I am now half way around with the backstitching and it's actually looking quite good I think. I'm liking it more and more as I go. Except that I've almost run out of 3371 so I think a run to the shop tomorrow might be in order, but I think the only place left only sells Anchor. Oh well, I'll see what the conversion looks like.
I'm now thinking about the finishing. I know basically what I'm going to do, but I'm wondering about washing it. I think I'm going to have to put iron on interfacing on the back so the backstitch doesn't come undone, as in a few places I've had to cut just one stitch and force the ends to the back as the wonderful chart confused me and I got it wrong. I'm thinking I'll need to put the interfacing on before I wash it as otherwise those ends might make a bid for freedom. Or I could just skip the washing.
Incidentally - I've turned on comment moderation for posts over 7 days old as I recently noticed I was getting a load of spam comments, and figured that moderating older posts comments might help without being noticed too much. If the spam continues I may go to full moderation, but I'll see how it goes. So if when you're trying to comment you get a message saying it will be moderated - it's not cos I think you're going to be horrible :D The other thing I could do if it keeps up is turn on the word verification, which I personally find really annoying, hence why I haven't turned it on yet.