My friend, Laura, kindly sent me a Carmen Banana Kit after we discovered it in the Knit Picks catalog and thought Carmen was just too cute. We're having our own knit-a-long and here is my Carmen so far. I did re-work the pattern a bit. I started with the tail instead of the arms to give me some practice knitting small limbs in the round on one long circular needle (40" size 2.75 mm Addi Lace needle). I stuffed the limbs as I went along, trying to stuff them all evenly. I have more stuffing to do on her face. The instructions suggest tightly stuffing the lips and lightly stuffing the neck. I made her ears mirror images of each other instead of two ears exactly the same. I casted on the ears provisionally (leaving a long tail) and worked knit 1 below increases instead of knit 1 into the front and back of the stitch increases in row 2. I knitted the ear and worked the decreases like a sock toe and slipped the edge stitches over the next stitch on each side before grafting. I took out the provisional cast-on and then proceeded to purl the front and back of the ear sts together (the purl ridge shows on the back of the ear). I then pulled each ear edge stitch to the inside between the face stitches and then bound off the ear on the inside. So far, Carmen has been a fun knitting workout.