Pear drops or Fruit Salads!

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I just have to share this little beauty with you, not one of mine I hate to admit but I wish it was and I am definitely going to have to make it!…. this one has been knitted by my dear friend Vicki.  The design is Pear Drop by Ysolda Teague, it’s in the the Saturday Treats booklet, which I have priced at £9.00 or as a single download from the Ysolda website for £3.75.  It has been designed for knitting with the Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace but Vicki loved the colours in this particular yarn as it reminded her of Fruit Salads……not the healthy kind I may add but the little penny chews you could buy (and maybe still can) that are very mouth watering and coloured, well, just like this yarn!!  The yarn is a Knitting Goddess Sock yarn, 75% Merino 25% Nylon and is named ‘Summer Sun’.  I think Vicki’s association with Fruit Salads would have made a good name for it!

I do have a good selection of Knitting Goddess yarns in stock, some fabulous shades, the colours mixes are really exclusive.  (You can just about make some of them out in the basket that the shawl is draped over)  I’ve not got the Knitting Goddess yarn on the website yet, another on the to do list but Knitting Goddess does have her own website.  Other alternatives that would work well in this shawlette are Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock or Lorna’s Laces Solemate – the ‘Outlast’ component in Solemate is a fibre developed by NASA for use in space suits and has exceptional temperature regulating properties but added to that, it gives an amazing drape and subtle sheen which will work well on any shawl or shawlette.  There’s also Malabrigo Sock which is 100% merino, a deliciously soft yarn which blocks beautifully as I found with my Ishbel.  Or of course a lace weight yarn as this is what the pattern is designed for.  I have enquired about stocking the range of Fyberspates Scrumtious colours by Ysolda so I’ll have ‘the yarns for the patterns’ in Saturday Treats, I’m just waiting to hear from them that they have them all in stock so fingers crossed!  The yarns used in the book are the Scrumptious Sock yarn in a deep blue called Dandelion and Burdoch and a pale green called Flying Saucer, in the book the blue is used on a hat and the green is used in a gorgeous pair of fingerless wrist warmers which I have to have and they ‘must’ be in this colour!  Also, used is the lace weight in the Pear Drop Shawlette in a deep purple called Wine Gum and there’s a kind of cowl in a terracotta lace weight called ‘Treacle Toffee’.  The other 2 yarns used are Aran weight, a gorgeous little scarf in the duck egg blue called Sugar Mouse and a lovely red used in a hat called Empire Biscuit.  I think I’ll probably end up making them all!!

I’ve also got Malabrigo Lace on order which is due next week, as deliciously soft as it’s neighbour Malabrigo Sock, six shades on order, these will work well on Pear Drop as they will behave very similar to the Malabrigo Sock when it comes to blocking.

And finally, there is of course the beautiful Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace, priced at just £5.00 for a 50g ball, 100% deliciously soft merino in some fabulous solid shades……(I can see Pear Drop in the Charcoal).  Rialto Lace makes a very reasonably priced alternative, the yardage on all laceweights is over 1000m per 100g, the shawlette in Saturday Treats only needs 25g for the smaller size and 50g for the larger size so one for you and one for a Christmas present or just one large one for a fiver!!

I have so many projects on the go that I must make an impression on before I can even allow myself to consider starting Pear Drop or anything else from Saturday Treats for that matter so it’s time for me to crack on now!!

I have so much to think about……what will I make Pear Drop from?!

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