2018: Year in Review

The good news is that 2018 was an amazing year for me. The bad news is that I didn’t blog about any of it, mostly because 2018 was ridiculously busy. I fully intended to write about crocheting, reading, and traveling, but I accomplished so much that I didn’t have the energy. Here’s a general summary of my year.

My goal was to complete twenty-four projects, and I exceeded it. Here are a few of my favorite projects from 2018.

Pattern Links: The Friendly Unicorn, BB-8, Jawa, Porgs, Cross My Heart Sweater, Quick and Easy Unicorn Basket

My crocheting goals for 2019 are to finish all my WIPs (I have too many!), use my epic stash of cotton yarn, write down and post the patterns I create, and blog about my crocheting adventures.

My goal is always to read fifty books in a year, but this year got a little out of control. I find that when I’m stressed and overworked, I gravitate toward very fast, engaging, and light reading. Since I started working on a second Master’s Degree, I’ve been obsessed with fantasy, and I tore through tons of series.

My favorites were A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, The Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs, The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, The Others Series by Anne Bishop, and The Echo Trilogy by Lindsay Fairleigh. I do not plan to break this record, but it could happen. I may just have to accept that 2018 may remain my high year until I retire.

If I took the time to go into detail about all of our adventures, this post would be ridiculously long. I’ll just summarize it by saying that our big adventures included Seattle and New York City, which were two of our best! I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

NYC Adventure, June 2018
Mt. St Helens, The Space Needle, Mt. Rainier, Snoqualmie Falls, The Museum of Flight

It looks like 2019 will be full of even more adventures than 2018. My goal is to slow down and write about all the amazing things that happen!


2018 Reading & Project Challenges

I’m not good at setting New Year’s resolutions, but I love participating in challenges. Maybe it’s because most of the challenges I join are public and everyone can view my progress. Outside accountability helps me meet my goals.

Every year I challenge myself to read at least fifty books, and I use Goodreads to track that challenge. After I failed miserably by only reading fourteen books in 2014, I decided to focus my efforts and never let that happen again. Since then I’ve surpassed my goal every year, setting a record of 108 books in 2017.

This year Ravelry is starting a project challenge, which I’m pretty excited about. I’ve always been good at keeping track of the books I read, but when it comes to tracking what I create, I tend to drop the ball. Participating in this challenge should help me keep track of and document everything I make. I set my goal for twenty-four projects, since I have no idea how many things I create in a year, and two a month seems reasonable. I have a lot of projects lined up because now that the holidays are over and I have no craft shows in the near future, I can finally make things for myself and share some of my own patterns. This challenge should also help me blog more because I’ll be sharing everything here!