Hello!! Welcome to The Coffee Shop Crochet–my dream come to life! My name is Alicia Blake and I love all things coffee, crochet, and reading. This website & blog have been a long-time coming, and I’m very proud to finally bring it to life!
I’m a wife to Brandon, mom of two, aspiring entrepreneur, and all-the-time creative (if it’s artsy, bookish, music-related, food or baking related, or involves coffee, I’m all in!).
I started crocheting when I was 9 or 10. My grandmothers crochet and I loved watching them. So, for my birthday one year, I got a “learn to crochet” kit. I was hooked from the first time I made something!
Over the years, I dabbled with crochet. Made a potholder here, a dishcloth there, played around with fluffy scarves, completed an afghan or two, and a bunch of other miscellaneous projects.
Toward the end of college, I really started crocheting more. Sometimes, I couldn’t find the pattern I wanted so I just did my own thing…but never wrote it down (I cook the same way haha!). People would comment on how they would love a pattern, but I was clueless on where to start writing one down, so I just didn’t try.
Fast forward several years, I was a mom and working full-time. Crocheting was such a stress reliever for me. I started doing even more of my own designs…and still not writing any of them down! Then, I got drawn into the world of pattern testing. I was in love! It was so much fun to help other designers bring their ideas to life.
Through the pattern testing process, I learned how to start writing my own patterns. With the help and encouragement of a couple amazing crochet mentors, I published my first pattern in September 2020!
Since then, I’ve designed several more patterns and have more in the works! I absolutely love designing patterns for all skill levels, but particularly for advanced beginners, and watching my ideas come to life for everyone to enjoy!
I’ve been getting more involved with the crochet community online and have been so amazed by over-all camaraderie! Crocheters are a special bunch and I love the interactions we have!
A few fun facts about me:
Pronunciation of name: (uh-lish-uh)
Family: husband, daughter, and son
– Playing piano
– Listening to music and audiobooks
– Baking and cooking
– Crochet Pattern Designing
– Pattern testing
Book: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Movie: My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Piano Piece: Canon in D
Podcasts: Risen Motherhood, The Intentional Advantage with Tanya Dalton, WeCrochet Podcast
TV shows: Food Network, Columbo, Diagnosis Murder, The Librarians
Starbucks Drink: Caramel Macchiato or White Chocolate Mocha
Dunkin Drink: Caramel Swirl Latte or Iced Caramel Swirl Cappuccino