So I'm still working on this big cross stitch. As of today, I'm just over 20% of the way finished with it. That's about 101,000 stitches so far. I was worried that it wouldn't look like anything when it was done, but now that I've finished a section with some recognizable detail (and it actually looks like something) I'm feeling a lot more confident about continuing to stitch. If I can keep up this pace I might be finished way ahead of schedule. I was expecting it to take about a year and a half or two years to complete but now I think more like 7 months. We'll see.