I don't really enjoy cross stitching pictures and wonder to myself why I even chose this chart so many years ago. Probably it was when I got sick and tired of everything Christmas being Santa Claus! Who knows? I did add the gold star in the gap - after I took the photograph.
But I am well over half way now and the next few bands of the sampler are interesting specialty stitches and will bring me much closer to the hardanger treat in store at the end.
My only firm New Years Resolution in 2017 is to walk 1500 kilometres by December 31st. So I have mapped out a 3.5km walk around my neighbourhood and another exactly 1km at work. Simple mathematics tells me that seven days a week I must do a nightly walk and that I need to do the one kilometre circuit at work each day if I am to reach my target. So far so good:-) But this burst of energetic resolve will reduce my evening stitching time :-(