First, I want to say Thank You for the encouragement and the well-wishes for my wrist (it's so much better now), and the general merriment that you guys bring to this blog. It makes me happy and content knowing you're all out there somewhere in your own cozy corners, keeping those home fires burning.
Such glorious weather here again. The rain dried up and the sun peeked out and it turned into another perfect autumn day. With night-time temperatures dropping, the trees are changing colors quickly now. I'm hoping, (and keeping my fingers crossed) for a nice long fall season. It just never seems to last long enough, does it?
After such a busy week I stayed home most of the day and got caught up on a little housework; then managed to finish the wool pumpkins I'd started. I'm really happy with how these turned out too and I think a huge part of it is due to the wonderful earthy colors. ALL credit for that goes to this talented lady who hand-dyed this very wool using natural materials from her kitchen and yard. Things like onion skins, marigold flowers, cherry bark, silver birch leaves and goldenrod...just to name a few. In fact, Simmy spent most of the summer experimenting with various combinations and techniques and achieved some really amazing results. If you want to try this yourself, she also put together a wonderful and quite comprehensive tutorial here. Anyway, I can't even tell you how tickled I was, when several months ago I received some of these wool pieces from Simmy all the way from the UK. I've had my eye on them ever since, just waiting for the right project to come along. I only hope these pumpkin gourds are worthy of all the work that went into dying the wool!
Updated to add: The pattern for my mini pumpkins can be found in my book BLANKET STATEMENT: page 26 for 'Woolly Pumpkins', and a link for the free pattern download is on my website HERE. Check out the flickr photo groups for inspiration and don't forget to add your pumpkins so everyone can see them.