I was in North Carolina, USA recently and was taken to Apex with a friend. We visited a few yarn shops (http://downtownknitsapex.blogspot.com) and I found the same Noro yarn in one of them. This time I did not resist temptation :)
I shall update my blog with fresh photos as the shawl gets bigger.
A bit further on ,to start with I used the 5mm circular needle and thought it was coming out to tight must be the way I knit so I am now using 8mm.