I decided to make her a gift - because I clearly love working to a tight time-frame! I didn't want to buy something generic, and wanted it to be something a little bit different. It's also sort of relevant as she is going to be working on a haematology ward once she has finished her degree. I bought the pattern and had to go out and buy the threads (woefully lacking in a collection of threads).
It started off slowly, but now I'm on summer holidays I have had more time to devote to it! Although I have realised I'm already missing some threads for it (perhaps due to visiting family for the summer).
Definitely nice to be doing cross-stitch that isn't wedding related! 3 weeks to get it done...I'll keep you posted!