I recently read an article on the New York Times website that attempted to answer this exact question. The article Sorry, Etsy. That Handmade Scarf Won’t Save the World. was written by Emily Matchar, an articulate writer who delved into the issue thoroughly for the brevity of the article. I actually enjoyed reading it because it was so well written. Being a writer myself, that says a lot.
In the first three paragraphs, the author points out the irony surrounding handmade goods and their pricing. A store bought sweater, for example, can cost $20 or less at Walmart, but a hand-knit sweater can cost well over $100 on Etsy. Back in the 1930s and 1940s, handmade was free, and many families only survived because they wore only handmade clothes.
Almost every family had someone who could make by hand what they needed. These handmade arts were ubiquitous. (Interestingly, during the Great Depression, people used whatever they had on hand to make what they needed. Recycling at its best.)
In today’s world, not everyone knows how to knit or crochet clothing or grow food in a garden organically. Hence the increase in cost of handmade goods and organically grown food. It’s supply and demand.
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I’ve been on vacation for the past week, and thoroughly enjoying myself. But on Thursday, I somehow through my back out while doing some cleaning, which left me on the couch for the rest of the week.
In order to keep myself from getting bored and spending too much time on my phone playing World at Arms (which is really addictive!), I decided to work on some of the crochet projects that I’ve been wanting to finish for the shop.
One of these projects is a new product that is actually a set and perfect for those on the go. For example, I live about 18 miles from work, which isn’t a long haul, but it means if I forget something I can’t go home to get it because it’s 30 minutes each way. This set keeps me from losing anything and makes it easy to carry everything without having to carry more than one bag. My husband called it the “on the go” collection. Continue reading “New Products Coming to Blue Dasher Crafts!”
I’ve been working on a baby blanket for some time now, and unfortunately, I ran out of the yarn I was using before I got to finish it. The yarn I was using is Bernat Softee Baby, but the color I was using is no longer being made.
I’ve been trying to figure out how to finish the blanket, and I think I finally came up with the perfect way to do it.
I found an eyelash yarn in baby pink that I had laying around and thought it would make the perfect border for this little blanket.
The crochet pattern I’m using gives this blanket a very frilly/lacey border. But I made this blanket with the frilly edging for my daughter eight years ago, but unfortunately the edging has not only become torn from the blanket itself, the edging itself has also started to fall apart.
The filly edging looks pretty, but it’s not practical for a baby or toddler. I wanted to make this blanket one that could be passed down and be able survive an umpteen number of washings.
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ALthough Blue Dasher Crafts has gotten a late start this year, we created a new line of crochet goodies for winter. My friend Melina has joined me in this business venture and she created this line of winter fashion herself.
You can now find crochet winter scarves and scarf and hat sets in our little shop. They are available in just about any color via custom order, but here are the sets we have available that are ready for shipping:
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