We’re in full-blown pumpkin mode at our house right now. Pumpkins growing in the back yard. Pumpkins piling near the front stoop. Pumpkins at the yarn shop. Pumpkins at work. Pumpkins at play! And I’m totally loving it!
I made this Oh My Gourd using Yin Yang Yarn by Loop Fiber Studio in the colorway All That. The yarn is lovely to work with and comes in a variety of inverted marled colorways. All That is a beautiful pumpkin orange marled with black.
I love this gorgeous pumpkin by test knitter Linda. Those copper beads slay me! And the colors are so rich.
I also love this whimsical pumpkin made by test knitter Dimitra. She repurposed leftover bracelet beads from a three-year-old’s birthday party. Brilliant! I think the Pumpkin Fairy also visits her house. Proof: OMG: The Pumpkin Fairy!
OMG can also be knit in fingering weight yarn. This one is knit in Round Mountain Fibers Alder Fingering in the colorway Bluegill. I absolutely loved working with this base and this stunning colorway. Adding in (semi-) coordinated beads was a joy.
I’ve created three short videos (two of them under 4 minutes and one under 6 minutes) demonstrating the beading techniques I used for Oh My Gourd. They are Loading Beads onto Working Yarn, Knitting Beads into Fabric, and Placing a Bead Using a Crochet Hook. You can also find them on the new Tutorials tab at the top of the website ↑.
I have made three very different looking pumpkins from the OMG pattern, the variables being yarn weight, beads chosen, and how much stuffing was used. The gourd shape requires less stuffing than the more traditionally round shaped pumpkins.
I am fairly sure that this is not my last beaded design. I’m already dreaming of incorporating beads into sweaters and shawls – and ooh! – long, beaded fingerless gloves!
Thank you for reading this post about pumpkins. I wish you all the fall vibes as we approach the weekend!