WIPs and BIPs

WIPandBIPToday I’m proud to introduce a new little department on this blog. I’m calling it WIPs and BIPs. It’s a space for me to vent about my fiber works in progress (WIPs) and books in progress (BIPs).

I’ve got a lot of disjointed babblings in store for this particular day, but you may get a good pattern or novel recommendation from it, never know.

So, here are my WIPs. Christmas is coming up, and I’m furiously making gifts. My church has a ladies’ group, and we do secret pals. It’s really sweet, actually. At our end-of-the-year party, we reveal who we are and give each other gifts. My secret pal is a sweet, kind-hearted woman in her 60s. Since I knew she probably wouldn’t know what to do with an amigurumi doll, I decided to make her the Elise Shawl by Evan Plevinski. I’m using a glittery thread-weight yarn in Christmas red, so I hope it’ll come in handy over the holidays.

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I’m also crocheting charity hats. Every year, our church takes two trips to Mexico, where we have some missions. The areas are rural and poor. We throw a Christmas party and — most importantly — make friends with the people there and connect with them. One of these towns in particular experiences a lot of cold weather in the winter, and they can really use hats. I’ve got six made so far!

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These whip up in an hour or two, and I just make the pattern up in my head, varying it as I go along.

Sometimes I go for stripes.

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Other times poofs.

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And — this is the best part — they said, “The more colorful, the better!” So I’ve come up with some pretty rowdy color combinations

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Our trips are the first two weekends in December, so we’ll see how many I can make before then.

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As for BIPs, I’ve been addicted to audiobooks lately because I can have hook in hand and book in ear. At the moment, I’m listening to “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” I read it ages ago, so it’s fun to have a second listen.

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Quick story. The very first job I ever had was at a bookstore in the local mall. My very first day at work was the day that “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” hit the shelves. I wasn’t one of the sellers who had to arrive at the store at midnight to sell the first copies to crazed Potter fans, but when I came into work later that day, I did have to wear a cape and these plastic round-lens glasses and a lightning bolt tattoo on my forehead. At that point, I didn’t know who Harry Potter was, and I had no idea what all the fuss was about.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

How old were you when you read your first Harry Potter book?

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