AUNT MARY'S FRUIT SALAD is named after my +Mother (shown here in 1978).
+Mom and her sister, my Aunt Nikki, had seven children between them. In the mid 60s, they began taking turns hosting the family Christmas party. Everyone brought goodies such as the chicken liver wrapped in bacon, crabmeat spread with saltine crackers, Aunt Nikki's famous tiropita (Greek cheese hand-pie), stuffing, the jumbo shrimp with cocktail sauce, turkey, ham, rolls.... A feast which led to much bloating and exclamations of "I ate too much" while refilling our plates.
+Mom always brought a fruit salad already served in (recycled) plastic cups with (recycled) plastic spoons. One of my jobs as a kid was to count the fruit into each cup. Every single cup had the same amount of fruit. If there were 25 people attending, there were 25 fruit cups. Each held however many blueberries divided by 25, total number of strawberries divided by 25, etc. Sometimes, there were only 50 strawberries, so I had to make sure every cup received two strawberries. One was not enough. Three was right out.* One year, we didn't have enough green grapes for the fruit cups. Yikes! So, +Mom cut the green grapes in half and each cup received one half of a green grape. Because every single cup had the same amount of fruit. (And yes, after we were finished eating the fruit salad, mom went around collecting the cups and spoons to use for the next year's party. She recycled before recycling was cool.)
As you work with AUNT MARY'S FRUIT SALAD, I hope you'll be able to see the orange and grapefruit slices, blueberries and cut up apples, hulled strawberries and kiwi slices, and there is exactly one green grape in each skein.
*Monty Python reference. :)
Special order available for other bases and quantities, however, only the Bantam base is sparkly.
Handdyed in Western Colorado, USA
The yarn is very soft and squishy and doesn't split. It is dreamy to work with and will soon become one of your favorite yarns!
YARN BASE INFORMATION:
SERAMA (Fingering/Sock) 4-ply: - Grown, processed, and dyed in the USA.
~~ 80% Superwash merino wool/20% nylon
100g (3.5oz) and 350yd(1050ft/320m). Gauge is 7-8 st/in
SERAMA BAMBOO (Fingering/Sock) 3-ply:
~~60% Superwash merino/30% Bamboo/10% nylon
115g (4oz) and 434yd. Gauge is 7-8 st/in
BANTAM (Fingering/Sock) 4-ply:
~~92% Superwash merino/8% Lurex (SHINY!)
100g (3.5oz) and 380yd(1140ft/347m). Gauge is 7-8 st/in
AMERICAUNA (DK) 3-ply: Grown, processed, and dyed in the USA.
~~ 100% Superwash merino
100g (3.5oz) and 245yd(735ft/224m). Gauge is 4-6 st/in
ARACAUNA (DK) 4-ply:
~~ 100% Merino
100g (3.5oz) and 260yd(780ft/237m). Gauge is 5-6 st/in
~~75% Superwash merino/25% Nylon
100g (3.5oz) and 245yd (735ft/224m). Gauge is 4-6 st/in
WYANDOTTE MCN (Aran) 3-ply:
~~80% Superwash merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon
100g (3.5oz) and 181yd(543ft/165m). Gauge is 5-6 st/in
RHODE ISLAND RED (Worsted) 5-ply: Grown, processed, and dyed in the USA.
~~ 100% Superwash rambouillet
127g(4 oz) and 200yd(600ft/182m). Gauge is 5-6 st/in
LEGHORN (Bulky) 3-ply:
~~ 100% Superwash merino
125g(4oz) and 150yd. Gauge is 3-4 st/in
For best results, handknit items should be handwashed in tepid water and laid flat to dry. Superwash yarn CAN be washed in the machine on a gentle cycle (but not advised), then laid flat to dry.
Yarn dyeing is done at home in my back room and air-dried by God. We are a non-smoking home with a cat that roams around our back room and yard. He is afraid of the dyeing equipment and special care is taken so that he does not get onto the yarn - he's too old and arthritic to jump up on the table anyway.
Due to the nature of hand-dyed yarns being unique, the skein you receive may vary slightly from the photo shown. If you have questions about the skein, please contact me and I will answer any questions you may have.