Ok, it's a start. It's a bit wonky, (no, it's really wonky!), and this prototype proves change is needed, but it's a beginning!
The 'tube' I crocheted was meant to be fairly slender, but then when it came time to 'stuff' it there was considerable difficulty. I used a Tunisian crochet hook to stuff the filling, but it became too 'stuffed' and stretched looking. Regardless, I now had a form on which to practice some leaves and berries. But now that I can see all that's wrong with this one, it will make a great Christmas toy for Sweet Pea or a cat. Maybe I'll dip it in some catnip.
As much as I love the traditional Christmas colors, this leaves me craving some bright colors with a bit of whimsy.
I'd better get to work!