Spent some time yesterday working on the outlining/backstitching of Sue Hillis' Pair Tree ... probably not more than three hours stitching left ... need to work the whole bottom row of mittens and stockings as well as the pot. It is always a good feeling when a piece is nearly finished. It develops a momentum of its own. I will probably finish it by tomorrow evening. And then I will have to take a break from Sue Hillis, much as I have enjoyed the last five pieces I've stitched. It will be back to Raise the Roof's Crabby All Year [on a 40ct linen] and Thea Dueck's Mystic Pocket [hardanger and specialty stitches, silks and overdyes] for a real change of pace. It will also be good to work in a color way that has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas for a change.