Hooking the Canton part of the flag has been slow and tedious. I started hooking the stars in #8.5 and then switched to #9 since I've had good luck hooking stars in the past with Kris Miller's technique. I do like the #9 better but is still going slow and find myself watching more tv than pulling loops out of hesitancy. Me thinks this will be my go to for need to hook between projects.
The reason you see bits of white linen between the loops is because the wool is stiff. I believe once it is pressed it will be just fine.