Today I completed the July stitch called the Russell Variant-the lowest band from left to right. I used Rainbow Gallery Cashmere in H15 for the vertical thread group. I then used Kreinik #12 in 002 HL for the diagonal loops. After I had gotten started, I made a note to self that when I do this stitch again that I will put in the diagonals first and then the verticals. It would be easier to tuck the verticals under the diagonals than the other way around.
Also, working on black canvas, I have a tan background under my feet so that I can easily see the holes for the needle. If you don't, use a white pillowcase or whatever to lay across your lap and you will be able to stitch very comfortably.