I have taken a bit of a break before beginning the next piece based on the Codex Canadensis. The latest issue of Marie Claire Idees contains an irresistible bit of cross stitch. I somehow forgot my previous vow to never do another counted cross stitch, after I completed a beautiful reproduction of an antique sampler several years ago. I loved the results, but apparently I lacked (and still do) the ability to count, so the cursing and undoing of threads makes the stitching more of an exercise of will than a pleasure. The chart for this embroidery is super, and I don't think my inability to read French is to blame. I just can't count. But I figure I am about half done, so hope to finish within a week.
Oh, and I'm not going to make it into what appears to be a pie carrier. It's going to the Chef's restaurant - he wasted no time declaring dibs on it!