After much ado, I finally casted on for the Wedding Guest Shrug.
Step 1 was to find a fishing line counter to accurately split my hank of Handmaiden Lace Silk in two. I started off on the wrong foot, or as my father would say – with one of my trademark egregrious errors. I was very certain that the local Hiker’s Haven would have a Shakespeare line counter for sure. People must fish once they have hiked, right? Wrong! I was hunting for Shakespeare thanks to advice from a fellow Raveler, Feather Song. The good folks at Hiker’s Haven pointed me in the general direction of the big box stores. I ended up with a Rapala counter.
Step 2 was rigging it to the ball winder (formerly a dining chair support). At this point, Hubby was highly amused. It is attached with plastic cinch ties.
Step 3 was counting/ winding. It is gorgeous yarn with a mind to tangle on itself. Took most of Saturday but I managed to best that hank.
After all that, I find that even with the yarn knit double it’s a much lower gauge than the Reading in Bed Shrug pattern’s. Will take longer to make for sure. I’ve settled on using my 4 mm needles. That gives me a stitch gauge of around 23 for 4″. The yarn is making up for all this trouble with every step though. I simply love it!
On Saturday afternoon we got out & enjoyed the summery weather. It was blazing! Hubby’s been dying to walk over to a bridge. It’s a fair distance but we did cut through a playing field. Toby couldn’t have been happier, even on the main road. The bridge is over a golf course valley, and creek. They have some benches along the side, and the view was really worth the walk.
Yesterday, I headed into Toronto for my cousin’s poetry reading. I meant to take the train but missed it by a hair. I did make it in by car but had to wend through & around parade-goers. The annual Sikh New Year parade was on in the downtown core. Although 30 mins late, I did catch the readings. My cousin isn’t decided about having an internet profile, so I’ll keep mum about the details. I am so proud of her though! A great way to put the icky week behind me.