Thanks to Shanwen who greatly inspired me to finish this...and the extremely cold Melbourne weather too...lol
Took me about 4 days in the end, with assignments and all.
Did this (as per recommended by Shanwen) with 3mm needles, yarn used is 1 ball of Heirloom Cashmino 8 Ply. Made teeny mistakes esp. with the Picot Hem cast off since I'm not sure what that is...:P but hey it'll do...:)