I received my 2-roll shipment of Saral paper last week from Ryan's shop. (Thanks as always for the great shopping experience and speedy delivery Ryan!)
I tried it out last night on about 5 pumpkins and found it to be much easier than the old hole-poking excercise - so much so that I think I'll be adding a few more pumpkins this year (was going to do 12, maybe another 4 as a result of the time savings from the Saral paper!)
The lines were sharp, clear and didn't rub off with normal handling. Still a little uncertain about what to expect during the gutting phase next week - hoping that it doesn't wash off with guts flying all over the place thanks to my trusty pumpkin gutter.
Overall, the Saral paper is WELL worth it. The only issue I had (and I don't know if this is just the result of a poor pumpkin crop here in Ontario this year - much smaller than normal - you have to pay premium for the big-uns) was in affixing the pattern and saral paper to the pumpkin prior to tracing. In the hole poking days, I would normally score the edges of the pattern and then tape it to the pumpkin. I'm finding with the Saral paper, it's more difficult to avoid overlapping lines or folds - so it takes more trial and error than I would have expected. Thankfully, you can wipe the blue marks off, dry and start over.
But again, I don't know if the problem is that I'm using medium-sized pumpkins this year as compared to the giant ones I've used in the past that always had a larger, flatter surface to work on.
Anyway, the Saral paper is highly recommend - won't be poking EVER AGAIN. Thanks Ryan.