Hi everybody, Thanks for all the kind words about my project.
I would highly recommend this as a first garment. I learned how to yarn over and got practice at counting and pattern reading. It was also a quick project. It would've been even quicker if I had had a better handle on the yarn over move.
Mulderknitter - it would have been tempting to keep it, but lucky for my sister we are different sizes! I was afraid to try it on since I might've stretched it out. But I see one of these in my future. Right now I am rewarding myself by making a Noro Kochoran vest of my very own. Pictures coming soon!