For the Love of Crochet

I’m a creative person at heart. I love photography, scrapbooking, crocheting and making jewelry in my spare time among other crafts. I find it calming and relaxing, and my life has been pretty stressful lately. The more stressful life is, the more I seem to be drawn to crafting.

Over the years I’ve collected quite a few finished (and even more unfinished) projects, so I decided to open a shop on Etsy. I called it Blue Dasher Crafts after my favorite dragonfly, the Blue Dasher. This month (November 2014) I’m holding a Grand Opening sale to celebrate! Use code BDCNOV to get 20 percent off your order before November 30, 2014. Don’t forget, we happily accept custom orders!

Blue Dasher Crafts

Recently, I’ve been getting back to crocheting. I taught myself how to crochet shortly after my car accident in 1999, and I’ve been crocheting ever since, albeit sporadically. It’s probably my favorite hobby out of all of them (and there are several!), most likely because I can take my crochet projects just about anywhere. My latest project is a crochet baby blanket that I’m making to sell in the Etsy shop.

Puffed Hearts Crochet Baby Blanket
My latest project: the Puffed Hearts Crochet Baby Blanket

This little blanket fits pretty well in my huge purse, so I take it to work with me and crochet during my lunch hour. I put in my ear buds, listen to some music and crochet all the stress away! This pattern is a fun one too. It’s meant to look like little puffed hearts and uses a front post double crochet stitch to make them. This makes it somewhat challenging and really fun. Here’s what the pattern looks like close up:

Puffed Hearts Pattern
Puffed Hearts Pattern

Like any good crocheter, I have more than one project going at a time. At the moment, I only have two, but I’m about to start a third. My second project will also be found in my Etsy store, and it’s this monster of an afghan:

Spider Lace Afghan
Beautiful spider lace afghan that will be about 72″L x 64″W

It’s a gorgeous pattern that is surprisingly warm considering it’s open and airy design. I find myself having to turn the fan on as I crochet it because it now covers my legs when I work on it, and after just a few minutes of crocheting things get pretty warm! Here’s a close up of the pattern:

Spider Lace Pattern
Spider Lace Pattern

This is another challenging, but fun pattern using single crochet stitches and chains to make the “spider” like lace. When finished this blanket will be about 72″ long and 64″ wide. I like to make big afghans, big enough that two people can cuddle under them during the winter! 😀

Although Blue Dasher Crafts just opened, I’ve brought a friend into the business who also crochets. She’s been making some really beautiful scarves, and, like me, has caught the crochet-bug again after taking a bit of a break. Although she considers herself a beginner, Melina’s scarves are gorgeous! Here’s my daughter modeling my favorite one:

Sam Modeling Melina's Handiwork
Sam Modeling Melina’s Handiwork

These are infinity scarves and their not meant to be hooded scarves, but my daughter wanted me to try it on her. We’ve been looking at scarves on Etsy all day to see how people are photographing theirs and she wanted to try it:

Sam playing model
Sam playing model

Isn’t she cute??

The scarves are pretty too…

Here’s a close up of the fabric:

Crocheted Infinity Scarf
Crocheted Infinity Scarf

Melina has been crocheting for about three years, and her work is amazing for such a new crocheter. These scarves will be listed in my Etsy shop tomorrow. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate, and I was unable to take these shots outside so they aren’t the quality I want. Sometimes I hate being a perfectionist.

Some of my other projects will include my own line of scarves, baskets, blankets, pot holders, dishcloths and reusable makeup removers (I can’t wait to try these myself!).

So stop by Blue Dasher Crafts, I’m always adding new items, and since life is pretty stressful at the moment, there will be quite a few crocheted items to add! I will also be posting some free crochet patterns on the site along with a variety of other crafty things, so stay tuned!

Is there something you want to see in my shop? Tell me about it in the comments below!

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