Did I mention how totally, truly awesome it is to have my knitting mojo back? Oh yes. I am a knitting machine.
I don’t really have much to say about this other than it was super fast and (comparatively) easy. I knit all six tentacles in about two and a half hours, completed the body in another three, and the seaming, stuffing, and finishing took forty-five minutes or so. This is definitely a pattern I’ll be making more of.
One note if you’re planning to make this for yourself, though—beware the bind-off instructions for the ruffle on the bell. It calls for a “k2tog tbl, put stitch back on left needle, repeat” bind off, which is way, way too snug to get the nice full ruffle that’s shown on the pattern itself. The rav projects page shows a bunch of poor, unruffly bells, and I suspect this is why. I used a sewn bind off, which worked out much better.
I also have notes on how to pick up stitches from the wrong side of a piece, but those will come next week along with a few other neat tutorials.
PS: it’s Caturday! Oolong says hello.