Samilynn-- That looks gorgeous! The Shrug is definitely a nice touch. I'm amazed at how popular my pattern's become, and I'm just so glad you're all having fun with it and adding your own ideas! Keep it up!
Mondobferal, Apandalee-- I used supersaver Red Heart Yarn in Cherry Red! I love the thickness of it and the quantity is amazing. You only need one skein and you'll still have yarn leftover... my only gripe is that, well, it's acrylic. But Definitey recommend it for any kind of project!
Thanks guys! I can't wait til it gets a little warmer out so I can wear it... this rainy chilly weather won't give up so us New Yorkers are still stuck in sweaters and hoodies galore! (and parkas for non-knitters) The puff sleeves make for an excellent 80s shoulder-pad revival if worn under anything!