Thanks to the sidebar, I have finally managed to get a toe-up on the needles!
The pattern I'm using is from Yarn magazine Winter 2006, and unfortunately the instructions leave a lot to the imagination! (as well as having a few errors, so if you're thinking of using it, be a little cautious)
It took 4 attempts, then my first successful go, I frogged it after realising I'd cast on for one size too big.
Still, as I knit along, it's fascinating to see the mosaic pattern developing!