No, it won't be finished before the plane trip but it will be finished soon!
Determination to finish no longer has any connection to whether I will like the finished product. Having done all the work, I'm not sure that I like it. Yoiks! The colours are insipid
So what made it 'work'? What made it easier to get done than other cross stitches beforehand? My usual track record is about 10 years per project. Not working at the moment helped, for sure; however, I think the biggest thing was a little trick I learned when I went to the Barrossa Valley in December - use more than just the centering lines when necessary. This was a complicated pattern. While I was in South Australia, I visited a craft shop where photographs are converted to cross stitch works of art. The stitcher had a grid system of running stitch to help with the project. I found that counting was so much more accurate and less frustrating as a result of the marking lines matching the 10 stitch bold grid lines in a pattern. As a result, the project was much less a chore once the shine of the 'new project' wore off. I suggest that anyone with a large or complicated project try it
Fatigue has just set in. I've got to go and do more packing
Blissful stitching to one and all.