Let me start off by saying that I'm not normally a fan of the shrug. This pattern, however, charmed me by it's cleverness and by the fact that it is not cut high on the back, like most shrugs. I like the longer back. I joined a KAL on Ravelry, which helped me stay very motivated to finish. It was complicated enough to grab my attention, but easy enough to knit away while watching tv with my family. I started and finished this in exactly one month!