This was the rather unpromising start where I turned some beautiful Rowan yarn into strange and unrecognisable shapes.
Then followed some carcass construction - still not looking great!
At one point I was stared at by a manic penguin...
But then finally I finished, and lo and behold it looked like it was meant to - a bear!
The pattern is in the book Knitted Woodland Creatures and I have to say it was very well written - you just have to believe that the strange shapes will actually come together in the end!