Here's a swatch for the "Pashmina Shrug/Shawl" pattern from Knitting Central. It's a super easy/mindless knit with elegant results. The main yarn will be Tahki Bali and the contrast will be Filatura di Crosa Semana. Here is a picture of Cynthia, the designer, wearing the original knit in Artyarns Pearl Rhapsody and Beaded Pearl and Sequins.
The pattern is free with purchase of the yarn. I'm thinking of making one in Muench Cadiz, a lovely cotton.
Michelle is making this baby blanket in Plymouth Jeannee. The colors are so bright and cheerful. The pattern is from Lion Brand, their Artful Elegance Afghan. It's a free pattern when you subscribe to their website (also free).