I've used four of my six skeins of Blue Spruce and have started on the fifth. I have stitched a little over 2/3 of the design. This design is addictive. I am compelled to stitch just one more element and than one more and so on. With all the handling, the rather stiff Monaco has softened up enough so that I am no longer injuring my forefinger with each stab of the needle. But the whole experience reminds me why I prefer linen. Unfortunately, I have two more pieces of Monaco in stash which my frugal soul will insist on using up. A quick pre-wash will remove most of the sizing and, one hopes, most of the problem.
I need to attend to some chores but if I have time to stitch tonight, I'll concentrate on the corner motifs and the roses.