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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Little Pumpkins


I've been knitting some Jack Be Little Pumpkins from a lovely pattern at The Sitting Tree. Very simple to knit. For the first one I followed the pattern exactly, and used some wool I bought specially. I didn't have a single piece of orange wool in my stash, so bought this rather nice Mist by Twilleys of Stanford. I thought it was a rather subtle orange, although I guess pumpkins can be brighter.


Then I was in Tiger (me and Frankie's new favourite shop). I don't know which countries it has got to, or even if it has branches far from London. I see it is a Danish company, and the shop is a little like the non-furniture part of Ikea. Everything has a Scandinavian sort of name. I won't say it is cheap, but just very good value. I bought these lovely coloured wools, at £1 a ball. They have quite a low percentage of wool, but I thought they would be ideal for my little creatures, or I might even knit some socks. They also had wooden knitting needles, bead sets, and lots of other things. Very tempting


So I decided to try a variegated mini pumpkins. I slightly increased the number of stitches. Family say it looks a bit more like a russet apple, but I still like it.


I have photographed them with my ornamental gourds, which I grew last year. They are now even past their best as ornaments, but I thought they might look interesting. My best friend laughed at me, as she had grown lots of lovely useful vegetables, and all I had to show for my gardening efforts were ornamental gourds.






34 comments:

  1. I love that variegated pumpkin! Really lovely. These are so festive!

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  2. ok, those are awesome! love it. i have been wanting to knit some pumpkins, thank you so much for the pattern link. i really like the one with the sock yarn, it looks great!

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  3. I really like the variegated one too! Lovely sock yarn find.

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  4. Your little pumpkins are so cute! I particularly like the variegated one.

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  5. Love those little pumpkins!!! Gotta get some cast on quick before Halloween! So cute!

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  6. I love your pumpkins ...they would look nice in any home!!

    ~~Renee

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  7. Thanks for visiting my blog and for the bunny love. :)
    I love your pumpkins Ginny especially the varigated one!!
    Vivienne x

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  8. just as cute as can be...thanks for the link to the pattern too...looks like i may have to give these a try...i also love the variegated. xx happy creating!!

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  9. Oh I love that variegated one! It looks so realistic! I've crocheted a small pumpkin before, but never knitted. This pattern looks great!

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  10. Wow! Love those little pumpkins, they are the cutest!!

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  11. It's the time of year, again, for knitted pumpkins :-)

    I love some of your patterns on the left - wonderful to see a knitted stag beetle!

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  12. They are cute. You have more to show from you garden then I do this year!
    Thanks also for Derrik. He arrived safely in OZ and has been placed in an even safer place by my little man who claimed him and put him somewhere before I could even photograph it.

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  13. Very cute, you have inspired me to knit some for myself! I love the ornamental gourds.

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  14. I love both, and mixed in with the real gourds. Well done!

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  15. How cute are those! I would love to make some (just need to find time~ they seem like a fun little knit!)

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  16. I love your pumpkins!! I made a jack be little last year, and agree it is a fun easy knit. It still sits in our kitchen, we love it so much. I like the variegated yarn too, great idea.

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  17. Fabulous pumpkins, love the variegated one!! Maybe I need to knit some because I certainly can't grow them!!

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  18. I adore your pumpkins. I always say that I spin my garden...a lot less weeding that way.

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  19. These are absolutely gorgeous! I really love the multicoloured one too. We don't really celebrate Halloween here in Australia but I'd love to knit some of these for the windowsill anyway!

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  20. Oh I love them! I also love how you've photographed them with the gourds. My mum used to have a russet apple tree and my daughter used to call them rusty apples (we loved that as it seemed quite apt).

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  21. If you added a little green leaf, yep, it would be an apple! I like your guords not everything in the garden has to be edible!

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  22. Love the pumpkins. Good idea photographing them in natural surroundings.

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  23. These are lovely. I really like the subtle coloured one as well as the multi- coloured one. They both work equally well. Even if it is an apple it is still appropriate for the time of year.

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  24. oooh these are gorgeous! i love them all, the ultimate in cosy Autumnal decor :) x

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  25. They are lovely. I like the variegated one, but love the subtle colour of the first.

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  26. What a gorgeous seasonal project! We can't escape pumpkins here in Switzerland at this tine of year. These would be lovely to put around the house for decorating.

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  27. Love the variegated pumpkin - the colours just shout autumn

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  28. Ooh the pumpkins are lovely. I think the variegated yarn is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
    Ali x

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  29. Love the multi coloured pumpkin and the new yarns :-)

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  30. Love the pumpkins,they're brilliant!What a great idea.

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  31. I love them, the real and the knitted (not that the knitted ones aren't real but you know what I mean)
    I have a few gourds on my blog this week, I'd love to grow some, I love the weird and wonderful shapes.

    Jan x

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