Counted Cross Stitch Technique: Loop knot or loop start - This is a really great way to start stitching without having to tie a knot (which is never recommended) or weaving the thread end under other stitches.
I started mine (Mizzou, too, how funny!) a long time ago, but was only going to sew shirt squares together. I'm SO glad I kept my scraps, because this one looks SO much cooler! I can't wait to get working on it!