Well, tonight I found out why you carve pumpkins in October... or November.
Yeah. I know, I know. It's January and I'm carving a pumpkin. I just didn't have time to carve more than one this year. By the time I thought of something non-Halloween to carve, it was just too dry.
The insides were shredding. Badly. It was dried out. Mold had started growing inside (just in the strings of seeds). But, a quick cleaning removed the mold. The shell was still 1/2" thick, so I thought... what the hell... and started carving.
I don't know if it was because we'd been keeping the pumpkins in front of the fireplace or because it was so dry inside the pumpkin-- but the shell was rock hard. I had a difficult time getting my knifes through the shell... and when I got down to the detail work... well... one rough puncture later and the shell had ripped through the middle of my design. =(
SoOoOoo... I guess what I have to say is-- CARVE YOUR PUMPKINS IN OCTOBER!