Thank you all for the warm welcome! And I actually just finished my Octopus I started yesterday! For my first project, I'm very proud of how well he came out! I'm a bit of a cephalopod nut so I altered it slightly to look more accurate. I added the two small chains to show the ridge above the eye and I refused to use eye buttons with circular pupils. So, I made my own buttons out of polymer clay and I'm quite happy with the finished project! I also must say, I think this was a great beginner project. The tentacles had nice continuous sets of slip stitches, singles, half doubles, doubles, and trebles so I got enough practice to memorize the stitches. All in all, a lot of fun and I'm so happy I picked up this craft! Knitting is nice and relaxing, but for a quick project crocheting is great!