I love my octopus too. He lives on my desk at work all year round, and will at least until I get around to making the amigurumi cat
that's been on my crafting to-do list for more than a year. And no, before you ask, I can neither read nor speak Japanese. I found an English translation of the page (but it lacks photos).
As for the icon, that's Sherlock, yes? Very cute!
Hope y9ou have a wonderful New Year's Eve and a completely awesome 2011!