I've made several scarves, and acutally people have started to ask me to make one for them - so that's cool!
I love the natural fiber yarns or blends over the acrylics, become an 'alpaca-yarn junkie'
It's unusual to see a male knitter but it's very neat! There is a nice yarn shop nearby and they have classes, which I need to take for sock making and there's a male knitter in that group too.
Good luck w/your prjcts!