Here he is in his gold and blue glory.
It took me a while to do his tail. Luckily, The Lord of the Rings was on last night. I didn't know that the TNT version was cut down from the full version. One of these days, I'm going to have to watch the complete trilogy, back to back, without interruption. I'm probably going to need a big piece of stitching to work on that day.
Here is the entire piece so far. The year is supposed to be under Peeky, but I'll save that til I actually finish the chart. Although I plan for this to be done by the end of January, I think we all know better than to assume.
I did have a slight crisis when I realized I could not find the skein of 931 I had kitted this up with. I don't know where it got to, but it's not in the zipper bag, not in the large tote, nowhere. And I couldn't find a skein in my bobbin boxes. It wouldn't be so bad, but the alphabet and the birds are stitched in that color, and I need it, if not now, then this week. I really didn't want to have to buy another skein of floss, since it's a 15 minute drive to town, and I am lazy, but resigned myself to a visit to Michaels today. I went to the last ditch storage place, though, and did find a 931. And it was wound! I don't know what happened to that other skein of floss; I'm going to chalk it up as a sacrifice to the stitching gods.
The rest should go fast. There is only one other big motif, but I don't see that slowing me down that much. I'd really like to get this finished quickly. It's been kicking around as a WIP too long and it really is a pretty sampler. So I'm crossing my fingers.