Just Crochet/Craft Idea's: It's been a very long time since I have posted anything to my Blog. Due to family and life in general, I got a little detoured. I will try to get time to type up some new entries. I have created a lot of items, gave them away and did not take pictures or type them up. We lost both of our boys this year. Jiggy in March and Stubby in July. We have a new friend her name is MayBee (due to the fact that we weren't quite sure about keeping her). She's 4 years old and full of energy. I make her Kitty Strings with yarn, it was such a hit, I donated some to the local animal shelter. I'll try to put them on the Blog next week. As usual, if you have questions about crafting or crochet, I will answer them under the post where you leave the comment. Thanks for stopping by. Birdie

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Mr. Pumpkins Wig

Mr. Pumpkin Wig
By Berta Gilholm

A quick and easy way to decorate your pumpkin for Halloween without cutting.
Materials: You need 2 colors held together throughout to look like leaves of hair. I used very old leftover yarn called Heather Green and a Green Camouflage  yarn.
I suggest Red Heart Super Saver/Hunter Green along with Amazon or Camouflage
Crochet Hook US size L/11, 8mm
1 Pumpkin
Acrylic washable paints (Red, Yellow, Green, Black) I like making pies out of the pumpkin and the acrylic paints wash off easily to bake the pumpkin.
Black and red permanent marker for the features.
Small brush, cup of water for rinsing and paper towels for clean up.
The Wig: Pumpkin Collar is worked in the round, chains are added for hair strands.
Holding 1 strand of each yarn color together, Ch 10, join with slst to first ch (do not twist)
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same ch, 2 sc in each ch around, join with slst to first sc (18 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in same sc, *1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat 4 times around to last sc, 2 sc in last sc, join with slst to first sc (25 sc includes)
Row 3: “Chain row”,  *Ch 26, slst in next sc, repeat 24 times, ch 25, join with slst to first ch, fasten off, weave in ends or not, they don’t show when put on the pumpkin. Note: For more hair add more chains to collar area. For curly short hair, do chains with 16 ch instead of 26 ch.
The Face: Wash pumpkin with warm water to remove any excess dirt.
With a black marker draw an outline of a crooked grin with jaggy teeth for the mouth, triangle shaped eyes with oblong pupils and nose with a flared nostril on the best side of the pumpkin. You can use designs from your computer paint program if you like and add mustache, eyebrows, etc.. Paint in the shapes with acrylics as in picture and shade in some areas. Put the wig on top over the stem of the pumpkin (my pumpkin had a very short stem). You can plop a hat on its head, press a screw into each side of the pumpkin to hang glasses on or put a hole in the side of the mouth and insert a pipe.

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