Coffee table runner

I think this runner is the first ever cross-stitch project in my life that I diligently stuck with until I finished it. 🙂 It now adorns our coffee table.

Cross-stitched coffee table runner

Cross-stitched coffee table runner

Like I mentioned earlier, the different styles of the motifs and their connectors do work well together. I made a whole lot of mistakes along the way, and a whole lot of fixes and readjusting of patterns resulted. In the end, though, when I see the runner doing its thing, I forget all of that, and just feel happy and proud of my creation. ❤

Now, to finish the shawl that I’m knitting for my sis…

Runner progress

Still cross-stitching, no knitting. I’m making good progress on the coffee table runner. This is how a single motif looks, and I’ll have three of them across the runner.

Runner - progress

I came up with this pattern inspired by a Pinterest pin for biscornu (which, since a long time, leads to a site under maintenance though) and a super-simple dots-and-curves Rangoli that I gave a Celtic look to. (Here on Pinterest are some dots-and-curves Rangolis of higher intricacy.) This combination might appear weird 🙂 but for me, it is a happy combination of two different styles and looks, and best of all, it seems to work.

One thing I didn’t count on was how confusing working on this pattern would be. I’ve made umpteen mistakes already, and ended up correcting them (or just letting them be because they won’t be noticeable much.) This is definitely not a binge-watch project, though that’s how I’ve been working on it. I really should be thankful for the rewind button so I can catch the dialogue or action that I missed while I became absorbed in the stitch count — or worse, realized that I’ve made a mistake yet again and tried to figure out how many stitches I’ll have to undo. 😛

I’m having a lot of fun with this runner, though, and seeing my stitching quality improve as I work is a bonus. 🙂 It’s a welcome break from knitting, and I think I’ll attempt a cross-stitch project now and then when I’m done with this one — maybe a runner, maybe something smaller.

Runner… finally in progress

More than eight months ago, I’d started working on a coffee table runner, wanting to make cross-stitch motifs on it. I’d made an edging on some aida cloth of suitable size, and actually came up with a pattern after some pinning bouts on Pinterest caused flashes of inspiration, and then…

Nothing. I stuffed the cloth in my cupboard, and continued knitting and making jewelry and stuff. Now and then, I’d remember this project and would feel guilty that I haven’t continued working on it, but not guilty enough to take it out of its prison. Well, until recently.

Coffee table runner -- progress

It’s finally out. And I finished making a border. My cross-stitch is rusty, and the border isn’t very neat, but I’m getting better as I continue, and the motif is turning out neater — not so bad at all. It’s going to be a while before I finish this, but I’m not feeling like knitting much these days, and I’ll be working on this instead, so it’ll go much faster than the zero progress that I made all this while. 😀

Blood and Ash top

The two-tone top is done! I used up the entire skien of the gray yarn, right down to a tie-cord accessory 😉 at the neck. I still have almost one skein of the red left, though. I’ll have to think of a project for it.

Blood and Ash top

Blood and Ash top

I’d mentioned earlier that I’d made a ribbed raglan for this top, and I continued with stockinette stitches for the body and sleeves. I used tight 1×1 cables for the edgings instead of simple eyelets that I’d thought of before, and it suits the rest of the top, I must say!

Blood and Ash top

I’m happy with the length of the top and the sleeves. (Phew! Glad the gray lasted — in the end, I was knitting from both ends of the skien and alternating between the sleeve rows.) I like the ease in the top as well. The cord at the neck is still too wiggly, but one more stretching treatment will hopefully fix it. The only problem I have is that it’s still super-hot weather here, and I want it to cool down fast so I can wear this one!

Wall hanging

This is what came about from an evening or two of knotting leftover yarn from my knitting projects.

Macramé wall hanging

Macramé wall hanging

I’d cut these yarn lengths for another macramé project. That hadn’t gone as well as this one, and I’d abandoned it, salvaging the yarn that remained. The yarn is too thin by itself, so I used a bunch of same-color lengths for a single macramé ‘cord’. Also, the two colors are of different thicknesses and textures, so I compensated by choosing a different number of threads for bunches of one color, and a different number for the other color.

My sister has these wooden sticks, one of which I used as the anchor for this piece. I started out with reverse lark’s head knots, and did some fancy interweaving of cords. I had intended to make basic square knots, but with all that fanciness happening, I ended up not concentrating, and the knots are… well, I don’t think they’re any macramé knots I know. 😀 I realized it soon enough, but felt it was too much effort to undo all the knots I’d made till then, so I continued with the same knot so it would look consistent. As we say at work — “it’s not a bug, it’s a feature.” 😉

To finish the piece, I made sections of double-half hitch knots to get all the cord bunches back to their original pattern. I then strung the bunches through some large-hole beads, and arranged the beads into two lines.

I left the ends as is.

This piece hangs on the wall adjoining my room’s door, and looks awesome when the sunlight hits it, because of the shine in the lighter yarn. I tried seeing if it would go on the door itself, but the colors don’t show very well against the door’s paint. (This calls for another decorative macramé project… A door-hanging decor project!)

Two-tone top

Remember when I talked about my novice self strutting off and buying insufficient amount of yarn for stranded knitting? Yeah, in the same shopping spree, I’d also bought another insufficient set — 3 red and 1 gray skeins of the same yarn that I used for my horizontal cables sweater.

Before I bought the yarn, I’d given some thought to the placement of the stranded knitting areas, but now, I knew that working on stranded knitting would result in a short jacket at most. And the placement I’d thought of won’t do for a short jacket. So instead of stranded knitting, I decided to knit a two-tone raglan top / sweater with the yarn.

Since the top would just be stockinette stitches, I decided to add some ribbing along the raglan shaping, and finish all edges with some simple, discreet eyelets. (Weird combination, I know, but that’s me! 😛 ) This is how the raglan ribbing looks for the red body and gray sleeve —

Blood-and-Ash two tone top

The yarn is worsted weight, which means the progress is so much faster on this! I’m going to name it the Blood and Ash top. 🙂 These colors do make a good combination, don’t they?

Cabled top in progress

I’ve been working on a cabled top for a while, and it’s the other large project I’m working on. (The first one being the do-over pullover.)

Cabled top patterns

This top is heavily cabled, and it’s the first time I’m making something this cable-y. It’s a lot of stitches, and is slow(er) progress because of the amount of stitch twisting involved in each right-side row, but I’m ecstatic about how it’s turning out. The Nako yarn that I’m using settles down well in the stitches, and the cables look presentable as a result. 😀 I’ll use the same pattern for the back of the top as well as the front, and I might add a few cables to the sleeves as well, so I’m hoping it’ll be epic, haha! 😉

I’m using these stitches in this project:

I was constantly switching between this top and the do-over pullover, and now I’m starting on another project — a shawl for my sis — because it’s boring to keep working on only these two. Which one I’ll finish first remains a mystery, even to me…