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Crochet Sign Language Changes Mikey

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as 'Mikey', I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

12 thoughts on “Crochet Sign Language Changes Mikey

  • March 12, 2015 at 11:06 am
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    Do you have the link to the youtube clip of Steven? I saw on pulptastic.com but there is no separate link. I’d love to share it. As hearing impaired myself, I just was so heart-warmed. Thank you. I might just get my knitting needles out…and possibly learn crochet (though that looks scary).

  • February 23, 2015 at 9:56 pm
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    You know, my husband has cerebral palsy, and so he also battles that feeling of “otherness.” He doesn’t always speak very clearly, and often gets accused of being drunk. There is also the contingent that assumes that he doesn’t have an average IQ (he does) or that IQ is a particularly useful indicator of ability (it isn’t).
    It’s important to remember we’re all handicapped in some way.

  • February 23, 2015 at 11:26 am
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    l Love it article. I especially love all people who go out of their way to help a disabled person feel more at home with a group of abled. My granddaughter is totally blind and I can only imagine how Steven felt with you. You all are truly amazing and may God Bless you many ways to come.

  • February 22, 2015 at 11:50 pm
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    Great article, entertaining, funny and I’m glad to hear everyone had such a good time xx

  • February 22, 2015 at 10:43 pm
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    what an awesome story!! I cannot afford to be apart of one of these wonderful cruises but I sure do love reading your stories and especially ones like this one!

  • February 22, 2015 at 3:24 pm
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    Sounds like the most wonderful time. Crochet Cruz is on my list of future adventures. Thanks Mikey for all you do.

  • February 22, 2015 at 3:15 pm
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    Wish I was there, I am a sign language interpreter but also an avid crocheter!

  • February 22, 2015 at 2:58 pm
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    These crochet cruises are the only cruises that have really attracted me. Now, even more so! I worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for almost 25 years. Some of the people I worked with were deaf. One of my best friends, the counselor for the deaf, was practically deaf herself. She had enough hearing that we could talk together without sign, but, like Steven, a lot of her communication was, and is, from reading lips. I was surprised to learn that there are so many basic differences in the way people are treated because of a hearing problem. Unfortunately our culture treats too many people differently. I have thought that often times it is because of our insecurities. We’re self conscious because we don’t have an opportunity to interact or get to know people with differences. Times like you had on the cruise with Steven go a long way to helping to breach the differences. We need more of them!

    By the way, my friend and I both are retired now.
    She has lost most of the rest of her hearing, but we’re still friends!

  • February 22, 2015 at 2:42 pm
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    I love this. I am a second year student of ASL. The combination of crochet and ASL put a smile on my face and heart today.

  • February 22, 2015 at 2:29 pm
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    What a beautiful and moving article. I too hope to see Steven again next year. I had a wonderful time getting to know him and consider him a new friend. Steven, I’m so glad you and your mother joined us for this cruise.

  • February 22, 2015 at 2:26 pm
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    Wonderful story and I was blessed to be part of this group with Steven. He changed many lives including mine; leaving me with a friend for life I believe!

  • February 22, 2015 at 2:09 pm
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    Personally I found Steven so engaging right from the beginning, handicapped was not a word that described him. What I did see was a son who truly loved his Mom. He was so loving and thoughtful with her. He would save her a seat right next to him and then watch for her to come and sit. I think about her and what a blessing she is. Mom’s with hearing impaired children, talk to Steven’s Mom, because she did it right. And all other Mom’s, what a blessing it would be to have a son like Steven.

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