Well, I did finish my shrug, which came out great, after having to adjust needles and such. Threw in the wash on handwash, with woolite and even put it in a delicates netted bag. Much to my surprise, the shrug came out all pilly. This shrug, even after I machine dried it, looked like I've had it for 10 years, - old. The fibers were splitting off. The yarn I purchased is mostly cotton with some acrylic in it and I bought it from a very well-known company I won't mention.
I called up and was told that this yarn is supposed to do this, but that after several washings it will look better. So I washed it again and again, and now it looks worse. So, I called back and and was given a credit. There is obviously something wrong with the yarn.
After all my work, I don't think I will wear it, unless I'm going for the old comfy look!!!
I'm making another shrug, in different yarn, different pattern and, of course, have just cast on socks for my niece. By the way, my sister absolutely loves her cable twist socks. I need to buy more Risata.
Happy Memorial Weekend to everyone!!!