On Friday, I made it out to Michaels for tweedy brown yarn - Vanna's Choice in "Barley." I had some soft green crochet cotton from a thrift store trip for leaves already!
Although I've been crocheting for about 50 years, I have serious problems actually following patterns, so it was a crapshoot.
The hook I had was a size smaller than recommended, and when I counted up number of stitches I had for the head, it was about 4 more than I was supposed to have. And I crocheted a few extra rounds, but I still think his head could've been longer (and maybe thinner).
One upside of having a button obsession is that I was able to find buttons that made good eyes!
The body went really well, although I definitely made him taller than the tutorial.
The arms were a battle. No matter what I did, I could NOT get the pipe cleaner stuck into the arms if they were any longer than an inch or so. So I made the start of the arms bigger, then decreased a bit, and then stuck the pipe cleaner through and just crocheted AROUND the pipe cleaner to the end of the arms.
I crocheted a few leaves and embroidered some greenery down the front, after adding vines (or just trunk texture?) with chain crochet sewed on.