July 21, 2020

I opened my own Etsy shop! I’m selling handmade baby blankets. I’m so excited about it, and today I wanted to write about how my shop came to be.

When Nick was deployed, my friend taught me how to crochet. Making a blanket became my deployment project, which I talked about a lot on my blog. Whenever I felt lonely or anxious, I would start to crochet. It helped me get through deployment. As the blanket got bigger, I could see my progress – both toward finishing the blanket and towards ending deployment. I kept it for myself because I was so proud of it, and because it reminded me of deployment. It reminded me that I could get through hard things. Here’s that blanket:

I love handmade gifts and so I started making blankets, scarves, and hats to give away as gifts. I think all of my friends and family got a scarf that Christmas.

Of course, when I was pregnant, I made blankets for M. I had really no idea what kind of blanket I would end up using with M. After M was born, I definitely had my favorites, but I didn’t have one perfect blanket.

Once covid hit, I found myself crocheting yet again. I was having a hard time concentrating on reading, writing, or anything really. So I pulled out my crochet hook and started making blankets.

The first thing I made was a blanket for a friend who just had a baby. After thinking about my experience with M, I designed what I thought was the perfect baby blanket. I thought about everything from the size and stitch to the type of yearn used.

I made my friend a thick baby blanket, a large square that could be used for many purposes, like tummy time and monthly photos. It could be used as a cushion when baby starts to learn to sit up.

Afterwards, I started experimenting and made a smaller size blanket out of the same material. This one, I think, is perfect for the car seat, stroller, and newborn photos, and I think could become a perfect security blanket. It’s small enough that I can price it reasonably, so it’s a good gift for someone if you want to get them something nice that doesn’t cost a lot.

The name of my shop is Islann Co. Click here to check it out. If you’re looking for a baby gift I hope you’ll consider buying from my shop.

I won’t be posting a lot about my Etsy shop but I probably will mention it here and there. I’m really excited about it and thankful to have something creative and positive to focus on during these times.

3 responses to “I Opened An Etsy Shop!”

  1. Nadine says:

    Congrats on the shop! The blankets are beautiful!

  2. Sarah says:

    Yay! Good for you for finding something creative 🙂 I actually have a friend and a relative who are both due in September so I’m going to check it out! Where did you get the name from?

  3. Audrey says:

    You are SO dang talented! I’m so excited for you & your Etsy shop! These blankets are beautiful. I can’t wait to buy one for M!

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