Firstly thank you all for your input it is very welcome. I do believe the needles are 4 US, will have to make sure when I get home. The yarn is acrylic, and yes they are metal (aluminum I think) needles.
This is the stitch size I'd like to have. http://www.flickr.com/photos/21163798@N07/2417577906/
Not sure if that is doable with my current skill level or not, either way I've nothing but time so I don't mind keeping at it.
@suzeeq, I am a male LMAO.
It's the 21st century men knit and sew now as well.