Okay...I am done with my Shrug! Yes...my first complete knitting project!
I was inspired (bowing to Claire) I used one of the patterns you recommended and besides being confused on the pattern wordage ...I liked the pattern and consider it a good one. Here are my pictures:
And here you can see the ruffle around the neck line (will be in the back of the person wearing it) and the bottom ruffle that will appear about midback of the person wearing it.
I am so proud of this one..not only because it is my first knitting project...but that I got it done in time to give my daughter for her birthday!