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DIY Knitting Stitch Markers

Hello, bloglings. I hope you’re having a lovely start to the New Year!

As you may remember from my last post, one of my goals this year is to learn how to knit. I have a lot to learn on the topic. I’m attempting to knit a sock, and one thing I learned is that you use different stitch markers for knitting than for crochet. Surprising indeed! Crochet stitch markers need to be able to open, otherwise you’ll just crochet them permanently into your project. With knitting, however, you can slip the stitch markers on and off the needles. It’s pretty magical for someone who has only crocheted before.

I figured there was no reason to buy stitch markers when I could make them myself. (If only this frugal mindset applied to buying books.) Here’s the result!

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These were easy and fun to make. I always forget how much I enjoy crafting with beads. They might not be the best-looking stitch markers out there, but they get the job done, and my obsessive self appreciates that the colors match.

I used thin crafting wire (I think it was 12-gauge or thereabouts, but I no longer have the label), hot glue, and an assortment of plastic beads that I’ve had for years.

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Here’s my crafting space, looking tidier than it usually does. The beads are so visually pleasing…the bright colors always make me happy.

The process for making these stitch markers is fairly self-explanatory. I cut a piece of wire about 3″ long, folded it in half without creasing it, slid the beads onto it, and put a dab of hot glue at the end. I’m sure there’s a fancier way to do this, and jewelry-makers are probably cringing at the use of hot glue, but I was just making use of the materials I had.

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I saw some people using stitch markers that say “SSK” or “K2TOG,” and at first I thought it was simply because the abbreviations look cool. But I think it’s actually to mark what decrease you’re doing in which spot. Whoever thought of this is a genius. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough matching letter beads, so I stuck with just “S” and “K.”

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Here they are in action! I’ve had a few incidents while knitting this sock. Let’s just say that, in the picture, you can’t tell that it’s about twice as big as a normal sock. 😛 I don’t know what I expected from using the wrong size needles. I have another sock in progress, using actual sock yarn, and I’m much happier with that one. It’s just a matter of actually finishing it. I’ve always been better at starting projects than I am at finishing them.

In any case, the stitch markers accomplish the task of marking stitches, so I’m happy. Now all that remains is to Learn to Knit a Sock.

Are there any knitters out there? I’d love to hear some knitting success stories, if anyone wants to share! 🙂

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2017: A Yarny Year in Review

First: the obligatory “I can’t believe it’s almost 2018.” How did the year go by this quickly?   I know it’s not December 31 yet, but I thought I’d write this post while I had the time. 🙂

For the past two years I’ve been setting craft-related goals for the New Year. I suppose you could call them New Year resolutions, but in my experience, those tend to die out pretty quickly (we’ve all heard of the gym memberships that fizzle out by the end of January!). So these are more of an ongoing goal that I want to accomplish…and posting them here helps me keep track! Last year I did a “year in review” for the first time, which was enjoyable, so I might make that a tradition. Here’s the link to 2016 if you’re interested.

2017 Goals in Review

1) Look into publishing Unraveled

This was the scariest goal on the list, but shockingly, I did accomplish this one. I rewrote it, retitled it Magical Thinking, and submitted it to Swoon Reads to be considered for publication. It gave me a lot of anxiety, but I’m really happy I did it. I’ve gotten a lot of helpful feedback from readers there, in addition to all of you lovely followers. When it comes down from the site, I’ll put it through another round of editing and figure out what to do with it next.

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2) Crochet the shawl from Unraveled.

There’s a crochet shawl in the aforementioned novel. Last year I had a few requests for a pattern, and I’ve been putting off for ages. I actually did crochet the shawl, but I haven’t posted the pattern yet. It’s on my list of things to do. But the goal was to crochet it, not post the pattern, so I guess I’ve accomplished it. 😛 I don’t have any finished photos yet, so you’ll just have to take my word for it, but here’s a WIP photo!

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3) Post once a month. 

Yep! Once-a-month isn’t much to aim for, but better than nothing! It’s hard to maintain a blog while being in college. I don’t know how people can post consistently.

4) Build up my Instagram following. How about 300 followers in a year? 😛

I started a #bookstagram account, which is basically pretty book photos, and it has about 370 followers right now! Granted, most of those are people who followed me back after I followed them, but that’s fine with me. 🙂

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5) Open an Etsy shop. 

I did indeed open an Etsy shop! I had a whopping four listings, and made a grand total of zero sales. 😛 I ended up closing it because I just didn’t want to put the energy into marketing. I want to spend my energy designing and making things for people in my life. I really admire people who run a successful Etsy shop. At this point in my life, it’s not something I want to pursue, but I certainly am not ruling it out for the future. I’m still glad I did it, though, because now I know it’s not as scary as I thought!

2018 Goals

Some of these goals are not strictly craft-related, but that’s because my blog is changing focus a little. I intend to post book reviews and writing-related things in addition to the normal crochet patterns and crafty adventures. So these goals relate to that. 🙂

1) Expand my knowledge of knitting.

I learned to knit before I learned to crochet, and I’ve barely knitted since. I’ve always admired knitting, though, and am amazed (and envious) of people who can do both crafts. They both have so much to offer! I realized, though, that there’s nothing stopping me from learning to knit. I taught myself to crochet with the good ole Internet and there’s no reason I can’t do the same with knitting. It’s always humbling to learn something new because there’s just so much to learn. I think it will be an excellent challenge to try and grow more comfortable with knitting.

2) Knit a sock. (Two socks, preferably.)

I’m delighted to say this one is underway! My mom and I, both crocheters, are knitting socks and motivating each other. This ties into the goal about learning to knit: I really want to make several pairs of socks, because knitted socks are the best things ever!

3) Post free crochet patterns here again.

I really miss sharing crochet patterns on my blog. I just haven’t been finding the time to design and write them up. One of my favorite crochet designers, Mrs. Micawber, used to post a free crochet pattern every month on her blog. I would love to do something like that.

4) Write a novel.

I didn’t win NaNoWriMo this year, which means there’s an unfinished novel loitering around in my head. I also have a good four more ideas ready to go, so my goal for this year is to write at least one of them.

5) KonMari my life.

This refers to the KonMari method in “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” It’s a radical method of tidying that can help you achieve your ideal life. I’ve noticed that when my room is tidier, I do more crafting, writing, reading, and feel better in general. I think this will help me achieve my other goals for this year by putting me in a better frame of mind. I also intend to blog my way through it in hopes that others may find it interesting. 🙂

2017 in Review

My blog has changed throughout the years for sure. I started blogging when I was fourteen, and now I’m in college. It’s pretty cool to look back on it and see how different things are in some ways, yet they haven’t changed in others. For instance, I am still an avid fangirl who crochets things from books and movies. 🙂

A lot happened this year. To name a few, I started my second year of college and got a job at a bookstore (!!!). This did not come without anxiety. I hope to talk more about anxiety here on the blog sometime. But it was a really good year. Here are some moments from the past year that made me happy.

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A commemorative amigurumi for the 2017 Solar Eclipse.

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Amigurumi made for my final project in English 103. (Still can’t believe I got to crochet for a college class.)

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My third crochet sweater, and the first one fit for everyday clothing. (The other ones were cosplays.) 😛

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Sarah J. Maas book signing with amigurumi Feyre in tow!

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Being a nerd for Comic Con. (See what I mean about the sweater for cosplay? :P)

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Doing the A to Z Challenge and posting almost every day for a month. I loved this challenge and intend to do it again this year, if the fates allow.

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Welcoming Maisie into our family! She’s the most amazing puppy we could’ve asked for. She’s curled up next to me as I type this. ❤

I think that’s a good note to end on. If you read this whole thing, thanks for sticking around! I’d love to hear how your 2017 went.

Have you set any goals for the new year? I’d love to hear about them!

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Book Review: Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky

Hi lovely blog readers! I’m excited to share a book review with you today. This isn’t an ordinary book review, though…it’s the first ARC I’ve ever received, and I am geeking out about it! For those of you who aren’t aware, ARC stands for “Advance Reader Copy,” which is basically copies of books that are sent out before their release date to be reviewed. I requested one from Blogging For Books, and they were kind enough to send me a copy of this one!

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About the Book

35505416Set in Edwardian England and ideal for readers who enjoy Julie Klassen novels, this romance about an English aviation pioneer and the girl who falls in love with him is filled with adventure and faith.

Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don’t approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year.

When James Drake, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson’s new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson’s newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. James wants to win Bella’s heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella’s faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down?

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Goodreads | 335 pages | I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review

I really enjoyed this book! I’m glad it was featured on Blogging For Books, because I would likely have not found it otherwise. I found that I liked Carrie Turansky’s writing style quite a lot. She writes in third person, which is my favorite, and alternates between the two main characters’ perspectives smoothly. Although the perspective often switches several times per chapter, I was seldom confused as to who was speaking: there’s always a paragraph break in between, which I appreciated. I’m not always a fan of dual narrators, but I liked it in this book, as you could see where each character was coming from.

I found myself liking the characters a lot. Isabella was my favorite, especially as I could relate to her dream of becoming a writer. However, she has it a lot harder than I will, because women rarely became journalists in the 1900s. I admired her ambition. It was also fascinating to see how journalism worked in the previous century, with Bella and her father actually having to travel to France to interview several pilots. No such thing as phone interviews back then. 🙂

When they visited France, there was a bit of French-speaking, which is always fun for me as a French major. 🙂 I always like when authors don’t come right out and translate the languages, even when I have no idea what the characters are saying: it just makes it more realistic. (Have no fear with this book, though: it’s still easy to tell what’s happening.)

I thought Bella and James were an endearing couple. They seem to complement each other quite well, and they’re supportive of each other’s dreams, which is really nice to read. Their relationship is built on friendship first, rather than them merely lusting after each other, which makes it much more sustainable than most of the fictional relationships out there. And they’re really sweet together.

There were only a few things I wasn’t a huge fan of. I wasn’t particularly interested in James’s family scandal and the investigating that happened – I was much more interested in the present day. I didn’t find myself overly invested in that subplot. The plot is also rather slow-moving, which definitely makes sense for the subject matter, but it did make me get bored in parts. It took me about a month to finish this book, because I kept getting distracted with other things. However, I really enjoyed it once I finished it, it just took me a little longer than usual.

This book is definitely not my typical genre: it’s a historical Christian romance. I wanted to give it a try because I don’t like racy books, and I felt confident assuming this would not be one of those. As I thought, it turned out to be a nice relaxing read. It never made me anxious and there is essentially no objectionable content, which is always nice. It’s something I would be comfortable recommending to just about anyone.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Making a Playlist For Your Totally Awesome Novel

NaNoWriMo is in full swing! For the uninitiated, it’s short for National Novel Writing Month, where a bunch (meaning thousands) of people attempt to write a novel during the month of November. This will be my fourth year doing NaNo, although my third year attempting the full 50,000 words.

I am so far behind it’s actually quite amusing: I just hit 10,000 words, when I should be at the halfway point. But I’m okay with that. The whole idea of NaNo is to make yourself write, and these are 10,000 words that I didn’t have last month. So I’ll be happy even if I don’t win. My novel is called “How to Breathe in Space” and it’s my first attempt writing science fiction, which is a lot of fun!

I tried something new this year: many writers talk about writing to music or creating a playlist for their books, and I was intrigued by this concept. I love music, so I thought it would be fun to give it a go. So I present to you a Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Totally Awesome Playlist For Your Equally Awesome Novel.

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1. Decide what sort of playlist you want: Brainstorming or Writing.

I feel that there are two categories for this. I am an introverted person who requires complete silence to concentrate. (To prove this point, I had to take a “what’s your learning style” assessment today, and it said mine was “Solitary.”) So it’s hard for me to write to loud music. I also find it difficult to concentrate to music with lyrics: I either end up writing the lyrics or just getting so distracted with the song that I don’t get anything done. So I tend to use playlists more for Brainstorming, rather than the Writing Process. So I will be discussing that in this post. If you’re looking for nice writing music, I recommend looking for “studying” music.

2. Discover the theme or mood of your novel!

I’m not going to go all English major here and start talking about the themes of novels. But every book has a distinct feel to it. A romance novel would have a different soundtrack than a murder mystery, in most cases. My NaNo novel is space-themed, so I’m looking for songs that feel space-y. (Definitely a precise description.)

That being said, sometimes I like to have songs with a different feel in the mix to represent different scenes. Sarah J. Maas, author of the Throne of Glass series, is known for her super long playlists for each of her books with songs that symbolize each chapter. It’s pretty neat!

3. Curate a long playlist so you don’t get bored

The more songs on the playlist, the less likely that you’ll get bored of any of them. I am definitely guilty of making super short playlists and listening to the same songs over and over again, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but it isn’t the most sustainable practice. Once I liked a song so much that I set it for my alarm clock every morning for a few months. After being woken by it every day, I developed a conditioned response to feel angry whenever I heard the song. You probably don’t want that for you and your novel.

4. Spotify is the novel playlist creator’s friend

I discovered Spotify about a year ago, and it’s helped me discover quite a few new artists. It’s a free app where you can stream music for free. There are a fair number of ads, but it is free, after all. My favorite thing about Spotify is that you can create playlists, and you can add pretty much any song for free. This keeps me from going broke with buying new music. One thing I don’t like is that you can’t choose which song to listen to – it shuffles your music automatically – but once again, it’s free. It’s definitely worth checking out if you haven’t heard of it!

5. The Music-Fueled Brainstorming Session.

This is just what it sounds like. I listen to music when I take the bus or go on a walk, and listening to the Novel Playlist puts me in a brainstorming mood. I figured out the plot for this year’s NaNo novel over a month’s worth of walks and bus rides. It’s often helpful to have something to get you in a certain mindset. Just be careful not to zone out so completely that you miss your bus stop – not that I’ve come close to doing that or anything. 😛

6. Share your playlist with the world!

This is definitely just an excuse to share my playlist with the world. 🙂

  • Paradise – Coldplay
  • Breathe – Seafret
  • No Time For Caution – Hans Zimmer (Interstellar)
  • New Constellation – Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay
  • Dead Man – Dia Frampton
  • The Loxian Gate – Enya (this is my favorite of her songs it’s so awesome)
  • Not Today – Imagine Dragons (Me Before You)

There’s a lot more, mostly Coldplay, but I’m still finding new songs. 🙂

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Have any of you tried making a playlist for your novel? What kind of music do you like to listen to while writing? Or are you a silent kind of writer? 🙂

Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

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Top Ten Books I Would Read to Kids

I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday, for the prompt “Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read”. I decided to broaden this topic into books that I would read to kids in general…and maybe my future cats. 🙂

I decided to leave out “Harry Potter” because that’s an obvious choice, at least for me, and I wanted to branch out into some other titles!

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Also, there are plenty more bookish pictures on my instagram, @once_upon_a_yarn. Shameless plug over. 🙂

  1. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. These books were a fundamental part of my childhood – I remember reading them in first grade or sometime around then and becoming obsessed with them. I think historical fiction is great to read to kids because not only is it entertaining, but it teaches them about a different time period. Plus, the writing in these books is superb!
  2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. I’ve only read this one series, although I know he has several more now. These books are fantastic for introducing kids to Greek mythology – with any luck, they’ll want to go check out the classic Greek myths when they’re finished! I think it’s awesome to have a basic knowledge of mythology and these books are a good introduction. (The author clearly knows a lot about it.)
  3. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery. Who doesn’t love the titular character in this series? It sounds like a fun book to read aloud because Anne talks SO MUCH. This is probably my favorite classic book because of all the adventures Anne has. Plus, it’s a whole series, so if the kid in question likes the first one, you can just keep reading. The later books chronicle Anne’s life as a grown-up, so it might not be as interesting to kids, but the first books would be an awesome read-aloud.
  4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Yes, there are a couple classic books on this list, simply because I loved these as a kid. Of course they’re for older readers because of the reading level. This book would be especially good for kids with siblings because of the four sisters in the story. I think Beth was always my favorite, and then probably Jo. 🙂
  5. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This might be my favorite book ever. I first read this book in my high school French class and fell in love with it, and am now recommending it to everyone I know. If I had a child, I would love to raise them bilingually, so it would be awesome to read them Le Petit Prince. (Of course, first I’ll have to become fluent in French myself…) It’s never too young to start examining the differences in translations, right? 😛
  6. Wildwood by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis. Continuing along the illustrations track, this series could be neat to read to an older reader – simply because the books are realllllllly long. It would be cool for a kid who lives in the Pacific Northwest because that’s where the trilogy is set, and it’s obvious that the author and illustrator know it well. Plus, the storyline and characters are super interesting.
  7. The Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale. Shannon Hale is one of my favorite authors, so I was super excited when I learned she and her husband were writing a series of picture books for younger readers! The illustrations, by LeUyen Pham, are super adorable, and the story sends a great message: you can be a feminine princess and fight monsters, too. That’s exactly what little girls (and little boys!) need to hear, and I would be overjoyed to read something like this to a kid.
  8. Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham. This is a graphic novel that tells the story of young Shannon’s difficulty making friends in elementary school – something I think all kids can relate to. The illustrations by LeUyen Pham are fantastic and imaginative. There’s also a bit about little Shannon struggling with what she later finds out to be OCD, which struck home with me, and I appreciate. I want to add this book to my own bookshelf!
  9. Smile and Sisters by Raina Telgemeier. I love her graphic novels, despite them not being my preferred “genre,” if you can call it that. Her art is fantastic and I especially love her autobiographical works, Smile and Sisters. Sisters would probably be great for someone with a sister, as it deals with all those sibling fights and challenges! (Also, you may remember I did a crochet project inspired by her book Ghosts!)
  10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. Although not literature, these books are hilarious and perfect for reluctant readers. They blur the line between a novel and a graphic novel, and the author is kind of a genius for coming up with this concept. These are great read-aloud books, and definitely not just for boys, either – I loved these books when I was younger (and I still find them hilarious!).

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What books would you read to your future children? Have you read any of these ones? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Book Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Hello! Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my last post. Your feedback means a lot to me, and it makes me happy to know many of you will be fine with whatever I post here. That really means a lot. So, thank you all! I’ve decided to start posting some bookish things here, at least for the time being. One thing I’m learning about blogging is that you can be flexible with it. 🙂

I also want to apologize for being so behind on comments. I try to refrain from Unnecessary Apologies here, but I do want to reply to comments and visit your lovely blogs on a regular basis, and I haven’t been able to do that lately. I’m trying to establish a better blogging schedule, so I hope to catch up soon. Thank you for being so patient! 🙂

And now for today’s post (which is a re-post from my book blog, The Bookish Orca. There will be a few of these.)

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About the Book

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Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Goodreads | 288 pages | Where I got it – purchased at Powell’s.

This review will have mild spoilers.

I loved the characters. Taylor and Charlie are vastly different, and I liked having chapters from each of their perspectives. Sometimes I find it hard to tell characters apart when authors do this, but I didn’t have much of a problem in this book.

The diversity in this book is fantastic. Taylor has Asperger’s and is extremely socially anxious, and Charlie is Asian-Australian and bisexual. I liked how the author didn’t skirt over their diversity, but this isn’t an “issue book” either. There’s one instance where Charlie is trying to explain bisexuality to her boyfriend, who “doesn’t believe in it,” and I thought that was nicely done. I also like how she’s so confident in her own sexuality (without going over-the-top). It’s nice to read about a character who is comfortable in her own skin.

I could really relate to Taylor with the anxiety end of things. I’m quick to criticize books that paint a rosy picture of anxiety, or worse, shame people with anxiety. This book did neither of those things; it’s one of the best portrayals I’ve read to date (reminds me of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell). It’s ridiculously hard for someone with social anxiety to do something like Comic Con, and you can tell how hard it is for Taylor. She also has one very realistic panic attack in the bathroom.

“That’s what we do. We walk a tightrope every day. Getting out the door is a tightrope. Going grocery shopping is a tightrope. Socializing is a tightrope. Things that most people consider to be normal, daily parts of life are the very things we fear and struggle with the most.”

I liked that the whole book was set at Comic Con! I always think it’s fascinating when books take place over a two- or three-day period. You have to cram so much character development in there, and work in the backstory without info-dumping… which is hard to pull off, but this book did!

Some other things I liked:

  • Taylor’s love for Queen Firestone! I think the parallel would be Harry Potter, with Skyler Atkins being J. K. Rowling. 🙂
  • Taylor’s social anxiety and being on the Autism spectrum. I haven’t read about that much in books, so it was really interesting and awesome to find a character like her!
  • (spoiler) Charlie’s crush on Alyssa. I have a new OTP, and I don’t say that lightly. They are ridiculously cute together, and I like how they discuss their relationship seriously… so many YA relationships don’t involve any communication, just two people lusting after each other, and this book does it right. (end spoiler)
  • I loved reading about Charlie’s life as a vlogger and indie movie star!
  • Pink hair.
  • Going off that last point, the cover is ridiculously adorable.
  • It’s fairly short – 288 pages – which is just my speed as of late. It’s pretty quick to read, which also makes it wonderful to reread. I’m starting my third read of it now. 🙂

Sensitive Reader Advisory

Lots of swearing, including the F-word. Romance, as you can tell from the back cover (including some PG-13 stuff, but off-page). Definitely for the YA audience.

In Short…

An adorable, diverse, thoroughly enjoyable ode to fandom.

Rating: 5 stars *****

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Poll: Future Plans for Once Upon a Yarn

Hello, lovely readers.

First, thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement on my last post. It means a lot to me, and I’m so grateful to have your support and enthusiasm! 🙂

I’ve been absent from this blog for quite a while lately. Between college classes and stress, I haven’t had the motivation to post much. Plus, I haven’t been crocheting as much, let alone designing patterns, which doesn’t give me a lot of material to work with. What I have been doing recently is writing book reviews and other reading- and writing-related things, which I have been posting on my other blog, The Bookish Orca. That’s been a wonderful creative outlet, and I’m having a lot of fun with it. However, I really don’t like neglecting this blog.

So I was wondering your thoughts on an idea: How would you feel about me combining the two blogs? It’s just an idea, and it may not happen, but I thought I’d see how you all felt about it. I would post the usual crochet and crafts on here, but with book reviews and bookish posts in addition.

The reason I’m thinking about this is because my blog has evolved quite a bit since its beginning. I’m already posting a fair amount of writing on here, as well as book-inspired amigurumi, so it wouldn’t be a super drastic change. I thought it would be fun to combine my two loves: crochet and reading! My blog name also seems to fit with this theme, “Once Upon a Yarn.” 🙂 Another reason is that I’ve been writing bookish posts, not crafty posts, so I can’t see being able to update Once Upon a Yarn with crafty stuff as often as I used to, unfortunately.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter. I could definitely see going either way, and I welcome your honest feedback! Please take a minute to let me know what you think. Again, here’s the link to my book blog if you want to take a look before voting. 🙂
What are your thoughts on combining Once Upon a Yarn with my book blog?

Whatever the verdict, I hope to be posting more stuff here in the near future. Thanks for sticking with me! ❤