I spent the bulk of the weekend finishing the thread cardigan, to the point where I had The Claw by the end of the day Sunday. The very last row went around the entire perimeter of the thing, and took a full hour and half.
But it's done! And it looks more or less like the picture I was going from! AND, the most important part: IT FITS. Now I just need to find some fun half-inch buttons and it'll be completely done. Woo!
Here it is looking all pretty in the dappled sunlight. Note thread tablecloth, still in progress.
A slightly more close-up shot:
And me, trying to hold it together where the buttons will eventually be. The Mighty T-Rex looks on in approval.