Crochet Pip-Life

Yes, no, hello: Zig zag blankets, book-writing and ouija feels

August 9, 2017
Zali Zig Zag Blanket by Pip Lincolne Meet Me At Mike's

Remember how I told you that I was going to start writing a novel? Well… I am doing it! I have written over 1000 words every day since I started. Today is Day Nine. My word count is sitting at 10646 and a story is pouring out of me, which is such a gosh-darned relief.

I don’t know if it’s a GOOD story. I mean, it’s just the first draft, but I can’t tell you how exciting it is to know that I can make people up and give them names and hairdos… and get them to do stuff and make things happen to them.

Look. I might actually be a monster, I think.

Day One: 906
Day Two: 1068 (1974)
Day Three: 1031 (3005)
Day Four: 1233  (4238)
Day Five: 1628 (5866)
Day Six: 1320 (7186)
Day Seven: 1035 (8221)
Day Eight:  1146 (9367)
Day Nine: 1279 (10646)

I thought my book would be funny, but it’s turning out serious and I’m okay with that. Maybe it will stay serious or maybe it won’t. Who even knows?

It’s some kind of magic, just writing itself with my brain and my hands really, so I am thinking the story will decide for itself. I’m sort of like a Ouija board for words, but not as flat. I don’t know where the (possibly not great) words are coming from, but it’s apparently my current favourite thing to get them out.

I’m not just doing the writing. I’m working and also cooking and eating and making things.

I bought some cheap and very colourful yarn from a discount shop when I was Lamington hunting with my friend Vic recently.  A few days ago, I started this quick blanket, to try and bust out of my project non-finishing fug.

I know, I know. I should finish the other things… You should know that I will, but at this point in my life I need to do different things and let myself off the hook a bit. So I am doing that.

This different thing  is actually an old favourite – the Zali Zig Zag Blanket and it’s so easy and pretty and fun to make. I guess the colours are the different bit. There’s a full how-to here, if you fancy making one too.

I’ve been drinking one million and twenty-two pots of tea every day (possible exaggeration) and eating lots of toast (homemade brown bread or Noisette ciabatta) with spicy little fish on them (ikan bilis.) And I’ve been watching Flipping Out before I go to sleep. It’s a relationship show pretending to be a house-flipping/decorating show. (I love Zoila!)

Apart from that, I’ve been hugging the dog a lot (he’s sad because our other poor dog passed away and it’s a real adjustment) and trying to stay warm (hasn’t it been freezing in Melbourne?!)

What have you been doing? Have you been staying cosy and eating good things? Thanks for reading and thank you for the kind messages so many of you have been sending. It really does help and I appreciate them more than you know.

x Pip




  • Reply Emma August 15, 2017 at 7:27 AM

    All of this is perfect and yes drink the tea, eat the toast and rest and write. When you publish I will be in the queue! xx

  • Reply Clare August 13, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    How fabulous, I am so pleased to hear you are writing a book and loving it!

  • Reply Kate August 10, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Lovely to hear from you Pip. Sounds like you are keeping busy and listening to what you need. I love the blanket, I love how you put colour together, always so bright and cheerful, I like to think that is you in a blanket.

  • Reply Dawn Reaume August 10, 2017 at 7:01 AM

    I am currently making your zigzag blanket!
    I started it last year but kind of got away from it, now I need to work on it more. I’m making it for my daughter! She picked the colors they are a greenish-teal color and gray !

  • Reply Rachel August 9, 2017 at 8:55 PM

    I sewing in ends, my least favourite part. Go Pip! I am really happy you are writing fiction. I want to too but don’t no where to start.

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