I started first with the back stitching in the upper left hand corner and quickly realized that counting all those stitches as I stitched down the side would be a disaster - I haven't mastered the art of counting accurately above 10 yet :o) Then I started putting in the stitches for the snowflakes and decided that I should put in "guidelines every 10 rows. That was ok.
After I stitched for awhile, I realized that the color "dirty" called for in the pattern was not just cream - these white stitches really did not show up at all. It took me a few days to get out to the craft store where I purchased some really pretty light blue 14ct Aida cloth and promptly started out again. Part of the way throught this rendition, I realized that the white was not showing up all that well on the blue either, but I kept going and this morning finally finished the January part of this SAL.
I really love this cute little owl, but the background color is not dark enough to show the stitches. At this point, I see two choices: 1. Leave it as is and go back and backstitch around the little guy if it really still bothers me at a later date or 2. I can get some even darker fabric and re-stitch him. I am a little relunctant to do that as I don't know what the next patterns will be. If I choose a fabric that is too dark, it might not show up the next sections very well.....I will wait and see.....
12 of them again
Even I am getting sick of these photos
But not the fish :o)
I did figure out that if I want a finished blanket that is approximately 4 feet X 6 feet, I will need 180 fish. Not bad.....If I keep up the same way as I am going now, I could totally be done by the end of the year. Can I stick to one project that long?????