I so wanted this to be the weekend that I was finished with my little Highland girl, but alas, it's just not to be. I still believe I will be done with her before the end of the month (which was my original goal), but I have to admit I'm a bit bummed. Thanks to everyone for your kind comments re my crappy stitch progress anyway. Your encouragement has been helpful. I know I have a very skewed opinion of my work as well as goals I've set for myself. I get really upset when I get a headache, not because I'm in excruciating pain, but because I can't stitch! Looks like it's time to move up the neurologist appointment again. Ugh. And I was doing so well.
What makes it worse is that I'm practically drooling over starting both Sleepy Hollow and The Princess And The Pea!! I've had everything I need for Sleepy Hollow for quite some time, so I'm good there. The scrap of material left from Sleepy will be perfect for Pea. I do actually have quite a lot of thread I bought off of eBay a long time ago, knock off DMC, but all 447 colors. They were very cheap (think like about $65 for the set versus $300+ for real DMC), but I have used it and it works really well. I do think it might be better than real DMC - which has really gone down in quality since I first started stitching. Pea actually calls for Kreinik as well, and I'm not a huge fan of "sparkly" metallic type thread, so I think I might substitute DMC Satin instead. I had a HORRIBLE experience with blending filament and Past, Present, and Forever and I'm really not too thrilled about going through that again. It frays, it splits, it's awful to thread. I know some people recommend using thread wax, but I just can't see me going to that extreme when I can just use a different kind of thread.
Here's hoping for a big jump in progress despite the fact that I'm going to see Die Hard on Saturday...maybe Bruce will kick my stitching mojo into gear, yippie ki yay!!! Good luck to everyone else as well!