Okay, so I started Joy Sampler by Lizzie*Kate a while back. I had about half of the top border stitched when my ADD reared its ugly head and I moved on to something else. I
finally remembered it picked it up again yesterday and continued stitching the top border, then did a couple little areas with the same symbol on the chart - only it turns out it wasn't all the SAME symbol. Some of it was the same symbol turned upside down. GRRRR!!! I didn't even pick up on it until I looked at the photo and noticed that the colors on the model didn't match what I'd already stitched. My dyslexic little pea brain had only registered an open triangle on the chart, not its orientation. So I have stitched the top border, one of the lights on the string, and the bow on the candy cane in WDW Sky instead of WDW Hunter. And they're going to stay that way, and the bottom border will be stitched in Sky to match the top.
So here's the thing. There are only 12 symbols on the whole design. Do you mean to tell me that the designer couldn't have come up with 12 unique symbols to represent the colors? C'mon! She didn't use a filled in triangle, a heart, any numbers or letters (beyond the stylized LK), or any other typical keyboard symbols at all. And not an oval, circle, rectangle, hexagon, octagon, or other polygon except a solid square is to be found on the whole chart. :( Designers, take note: please use as many DISSIMILAR symbols as possible when you create your charts! I know I would appreciate it, and I don't think I'm alone in this. Stitchers (and designers), please feel free to weigh in, whether you agree or disagree. I'd love to hear your experiences and opinions.
On a side note, I already foresee a problem when I get to the Chestnut and Whiskey, because one is a forward slash and the other is a back slash. *Sigh*
In other news, I hope to be able to update more. I finally bit the bullet and bought MYSELF a laptop. My son monopolizes the old one to play online games and has managed to break off one key, make others stick, and mess up all three USB ports. It has been so frustrating to try to post from it, and I can't download pictures to it from my camera, so I just gave up. I've been spending my lunch hours stitching, so no updates here except for the sidebar. I'm sure there are probably things in the sidebar that are out of date, too, since I've only been changing the WIPs, UFOs, and Finishes. I'm aiming for Sunday to bring things current, but I won't swear to it. Thanks for hanging in there!