Excuse the scary photography (my camera skills are frightful!), but that little guy is my contribution to the latest Pincushion Challenge. I crocheted a flattened ball with a G hook and sport weight 100% wool, then felted the whole thing by plunging it in almost boiling water alternating with an ice water bath. I don't think I put in enough stuffing, but since I had to fill it before it was felted, I wasn't quite sure how full I should pack it so that it could still shrink as much as I wanted. I like the bumpiness, though, it looks realistic to me. The top is from a real persimmon, dried and tacked on.
As always, I had a lot of ideas for the Autumn theme, but opted for the quickie as opposed to the more original idea of a pincushion clock. To me, Autumn is harvest festivals, pumpkins and Halloween, but also "fall back," the clock being turned back an hour. Which, this year, is happening a week later than usual for those of us in the US that observe Daylight Saving Time. It kind of freaks me out that time really is such an arbitrary form of measurement, that a group of people can just sit around and make decisions about it that affect millions of people. Back in 2005, I didn't know such a decision was being made, did you?
Anyway, I'm off to dress a couple of princesses, and get them ready for the ball. Happy Halloween! Plenty of treats for all!