Pumpkin time.

At this beautiful time of year, my thoughts turn to all things autumnal: cooler temperatures; sleeping under a light down comforter; a warm mug of afternoon tea; fresh pressed apple cider; colorful leaves dripping off the trees; and pumpkins.  I love pumpkins!  I think it is their rich, orange color [although I also love the blue and multi-colored gourds].

A few years ago, Susan Feller suggested a color project in advance of that year’s Retreat Into the Mountains [WV].  She asked us to choose a color that we like and then illustrate it with a hooked piece.  I immediately chose the color orange.  Orange is my power color and represents Creative Energy to me.  I designed a small piece depicting a pumpkin growing above ground with a taproot [this is where artistic license comes into play, since pumpkins don’t have a taproot] drawing up the molten energy from the center of the Earth.  I have this piece hanging in my studio and look at it often.

Now it’s time to choose my next project. There are several in the wings, but I like to focus on one rug at a time, so I think I’ll do the pumpkin design a friend has requested.  She emailed me a photo that she took of a stack of pumpkins sitting outside the front door of a beautiful white clapboard New England house.  I love to enjoy each and every day of autumn, so a pumpkin design will be perfect.  I’ll be discussing the design with her and deciding on what will be included in the rug.  Actually, since she has a cat, she has requested a wall hanging.  Wise choice.

On a rainy afternoon this past week, I visited a local farm market and took some photos of the pumpkins and gourds, which I have posted below.  Of course, while I was there, I had to buy some pumpkin bread baked by the talented Amish woman, who works there.  Perfect with that afternoon cup of tea.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the rich autumnal colors all around us.

Creative Energy, designed and hooked by Karen Larsen, 2013.

Creative Energy, designed and hooked by Karen Larsen, 2013.

I'm not sure which I like better, the pumpkin stack or the white clapboard house.

I'm not sure which I like better, the pumpkin stack or the white clapboard house.

Gourds on sale at Butcher's Farm Market, Newport, PA

Gourds on sale at Butcher's Farm Market, Newport, PA

I love this pile of small ones.

I love this pile of small ones.

Many sizes, shapes and colors make a beautiful display.

Many sizes, shapes and colors make a beautiful display.