It's got room for lots of shopping and will stand up to the washing machine
I expanded my crochet experience along the way (increasing and decreasing intentionally!). This was very easy and quick to make - took about 5 hours while watching TV during the last few evenings. I need to find my next project now - preferably something that requires a different stitch - having made the shrug and this, I think I can safely say that I've mastered double crochet (that's treble crochet if you're in the UK, I think).
While I was in the library the other day I found a great book called showing you how to make lots of variations on granny squares, hexagons, triangles etc... So I might use some of my odds and ends of yarn to make some interesting shapes and get some practice in while I'm searching for the next pattern.