I used a bulky acrylic (?) yarn someone gave me a while back. I love the color (green is my absolute favorite color--all shades). I used an "N" hook and this pattern. It was a quick, easy project worked entirely with triple crochets around posts. I think it came out nicely. The only problem: I have no idea where, when or with what I'd actually wear it. If you think you could rock it, e-mail me and I'll send it to you.
I haven't really been focused on crocheting and knitting, at least not enough to purchase new yarns. I'm just using up whatever is in my stash. Maybe later on in the year, I'll get inspired. I definitely want to try knitting myself a sweater with some luscious yarn and using an amazing pattern (suggestions welcome). Maybe this is the year for that.