I thought that it looked hard too, and when I first tried the cluster stitch, I didn't get it. Then I just forged ahead and it seemed to work okay. The pattern has a lot of chains in it, so it goes pretty quickly!
And, Al was the stuffie that I sent in the Little Visitor Swap 7
. kikigirl, my partner made 3 great videos of him and posted them on YouTube. He's become mildly famous in certain circles.
After the swap ended, gizmonic, another LVS7 swapper made up a bunch of buttons with pics of Al and sent them to some members of his "fan club." One of them said "Al-ette Fan Club."