While there's definitely something rewarding about completing a lengthy project, I really do enjoy the satisfaction that I get from the short, sweet and simple things. I tried a few different rose patterns before I settled on this one, but it works up in about an hour in front of the TV and I've already started thinking of all the places where I could pin one on: gift bags, winter hats, winter jacket lapels, scarves....pillows(?). Loving it.
The pattern is free on Ravelry, but you'll need a (free) membership to access it. The yarn is Vanna's Choice in Charcoal. I think it takes about 1/3 of a ball to make a good-sized rose (about 4" in diameter). I'm looking forward to trying this with different types of scraps!