Punkin’ Chunkin’

Are you ready for Fall?  I am!  I’m ready for the Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks and news from the annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ championship in Delaware.  I’m helping my daughter with her Halloween costume.  (You’ll have to wait for details on that!)  The weather is starting to cool down, so we’ll be going on more walks.  Hopefully we’ve had enough rain that we’ll even see some autumn colors.

This year I’m making some 12:01 pumpkin baskets.  The pattern was on MagKnits before the site closed down, but I found a cached version of it thanks to Google.

Last week, I looked into my (way too large) stash and saw that I had half the number of skeins of KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in the Pumpkin colorway for the project.  So I ordered the other half (along with some dyes and needles) and waited.  The order arrived yesterday afternoon, and I was excited to start.  Much to my surprise, when I pulled out the yarn from my stash, I discovered:

1) My new skeins of Pumpkin Wool of the Andes were the same dye lot as the old ones.

2) One of my old skeins was not “Pumpkin” at all.  It was Persimmon Heather.


My husband looked at the skeins from across the room and said, “They’re the same!  Why do they have different names?”   I had a much better look at them and could see that the Persimmon Heather was clearly darker than the Pumpkin.  (Mr. Grump STILL insists that I’m out of my mind!)

Still, I was in a hurry to start, so I figured I’d use the darker color on the bottom and see how much of a difference it made.  The 12:01 pattern is worked triple-stranded, so there was a chance that it really wouldn’t be all that noticeable.

12:01 Pumpkin #1

If you click on the picture and look at the “super-size” version of the picture, you may be able to see that the Persimmon Heather gives it a bit of dimension.  The knitted fabric has little bits of brighter orange and burnt orange that are absolutely gorgeous.

Problem is, I only had one skein of the Persimmon Heather.  Now that I’ve tried it, I like it so much that I don’t want to do half a pumpkin without it.  So I’ll be placing another KnitPicks order!

In the meantime, I think I’ll start Pumpkin #2.  My friend Wendy and I went to the Grand Re-Opening sale at the Knitting Nook this afternoon.  Much to my delight, they had Cascade 220 in a few different shades of orange.   Instead of having the same color of orange for all three strands, I’m going with three different colors of orange.  I can’t wait to see how this turns out!

12:01 Pumpkin #2

One thought on “Punkin’ Chunkin’

  1. Lynn

    I don’t even *like* Cascade 220, and I think the yarns are pretty! Where would I find this alleged Knitting Nook? And is there room in your KnitPicks order for a castaway?

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