I've gone back to perusing an old issue of MS Baby again, from Winter 2001 with a feature on decorating a playroom. We may not have a playroom (unless you consider the entire house as one) to use all the great ideas in this article but I'm itching to make some of these great big pumpkin pillows for
myself the boys. (The pattern that's called for, Butterick #5664, is on it's way from an ebay seller, which was far cheaper than the gas money it would take to drive to JoAnn's Fabrics to find a similar pattern.) I'd like to use a thrifted white woolen blanket and another warm toned yellow woolen one that a drifter we let spend the night here a few years ago left behind, both of which have been felted in the washer. Polar fleece with polyfill is probably more practical, though (too many p words there).
Since I couldn't make them right away and realistically may never, I decided to make the sweet, mini-version from this great pattern, from Turkey Feathers' Pattern Bee site. Check out this one she made as part of her Wool Blanket Project and then go check out these ones that she made from naturally dyed woolens that she received from Echoes of a Dream who lives one of my dream lives, as if straight from a copy of British Country Living. I skipped the raffia wrapped stems as it seemed like it would be to fiddly for my mood. Mine are made from a white, mostly-wool blend felt, a piece of neon, hunter-orange polar fleece, and a long ago thrifted orange corduroy that is at the perfect stage of softness and slightly faded color, along with scraps of green wool felt, polar fleece and corduroy as well. The "rouge vif d'etamps" one was held squished while I sewed through two buttons, one each on the top and bottom of the pumpkin.
Who doesn't need their very own pumpkin patch of pillows in their house? Jack, of the beanstalk, or o' the lantern, maybe? E asked me if these were a decoration or if he could take them up to his room. When I replied, "Sure. What will you do with them there?" he replied, "Play Halloween." Hmm. Maybe we really could use some of those bigger ones.
The leaves may be off the trees, there may be snow on the ground one day and then gone the next, and the deer may be defacing, literally, the jack o' lanterns straight off the door step, but I'm not letting go of fall yet. Two days ago there was still snow. Yesterday was warm and gorgeous so I snuck in one last, long bike ride. Despite the steady rainfall today we're off to collect evergreen boughs for holiday decorating before the temperature drops and it turns to snowfall again.
The winter squash and white pumpkins from the fruit/veggie stands remain, being eaten one by one, by us. I'm knitting from a similar palette of colors and am well into my planned November knitting, having gotten a good head start on it during the last week of October. Pictures and posts forthcoming.
It didn't take long for the deer to find where I'd hidden the carnage of half-eaten, frozen-then-thawed pumpkin parts found scattered on the front steps this morning. They were tossed onto the compost heap next to the dump truck load of horse manure a neighbor dropped off a couple of weeks ago (I didn't have to shovel it by hand!) where the feast continued.