It’s the Great Pumpkin!

Okay, we all know Charlie Brown never really saw the Great Pumpkin, but I always loved Linus’s faith in the idea.

And I love Halloween, Jack-O-Lanterns, Pumpkin Pie and all things pumpkin related. So of course there has to be some pumpkin crochet in my life.

First let’s take a look at some of the wonderful fun crochet pumpkin patterns out there. If you are a Ravelry member, use their pattern search to find loads of marvelous pumpkin patterns, clearly I’m not the only pumpkin fan. You can narrow your results by using “Pumpkin” “crochet” and checking the “toys and hobbies” category in the advanced search function.

One of my faves is this lovely little pumpkin from Planet June created by the talented June Gilbrank. Which can also be made into an adorable little Jack-o-lantern.

Or the Pumpkin Time Garland by Karen Wiederhold (note: she is from the UK but it looks like her pattern instructions are in US crochet terms). I think adding some face pieces to these pumpkins could create a fun garland for a Halloween party, but left plain they would be great for a decorative garland at your Thanksgiving feast.

Of course with the busy Fall we have been having here I didn’t have time to crochet up any pumpkins.  Instead I stuck with our tradition of carving real pumpkins on the day before Halloween.

Yesterday I got out the box of carving tools and my boys and I started working on our pumpkin art.

The boys were a little grossed out by the slimy “guts”.

So Mom got the job of cleaning out the gooey stuff and separating out the seeds.  The seeds will be cooked up tomorrow for a tasty snack.

Once the pumpkins were ready to carve things got too crazy to photograph the process, but we ended up with 2 gorgeous pumpkins.

They will look very nice with our window display tonight.  Being the temperatures here on Halloween tend to dip below freezing we put our pumpkins in the front window with lights in them.

Happy Halloween Everyone.

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