It really was happy mail. I finished the project up on Saturday morning and I LOVE IT!
Finished size is 11"x 17".
I enjoyed this way, way more than I thought I was going to. It was set up in the living room by the window seat and I would settle there towards the end of the day for an hour or so, giving my foot a rest and talking with the kids, who would gravitate to that room. If they were otherwise occupied, I would listen to an audiobook or just be. I love the simplicity of it - and the open door to make it as complicated as you like.
The pattern came with a selection of fabric to make it with, and then I went from there. I ran out of the flesh tone, but found some locally that was close and just used it to hook the entire face, giving it a little separation from the neck. I also used some black jersey scraps (I happen to have some fabric down in the studio ;)) for the facial details on the cat and the woman. I added the stripes to the tail, to help differentiate it from the rest of the cat body. I also added the highlights to the hair.
I love a lot of things about this particular rug, and a lot of things about the craft in general. I love the simple nature of it - just a piece of backing and some leftovers and you have something lovely. I love that it turned out beautifully on my first try. I also love that when you make a mistake, or you don't like how something is shaping up, you can just pull it out and start over. I love the learning that my brain is doing in terms of colour theory and highlighting and lowlighting. They are all things that I know in theory, but something has stopped me from applying them in terms of practice. Maybe the being forced to sit still while this foot heals is part of it.
One more picture (I know they are all the same, but I still love it)
The thing that I love absolutely the most?
There's another one in the mail!!!