Call me crazy, but I have started over. Originally, I was stitching on 32 count, using all shades of blue. But the more I saw of the samplers stitched using the recommended colors (or close variations) the more I realized that I just like the way Mary stitched it, so why change it up? Besides, I really, really wanted to stitch it on 40 count.
My linen order arrived last week (Zwiegart 40 Ct. New Castle) It is a bit stiff right now, but I like the color a lot. I am using DMC fibers, not exactly the colors recommended, but close. Here is 3 days worth of stitching:
If you don't recognise it, that is because I started in the bottom right corner (one of my odd stitching quirks- bottom right is my preferred starting point).