at the end of the day, I ended up with this sketch for a whole new approach
the next step is to draw out the patterns on the backing material and start on the beading
one of the coolest knitting tricks ever was the way the ears are knit in as part of the top of the head --- this is where knitters accept the magic of the written symbols and follow blindly along then suddenly you have something you totally did not expect!
this morning I set out my fruit to warm a bit while I emptied the dishwasher and fed then walked the dog
when I returned from the walk I picked up the bowl from the counter and with the sun shining on the fruit at just the right angle I could see all these tiny droplets of moisture