The Japanese corner the market on kawaii or cute but perhaps no longer. MochiMochiLand takes that cuteness up a notch with her tiny knitted plush toys. Anna Hrachovec, the Brooklyn knitter behind MochiMochiLand, was indeed inspired by Japanese kawaii designs as well as Dr Seuss, to create her original designs.

What does mochimochi mean? Anna explains, " In Japanese, mochimochi is a descriptive word meaning “squishy,” like the traditional sweet made of sticky rice called mochi."


This super creative designer will be showing off  her new wearable plush toy jewelry collection at this year's Luv-able + Hug-able show at gallery hanahou which opens on December 9th (till January 14th). Anna said "This year’s show is going to be the biggest ever, with more than 50 plush artists from around the world." The gallery is located in New York on Broadway.

Her patterns are available through her online shop. There are clearly many MochimochiLand fans, some of whom have created the most delightful dioramas. This is for Anna's 2010 Mochimochi Photo Contest which is open for the final round of voting until midnight tonight (December 5). Do check it out. My favorite called Tums + Tubby was submitted by anilrac :

If you want to see even more, check out the Mochimochi Gallery as well as Anna's Flickr photostream. Anna's Mochimochiland exhibits of literally mochimochi landscapes are astoundingly good as you can see from this photo :

Knitting Mochimochi: 20 Super-Cute Strange Designs for Knitted AmigurumiThat's why her work has been featured in many places both online and offline, including the Martha Steward Show and exhibited in international art galleries.

She also recently published her first book of knitting patterns called Knitting Mochimochi: 20 Super-Cute Strange Designs for Knitted Amigurumi

Other Japanese Inspirations:

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