The manta ray took a couple of hours to felt. Lucky for me, I had one of my trusty A History of Britain dvds playing in the background--the perfect accompaniment to any craft session. Two episodes: "The Empire of Good Intentions" (Ireland & India) and "The Two Winstons" (Churchill and Orwell, via Winston Smith from 1984), just in case you were wondering.
Catherine says the manta ray looks angry--it's all in the eyes--but I can only concede one angry eye. For instance, the right eye, as pictured in the last photo with Matilda, does indeed look a tad miffed. But the left eye, as seen in the very first photo, evinces something more akin to mild concern or sad hopefulness. A little wistful, a little confused. That's how I make them. Not that I intended to turn out a ray with an emotional schism evident only in the eyes...that's just what happened. It's difficult to make wool roving emote using only a barbed needle. Believe me.
For tomorrow: the birthday odds & ends!