I'm so loving stitching with grids. Makes it a lot easier than I thought. I can jump around and change colors when I get tired of one, or like the greys at the top and I worked with a bit of green. Then I jumped down to stitch some dirt at the bottom. I don't think I would go back to no grids now and the mechanical pencils (cheap at the dollar store) work like a dream. I made sure they would wash out and now have no worries about getting rid of them once the project is finished.