I really wish that I had gotten that last motif at the bottom done before I left, but I didn't. Well, it will still be there when I get back. :-) I can see why people abandon Châtelaine Designs. Yes, they are lovely, but there is a lot of repetition. I do have the feeling that, "Come on, I've already stitched this motif! Don't you have anything different?" But that doesn't mean that I am going to abandon Hawaiian Mandala. I knew it would take a long time when I started it and am in for the long haul. I am just in awe of people who have finished (with beads!) the five parts that have already been published.
Just as a change of pace (and moving from 32 count to 28 count), I started the next motif on Rouge. When it is finished it will be a jar of strawberry jam. Yes, there are a lot of color changes in there, but it is pretty easy to follow. Again, I left this in Nevada and will get back to it when I return.
We are safely in Hawaii. The flights were uneventful, but I will never get used to getting up at 3 a.m. Even though I tried to get to bed early, I really didn't sleep much, which meant that when we got to the house here, I immediately fell into bed and slept all afternoon. There is now a three hour time difference between the West Coast and Hawaii, so maybe if I go to bed at midnight Hawaiian time, I will be ready to sleep.
We did decide to take the Hawaii Superferry to Oahu next week. We leave on next Wednesday and come back Friday morning. It only sails once a day each way, so we are pretty constrained on when we could go and come back. It's a four hour sail, so there should be plenty of time for stitching. And yes, I did start another small stitching project on the flight over today. I will post pictures tomorrow. I expect I might have it all stitched by this weekend.