Mikey,

A Crocheter’s White Lie

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.

62 thoughts on “A Crocheter’s White Lie

  • August 1, 2014 at 5:51 pm
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    My husband does the same to me. I’ll It will take me forever to do laundry because I’ll put the first load in then sit down to crochet and two hours later put that load in the dryer. That cycle gets repeated until it’s taken all day to finish the laundry. I have yarn everywhere and I’ll sometimes work on multiple projects in one day so of course I have them sitting out and available when I feel the need to switch. It does get quite messy in my little living room. I’ll know it’s time to stop and straighten up when I get “the look”. I’ve ignored “the look” a few times only to get “the lecture”. LOL.

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  • June 4, 2014 at 12:31 pm
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    Guilty. As well I’ve been make these market bags left and right all the while saying I really need to clean my bedroom. When My husband and kids want my attention they will start counting 33,13, lol knowing it will make me mad and I’ll stop to yell

  • June 2, 2014 at 9:48 pm
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    Guilty. Guilty. Guilty.

  • June 2, 2014 at 10:17 am
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    I would never do that….*blinks innocently*.

  • June 2, 2014 at 9:05 am
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    Okaaaaayyyyy…I’ll use this as my excuse from now on……

  • June 2, 2014 at 2:24 am
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    I am sure you place is no where near as bad as mine! *blushes* I do not have a “craft room” or even “a craft area” so I make one or 3 😉 So far I have claimed the entire living room and all of the closet space in our bedroom. My husband says no one needs as many crafts as I have … but just today he took me out and bought me more yarn so it is not my fault! (He had to go with me because “he” banned me from going into Michael’s by myself …. NO idea why! *tries to look innocent and fails* )

  • June 2, 2014 at 12:11 am
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    I am creative and a perfectionist and that equals overwhelming, because things are never as clean or organized as I want them. Plus, I have a lot of clutter with my supplies, and add to that my husband’s basement and garage full of stuff “you never know you might need” and my ten year old’s stuff-holy guacamole, it feels like chaos. I have a refrigerator magnet that has a woman from the 50’s in bed on it saying “Last night I dreamed my whole house was clean.” That about sums it up! And yes, I do the “One more row” and get to bed an hour or two later! It also happens when I’m reading a good book. *sigh*

  • June 1, 2014 at 7:47 pm
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    My Mother’s home was ALWAYS clean ~ even when she spent a lot of time crocheting ~ sewing ~ embroidering ~ quilting ~ seems like she still had plenty of time to make her hardwood floors shine and clean enough to see our reflections in, But alas, that’s one trait she did NOT pass on to me !! 🙂

  • June 1, 2014 at 6:05 pm
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    I guess I am the bad one here! My son lives at home and we pay most of his bills at this time. (He won’t be here much longer, :(), so the arrangement we have come to is that he helps with the housework, has his own chores and does odd jobs around the house. It is a system that works for all of us, and I am gonna miss it when he leaves! I have offered to cook for him if he will come home and do chores for me, and he thinks it is a pretty good idea. Until then, I get to crochet to my hearts content with a clean house!!!!

  • June 1, 2014 at 4:53 pm
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    I’m starting to think there’s is a yarn-a-demic going around. Sounds so familiar to me, same reason from my partner and the same responses from myself. I’m glad I’m not alone:)

  • June 1, 2014 at 4:29 pm
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    I crochet, knit, quilt and cross stitch, so I can create a mess quickly. LOL We also have two dogs and 7 grandchildren, who visit often. So a messy house is commonplace for my husband and I.
    It took time, and hubby stamping his foot a few times, but I have gotten into the habit of getting the cleaning done first thing in the morning, so the rest of the day is mine to do with as I please. One area of the house per day gets the major clean, the rest a light going over. I have a craft room, that at times, can be a hurricane survivor, especially after the grandkids. I have insisted that they learn to clean up after themselves, which makes my life easier. Now, if I could learn to clean up after myself….

  • June 1, 2014 at 4:23 pm
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    My friends know 2 things about me never less with my kitchen, never less with my yarn and crochet. I have even gone so far to tell them if the mess with either I will haunt them forever. I am the same with my books. Bend the binding of my book and you buy me new. I am so anal about my kitchen, crochet and books.

  • June 1, 2014 at 3:49 pm
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    Haha yep. Just one more row darling. You go to bed and I will be there at the end of this row. Unfortunately I like cooking too so my kitchen and my yarn are disorganised

  • June 1, 2014 at 2:25 pm
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    My craft area (“office”/spare bedroom) is the only room in the house that’s clean right now – I did a major cleanup last weekend. I ordered a bunch of yarn last weekend, so I guilted myself into cleaning up & organizing & making room for more yarn, HA!

  • June 1, 2014 at 2:17 pm
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    I clean EXACTLY like you described!! I have my messy area and then the presentable area.. And its like that coz i don’t craft in the front room/dining area!!! I also have a housekeeper come every other week. Coz, quite frankly i hate to clean.. There i said it out loud. I hate to clean! I envy those who find fulfillment from the process. Its wayyyy to redundant and endless for me.. And its ALWAYS there, right? BORING!! Hmmm.. Mayb i do have a mental condition…
    IFHB…(i find housecleaning boring) lol!

  • June 1, 2014 at 2:06 pm
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    Excellent!! I discovered The Fly Lady awhile ago!! She has a great way to clean..mostly in 15 minute increments. Just section by section, part of a room, a ‘hot spot’. Easy peasy. She can help us all get our homes ship shape in no time. I have a huge bin beside my chair with current projects…then there’s the one across the room…and….

  • June 1, 2014 at 1:45 pm
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    Houses are meant to be lived in! I always tell people, if you want to see me, come anytime. If you want to see my house, make an appointment. Yes the clutter can get out of hand sometimes but after I die will people remember that my house was cluttered? Lol, I hope not!

    • June 1, 2014 at 2:02 pm
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      I LOVE your perspective Doreen!

    • June 1, 2014 at 2:16 pm
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      I agree with you. I have a saying for those complaining about the mess in my house: “dull woman have clean house”… I cook a lot, sew a lot and crochet a lot….what do people expect?! LOL….

  • June 1, 2014 at 1:08 pm
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    I allow myself 3 projects at a time. One for a charity, one for family or friends and one that is really easy for when I am too tired to think. All my projects are in my ‘nest’. I sit in a large chair with an ottoman. My current project shares my chair. The ottoman has a rug on it which contains my tools,yarn colors waiting their turn for my current project. Other projects are in bags, surrounding my chair so they are handy if my mood wants to work on something else. I could roll up the rug if I want to pretend my house is clean and unroll it when I am ready to crochet again. Everything will be in place.
    I am lucky to have a husband whose motto about messes is: ‘If it doesn’t bother you then it doesn’t bother me’.

  • June 1, 2014 at 1:01 pm
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    It looks like I am in really good company. I have read all the comments, and I see myself in all of them. My husband is disabled, so he is home all the time, we have dogs, and I work full-time. Getting anything done is a challenge. I try to save my lunch breaks for crochet, but sometimes even that doesn’t work.

  • June 1, 2014 at 12:49 pm
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    Oh my! You just described me & my house perfectly!

    • June 1, 2014 at 2:04 pm
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      Lol! Cathy!

  • June 1, 2014 at 12:25 pm
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    You just described me exactly! I have at least three WIP sitting around right now (a hat on the end table, a bag on the coffee table, and an octopus on my desk) that I can think o, and I’ve got 5 boxes of yarn down off my shelf that I didn’t put back after looking through them, puling yarn out, changing my mind and pulling some more out. Today I am the one putting my foot down though. I have flowers sitting on the patio table that still need planting, weeds that need pulled (which my husband and children will be doing as I am allergic to bees), and I need to clean up the yarn grenade that has exploded in my living and dining rooms so that I can run my sweeper. I expect that in three days from now the yarn infestation will be back in at least the living room.

  • June 1, 2014 at 12:11 pm
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    I have never been good at cleaning, being artistic and all. I’d rather be cooking (but not cleaning up afterwords) or being outside, or painting (walls or canvas, and i do clean that up otherwise the brushes would be ruined) or crocheting. My house is not a complete disaster, but my counters are cluttered…I usually have at least two projects going, one pursed sized so I can carry it with me everywhere, and a larger project. I also find myself starting to clean and then getting distracted with my dogs, or Pinterest…I probably have over three years worth of projects planned, and more yarn than I know what to do with. Guess I should get off here and get working on one of them! 🙂

  • June 1, 2014 at 12:09 pm
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    We had only been married a couple years when my husband presented me with a sign that said, ” A creative mess is better than tidy idleness.” That was more than 30 years ago.

  • June 1, 2014 at 12:07 pm
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    I’m terrible too. I put my son (18 months) first then crochet/ projects then the housework. I only tend to do the washing when i run out of underwear and only clean the kitchen when you can’t see the worktop. :S But i have learnt that doing little bits at a time when you make the mess it makes cleaning the house much quicker.

  • June 1, 2014 at 11:17 am
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    You must be my son from another mother.
    I’m so guilty of this I even use it when I, dare I say it ….knit.
    Bless him my “Daniel” aka ” He who never gets his way”. Has just learned that bright bits of muilti~colored yarn covering the carpet is the signal we need to eat out.

  • June 1, 2014 at 11:13 am
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    Mikey, Love, I would comment but I gotta go finish one more row. <3

  • June 1, 2014 at 11:05 am
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    as for me I’m at a point where crocheting is keeping me from loosing my mind, I can’t work anymore due to health problems and for a workaholic that was ruff to take! Kids I have three help out with cleaning and my dad teases about all the yarn taking over the house but he also see how happy it makes me,and he loves the things I make!!

  • June 1, 2014 at 11:03 am
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    So as someone with a non-medicated and self-controlled case of ADD, I have a cleaning tip that has helped me tremendously when staying on task. I got it from a book on clutter control.

    Start in one room. Have three large boxes or containers: trash, sell/give away, & other room. You never leave the room you’re in til it’s done. “Other room” will go with you from room to room (as will the others) and you can remove items that go in the next room as you clean so to put them where they go. (Lather, rinse, repeat)

    This simple idea has kept me on track with the simplest straightening job all the way up to massive spring cleaning. It’s also a helpful way to prep for a garage sale.

    • June 1, 2014 at 12:14 pm
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      Thanks….good advice. 🙂

    • June 1, 2014 at 12:35 pm
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      Oh that is so going to help me. I have ADD as well and I too am non-medicated. I find that it’s so easy to remain on task. I’m easily distracted, like now, I’m watching my husband put something away and he’s doing it wrong. Hold on I’ll be right back. OK sorry. Did I forget to mention that I have OCD tendencies as well? He was doing it all wrong. I had to go and re-do it. Geez I wonder how I ever get anything done.

      • June 1, 2014 at 12:36 pm
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        Meant so hard…lol

    • June 1, 2014 at 12:41 pm
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      This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • June 1, 2014 at 10:58 am
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    As I have grown and had kids i am very guilty of trying to ignore the nesses, unfortunately I have developed this thing in my mind that has anxiety attacks when I have a mess and won’t let me be creative until I clean up. That happens about once a week. Fortunately I have learned to recognize it so there are specific rooms (living room & kitchen) that get daily attention first thing in the morning before i allow myself to sit with a project, the rest i set aside time Saturday mornings to do it. If it’s not done i don’t allow myself to work on a project. The morning often turns into a whole day because i will stop to hang out with the kids or get distracted by my phone. But it gets done. By focusing like that I have been able to avoid those embarrassing moments when people stop by with no warning. Schedule your cleaning time, even if it is one room you manage each day, you will find it easier.

  • June 1, 2014 at 10:50 am
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    You must be my clone. Is it really true that artists are messy people. If so, it makes me feel a lot better. A good excuse for a messy apartment. LOL

  • June 1, 2014 at 10:46 am
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    I have a housekeeper come in every two weeks. She can render the place spotless in under two hours, which is well worth the money to me!

  • June 1, 2014 at 10:31 am
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    I get this totally! I’m constantly “rearranging” my craft area. I have many small storage bins/boxes. I’ve even started bagging up my yarn and needed accessories by project. I print out the pattern and include it in the bag. Does this actually help? NO!

    As is the case with every project, there are the left over, partial skeins once our project is finished that most of us refer to as our “scrap stash”. You know that pile of little rolled up balls of yary we all tell ourselves we need “just in case” lol. Recently I’ve started looking closer at all those patterns and books dedicated to scraps but even those sometimes look like you actually need to run out and get the exact yarn you want.

    Yes, our houses, or personal crochet area, will always look like a bomb went off so stop worrying Mikey. Your home is not a pig pen! It’s a crafter’s paradise! And for that unexpected company that drops by…consider putting a table near the door with a bowl of various crochet hooks and a small bin of yarn. When company arrives have them choose a hook and color and get them crocheting any small “trinket” while they visit. They won’t be looking at your house and you all will enjoy spending time talking. Might help Daniel relax too…

    • June 1, 2014 at 12:54 pm
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      I love your idea of the bowl at the door. If the visitor crochets, then there is a small prize to take home. If the visitor doesn’t crochet, then they can learn!

  • June 1, 2014 at 10:18 am
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    You just wrote the story of my days! Add 8 kids 4 cats 2 dogs and 2 very neglected fish to the mess and well you can imagine! I have zero pull when flipping out over shoes left by the door or clothes on the bathroom floor as there is yarn and projects everywhere!! I do try for 2-3 hours a day of cleaning but my life should require more than that! But crochet keeps me out the looney bin (just barely). So for now step over the shoes by the front door and grab a paper plate cause life is way too short!

  • June 1, 2014 at 10:14 am
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    It’s just me and the cat. Ha! 😉

  • June 1, 2014 at 10:03 am
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    My husband just gave up. I have one room where most of my craft “mess” is and near my livingroom charir. I try to keep some order in those areas. The rest of the house? I have ADD so when I clean it’s like this…I take a glass off the dining room table to take to the kitchen, along the way, I stop to pick something up off the computer table, then sit down and check out some of my fave sites. Then I remember I’m supposed to be cleaning! I get up from the computer table and head to the kitchen with the glass from the dining room table. (forgetting whatever it was I was supposed to pick up at the computer desk. Then I start straightening up the living room and notice my current project. Yup I’ve got to sit down and “do another row”…need I go on?

    My husband hired a housekeeper to come in the house once a week and chase after me!

  • June 1, 2014 at 9:47 am
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    Such is the life of a crafty person. I try to keep one room nice for guests to avoid the embarrassment factor, but visitors are very rare and they usually come a few days after a cleaning spree when it’s all fallen apart again. If I make myself do a bit of housework before I allow myself to crochet/knit, then more gets done, but I do lack discipline when there are pretties to play with and patterns to search for. It does feel nicer when the rooms are all sparkly though, and my yarn is less likely to be attacked by cat hair (I’ve got 4). 🙂

  • June 1, 2014 at 9:46 am
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    Totally relate. Just let me finish this row [most of the project]. Worse when it has nothing to do with my actual job! Although on a really bonus note, I took my crochet hook into school (my job) as a “hook in”(pun intended) for a writing activity about hidden talents. I showed the kids (grade 1) a very quick star pattern, and they were all amazed! Since then, a couple of the kids have gotten into asking older family members about crochet/knitting and trying it. Love when little things can make ripple effects and create bonding experiences in unexpected places!

  • June 1, 2014 at 9:42 am
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    I guess, I’m the same way. I read you projects on line many times a day. I listen to your tutorials & the next thing I know, I have like 4 projects started. Sometimes, I even finish one! LOL
    For me, it’s difficult to read & understand patterns. I have to visually see you do the stitches, for pattern to sink in my brain.
    I’ve depleted my yarn supply & have to replace my stash. Difficult, here in Florida.
    I would order online, but, the shipping charges just dwindle my income.

    • June 1, 2014 at 10:49 am
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      Sandi keep a eye on Spinrite Yarn Factory Outlet page for the E-Tent sales they offer free shipping a lot!! and you get great yarn at a good price 🙂

    • June 1, 2014 at 12:51 pm
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      Sandy, if you live near a Walmart, they have hundreds of colors and many, many brands online. If u then select ‘site to store’ you won’t have shipping and handling charges. My order usually comes in less than a week.

  • June 1, 2014 at 9:38 am
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    Since I became a crochet junkie 6 months ago, I have slacked off on my cleaning too! Although I’ve been good about keeping my yarn stash in order, things like cleaning the bathroom, kitchen, etc. have taken a back seat. Over the years, I’ve realized that I must have ADD, because when I do clean, I also jump from one thing to the next, and it makes the job take longer. For a while, I was following “The Fly Lady” who helps to break down house cleaning into manageable tasks to stay on top of it.
    You post has motivated me to challenge myself to spend 15-30 minutes a day cleaning, then using my crochet time as a reward for my efforts. X

  • June 1, 2014 at 9:37 am
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    If cooking was your forte, you’d spend your time in the kitchen, and you wouldn’t have any yarn.

  • June 1, 2014 at 9:31 am
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    Ya, I’m the same as you. I have my projects all over the Sofa. I get up and work on my crocheting. Even though I know that I should do some cleaning in the house or yard work. I love to crochet, it’s relaxing. So, Mikey you are not alone. Enjoy,your day.

  • June 1, 2014 at 9:21 am
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    If you are serious about working at having a cleaner house. Go to http://www.flylady.net and check out her system. She is all about baby steps and progress, not perfection. If you follow the baby steps you will soon be able to have a better environment for your craft with out the stress of an all day cleaning marathon.

  • June 1, 2014 at 9:16 am
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    Cleaning and I just don’t get along. I seem to have 3-5 projects going at the same time – all the time and they are spread out all over the apartment, depending on size. I have a blanket going in the living room on the couch because it is so big, a loom knit project at the kitchen table, and two other crochet scarfs in my office area. Yarn is reasonably organized. I also love to cook, so kitchen is clean most of the time. But dusting and vacuuming – those can wait while I finish just one more row. 🙂

  • June 1, 2014 at 9:15 am
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    Have you been looking over my shoulder again? 🙂 I have to brag on my husband here. Now that he’s retired he LIKES to clean the house while I crochet. No ladies, I don’t rent him out. He’s all mine <3

    • June 1, 2014 at 12:12 pm
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      O wish i could make my husband should be the cleaner the problem be here i likealllll the hand work

  • June 1, 2014 at 9:11 am
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    I do a lot of my work while I am waiting for passengers on the tour bus I drive, so I don’t have the option of saying, ” just one more row” lol but I sure wish that I could! It is hard to pick up where you left off sometimes!

  • May 31, 2014 at 11:04 pm
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    How many times have I heard my husband say, “Put your toys down and come to bed!” – but then doesn’t hide his pride when I finish something beautiful ( :

  • May 31, 2014 at 10:27 pm
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    Cleaning is not my forte either. I have an ongoing project to first organize my yarn. This is holding up other major projects in the house. There is no room until the yarn is put away. You are lucky to have some to help. Don’t let clutter get to you. 🙂

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