autumngeisha that in the Vietnamese zodiac, this is the Year of the Cat rather than the Year of the Rabbit.) Mochi are rice cakes, and they're usually sort of dome-shaped, so I decided to make some easy ami dome shapes and give them ears and tails and polymer clay eyes (which ended up a little too big and buggy, which is what happens when you make one piece for a project without the other pieces on hand to make sure the sizes will match...)
These mochi are having a party for the Lantern Festival, the end of the Lunar New Year festivities, so I made them some little paper lanterns and took them outside to party in front of the just-beginning-to-sprout daffodils. (Which are surrounded, sadly, by piles of dirty, icy snow, but it's melting slowly. There's hope!)
I also finally wove in the ends on my not-a-baby-hat. If I make another one, I'll make the brim smaller, this is a little too baseball-hat-brim for me, which is what I get for finishing it at night when I couldn't really see what it looked like.
Swap-Bot, a little cauldron pincushion. I crocheted the pieces and wet felted them, and then needle felted on the coloured steam. (Which was actually a happy accident---I was trying to needle felt some bubbles and ended up liking the wispy, steamy-looking reverse side of the piece better, so I sewed it into the cauldron wrong side up.)
this awesome FreshStitches pattern) and an octopus from this pattern, which I've used and adapted a ton and love to pieces. This little guy was auctioned off to benefit the Trevor Project and will be on his way to Australia soon.
Go see other people's Friday pretties at FO Friday and Fibers on Friday!