It seems that they were well received. I have since made a proper set for home and backed them with felt as per Alice's suggestion. They are much more professional and finished. I recommend it. I figured that it was a mere hop and a skip to a pear from the pattern so here is my final go.
I then turned it tuther way up and thought it looked strawberry ish which was handy because a lady on Ravelry, commenting on Alice's apple suggested it and I thought it was a fab idea so had to have a go. I have published them on scribd and they can be found here
We are on half term here so I may be distracted from blogworld as I need to keep a teen away from media.
Wish me luck.