I am so glad you are doing that stocking, littlebiskit! It's going to be really cute.
I thought I would share my next big project. Some years ago I made a picture of roses on black aida for my daughter. I used a Marc Saastad pattern (from The Silver Lining) which called for 12 reds and 7 greens. It was challenging, but not beyond me. At that time I also looked through his other designs and fell in love with Lavendar Lilacs: http://www.goestores.com/catalog.aspx?storename=thesilverlining2&DeptID=209025&ItemID=9307881&detail=1
A couple of years ago I decided to buy the pattern, but since I was working on my Christmas picture then, I didn't even look at the pattern.
So I decided to do it next and opened up the envelope and nearly passed out. The pattern is ten pages long! It calls for 28 different purples, so many that you have to use both DMC and Anchor colors! And it's supposed to be done on 25 or 28 count Lugana...over one thread!
But I love this picture, so I jumped in, and here is my progress after about 7 hours work. It's only about one-and-a-half inches by one inch.
I'm doing it on 25 count Blush Lugana, since I thought the tinge of pink would set off the lilacs.
And I am so glad that some years ago I got enough Joann's gift cards for Christmas to be able to get myself an 18 watt Ott light with magnifier!