Thanks for all your nice comments
This is the pattern I used...http://www.curlypurly.com/pumpkin.html
and he only took a few hours. Alas, I started knitting pumpkin tubes before I had the rest of the supplies, so I only finished three before Halloween. Now it's on to Christmas crafting, so I have a whole collection of orange wrist warmers waiting to be stuffed and finished. I guess I'm gonna put them away for next year.