Argh I am going to admit defeat on stranded mushrooms vs. tubular knitting. I don't often rip stuff out cos it HURTS and I'd rather things just looked a bit crap, so the fact I even considered ripping this means it is the right thing to do. Its not just the tricky aspect though, tubular knitting with a single knitted surround never looks perfectly square and I just want it neat! So I will try knitting the mushroom on plain ol' stocking stitch. Here is the little mushroom pattern I drew, I hope it comes out OK once its stretched a bit in st st...will it even be recognisable as a mushroom? Does it even resemble a mushroom in the pic below? All this and more remains to be seen.