Artsy Copper on Sep 5, 2016
OMG this blanket was so worth the money. So soft and warm. I LOVE IT
One purple afghan, made out of love, changed it all!
When I was 15 years old, I spent a lot of time with my best friend at her house. One Christmas, she received an afghan, handmade by her grandmother. It was the prettiest lavender color, and you could tell by just looking at it that you could feel the love of her grandmother when you were under it. From that moment on I wanted to create afghans like that precious lavender afghan; I wanted people, whether I knew them or not, to feel love and comfort underneath handmade afghans made with my own hands.
From there I decided to teach myself how to crochet. I had my dad take me to a store, and I bought a simple crochet needle and yarn. Over time I taught myself the basic stitches, and worked my way up to more complicated pieces. It was frustrating learning from a book, but I was determined to crochet myself an afghan to snuggle up under.
My first blanket was, in all honesty, a tragedy. I pictured that gorgeous lavender afghan, and somehow my version was hard, almost like sandpaper. I had a lot to learn!
Over the years I have kept up with my craft, waiting for it to become perfect enough to create the afghans I could see in my mind's eye. After years and years of practice, I finally created an afghan that I was proud to call my own work: a simple pastel pink and blue baby blanket.
My first full-sized afghan was for my husband. He is in the U.S. Army, and I wanted him to have an afghan to use while he was away from home, whether it was in a tent in the forest for a field training exercise or in the deserts of Afghanistan. I wanted him to be able to feel my love even though we were miles apart, just like my best friend felt when she wrapped herself in her grandmother's afghan. I created it out of two colors of green and tan so that it would match his army gear. He loves his afghan so much, and it stayed on our couch when he was home. I've never seen him take such care of an item before.
From there my shop was born. I knew I could continue to make beautiful afghans as much as I wanted to, but where would they go? I couldn't just keep them all here in my own house, no matter how soft and comfy they were! So I decided I would share them with the world, so that anyone could have a handmade afghan made with tender love and care, even if they don't have a family member or friend that has taken up the craft of crocheting.
Since my shop was opened in 2011, I have developed my craft more and more. I started with simple afghans...straight lines, solid colors, etc. From there I have taken inspiration from everything around me to create afghans that represent all kinds of styles. I love taking trendy and modern decor styles and incorporating them into afghans that will last generations. The more I create, the more I want to design. Its a never ending cycle of creativity, and I absolutely love doing it! Some of my favorite designs have also come from customers asking for fun new designs and colors.
Through the years developing my craft as a teenager, I also ended up developing a chronic illness, more specifically an autoimmune disease called Behçet's Disease. This disease makes it where my own bodies immune system attacks the blood vessels throughout my entire body, causing inflammation and damage to my digestive system, eyes, joints, lungs, and skin. I have found that crocheting is the perfect hobby due to my illness; I am able to work at my own pace, and the movement of the crochet needle helps keep the arthritis in my wrists from getting too bad. I find it to be a blessing that I am able to work from home and contribute to the world even if my body isn't doing very well!
Other than crocheting I enjoy many things. I have a career acting here in Atlanta, where I appear in film and tv shows that are shot in the southeast. I am also a computer geek, and I working with computers, fixing them and programming software for them. I have two dogs, a Corgi named Bentley and a corgi/Labrador mixed named Kallie, as well as a sun conure named Sundance. In my free time (when there isn't a crochet needle isn't in my hand) I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and sorority sisters, and cooking!
Want to see all of my work so far? Views pictures of all of my work, including special orders, here: http://www.facebook.com/AlliesHandmadeBlankets/photos
I hope to be doing this for the rest of my life! It is truly a passion that I can see myself doing for many years to come. Thank you all for the incredible support as I go on this journey.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Everything!
Hello, my name is Alisa (nickname Allie), and I have been passionate about crocheting since I was 15. Other than crocheting I love acting in film/tv in Atlanta, and working on/programming computers (I have a B.S. in Computer Science).
Allie's Handmade Blankets was started after many years of crocheting to accomplish one goal: to create a big, soft handmade afghans to relax under. Want to know more? Visit my about page!
My philosophy is that everyone should have access to high quality handmade afghans, even if their family members don't crochet. I want everyone to be able to own a blanket that can be passed down for generations without having to make it themselves.
I specialize in items designed myself that are ready to ship as well as designs that can be made to order. I also love creating completely new blankets designed by you so that you have the perfect blanket!
Along with blankets, I create other crocheted items such as scarves, device cases, and coffee sleeves.
Feel free to contact me with the blanket you have in mind or if you have any questions! Thanks for visiting!
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
For custom items, at least 50% of the total payment must be received before I order the yarn needed or crochet the item. The second 50% must be payed before the item ships. I will not split the payments into more than two.
International buyers are responsible for all extra fees the item might have upon arrival in their country.
I ship via USPS from Atlanta, GA.
Please allow adequate time for your package to arrive. I am not in control of how long it takes to ship once it leaves my hands.
Refunds and Exchanges
If one of my items has damage upon arrival for any reason, you can send it back to me for repairs within thirty days after you receive it. I will refund you for any shipping costs as long as you provide a shipping receipt.
Custom orders and Patterns are NOT returnable/refundable due to being a personalized item/PDF file.
Additional policies and FAQs
Frequently asked questions
What abbreviations do you use in your patterns?
-I use the U.S. abbreviations in my crochet patterns. Even if you are not used to the U.S. abbreviations, I provide what each abbreviation stands for for easy reading.
I love one of your blanket designs, but I want it in anther color. Is that possible?
-Yes! I love doing custom orders so that you get the exact blanket you want. Convo me to get an order going or purchase one of the made to order designs and specify the colors you want instead of the original colors.
I like one of your throws, but I want to see the color in person first. Can you send me a yarn sample?
- If I have yarn leftover in the color you are requesting, I would be more than happy to send you a small sample. If you want to speed up the process you can always stop by a craft store in your area and see the color in person sooner. Please contact me if you need the exact color name and brand.
I see a blanket I would love to crochet myself. Why are you not selling a pattern for it?
-I have decided not to continue to sell patterns for the items I designed myself. This is due to some shop owners buying my pattern and them selling my item for a cheaper price. Feel free to buy the patterns I still sell, but I will not be listing any more patterns.