On Sunday, April 20th, 2014, the massive reveal of the Mad Hatter Content. The gallery has been finished behind the scenes and it will blow your mind. Can I be blunt? Some of the hats absolutely floored me. I have seriously said to others, “After seeing some of these hats, I cannot crochet worth a damn!” But I was reminded that my creativity and skills are my own and not to cross compare my skills to others but I was reminded that there is a bigger picture here and not to forget it!
Some of you may say to yourself… “Why did I bother to make a hat when I see some of the others go to extreme levels of creativity?”
Diva Dan and I can honestly say to you, we know everyone pushed their own abilities within this. All of you exercised your free thinking of theme creation and expressed them onto the hats. You told us the story of Alice in your own unique way. A part of you is within the hat. Of all the Cheshire Cats, there is no twin cats… each of you took him and poured your creativity into him. Some made him cute and cuddly, some made him look real and some really captured the devious side of the Cheshire Cat.
The contest was a two fold deal. Win a $500 gift pack but with the side mission of providing such a phenomenal hat that it could be sold to raise money to educate post secondary students.
Hear me when I say… ALL LEVELS of hats were required for this contest to make it successful. For most of the hats, people are going to look at the hats and say “I can do that!” which means you have inspired someone to crochet that may have never touched a hook in their lives before. You have instantly given the gift of creativity right there! You will get experienced crocheters creativity jump started just to see what you have done. There is nothing worse than attending a show and everything you see is beyond your reach for accomplishment. It is so important to showcase crochet creativity from a true perspective.
The Crochet Crowd, to me, is a crowd for the EVERYDAY crocheter. We are average people who have an ability to share our passion through yarn.
So to answer the question in the very beginning of why bothering to make hats if some are really over the top. The answer is simple! “You have empowered a student to receive educational through your creativity. The way out of poverty and hardship is through education… you are helping to give a student get a better start in life. You have given an opportunity in life to another that you may never meet in your lifetime!”
Take a moment and celebrate what you have done instead of others being better or worse than you. Together, all of you stood up and made a decision to empower others by this campaign. Together, The Crochet Crowd Mad Hatters made a statement in 2014 to enrich others. Together, which includes you, we decided to make a change instead of waiting for others to make things happened! We did it… together we did it… and together… let’s take an opportunity to raise our hooks in the air and really share the power of community. Your hat made a difference in ways that you may never even realize.
Thank you for being a part of my Crochet Journey… Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your creativity!