Very, very nice -- I can only echo what everybody else said. It looks awesome, the color is great, and no one would ever know it was your first sweater!
Aren't top-down sweaters great? I love how you can try them on as you go to make them fit the way you
want them to.
You can wear that sweater with pride now, and when anyone asks you about it you can tell them (in the words of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee) "It was a challenge, but I did it."