What are you most proud of? How cute he turned out! What advice would you give someone starting this project? Make sure you have a row and repeat counter. Be patient when putting the pieces together, especially the base. And as not to get confused, make front and back piece of each ear one after the other and assemble ears, instead of making all 4 pieces and then assembling. And cast on however you like...pattern indicates you need to use the thumb cast on method, but that isn't necessary to the pattern. Any method of casting on will work.