My last pumpkin, EVER.

This passed Sunday my girlfriends and I had a fun filled evening with junk food, scary movies, knives and glitter paint. The girls painted and carved while I got it into my head to create a pumpkin masterpiece. I don’t know why… I might be a masochist. Next year I’m going back to the old triangle standard of pumpkin decorating, its quick and painless. It took me something like 8 hours to finish this bad boy, but I eventually did and I’m quite satisfied with the result. Even if the process was kind of the devil.

Maybe it was more like 5 hours, I stopped in the middle to crochet my friends some little pumpkins and to have pizza in front of the TV. It was a lovely evening.

The sad ending is that my pumpkin didn’t survive the week. It withered and crumbled into itself and I had to throw him away last night, I blame the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having. Maybe next year I’ll try my hand at painting a pumpkin, or perhaps I’ll go a step further and buy a plastic pumpkin to paint… hmm. I don’t know. At least I have a picture to remember you friend, my last pumpkin… ever.

(Probably not ever)

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And then…

…sometimes I upgrade my yarn and insides to produce something better.

I had so much fun making this pumpkin that I had to go out and buy some fiberfill and 100% wool yarn in orange so I could make it better. I’m super happy with the result. I’m going to make this guy in white and then move on to try to make more cool amigurumi creations. I promised Terrence’s sister I’d make her a hamburger, it’ll be an adventure. The pattern I have for that is a little confusing, but I’m going to give it a try.

If you’d like to join me in populating the world with tiny yarn pumpkins the pattern can be found here. Sure, I’ve seen better pumpkins out there but no patterns. Maybe next year.

Ingredients I used:
Patons Classic Wool in Pumpkin
Stitch Nation Alpaca Love in Espresso Bean
Poly-fil stuffing

Happy crafting!

Sometimes I learn.

I don’t know if you know this about me, but I can’t read crochet patterns. I’ve tried for over a decade and its always just been gibberish to me. I don’t make traditional patterns for the work I do either, its just a post-it note of nonsense that only I understand. Yes, my entire blanket designs fit on a single post-it.

Lately I’ve been working on blankets from the time I wake up until the wee hours of night, not giving myself much time to goof off. So tonight I challenged myself to finish a certain amount of work so I could play. I fell short… but I played anyway. It wasn’t that short, I promise.

When I try new things I usually watch youtube videos to figure them out. I wanted to make a pumpkin, but I couldn’t find a good video to teach me. Determined as I was, I read two different patterns and tried to make them work until I settled on one. I actually followed it! I had to scrap it several times and every now and then I needed to Google, but I did it. My stuffing is a bunch of cotton balls and its totally lopsided, but its ok. I just wanted to learn something new.

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