger and thumb as fingers and the other three fingers as a mitten. The gittens were also made of every color in the rainbow. The book looks great!

99 Jana June 29, 2010 at 4:39 am

I made fat little ceramic frogs (they also had a name: Fanton) They are lovely ^^

I love the pigs with wigs… so cute

100 Mo King Low June 29, 2010 at 6:41 am

I made a Big Mac for my sister because she used to work for the marketing company that did McD’s stuff. She had to write down the lyrics of the song (two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame bun) because I forgot them. I even made sure the onions were individual pieces of reconstituted bits, and that there were only two slices of pickles.

101 Cyndi Nipper June 29, 2010 at 8:30 am

Last year, I made a t-shirt quilt for my friend using her Avon Walk shirts. As a bonus, I made her a set of knitted boobs (kind of like fuzzy dice) that you can see here:

102 Elizabeth June 29, 2010 at 8:53 am

I guess the little snails I made for my daughters – they were peeking out of the tops of their stockings on Christmas morning – count as pretty impractical. But they were awfully cute. Not surprisingly, the pattern was from Mochimochi! Thanks for the chance to win! The book looks adorable.

103 Vicky June 29, 2010 at 8:59 am

I knitted a string of Christmas light bulbs, very cute.

104 a rose is a rose June 29, 2010 at 9:14 am

i LOVE LOVE LOVE the mochimochi website! one of the silliest things i ever KNIT (there are many silly things i do and make), were HEAVY WOOL handwarmers for someone hiking the appalachian trail in georgia and the carolinas up to pa and ct in the middle of summer. yes, that was silly. runnerup? well i’d have to say the knit cover for a rock that sits on my desk at work

105 Michelle June 29, 2010 at 9:54 am

Probably the mini alien I knit this spring is the most impractical thing. It’s too small to snuggle so it just sits and hopes it doesn’t turn into a cat toy.

106 Heather June 29, 2010 at 10:25 am

Once out of sheer desperation I made a quick lopsided ball stuffed full of catnip for my cat because she kept chasing her mice (stuffed thank God) under my fridge. It was oblong, too heavy to toss around but she loves it. I don’t the things embarrassing to look at but it works

107 Kristen E June 29, 2010 at 11:12 am

Back when I was in seminary, I was using knitting to avoid doing my homework. I knit a doll for a friend of mine, using fake hair from the beauty supply store to simulate his long, red locks and goatee. He was in a purple jumpsuit with a cape that had a big green “J” on it – my friend Kurt as Jesusman! Unfortunately I don’t have any photos, but Jesusman was a big hit. :)

108 Lauren June 29, 2010 at 12:18 pm

LOVE those pigs with wigs!!!! haha! I think knitting pants, hat, and a scarf for a knitted hippo I made has been the silliest thing I’ve knit :)

109 Kitsune Kyuuketsuki June 29, 2010 at 1:22 pm

I can’t wait to get a copy of this book! I want to knit the little shoulder angel/devil.
The most impractical thing I’ve ever knitted was a few fruits, maybe.
Or the scarf that I’ve got that’s over 7 feet long. Way too big for me.
Oh, or how about the headless giraffe that I made?

110 danielle June 29, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Had to knit a baby gift – mom’s got dreads, dad writes books about pirates and really, who doesn’t love robots??

I give you, Dread Pirate Robot:

111 Matilda June 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I have made many things that others think are silly or impractical; knitted toy vegetables and cakes, or bead knitted purses just to name a few. To me, however the craziest or most impractical I have ever made are the things I put a lot of time on and that were not appreciated by the recipient. A total waste of time.

112 Melanie June 29, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I’ve followed this blog and was so excited to hear that a book was coming out. Can’t wait to get at it! The most useless thing I ever made was a teeny tiny sweaters. At first, I wanted to test a stripe pattern, to see if it would look nice in a sweater shape, but then I realized that I just really liked making tiny sweaters. Now I try to make a miniature version of every sweater I make as a gift, to use as a gift tag. So… not useless anymore, but started that way!

113 Jennie Pinkwater June 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I not sure it counts as crazy as much as it does as lesson on the importance of checking gauge, but i did knit some baby booties that almost fit me! Oops! Cannot wait to get this book and knit some more of her awesome crazy stuff!

114 Angela June 29, 2010 at 2:47 pm

What a cute book!

115 Angela June 29, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Craziest thing I ever made? Quidditch fan hat. Huge 2.5 feet tall orange and black. I gave it to my brother.
When I was little I made an entire wardrobe for my dog, a Whippet name Patience. :)

116 Jenny June 29, 2010 at 3:27 pm

omg, this totally makes me squee too!! i love the mochi mochi website! it’s completely amazing the ideas she comes up w and srsly pigs in wigs is genius, esp the beehive one! i cannot wait to get this book if I don’t win.
The silliest thing I’ve made has been a winter hat w pom pom and matching scarf for my hedgehog, and lots of knitted squids. someday i will have enough to make a knitted squid ornament chirstmas tree!

117 Angeline June 29, 2010 at 4:15 pm

The more impractical it is, the more I want to make it! I have paper origami dragons cluttering my bookshelf as I type. Which is odd for a young women with no children, and not a gothic bone in her body.

118 Alice June 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Most impractical thing would have to be a sackboy from the PS3 game, “Little Big Planet”. He couldn’t quite stand on his own!

119 Punkrawkknitter June 29, 2010 at 5:32 pm

I crocheted my dog a pointy hat… she kinda looks like a demented unicorn in it, but I like it…

120 Sheryl June 29, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Zombie smurf costumes.

But I NEED to make pigs with wigs.

121 jana June 29, 2010 at 7:48 pm

wow. such pretty things. have i said this before?

122 Deb White June 29, 2010 at 8:11 pm

I made striped leg warmers (complete with applied icord edging) for my standard poodle. My husband just walked away, shaking his head, a tear forming in his eye. Oh my.

123 Susie June 29, 2010 at 8:43 pm

I’ll admit it. I’m rather practical. Terrible. I know. The closest I’ve come to “impractical” are the various toys that I’ve knit, including 3 Elmo dolls where only 1 even closely resembled Elmo.

I have very little free time so I’m stuck knitting practical things. I’ve always loved Mochimochi patterns. If I win, maybe it’s time to finally dive in an do something totally impractical!

124 Tabula Rasa June 29, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Aside from hand felted pet replicas, I think the most impractical thing I ever made was the 6″ high rainbow paper pinecone that weighed in at 2 oz. from the 200 pieces of construction paper I used to make it :)

125 Marianna June 29, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Do my UFO’s count as impractical since they have never been finished?
I love the book!

126 Camilla June 29, 2010 at 11:23 pm

A sparkly silver (of course) stuffed silverfish (wingless insect/household pest). Turned out surprisingly cute (yet strange and impractical).

127 Melissa P. June 29, 2010 at 11:23 pm

I knitted a penis cozy.

128 Barb June 30, 2010 at 12:37 am

Wonderful toys. I’ve knit impractical stuff like aran sweaters (I live in Hawaii). Crazy and funny would be Totoros knit out of handspun.

129 Erin June 30, 2010 at 1:46 am

I knitted two wombs… two! Plus tons of hats that make no anatomical sense. Awesome book!

130 Eunice June 30, 2010 at 8:06 am

I’ve always loved her patterns! Thank you for the giveaway

131 Coleen June 30, 2010 at 8:10 am

I’ve made many knitted toys. I knit an entire farm once! Most recently, an octopus.

132 Ellen June 30, 2010 at 8:42 am

Remember Austin Powers and his “mini me”? I knit my 21 year old son a “mini me” of himself for his Christmas present!!

133 Terri Ann June 30, 2010 at 9:25 am

My daughter is a vegetarian and so I HAD to knit her a pet block of Tofu!! I figured if we could have pet rocks as kids, why not a knit Tofu, right?

134 myra June 30, 2010 at 10:01 am

I knitted a cord to attach to my gloves so I would stop losing them – unfortunately, I neglected to take stretchiness into account, so the first time I used it, the cord ended up around two meters long.

135 Jenny June 30, 2010 at 10:12 am

It seems almost every thing I make is a whimsy. I like to learn how to do all sorts of techniques and therefore end up making lots of little what-nots. Can’t wait to get a look at this book.

136 Lorysa June 30, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I love knitting silly things, toys, small things. Most impractical was a heart (for my husband for Valentine’s day) that was anatomically correct, from a pattern. The kids loved it, so I’ve had to make two more (one with a more correct blue aorta). I also knit my brother a 7′ long scarf that was only about 4″ wide – per his specifications.

137 domestic diva June 30, 2010 at 4:19 pm

I keep making blankets when we don’t need any more. I’ve started giving them away, though, so I suppose it’s not too frivolous. But I’d love to make a cute animal.

138 Amy Jo June 30, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Thanks for the giveaway! The most impractical thing I’ve ever knitted was a wool pillow. The impractical part is that it had all these big giant bobbles on it that looked good, but were just big enough and spaced so that they were uncomfortable. I even lightly stuffed and pulled the bobbles closed on the underside. It was not functional as a pillow and I never found another use for it.

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