And since today was a day off from school, and I therefore tried to take off a day from housework, and actually got to finish today’s installment! I am now going to have to wait a day or 2 for the next one, but that is just fine with me.
I no longer think it will be a monkey, I am thinking it is the bottom of a vessel, like a pot or a basket. As I understand it, picots are usually used to attach other parts of the pattern to, and while there are picots on both parts of the (currently) upright piece, the long horizontal piece doesn’t have any. What that means, I do not know (yet). 😀