"In the long run, the pessimist may be proved to be right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip." (Daniel Reardon)
Well, I finally finished the octopus, with a few weeks to spare. (Our friends' baby is due in early June.) I didn't want him to be a lot bigger than the other underwater creatures I made so I shortened his head and tentacles a bit. I don't know why mine don't curl up like the ones in the demo photo from the Lion pattern. I also just went with embroidered eyes, instead of crocheting ones.