Finally! (Read with enthusiastic exasperation.)
Like all of the yarns I'm using on my "table yarn mural", the purple for the coaster came from my stash. I don't know how long I've had it. I don't know what project I bought it for. I don't know the name of it.
I do know it was not a fun yarn for crocheted-table purposes.
I thought it would be better than some of the others because it's a silky sport weight, making it easier to get through the holes in the table. Turns out, that meant most holes needed two rows of chain stitch to really fill in the space. Many of those rows even needed and extra chain to span the distance.
And too add to the fun, the light twist of the yarn made it highly susceptible to splitting.
Sooooo glad that's over!
And now I'm ready to start the background, and I have a lovely bright green that I've been super anxious and excited to see if it makes the coffee cup really pop the way I've been hoping!
It's closer to a worsted weight and has a tighter twist, so my more experienced insticts lead me to believe this one will be easier to work with. Plus, I'm less concerned with the table showing through on the background than I was with the coaster.
My only indecision lies in the approach.
Originally, I wanted to get all tricky and complicated (as I am wont to do) and make a series of swirls. But I quickly admitted to myself that that would be a pain and take forever and may even be too much pattern for my purposes.
So I had settled upon simply following the outline of the cup and coaster, radiating out to the edge of the table. I thought it would make the background interesting without being overpowering.
But I was never really content with that because I knew I was wrong. It needs different line to make it interesting.
And, you know...sometimes straight lines can be interesting...
Now I'm thinking stripes. Start at the bottom and work in straight rows, back and forth, until I reach the top. Bonus: if I run out of yarn (as I believe possible), I just switch to a different yarn and it looks like a table and a wall.
So. Decision made. Tomorrow morning. Ten o'clock. Silky green stripes, here I come!