To finish everything off, I dipped some leftover twine in liquid starch and wrapper it around some kitchen utensils (and a pen) to make curlycues. I scavenged around in our backyard for some suitable twigs and hot glued my stem and twine curlies in place.
I'm so happy with the final product! It'll be the perfect decoration leading up to Halloween and will carry me through Thanksgiving (thanks to the wonderful fall colors of my sweater). I'm in sweater pumpkin love!