I found the link to the shrug pattern. It is Unshaped Shrug by KnitontheNet(Just call me Ruby)
I cast on for River Grass Gansey from Jamiesons's Shetland Knitting Book 2 in a very dark blue Rowanspun DK. The self talk has begun. I knit a swatch once and in the fudgy way I do things cast on with a larger needle in a smaller size. The dark hides all the details, but hey, a good soak will fix that. And, the needle size is rather large, and it looks a bit holey, but hey, a good soak will fix that. and of course I have no idea how large around it really is, but being an "apple" I hate ribbing that binds. And I decided it will take more then an inch to decide.
I want this yarn for myself greedy me. And I want cables. Even if I can't see them, I know they are there:)
I am always thankful these orchids thrive in spite of my disgraceful neglect of my patio.