I thought I'd share with you the outcome of my knitting efforts! The pattern needs perfecting and I think it would be nice a little longer... but the wool is gorgeous and snug - so I'm rather pleased. :)
Definitely considering adding it to the apali post repertoire once I'm completely satisfied with the final look.
I'm also thinking of going on a short crochet course next week at this lovely wool shop, hopefully I can learn a few new tricks of the trade!