Wow! Thanks for your kind words
Although the wool does look masculine in the photo, it is actually quite girlie in reality! It is Jaeger Extra Fine Merino DK, which I had bought for a jumper for my DH but it wouldn't have been right for a man! So I am knitting a cardie for my Mum with it instead.
The pattern is a Knitting Daily one by Ann Budd which I found in their pattern library. It is really easy to do, even though it looks complicated, so I am thrilled with it, and your comments make me feel even better!!