First off, aside from just throwing the crochet skirt guard on and attaching it with file clips (I have the other clips that I'm going to use once I paint them black) I would say that this project is finished! (For those who were interested, I am going to set up an Etsy shop where you can commission a custom guard. I am also working out another, simpler lace guard.) I need to fidget with them and make them look a little straighter, but they seem to do the job. I'm going to see if I can arrange a real test ride soon.
Also, Hedwig the Mixte makes a rather good pack bike. I am house sitting for my boss this week, and I managed to get all of his mail, newspapers and an Amazon box on the Pletscher rack along with the raincoat that I already had back there.
Then, I noticed that his Blueberry bushes had quite a lot of fruit on them, so I helped myself to what was there. The only thing I could find to bring it all home was a pretzel barrel. Worked out well! I was afraid that I might loose the barrel on the ride home, but it stayed put.
I'm going to be eating blueberries for FOREVER. I already have pounds of them in the freezer. :)