Yarn Along: Knitted pumpkin

knitted pumpkin and bookI’ve been knitting. It seems like ages since I last picked up two needles and made something. We’ve reached the stage where the children are happy for me to sew clothes for them, but knitting doesn’t hit the mark. (quietly sobs)

Anyway, we were putting up our seasonal decorations over the weekend. The season’s table and garland. Lovely to see the felt toadstools, knitted acorns and egg carton bats brought out of the box. Something was missing. Standing back, it was obvious we needed more colour and leaves. Bright orange pumpkins seemed to fit the bill. Middling thought knitted rather than crocheted or needlefelted.

knitted pumpkin in handsSo knitting it is. Out came the alpaca orange that I had left over from years ago when I was making pumpkin hats. I love the softness of this yarn and it’s such a bright colour. Cheering up a dark, wet evening.

I added tendrils that double up for leaves and stems. I recycled the cut-off yarn left-overs from when I was sewing in the ends of my first crochet blanket, to stuff the pumpkin.

I’ll be making more of these to hang up on the garland. (instructions for knitted pumpkins here)

As I did this on the flat, with no particular pattern, I could read and knit. I’ve just finished reading Don’t Even Think About It

I like to keep up with the books the Teen is devouring, although I don’t have time to read them all. I thought this one looked interesting. It’s very much a Young/Adult book. It’s written in the first person, although its a collective due to the telepathy that the children all gain after a flu jab goes wrong. Imagine being a teen and hearing everyone’s thoughts.

I liked the story and the characters, although the voice annoyed me at times. As my Teen reminded me, it was the right voice/grammar for the book. I suppose she should know. Worth a read, just to remind you what it’s like to be a  teen.

knitted pumpkin with tendrilsI’ve started to read A Better Man. This one was sent through for review, so I’ll post more on it another time. I’ve read a few chapters and am pretty sure its not the kind of book I’d usually choose. I don’t like any of the characters yet, but I’ll plough on through. Ever the optimist.

Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along. Hoping for lots of book recommendations, as I knit up a few more pumpkins.

What are you reading?

38 thoughts on “Yarn Along: Knitted pumpkin

  • Wednesday 7 October, 2015 at 1:55 pm
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    Your pumpkins are beautiful, I really love them!

    • Wednesday 7 October, 2015 at 6:38 pm
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      It looks good on the garland.

  • Wednesday 7 October, 2015 at 2:12 pm
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    Oh, I really, really, really like your wee pumpkin!

    • Wednesday 7 October, 2015 at 6:43 pm
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      So easy to make. I’ll be making more.

  • Wednesday 7 October, 2015 at 2:28 pm
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    I adore your pumpkin! So fun! And wonderful to be optimistic, but not quite as fun to read something you aren’t totally loving. Happy week!

    • Wednesday 7 October, 2015 at 8:59 pm
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      I’m hoping that the characters will improve. I am an optimist. 🙂

  • Wednesday 7 October, 2015 at 2:31 pm
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    need to find some orange yarn asap, so cute!
    I am currently reading The Dirty Life (a memoir on farming), and Station Eleven (a dystopian novel). loving both!

    • Wednesday 7 October, 2015 at 9:18 pm
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      I’ve heard of Station Eleven. Must add it to my list.

  • Wednesday 7 October, 2015 at 2:31 pm
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    I made a couple of these a few years ago – they are fun to knit up. Your pumpkin looks lovely

    • Wednesday 7 October, 2015 at 9:28 pm
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      They are fun to knit up.

  • Wednesday 7 October, 2015 at 2:36 pm
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    the pumpkin looks absolutely amazing! I’d like to get some seasonal decorations now you;ve shared all the awesome things you have on display! may just have to wait for december and christmas though 🙂 jenny xx
    http://www.thegeekyknitter.co.uk

    • Thursday 8 October, 2015 at 12:29 pm
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      Do love getting them out of the box at the start of the each season.

  • Wednesday 7 October, 2015 at 3:03 pm
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    That’s the sweetest pumpkin I’ve ever seen! Thanks for sharing.

    • Thursday 8 October, 2015 at 12:36 pm
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      Thanks Beth!

  • Wednesday 7 October, 2015 at 3:56 pm
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    Adorable pumpkins!
    I also like to keep current with what the Teens are reading. If nothing else, it gives them someone to discuss the books with. I don’t read every book, but I always read the ones they specifically ask me to.

    • Thursday 8 October, 2015 at 12:44 pm
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      I agree. I do like talking about her books with her. In fact all three children. I don’t have time for all the books, nor would I want to read them all, but there is nothing like sharing a book to encourage reading. Especially true for older children.

  • Wednesday 7 October, 2015 at 4:01 pm
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    That pumpkin is adorable!

    • Thursday 8 October, 2015 at 12:50 pm
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      Thanks, Donna.

  • Wednesday 7 October, 2015 at 4:11 pm
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    Wow, your pumpkins are so cute! I love them. Your knitting is so nice and neat too. I love Young Adult fiction as well as non-fiction. I’ve just read a great YA book about the last tsar of Russia that was better than most of the adult-oriented books I’ve read on the subject.

    • Thursday 8 October, 2015 at 1:00 pm
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      Thanks, Jennifer. YA books are a great place to start with a subject, I’ve found. Not just for the Teen. 🙂

  • Wednesday 7 October, 2015 at 5:20 pm
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    Oh those tiny pumpkins are too cute! I’ve been drawn in by all things tiny and autumnal myself 🙂 and it just seems to be the perfect season for picking up your knitting needles!

    • Thursday 8 October, 2015 at 1:06 pm
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      It definitely is the time for knitting. I like these rojects as they are quick and fit around the bigger projects going on in the background.

  • Wednesday 7 October, 2015 at 5:23 pm
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    Adorable pumpkins! 🙂

    • Thursday 8 October, 2015 at 1:10 pm
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      Thanks, Shadow. 🙂

  • Wednesday 7 October, 2015 at 10:29 pm
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    Scrumptious Pumpkin!!!!!! you are clever you know. I’m useless at reading the girls books now …I just get as far as the guilty about not reading them stage but no further……one bright spot is they’re starting to read my old books from the shelves “ok mum which Agatha Christie should I read next?” 😀

    • Thursday 8 October, 2015 at 1:20 pm
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      Love reading Agatha Christie. Keep suggesting to Eldest that she should give it a go. Maybe I should just re-read for the umpteenth time instead. Clever of you to get them on to books you like.

      • Thursday 8 October, 2015 at 10:01 pm
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        .I can claim no credit …it’s just when you run out of new books on your own shelf …what do you do (especially if your Mum is too idle to take you to the library) …haha

        • Friday 16 October, 2015 at 1:08 pm
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          I know exactly which books I’m recommending to Eldest, next time she says she has nothing to read. I do like your strategy.

  • Thursday 8 October, 2015 at 1:15 am
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    I love that knitted pumpkin. How cute!

    • Thursday 8 October, 2015 at 1:21 pm
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      Thanks Cathie. They are fun to knit.

  • Thursday 8 October, 2015 at 2:28 am
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    How cute! I knit some mini pumpkins a couple years ago and I still adore them. So fun to bring out every fall!

    • Thursday 8 October, 2015 at 7:42 pm
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      They will make a nice surprise next Autumn when I open the box again.

  • Thursday 8 October, 2015 at 4:15 am
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    VERY cute pumpkins!
    Good for you, staying on top of the novels your teen enjoys.

    • Thursday 8 October, 2015 at 7:54 pm
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      Some books really don’t appeal, but I do try and read one every now and again. There is only so much teenage angst I can take! (That’s why I need to knit bright orange pumpkins)

  • Thursday 8 October, 2015 at 4:18 pm
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    hello, lovely to find another UK family through the yarn along. I love the pumpkin! #my autumn decs are still waiting to go up. we’re just too bsy enjoying the season!

    • Thursday 8 October, 2015 at 8:25 pm
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      I hadn’t planned to do them last weekend, but we had a lull, so I found the box. To be honest the summer ones were looking out of place, with the change of the season. Glad the Autumn ones are up now.

  • Saturday 10 October, 2015 at 11:45 am
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    The pumpkins are adorable! I love soft soft yarn 🙂

    • Friday 16 October, 2015 at 1:10 pm
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      Children can’t resist picking them up and squidging them. I have a whole bowlful of them now, plus the ones on the garland.

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