I always lick my floss before I put it through the needle. I know some think it's gross but it just makes threading easier for me.
I picked up colour 150 and added 2 stitches when I noticed red around the second stitch. I first thought it was some fluff and tried to pull it off, but when I pulled the stitch out, I saw that the red was actually on the fabric.
So I ran the tip of where I had licked over a different part and it left a nice red smear. Don't worry it's a HAED so it will be covered but imagine what I would of felt like if I finished a piece like this and then washed it. I always wash my cross stitch before it goes to the framer as he is a bit of a perfectionist and always frowns and moans at me if there is even the tiniest spot. And he always sees them:-(
So I pulled out the 2 stitches and am just about to wrap the thread around something and leave it to soak in warm soapy water for a little bit.
I then tried cross country but I don't like how it slows me down with all the counting and double checking.
I lastly tried parking while going down a column and it's much better and I'm only working with parked threads for that coloumn. But I still have to tidy up the threads from my first parking attempt. Hopefuly it will be done in time for the progress update.