thanks for all the kind comments guys
about the shaping - i just followed the curves of my hands and decreased/increased as appropriate. I'm no great fan of patterns (most of the time i mess em up) so i just got the dpns out co 40/50 (need to dig out my notes) and then as the arm goes thinner decreased, until around my wrist i had 30sts, then from the wrist increased according to the increase in width of my hand.
does any of this make sense?!
i really could do with having a look at the notes i made - i made a "trial" pattern to see what size fitted best, that way adjustments could be made when making the real thing