I wanted this to be done soon, but as you will see from my progress below, it's slow goings. I knew it was ambitious, but I thought I'd be at least half way by this stage!
I have spent a number of days listening to my favourite TV shows and to some audiobooks while working on this, and I try to get at least a row done to and from work each day on the train. Apparently that is not enough. Nonetheless, I did foresee that problem and mitigated the risk by starting at the top, so the date was one of the last things I would crochet, just in case I blew out my deadline.
It is turning out really great, so the excess time is worth it.
MUM OR DAD, IF YOU ARE READING THIS, AVERT YOUR EYES IF YOU WANT THIS SURPRISE TO BE A SURPRISE, EVENTUALLY.
My progress after two months' work:
What did I tell you? surprisingly good. :) The little white things along the bottom are just stitch markers so that if I get lost I don't have to start counting from the beginning of the row... 300 stitches is too many for me to count back.
Here's another shot showing the detail of what the work actually looks like to me while I'm working on it. I only see it every now and again when I find the time to lay it out flat and review my progress.
So! Still a long long way to go, but I am encouraged by the result thus far. I'll post the final product up both before and after framing... whenever that may be.
Crochet cotton is from the lovely people at Crochet Australia, who you can hear about in a previous post.
Read my previous post to learn how to make your own filet crochet portrait from a photo: