I finished my shrug and I love it! Love the yarn, love the pattern, love the results. I used five skeins of Lion brand organic cotton. This pattern really lives up to its name: Easy Shrug! It really is easy and a great beginner project. This could be made out of any weight of yarn as you can just follow the measurements instead of counting rows and stitches. I am really proud of myself as I just learned to crochet over Thanksgiving. The pattern is from the book Positively Crochet.
By the way, I'm on Ravelry now, so come over and say hi if you are a member too.