The shrug is starting to take shape...yea! The pattern is really lookin good. I had to rip out and start over at the crochet cast on (pink waste yarn), but the first few rows were a mess and I lost my place again. I have worked out a counting system that works for me to stay on track with the pattern. Lots of ladies from my knitting circle shared their counting systems and all I had to do was choose the one that was the simplest for me. I think its possitively great and wasnt aware of the many different ways to do that:) Thanks! It was a big help.