I attempted my first ever cross stitch last week from a free pattern by wee little stitches
( http://weelittlestitchescrossstitch.blogspot.com/2012/01/free-pattern-futurama.html )
The cool pattern was the inspiration I needed to take up cross stitch. Before then I thought it was all flowers and kittens! Looking around on here... I have been proven completely wrong there!!
I was quite surprised by how long it took to complete, its very time consuming, but very easy to get completely 'in to' and lose a whole evening. Very easy to make mistakes too. There were a couple of bits that I messed up from the pattern but didnt even realise till I held it away and took a good look but im really pleased with it.
This picture is how it looks finished (needs a good iron!)