Now, speaking of crochet inspiration! Look at this door to the Indianapolis Capitol building. I can totally see this as an afghan. Can you?
This woman was "spotted" walking near the monument. See her crocheted garment! I didn't get to see the front, but by looking at the sleeves, it appears it was a cardigan rather than a poncho. It is a simple chain and shell stitch. I think the "wrinkle" on her left shoulder blade is an attempt at increasing. The yarn appears very small, which likely helps its drape (good choice).