I finished off the first beanie that ended up resembling a conehead. It is very tight but I am just happy to have completed it.
I would like to thank the following people for all of your tips and assistance with this project: SmallTownKnitGuy, TallGuy, Bill, ThePook, WillyG, KenKnitter & Teejtc. As for the people who sent through supportive comments, there are too many to mention but you know who you are ;-) - Thankyou, This really did make the world of difference.
I am proud to have joined this group and thankyou all for such a warm welcome.
Here's to many more years of happy knitting.