Focus on Fiber Arts: Forever pumpkins make great keepsakes

Make some knitted pumpkins for the holiday season.

Knitted pumpkins are not only adorable, but now you don’t need to worry about them slowly dissolving into a nasty puddle on your dining room table.

There are many patterns available on Ravelry, both knitted and crocheted.

This time of the year the shop has kits packaged with both the pattern and yarns to create your own one of a kind pumpkin. The kits include both solid and multi-colored yarns. The multi-colored skeins can each make two small, totally unique pumpkins.

Most pumpkins are worked in the round to avoid seams, although I have seen patterns for some to be knitted flat, stitches drawn together and seamed. This is a way to avoid working on double point needles, although this project is a great way to learn or practice these skills.

Pumpkin makers, be warned. Creating your own pumpkins can be addictive. One leads to another, and yet another. Then you find yourself experimenting by adding additional rounds to make taller pumpkins, fewer rounds for short, squat ones.

You can also play with how they are stuffed and shaped when they are finished. Using the same pattern, you can make smaller or larger pumpkins by simply adjusting your yarn and needle size.

These cute pumpkins are typically used as decorations. In past holidays they would also be used on the Thanksgiving table as placeholders. Each guest would take delight in taking theirs home after a wonderful family gathering.

Perhaps a nice idea this year would be to send these pumpkins to those who might be missing from our tables this Thanksgiving.

For those interested in making your own pumpkins, kits are available in the shop, or the online shop: https://in-sheeps

pumpkin-patch-kits/. One-on-one classes are also available, if double point needles make you nervous. Please call 860-482-3979 to make an appointment.

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