Friday, October 27, 2006
Behold the masterpiece...
This October, the Prairie Knitter became a Pumpkin Carver. Would y'all believe that until this month, I had never carved a pumpkin before? My family always either completely skipped the pumpkin-carving and went straight for Mom's home-made pink-food-colored popcorn balls, or we painted the jack-o-lanterns instead of carving them. In hindsight, I'm pretty sure my mother's love of painted pumpkins had less to do with an appreciation of portraiture and more to do with a desire not to have her clumsy daughter anywhere near knives and other carving tools.
Smart lady. I almost took a finger off a couple of times while working on my pumpkin.
And because I always feel a strange desire to disclose all my dorkiness online, I must tell you that my original plan was to create three Harry Potter-inspired jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. I designed the owl for Hedwig, and I also wanted to do a lightning bolt and a golden snitch. After Hedwig took me FIVE HOURS, however, I decided the other two looked pretty darn good as just pumpkins. It was only after I finished that I realized I was using one of my pumpkin carving tools incorrectly and could have probably done the thing in an hour.
I should have started with the lightning bolt.
I might have to do that to my pumpkin if we carve this weekend! Or something similar ;)