Thank you so much for your lovely comments, yes I am pleased with how it turned out. You can't really tell in the photos but there are little red flecks in the purple.
The pattern said 17 balls of yarn, it actually needed 19!
I could wear it out some where nice I suppose, I've only worn it for photos so far.
I'm glad I stuck at it, it was rewarding, it's a shame I don't drink alcohol because I feel I deserve one now!