For my very first Crochet Along I chose to use some pretty 100% cotton Perle 8 mauve varigated thread made in Italy, that I bought in Italy while we lived there. I'm using a size 9 steel crochet hook.
The pattern is called The Rising Sun. The group I'm crochet with is found here, http://glor-crochetgalore.blogspot.com/. Here is the first four rows of the doily. I think this will be fun to do.