One of the experimental pumpkins I tried about a week ago was a wool pumpkin for felting. Well, I'm happy to say that I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out. Here it is:
As you'll probably note, my pumpkin is what I'd call "gently felted." In other words, I don't have the capability to machine felt my projects (it just doesn't work well with one of those front-loading high-efficiency washers), so I used hot water and detergent in the kitchen sink along with a clean scrub brush.
My felted pumpkin is actually a little larger than the original pumpkin used in the Pumpkin #1 pattern photographs (I expect that is due to the difference in yarn). I am really curious to see whether someone who has machine felted one of the pumpkins notices a significant change in size.
FYI -- The yarn used was Debbie Stoller's Full O' Sheep and it is a DELIGHT to work with. Then again, who would have expected anything less?
Well, I'd better get a move-on... lesson one for the crochet-along isn't going to write itself after all!