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Made For 11

Hi there. A quick post today.

Meg took close up pictures of the pumpkin and the card I had made for her for the Knit Equals Joy 2018 Fall Mini Swap: Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins.

I held together two yarns:

  1. Cascade Yarns Elysian in Bird of Paradise – a merino and acrylic mix
  2. Debbie Bliss Angel in tangerine – mohair & silk

The pattern I used is a free one – Knit Picks Spice & Clove Knit and Crochet Pumpkins. Obviously I knitted this one.

It’s an easy pattern. When I made the defining lines to section the pumpkin, I had to keep the pumpkin squished in my left hand while I hand sewed the lines.

To make the stem and the leaf, I used the instructions from another free pattern – Autumn Pumpkins by Jan Lewis. I held together two yarns:

  1. Barrett Wool Co. Home Fingering in Field
  2. Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Fern

Here’s the card I made for her. It of course had to be fall-themed; it was inspired by this pin.


  • blended two colors (yellow and brown) on cream cardstock
  • spritzed it with water
  • overstamped & stenciled in areas with darker shades of the color

Second Layer

  • scored kraft cardstock
  • blended a dark brown all over to emphasize the texture
  • ripped the cardstock into a rough rectangle

3-D Elements

  1. black & white twine wound around kraft cardstock
  2. stamped maple leaf in two colors + fussy cut them out
  3. stamped the sentiment & cut out
  4. foam tape used to mount pieces.

All pieces were distressed by blending and edging the edges with a dark brown.

Included in her package was a suncatcher kit for a Halloween ghost that I thought she could make, hang in her window, and think of me whenever she washed dishes. There was also a package of Ghiradelli sea salt and chocolate squares.

Now that I’m done with this mini swap I’ll be moving onto the next one. GTG. Thanks for poppin’ in again. TTYS.

23 thoughts on “Made For 11”

    1. I want to make more and there is a crochet pattern I found on Pinterest that looks easy and doable. I love pumpkins; they make me smile. I wish I could felt but we have a front loader and they are known to not felt well like top loaders.


      1. Interesting. There’s needle felting kits that I’ve never done before. There is machine felting where you knit a big bag and then throw it into the washer and dryer. The fabric felts and shrinks some.


      2. In this you wash the felt first and toss it in the dryer…then you cut out the pieces and stitch them to a background piece…I make pillows and small quilts out of them. I will post some on Instagram…


  1. Your knitted pumpkin is adorable! I will have to check out that pattern because it looks like a good size for a table decoration. I just bought Susan B. Anderson’s autumn charms pattern to make a Fall garland (probably will do that next year)
    Always love seeing & reading the creative process behind your beautiful cards!


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