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Hurricane Harvey: Hooking In Times of Stress

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.

13 thoughts on “Hurricane Harvey: Hooking In Times of Stress

  • September 1, 2017 at 8:39 pm
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    I live in a tiny town less than 50 miles from where the eye made landfall. It was forecast to be a direct hit on us until the last few hours before landfall. We evacuated, and sat in a hotel just outside Houston for 5 days, watching the rain fall and the rivers swell. We knew Houston would be affected, but my elderly parents lived in the area and I wanted to be available to help them as well. My adult son and his family were with us, and he has recently started learning to crochet. He was hooking in the lobby and struck up a conversation with another evacuees that knits. Long story short, we three sat in the lobby with our yarn and had great conversation and left as friends. In parting, her husband mentioned that he wished we all had met under better circumstances. I replied, “If it had been better circumstances, we would have passed each other in the lobby and not spoken 3 words to each other.”

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  • September 1, 2017 at 3:44 pm
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    I live 90 miles NW of Houston so we had LOTS of rain. I was fortunate to have very little in my home so my heart goes out to all of our coastal areas who were so hard hit… HOWEVER, I have to say that I am SO proud of all the TEXANS and all of the OUT OF STATE heroes we have had to help others out. There is so much evil in the world it is so wonderful to hear the awesome stories I am hearing about TEXANS helping TEXANS, neighbors helping neighbors and Americans helping Americans. I wish that would catch on all over the world.
    God Bless Texas and God Bless us all.

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  • September 1, 2017 at 10:52 am
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    Thank you Crochet Crowd and Mikey for y’alls thoughts and prayers. For the last week i have been trying to stay busy crochet to relieve some of the stress of worrying about rather my family would be ok or not if they would lose some or all of their belongings. I live in Dallas Texas and at this time can’t even get down there to be with my family. Not only did this devastate our coast line and surrounding areas but it is not affecting the whole state. It will take a long time for Texas to recover and you are so right crochet is a life saver. Thank you to everyone for their thoughts and prayers for Texas and to all that have come from other states to help us out! God bless y’all

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  • September 1, 2017 at 8:39 am
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    Mikey, Dan, & Staff:. Thank you for your pain/empathy. Thank you for your support and encouragement. The destruction of Harvey, the wake of possessions lost..it is the emotions and spirit ! I have lived in the hurricane that wiped out much of southern Fl (back in the early ’70’s), Hugo, northern Fl., Katrina, and now, though not physically there, Harvey. Residing now in eastern Oklahoma, I’ve witnessed the loss of entire towns by Tornadoes. Sad to state, material things can be replaced,,yet it is the personal items lost-the memory mementos . The questions of “How” and “Where” to start, to begin again. Mikey, Thank you for being able to put your emotions into words, many of us “feel” them yet cannot express them. Prayers and blessings to all within this hurricane path and the “new’ hurricane about to approach the eastern coast.

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  • September 1, 2017 at 3:16 am
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    Mikey, as a resident of Arkansas, just a border away from from the states that Hurricane Harvey has ravaged for the last week, almost, there has been little else on my mind but the people of Texas and Louisiana. They aren’t strangers to hurricanes and floods, but this was th, e longest, heaviest sustained downpour of torrential rains that they – or anyone, I suppose – have ever experienced.
    With each hurricane, more lessons are learned, and less lives are lost, which is a blessing in the midst of all the devastation, so we can and should take some measure of comfort in that. Only time will tell if enough was learned.
    Yes, it was, and is, and will be heartbreaking to watch and listen to the reports and videos of the relentless onslaught of Harvey, the devastation, the loss, the destruction, and then the long slog of recovery, rebuilding, recreating a new normal. Anyone seeing even a tiny portion of all this knows instinctively that this is a singular event that will take more time and money to recover from than anything we’ve witnessed in our lifetimes.
    This is happening at a time when our country, and our world is being drowned by our differences, and our intolerance of them, to the point of violence! Some would say we are our own catastrophe! But, in the midst of our own shortcomings, and the tragedy in Texas and Louisiana, there were individuals, hundreds, if not thousands of them, who saw their fellow human beings in dire need, in desperation, in helplessness, in pain, in fear, and in spite of their own need, fear, pain, loss, and their differences from all their fellow humans, they set all that aside, stepped out of their situations, and went to save and rescue thousands of people, most of whom they did not know! Think of that! Put that in your mind, keep those pictures in your memory, bury them in your heart!
    They risked their own lives to save others, and kept on, day after day after day. Some had lost their own homes, their cars, their business, and, yes, family, and some were fired upon, but they kept on!
    If we can only let them serve to remind us that this is what we should do every day, not just in the middle of the storm, but when the sun is shining and we are high and dry and safe in our lives. And in doing so, we can keep on, too!

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  • September 1, 2017 at 2:02 am
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    Mikey, I live in Denham Springs, Louisiana which is 70 miles from New Orleans. My aunt lost her home in Hurricane Katrina. Thank God she had evacuated to Houston where part of our family lives. Last August, 90% of my town was underwater during the Great Flood of 2016. My sister’s in-laws and my brother’s family lost their homes in Baton Rouge. Earlier this week I prayed & worried about my family in Houston. All have been spared from flood waters. We still see many FEMA trailers around the neighborhoods here in south Louisiana. I know the distraction, the demolition process, the rebuilding, and the loss. My brother-in-law lost his parents and his family home to the flood. We are still sifting through his parents belongings. I have not been able to watch the news broadcasts or read articles about Houston. It’s just unfathomable that this is happening again. Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers for everyone. It is heart wrenching, but it is heartwarming knowing that we have people worldwide cheering for us and sending aide.

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  • September 1, 2017 at 12:16 am
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    How comforting. Thank you. This storm has changed many lives. The crocheters (hookers) that I know that have been deeply affected are anxious to get back to their craft but we know that there are priorities. There are many tears at the loss of their stash. I have enjoyed talking to some older women who will sit and knit or crochet no matter what… oh my, it is so therapeutic. I see blank eyes in some of them but their fingers are moving and they seem so at peace even with water surrounding them. Your words were a calm balm to me. Thanks again. I still love Texas and always will.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 11:10 pm
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    ty mikey for you compassion for our neighbors here in Texas. It is unbelievable the devastation along the gulf and more coming with flooding. Your compassion is so welcomed and appreciated. We love you and Dan here in Texas. You have brought a lot of smiles laughter and projects . God bless you an Dan
    from all of us in Texas.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 11:07 pm
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    As someone who lives in Houston and was blessed to not get water in my home, thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 10:54 pm
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    I spent the past week watching local weather news and crocheting a granny stripe afghan with color changes every two rows. The pattern was almost automatic; the color changes held my attention. I live in Houston, TX. This wonderful hobby kept me sane as the rain fell and fell. I was safe physically and crocheting kept my morale high. –Margaret Ford, Crochet cruise March 2016

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  • August 31, 2017 at 10:34 pm
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    Mike,
    I live here in East Texas ind the hard hit hurricane zone. You are right it is very emotionally devastating to have gone through what we have gone through.

    I have always used hooking as my stress release and so donated most of my stash and all of my duplicate knitting and crochet needles to our local shelter . The ladies there were so grateful. I know how much it helps to have something to keep you busy and many will have to stay in shelters for weeks. I wrote your fb page and blog info on a pad of sticky notes and attached it to the boxes. They can get your patterns from their phones. I know they so I love them as much as I do.

    Thank you for your sweet thoughts
    Cindy Dobbins

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  • August 31, 2017 at 10:26 pm
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    Mikey, you are amazing!!!! You have been a great teacher as I teach myself to crochet and loom. You seem genuine and adorably sweet!!

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  • August 31, 2017 at 10:23 pm
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    I appreciate your concern and I am one of your followers and was also affected by Hurricane Harvey. We were very fortunate to only receive minimal damage and replacement of food but my friends lost everything. Thank you for your post!

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