I carved fewer pumpkins this year because I decided doing 31 carvings was insane and it took me months to recover. I couldn't get hold of compost in spring because of the Covid Lockdown, so I was late getting my pumpkin seeds planted and had no ripe pumpkins of my own in October. Finally, I had finished my first novel during lockdown, it had been run through three beta readers, and I was in the home stretch of proofreading and not wanting to be distracted.
So here is a little overview of each of the pumpkins, and I will go back to last year's posts to add any tips that I feel I have learned from my third year of carving pumpkins.
Pumpkin Carving Hints and Tips Index:
- Growing Your Own Pumpkins (Pumpkins Twenty to Twenty Two)
- Preparing a pumpkin for carving (Pumpkin Owls and Preparing the Pumpkin)
- Transferring a simple layered design onto a pumpkin (Pumpkins Two and Three: Fishing Boats)
- Stretching an image to avoid distortion when carving (Pumpkins Six, Seven and Eight, and dealing with curves on a pumpkin)
- Pumpkin carving tools (Pumpkins Twelve to Fifteen: Local scenes and my pumpkin tool box
- Lighting a carved pumpkin (Pumpkin Sunflower)
- Fixing Common Mistakes (Pumpkins Sixteen to Nineteen)
- After carving (Pumpkins Nine, Ten and Eleven: Celtic Knots and Life After Carving)
- Limping to the Finish Line: The Last Pumpkins of 2019
- 2019: An Overview
- 2018: A Pumpkin Journey Begins