2018.

Somehow it’s New Year’s Eve? How did that happen? I swear each year goes faster. Probably because I’m getting older and each year is a smaller fraction of my life, but it still feels astounding to look back at the year and think, where did it go? 

As far as blogging goes, it was a pretty quiet year on Once Upon a Yarn – only 24 blog posts. I’m moving away from the blogging platform, it seems. Instagram is a much more fun outlet for me lately. If you miss me, you can always come see what I’m up to at @onceuponayarn. 🙂

Here’s the year summed up in pictures.

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First ever craft fair! This was such a fun and rewarding experience. It makes me so happy when my creations make people smile.

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I made significant money from crochet for the first time ever, which feels amazing, as I continue to work on my Etsy shop. I sold a custom dragon like the one above, 10 cactuses and 10 snowflake ornaments to a relative, and of course the things at the craft show…which I’ll post about one of these days. 🙂 It’s hard to make a living off crochet, but it’s nice to make a little extra money doing what I love.

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I miss you, Ruby. ❤

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Went all out for a Halloween party with my friend and his family. Lexa is my favorite character from The 100, and her outfit is so cool!

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I did a lot of #bookstagram, which is such a nice creative outlet. Turtles All the Way Down was my favorite book of the year, and I really recommend it. Bookstagram just makes me happy lately. Pretty pictures of books are so fun to browse and photograph.

2018 Goals

Last year I set some goals for 2018, so let’s see how those went!

1) Expand my knowledge of knitting.
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2) Knit a sock. (Two socks, preferably.)

Well. I knit one sock. I had a terrible time doing it, though, and I never got around to the second one. Honestly, I just don’t like knitting (the process, that is – I absolutely love how knitted items look!) Crochet will probably always be my craft of choice. I’m still proud of the sock I made, but it probably will never get a companion… maybe I’ll just give it to Dobby. 🙂

3) Post free crochet patterns here again.

I published 4! They were all doll clothes – and it felt good to return to making those. The Barbie Fencing Outfit is my favorite. 🙂

4) Write a novel.

Yes! I wrote 1) the first draft of Song of the Sea, 2) 10,000 words of a contemporary YA novel I’m working on, and 3) most of the first draft of By the Sea. What I have learned is that I really like the ocean, and I desperately need to think of more original titles.

In other writing news, I actually had 2 pieces published in my college’s literary magazine, and I’m really excited about it. One was a poem about my poodle, Ruby, and it’s really special to me to have this small tribute to her. I miss that dog.

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5) KonMari my life.

Well, I’m trying. It’s a process, but progress has been made, and it’s something I’ll keep working on. It’s so much nicer to have a tidy life.

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It was a rough year, honestly, and one thing I’ve learned is that life is unexpected. You just have to go with the flow. For that reason I’m not making any concrete goals for this year. I just want to see what happens. There are a few things I’d like to accomplish, but it’s not a resolution exactly. I’d like to read 100 books this year and review all of them, even if it’s a short review, because that helps me both as a writer and a reader. And I’d like to work more on my Instagram, both with photography and with making more friends there!

One thing I know is that blogging isn’t the same creative outlet it used to be. Instagram has replaced it for the most part. I’m going on hiatus from blogging for the foreseeable future. I’ll be taking 4 college classes starting next week, and I don’t need the additional commitment of writing blog posts. I’ll probably be stepping back from commenting as well, although I still want to read your lovely blogs. I value you all as my blogging friends. ❤

If you still want to keep up with my shenanigans, I’ll be posting regularly-ish at @onceuponayarn on Instagram. There is a possibility that I’ll post book reviews here on the blog, if you’d be interested in that, rather than disappearing completely. Let me know if you’d like to see those! Happy New Year to all of you, and I hope 2019 treats you super well. What was your favorite part of 2018?

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2 thoughts on “2018.

  1. filliefanatic says:

    Sounds like you had a great year! My favourite part of 2018, wow, that’s such a tough question. It was probably seeing all the creativity that the bloggers I follow cultivate and create. And you should definitely post some book reviews – I already miss your posts! Happy new year! 😀

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    • Claire says:

      It really is lovely seeing all the creativity in the blogoverse, I’m with you! Can’t wait to see what you and Sarah come up with in 2019 🙂 Thank you for your kind words, I’ve already read a few books I’d love to review here!

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