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Insulting or Good Humour… What Do You Think?

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.

701 thoughts on “Insulting or Good Humour… What Do You Think?

  • April 4, 2014 at 9:57 am
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    When I travel with my mother-in-law and two sisters-in-law we call ourselves the “Madam and her Hookers”. We all crochet and have fun with the term. It’s just for fun.

    • April 4, 2014 at 1:14 pm
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      I am a man and love crocheting so I need a handle to refer to myself as a crocheter, any ideas.

  • March 8, 2014 at 7:41 pm
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    Ummmm we are hookers. Hookers with yarn.

  • February 22, 2014 at 6:40 pm
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    Humor. Sometimes people just need to get a life. I love the names we come up with to call ourselves.

  • February 19, 2014 at 3:02 pm
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    50 years ago, when I was in my 20’s I would’ve been insulted, now I just laugh!

  • February 18, 2014 at 11:29 pm
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    Only crocheters understand this is all in fun…..If you are insulted by this, then you are wound a little to tight…..

  • February 18, 2014 at 7:43 pm
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    When my middle son was Bar Mitzvahed many years ago, I crocheted all of the yamulkes. During the service the Rabbi, all in jest of course, referred to me as the ‘Temple Hooker’. That was 1997 and all in attendance that day (and others who were told of the comment later) still bring this up today. I suppose there are worst things in this world, and I simply consider it humorous and a memory we all will share!

  • February 18, 2014 at 6:17 pm
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    Just plain old good humor!!! Some people just take things too far to think anything less than that.

  • February 18, 2014 at 6:11 pm
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    It’s all in fun. People need to give up on being so politically correct any enjoy themselves/ Loosen up people.I am a proud Hooker

  • February 18, 2014 at 5:04 pm
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    Some people just have dirty minds

  • February 18, 2014 at 2:07 pm
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    I don’t really care for it because there is soooo much crude humor out there that we are constantly being exposed to. I’d like a break. But, I don’t get offended by it either.

  • February 18, 2014 at 1:07 pm
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    I LOVE the term! To see the looks on peoples faces when I say I’m a Happy Hooker is priceless especially if there’s no yarn in sight! Of course, then is when I get to tell them about my totally fabulous art!

  • February 18, 2014 at 12:35 pm
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    If someone can’t find the fun in a play on words, then they should hang out with fun people more often! If you’re using a hook, then you’re a hooker! (c; (If you’re fishing with a smile on your face, you might just be another type of happy hooker!) It’s healthy to laugh at ourselves and grin over such things!

  • February 18, 2014 at 12:32 pm
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    Good humor!! I love being a Crochet Hooker.

  • February 18, 2014 at 12:03 pm
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    Just like beauty, intelligence, and a million other things, humor is in the eye (or ear) of the beholder. There are always people out there just waiting to be offended about something. I have no problem being called a “hooker,” It’s an elite club that I’m proud to be part of.
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  • February 18, 2014 at 9:43 am
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    good humour…I am a very happy hooker…also here in Western Australia we have a real estate company called Hookers!!!!!

  • February 18, 2014 at 8:14 am
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    good humor! you have to have it be a hooker!

  • February 18, 2014 at 7:12 am
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    Humor. Absolutely. I’m proud to be a hooker.

  • February 18, 2014 at 6:48 am
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    This old world sure gives us enough to worry about every day. A little humor can go a long way. I’d say hats off to all us hookers. Hip Hip Hooray. πŸ™‚

  • February 18, 2014 at 5:02 am
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    Just plain fun! Humor of course!

  • February 18, 2014 at 1:35 am
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    I love it! Call MYSELF ‘THE HAPPY HOOKER’! :

  • February 17, 2014 at 10:42 pm
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    Definitely fun and in good humour!

  • February 17, 2014 at 10:35 pm
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    It’s in good humor!! I love it!! But I’m also addicted to crochet, so what else could I say? Love what you do Mikey!! There was a time not so long ago that I thought crochet was a dying art. Thanks to you, Diva Dan, Cathy, and anyone else on your team, it’s no longer the case. I am getting ready to send a beginner crochet kit to my great-niece. She showed an interest in learning it. I intend to turn her onto the Crochet Crowd’s YouTube channel. Once we get moved back to Maryland, I hope to spend time with her and helping her learn. She has two little sisters and one big brother to teach as well. From one hooker to another, thank you.

  • February 17, 2014 at 9:17 pm
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    oh humor of course

  • February 17, 2014 at 8:47 pm
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    I think it is Good Humour and appropriate after all, we are all crocheting with a hook, and I know I am one Happy Hooker!

  • February 17, 2014 at 8:12 pm
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    Probably already said but I’ll say it again….if crocheting burned more calories I’d be one skinny hooker!

  • February 17, 2014 at 8:02 pm
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    I find nothing wrong with it . I don’t find that it is insulting , I love being a crochet hooker. Some people need to get a sense of humour. I say ” GOOD HUMOR !”

  • February 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm
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    IT’S ALL IN FUN SO I AM SAYING GOOD HUMOUR, THERE’S NOT ENOUGH.

  • February 17, 2014 at 7:58 pm
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    I have T-shirts I’ve made over the years… I love being a “hooker”. I’m one of the youngsters here at only 55, but I will be a hooker until my last days or until my hands give out…

  • February 17, 2014 at 7:53 pm
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    I’m a happy “hooker” always handling some furry “balls” (of yarn) LOL

  • February 17, 2014 at 7:50 pm
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    in good fun…and I am a Crochet Hooker

  • February 17, 2014 at 7:48 pm
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    I love being a Happy Hooker, it is just for fun and makes a lot of since when you look at the hook and what we do with it. Angel hugs and Happy Hooking

  • February 17, 2014 at 7:43 pm
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    I think it’s funny. My grandmother saw the cover of my Happy Hooker book and was somewhat confused πŸ™‚

  • February 17, 2014 at 7:35 pm
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    Come now, I have, with tongue in cheek, referred to myself as a middle-aged loose hooker. It makes me happy, and I intend to continue.
    There is no foul, unless the person who is offended makes a stink over it. I have no problem with a woman referring to herself as a mother, and we all know where that can go.

  • February 17, 2014 at 7:31 pm
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    lol, my, my, my, how one word can cause so many people to let their brains slide to the sleezy side of life……I’m a “hooker”, my moma was a “hooker”, my grandmother was a “hooker” and I’m quite sure my great grandmother was a “hooker” also. That’s how we all learned to crochet, it’s passed down from generation to generation…..yes, the word is a pun but it’s our (crocheters) fun way to relate to each other…..it’s the nay sayers that want to put the negative adjective on what we consider a fun noun. Keep your heads high and those hooks a flying……after all that’s what we “Hookers” love to do best.

  • February 17, 2014 at 7:26 pm
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    Maybe the question should be “How do prostitutes feel when they are called hookers, a term used by people who make blankets and hats?” Tow truck drivers also get called hookers. The term is only bad taste if your mind goes there and thinks it is bad. I make things and when I am I’m hooking. When I ride my bike my brother says I’m pedalling my *** around time. Boy I am really in trouble. It’s all in fun, it makes us smile and we need way more laughter in this world. I’m all for it.

  • February 17, 2014 at 7:18 pm
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    Great fun! I am a proud hooker!

  • February 17, 2014 at 7:18 pm
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    I think everyone should take it in the spirit it is intended. We aren’t a bunch of pruddish old ladies here.

  • February 17, 2014 at 7:17 pm
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    I am a happy hooker and proud of it

  • February 17, 2014 at 7:14 pm
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    Every time I use the term, I giggle. By the way, my mom is a 90 year old “hooker”. And one of the best.

  • February 17, 2014 at 7:12 pm
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    I call myself a hooker cause my yarn & hook go with me everywhere!

  • February 17, 2014 at 7:11 pm
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    Proud to be a Hooker… just wished it paid more ,lol

  • February 15, 2014 at 8:37 am
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    I laugh about it . I am a 51 year old short plump woman from a very small town in Pennsylvania . Who in there right mind would take that term seriously . And anyone that knows me knows that I always have a crochet hook or a set of knitting needles in my hands .

  • February 13, 2014 at 9:04 pm
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    Until I joined this group, I had never heard the term applied to crocheters. I’m okay with it, though.

  • February 13, 2014 at 9:03 pm
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    Until I joined this group, I had never heard the term. I’m okay with it, though.

  • February 13, 2014 at 8:16 am
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    My hooking fam,
    People can be so judgmental about everything until some haveforgotten how to have fun, laugh or enjoy life. We, on the other hand, live what we do. I meant live cuz you can tell we love crochet! I’ve hooking for 54, soon 55 yrs, and still love every stitch of it.

    Ur hooking granny-sister!

  • February 6, 2014 at 7:26 pm
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    I always call myself a happy hooker! All it takes to make me happy is a ball of yarn, a crochet hook, and a pattern. I love being a hooker! All I have to say is hook on!

  • February 4, 2014 at 1:12 pm
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    It’s all in fun to refer to myself and other crocheters as “hookers.” If anyone finds it offensive they need to get a life because this type of “hooking” is good, clean, and wholesome fun. “Hookers” is not a curse word so it’s just a cute play on words. Some people, GRRRR πŸ˜‰

  • February 4, 2014 at 12:37 pm
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    i understand what you mean with the word hooker, and i am a “Hookaholick” SILVIA.

  • February 1, 2014 at 12:00 am
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    I love being a hooker. I am tired of being politically correct for everything.. This is all meant in good clean fun. Please don’t change

  • January 31, 2014 at 5:38 pm
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    Needle crafts are often considered old-fashioned and boring. I love being called a hooker. It gives makes me seem naughty and risque instead of old-fashioned!

  • January 30, 2014 at 2:09 am
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    I’d love to have a “Happy Hooker” tshirt, or how about one that says “Needlers and Hookers Do It For Fun!”

    • January 30, 2014 at 3:20 pm
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      Preach it, sister! I’d buy that shirt as well!

  • January 29, 2014 at 9:29 pm
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    Personally, I do not care what other people think. I enjoy using the word in the way the we as crocheters use it. It is just a word and if anyone thinks we are using it or referring to anything that is not crochet related it is their problem, not mine. I am nearly 60 years old and I quit trying to please other people, at the expense of my own pleasure, a long time ago, I agree with everyone who feels that it is all in good humor and fun.

    Have a blessed day!

    Mama J.

  • January 29, 2014 at 7:24 pm
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    it’s clever and catchy. a few years back, my husband and I were looking for a name for a small craft business. His hobby was fishing and mine crocheting. we settled on “Two Happy Hookers”. People loved it and were attracted to see what we offered! Laugh!

  • January 29, 2014 at 7:16 pm
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    I’m 66 years old and have been happily hooking for many years so I guess that makes me a Happy Hooker. LOL If you can’t have fun doing what you love I thing it’s time for a new hobby. You can call me a Hooker any time Mikey!!!.

  • January 28, 2014 at 11:52 pm
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    it’s all in good hooker fun~
    Why be so serious all the time. I enjoy your humor on youtube.
    it makes it so much fun to work with you. Oh and Diva Dan too!
    the octopuss one, cracked me up!!
    HOOK ON~<3

  • January 28, 2014 at 8:30 pm
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    I say it’s all good humor. Maybe the people who are offended by the term should learn to “hook” so they can relax and loosen up a bit.

  • January 27, 2014 at 8:46 pm
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    I love being a hooker. I have been a hooker for many years. I am now 67 and plan to remain a hooker for the rest of my days. I think it is all in fun.

  • January 27, 2014 at 8:04 pm
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    All in good fun!! Proud to be a “hooker”!

  • January 27, 2014 at 7:41 pm
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    : a curved or bent tool for catching, holding, or pulling something
    Noun hook as defined by Webster. A hooker therefore is someone who uses a hook to catch, holding yarn and pulling through a loop. So being a hooker is very industrious and providing a service. Too bad society, yet again, has taken a very noble, incorruptable word and corrupted it into a word to label a person who practices one of the worlds oldest professions. But on the other hand who’s to say crocheting maybe one of the worlds oldest crafts. So I am very proud to be considered a hooker creating, and enjoying crocheting.

  • January 27, 2014 at 7:09 pm
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    I’m a hooker….not a knitter.

  • January 27, 2014 at 2:44 pm
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    I love to crochet and am a happy hooker and proud of it. I’m 66 and have been crocheting for 35 years ever since I taught myself to do it. I make lots of things from doilies to afghans to clothing etc and love to see my finished works. People like it when they get my gifts as they are all hand made by me I donate for the homeless and make baby hats for newborns and feel good knowing someone is getting an item I made for them with love. I also knit and donate the squares I make to be made into blankets and afghans for those who need a comforting touch going through cancer treatments etc. I thank God everyday for giving me this talent to use to help others. So am I offended by the term “Hooker?” Not in the least.

  • January 27, 2014 at 5:15 am
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    I am a hookaholik and I am proud!!!!!

    • January 27, 2014 at 4:45 pm
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      I have been called a “Hooker” for years and it’s all in good clean fun.

  • January 26, 2014 at 10:30 pm
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    No I wouldn’t use the term hooker, but I think it’s very funny you guys n gals do. πŸ˜‰

  • January 26, 2014 at 10:37 am
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    humor. i laugh everytime i hear it. must be humor. besides i dont believe you have nothing but funny bones in you. lol. you, diva dan and cathy always make my day with your humor and other comments. thanks for being there for all of us.

  • January 25, 2014 at 8:46 pm
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    I’ve always wanted to learn to crochet since I was a kid, but never could find anyone to teach me. Now, I’m 40 years young and I taught myself to crochet last year. I’m a hooker for life and proud of it. In fact, I’m a left handed hooker! LOL! So for those who find the term offensive, I say, get a life!!! It is all in good fun.

  • January 25, 2014 at 12:48 pm
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    I will always be a happy hooker…till the end. My husband has orders to bury my hooks with me and a skein of yarn so i can be a happy hooker un Heaven so stoked for that day..

  • January 25, 2014 at 10:35 am
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    I am just learning to crotchet. Never gave any thought about being a “HOOKER” . your subject title definitely caught my attention. I am a happy hooker. Will share it with a group I’m meeting with this am. I agree. People’s just need to lighten up.

  • January 25, 2014 at 9:50 am
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    I also use the term ‘hooker’. I find it comical!! I find that when I do use it people laugh… I like making people laugh… πŸ™‚

  • January 24, 2014 at 9:01 pm
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    I feel the same way as all the above replies. “hooker” is fun & easy to say. “crochet” is more formal. Keep it going Mikey & Dan! I just love your site β™₯ from ‘Up North”!

  • January 24, 2014 at 8:57 pm
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    hmm Wonder what people would think about a C(rotcher) Hooker. or even H(appy) hooker? In the long term it is just words = time and place. = outcomes. Happy Hooking everyone.

  • January 24, 2014 at 6:09 pm
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    You know, I enjoy telling people I hook for a living – first their mouths drop and then they remember I am almost always with a ball of yarn and a collection of hooks, whiling my time with unfinished business.

  • January 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm
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    It’s all in good humor! People need to lighten up… Seriously. I swear people pick at the littlest things!

  • January 24, 2014 at 10:41 am
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    I think it is all in FUN. I am a hooker (crochet, that is). lol

  • January 23, 2014 at 10:57 pm
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    Seriously, I am sure I have been called worse! And I am sure I don’t care! To be called a hooker, happy , or otherwise, is definitely a compliment in my eyes..and to my ears πŸ˜‰ So I will just keep on hooking and never making a cent at it!

  • January 23, 2014 at 10:54 pm
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    I think it’s hilarious. I’ve been using that term for years as a joke. some people just need to learn how to laugh and enjoy life. think positive and leave the rest behind. From one Hooker to another. Hookers know how to keep you covered hahahahaha hugs and love .

  • January 23, 2014 at 9:09 pm
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    The first time I ever heard that term was when I was buying some yarn. The cashier asked me if I wast a “knitter or a hooker?” and without thinking I answered “hooker!” Once I realized what I had said I started laughing. I never really thought of it that way, but I am glad to say that I am a happy “hooker.” It is all humor for me since I know the context that it is in, but I am sure that if someone over heard a conversation with me and any of my fellow “hookers” they would be appalled. I love to crochet and I spend a lot of my time doing it. I also love that it is something that I can share with my oldest daughter and hopefully with my son and youngest daughter.

  • January 23, 2014 at 6:45 pm
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    I’ve been a hooker (corchet) since October. At work I’m a shipper helper, another term is Hooker. So I guess I’ve been a hooker for a long time

  • January 23, 2014 at 10:26 am
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    I find the term “hooker” funny when referring to a person who crochets. It made me smile the first time I read it on your site. πŸ™‚

  • January 23, 2014 at 10:08 am
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    I think it is humorous. I agree with Tina- we need some humor in our lives. You make crocheting fun Mikey.. don’t change a thing!

  • January 23, 2014 at 9:38 am
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    So here is the old joke about a Grandma and her grandson – A little boy is introducing his Grandma to all his friends and Grandma pops up and says “Honey, when you introduce me to your friends, please don’t call me the “Happy Hooker”! I think it is cute!

  • January 23, 2014 at 8:55 am
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    Times are crazy for sure! People are toooooooo sensitive! You have to be able to laugh and have fun in life otherwise it is extremely dull! Just like people who have no hobby at all, they just don’t get it. Do not stop using the term ‘hooker’, it is ALL IN FUN!!! Love you Mikey and Diva Dan!!!! Thanks for ALL you do!!! You are appreciated very much!!

  • January 23, 2014 at 2:22 am
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    I think it’s all in fun. I consider myself a “hooker” too. If it upsets someone maybe they should watch a “knit-pickers” show. :_)

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  • January 23, 2014 at 12:02 am
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    I don’t mind the term. However, I no longer look at your site during my unpaid time at work, because the word “hooker” has offended a coworker. This led to our IT department reviewing all my keystrokes on my computer for the previous year before the complaint against me- and the end result was that a website which uses the words “hooker” and “happy hooker” violated our company’s “internet workplace use” policy. Yup, I got a written warning for the situation. My bad- I forgot a workplace is a fishbowl, and it was my fault for not realizing how easily others are offended by stuff which doesn’t concern them. I’m just sad the continued use of β€œhookerβ€œ at this site limits my ability to use it. It’s a situation with no happy ending, for me, at least.

    • January 23, 2014 at 1:17 pm
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      Usually when I have a co-worker that is “offended” by what someone else is doing, they are guilty of something and it gets the limelight away from them. Sorry for you, Lynn. I love being a “hooker” and my hubby gets a kick out of the term. He loves that I crochet!!

    • January 23, 2014 at 1:26 pm
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      Your coworker sounds like a real winner. She thinks she can get ahead this way. Everyone has known people like this. Let’s hope it backfires on her sometime!

    • January 27, 2014 at 2:32 pm
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      That person definitely needs to get a life.

    • February 4, 2014 at 9:18 am
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      Hi Lynn you should crochet your “coworker” a pair of blinkers and tell her/him to stop being so nosey. I’m a male happy hooker and I love it, i’d never be able to make any money if I were the other sort of hooker lol.

  • January 22, 2014 at 9:43 pm
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    Times are way too serious and troubling. We all NEED some humor in our lives. If you are offended then “turn the channel,baby”!

    • January 24, 2014 at 12:24 pm
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      we all need more humor in our day, I also love being a hooker!!!!

  • January 22, 2014 at 9:21 pm
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    My thought is that if something is interpreted as offensive is it the ‘interpreters’ decision to think of it as offensive! How can you take ownership of the choice they make of thinking of it as offensive! Loosen up people!

  • January 22, 2014 at 8:19 pm
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    Good fun!!! Another one of those things not to worry about.

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      Agreed!

  • January 22, 2014 at 7:22 pm
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    I have been a HOOKER since I was 8 yrs old and at 70, I don’t plan on quitting. Love crocheting

    • February 17, 2014 at 8:41 pm
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      Marge , I too, have been a crochet hooker since I was eight years old and am now 70. I have taught both my daughters how to crochet . My youngest daughter just passed away four weeks ago and I miss her terribly .We were hookers together and had much fun. I don’t think the term hooker when pertaining to crochet is bad.

  • January 22, 2014 at 6:28 pm
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    I am a 65 year old happy hooker, and proud of it……..If you are offended go to the TV/Movies, censor them, they are very offensive….I love hooking!

    • January 27, 2014 at 2:34 pm
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      I agree with you and all the other happy hookers who are crochet fanatics. I love to crochet and consider myself a hooker too. I’m 66 and have been crocheting for about 35 years now and won’t quit until the day I die. I spend many happy hours per day just crocheting and I find it relaxing and quite satisfying to see my completed works, not to mention it keeps my fingers from being bothered with arthritis. My husband says that when I pass it will be with a hook in my hands. lol.

    • February 3, 2014 at 3:44 pm
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      I am 72 and a very happy hooker also. Bother to those who are offended.

  • January 22, 2014 at 5:31 pm
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    Mikey,
    I think it looks like you need to get some t’s printed up to sell on The Crochet Crowd. A lot of folks want one!
    I agree that people who have no sense of humour are tiresome and should get over themselves….

  • January 22, 2014 at 5:12 pm
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    I feel the way it appears MOST do, it’s all in fun! Besides the word “hooker” is only slang for prostitute UNLESS you’re CROCHET HOOKER!!! :0)

    • February 17, 2014 at 7:15 pm
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      I agree!! I once heard of a bowling team for the Esso Petroleum Company who called themselves The Esso Bees. I was told many were offended by that. I thought it was funny then and I still do. I am a hooker through and through!

  • January 22, 2014 at 4:51 pm
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    I’m a happy hooker here! = )

  • January 22, 2014 at 4:35 pm
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    A friend of mine has a fishing boat that is named the happy hooker. I personally love being called a hooker. And I to would like to have a tee or sweatshirt that says just that.

  • January 22, 2014 at 4:03 pm
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    I’m a proud hooking grandma! Fun!

  • January 22, 2014 at 3:44 pm
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    But it’s NOT a PUN! It is what a person who uses a hook is called. It is the definition of what we do, so we don’t have to be embarrassed or even tongue-in-cheek when using the word hooker to mean what it means.

    I’d hope any job I applied for, who would go as far as to search for my facebook, would go even as far as to understand what the groups I’m in represent if they care that much to check in the first place, otherwise they are judging the book by the cover and I probably don’t want to work for an employer who does that digitally or in person.

    Also, I remember using the word GAY in it’s original context for years as a child and a teen before I even heard of Homosexuality, and as an adult, I can use the word both ways in context without any confusion.

  • January 22, 2014 at 3:41 pm
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    Too many folks getting their panties in a bunch. I’m hooked on hooking, so I’m a hooker, and awful proud of it!

  • January 22, 2014 at 3:07 pm
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    I tell them that the difference is I only play wir STRANG (yarn) not body parts

  • January 22, 2014 at 2:37 pm
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    Have been “Hookers” for a long time and am proud of it!! Love crocheting!!!

  • January 22, 2014 at 2:37 pm
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    I love being a hooker….. it’s just in fun, not to be hurtful or rude…. if you don’t want to refer yourself to a hooker ok, we love crocheting and we use hooks……

  • January 22, 2014 at 2:22 pm
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    It’s all in fun….some people are just too serious!! I love being a hooker πŸ™‚

  • January 22, 2014 at 1:44 pm
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    Plain and simple…My smart Southern mouth would have to say to her, “Honey chile, this is a drama free zone so please take your bull sh!# somewhere else, bless your heart, thank you and have a nice day.” πŸ™‚

  • January 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm
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    Some people just look for things to gripe about. I think it is “chrocetlarious”.

  • January 22, 2014 at 12:56 pm
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    It is a silly term, no reason to get upset. Personally, I do not use it, but that’s me.

  • January 22, 2014 at 12:47 pm
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    I am proud to be a hooker! I even know a group of rug hookers who refer to themselves as hookers. It’s a hoot!!

  • January 22, 2014 at 12:32 pm
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    People need to get a life. If I want to call myself a hooker, with a smirk on my face, then I will. If it offends someone, then they can move on. I’m so tired if the bertha-better-than-you attitude.

  • January 22, 2014 at 12:31 pm
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    I love being a hooker!! I would love to have a tee that has a couple crochet hooks and I am a hooker with a couple balls of yarn!! As far as sexually offensive, hooker is not used nearly that much to refer to a prostitute now a days. Sheesh, lighten up people!!

  • January 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm
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    I’m a hooker and proud of it!!!

  • January 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm
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    I don’t like the word hooker because of its other meaning but I know what crocheters mean by the term. I don’t let it upset me. I love doing crochet my self I just don’t like the term hooker.

  • January 22, 2014 at 12:04 pm
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    As an avid hooker myself, I am not offended by the term. I am assuming that the T-shirts and comments also provide some crochet symbol or logo so that you don’t leave people guessing what type of hooker you are referring to???

  • January 22, 2014 at 11:57 am
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    Really get over it, as someone else said; people are too sensitive, too many words in our language have been scared because of a different context and I think this is really sad. I am an avid hooker and I am proud of it, I make alot of things with crochet HOOKS! Hey I just thought of something, I also knit with needles!!!! does that make me a user of needles? Ha!

  • January 22, 2014 at 11:50 am
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    Just humour why do some people get upset?

  • January 22, 2014 at 11:38 am
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    Hooker is ok it makes me feel naughty , in a good way. So please Do not stop using the word.

  • January 22, 2014 at 11:37 am
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    All in fun!

  • January 22, 2014 at 11:35 am
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    It is all in good humor. I’m proud to say that I’m a hooker.

  • January 22, 2014 at 11:34 am
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    People are getting to “PC” now days. Just like not saying Merry Christmas but just Happy Holidays. Get over it and grow up. I am a 63 yr. old – old bat and I am not offended. Keep on Hooken every one!

  • January 22, 2014 at 11:25 am
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    Its just amusing…..but I can understand why people would not like it. I dont understand getting offended by it but I understand not wanting to use it. As said a few times, Context is Key and just know who you’re around and how they feel when you say it.

    Relax People Relax

  • January 22, 2014 at 11:10 am
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    Oh, I think is very funny. I am proud to be a hooker, too. Some people do not enjoy life at all!

  • January 22, 2014 at 10:52 am
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    It’s all in fun!

  • January 22, 2014 at 10:45 am
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    As well as being a hooker I am also a coonass so how do you like that?

  • January 22, 2014 at 10:45 am
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    Hi Michael from the UK. In our country we don’t have ” hookers ” in the sense that you have in the USA, our ‘ ladies of the night’ are known by other terms. But the term hooker is known by folks here. I call myself a hooker, because that’s what I use, I am not a needler! I think most people are fine with the term and my friends in the USA think it’s funny too. Being over sensitive about a name or description of a person is just a little bit silly. Why should someone be offended by a name I call myself? HOOKERS. UNITE !

  • January 22, 2014 at 10:34 am
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    I also would like to add that, if society is ok with “professional knitters”, then what is the name that they propose crocheters to have? Well I’m a happy hooker and proud of the name. I like the name. It’s fun and funky.

  • January 22, 2014 at 10:26 am
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    Heavens!!! Aren’t there enough REAL things to worry about without attacking such silly things? I have NO problems with the term and appreciate the light humor.

  • January 22, 2014 at 10:23 am
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    I’m alright with the term. I FEEL it’s quite appropriate . It’s not our fault that society has engaged the English word “hooker” to be permanently confined to the definition of whores. The needle that we use IS a hook. So therefore we can REALLY be classified as professional hooker..lol so Mikey, you are a professional hooker! LOL LOL..

  • January 22, 2014 at 9:41 am
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    While there is a few words in the English language , that I do personally find highly offensive, I think the use of the word hooker is the least of my worries. Anyone that knows you Mike you knows that you are a good man and a wonderful person , and would not out right offend anyone that way. I take it as just being a cheeky, I am with Nichole , its about the context of which it is used.

  • January 22, 2014 at 9:40 am
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    Being a hooker with a hook in hand needs patience, imagination and humor!!
    I don’t think real hookers in life are offended for what they do! Why should we????

  • January 22, 2014 at 9:28 am
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    I like it! It’s fun! And gives Non-Hookers something to think about when you tell them youre a hooker! πŸ˜›

  • January 22, 2014 at 9:26 am
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    Yup. life is too short to be so serious all the time.I have picked up hooking again a short while ago in a big way and am enjoying it. Especially enjoying blankets/afghans at the mo.

  • January 22, 2014 at 9:24 am
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    I’m a Down Under Hooker and love it. Lighten people crocheting is supposed to be fun.

  • January 22, 2014 at 8:40 am
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    Some people have no sense of humor, they are born that way. I am proud to be a hooker! Maybe they are just jealous because they aren’t hooker’s themselves? I would bet if they picked up a hook and watched a few hooker video’s they would be hooked in no time at all and become happy hooker’s like us!

  • January 22, 2014 at 8:25 am
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    I think it’s in good humor. Besides, non crocheters are curious why we refer to ourselves in this term. I love a good bit of humor.

  • January 22, 2014 at 8:24 am
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    I personally do not like the term. I am not offended or going to want legal action but, I don’t want young ladies to think that it is cool. With all the sex exploitation of young children I prefer not to joke about it. I don’t buy any crochet books with the term but, this is my choice.

  • January 22, 2014 at 7:58 am
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    I will always be a HOOKER at heart so get over it.

  • January 22, 2014 at 7:54 am
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    Good humour – context is crucial.

  • January 22, 2014 at 7:48 am
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    My wife is an avid crocheter (I knit and crochet as well). I want to buy a shirt that says, “I love hookers” That should offend lots of people. I think it is all in fun and just know who you can use it around.

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      You can even have crochet hook added to the shirt so that you can wear it anywhere with a clear conscious

    • January 23, 2014 at 9:58 am
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      Great idea! Keep count of how many people want your shirt!

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        would love to see the that t-shirt

  • January 22, 2014 at 7:29 am
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    People need to STOP being offended by the stupidest things. You can’t say anything anymore because there is someone who wants to sue you for insulting their delicate sensibilities. Pshaw! I’m quite sick of it. I’ll call myself a hooker if I want and if you don’t like it then go insult somebody else and leave me alone. Get over yourself.

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      I couldn’t have said it any better Rosanne!

  • January 22, 2014 at 7:25 am
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    I think it’s all in fun! I’m teaching my 13 year old nephew how to crochet, and told him that he’s now joined the ranks of “hookers”.

    • January 22, 2014 at 6:26 pm
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      My daughter and grand daughter all three of crochet and refer to ourselves as hookers, most of my friends and people I run into that crochet call themselves hookers

  • January 22, 2014 at 7:20 am
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    All in good humor. Those who are offended need to remove the hooks…

  • January 22, 2014 at 7:20 am
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    I’m proud to be a hooker!!!! Life’s to short to take it seriously at times.

  • January 22, 2014 at 6:59 am
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    People are too sensitive! I consider “hooker” to be good humor. Don’t stop using the work just because a few have decided to be so serious. Everyone has to have something to complain about, I guess. Life goes on, so keep on “hookin”‘.

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      Sorry! I meant “Don’t stop using the WORD, not work”!

  • January 22, 2014 at 6:33 am
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    I think its fun and I agree with Leigh ann, the more we use this word and make it our own the more people will come to accept it. This is how language changes after all.

  • January 22, 2014 at 6:17 am
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    Are these the same people who use the word; balls, as a reference to; a man becoming more; “manly? AKA; “You need to; grow a pair.” “He has some balls to say(or do) that?” Should we stop saying; “He, or she, hooked a big one.” When referring to; catching a fish? Time to; calm down, folks.

  • January 22, 2014 at 6:02 am
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    I’m a hooker and darn proud of it!

  • January 22, 2014 at 5:59 am
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    I think the people who think it’s insulting are the one’s who don’t crochet. Maybe if they gave it a try, they will think different. Years ago, I got a job as a “stripper”. I was stripping palms for Palm Sunday and that’s what the job was called–“stripper”

  • January 22, 2014 at 5:50 am
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    I don’t really feel offended , my partner calls me a hooker when ever I have a project in my hands (especially if I have started to crochet something new) he is in bed and asleep ,where I’m still hooking πŸ™‚

  • January 22, 2014 at 5:46 am
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    It’s an amusing and funny pun! You and your site always brighten my day. You teach so well and put a smile on our faces! Thanks Mikey.

  • January 22, 2014 at 5:11 am
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    Can’t believe anyone would find it offensive,it’s also a rugby term.I’m definitely happy to be a hooker.

  • January 22, 2014 at 4:56 am
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    Micki Smith is right. The uptight people need to lighten up.

  • January 22, 2014 at 4:45 am
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    Fun and funny”

  • January 22, 2014 at 4:32 am
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    Good humour.

  • January 22, 2014 at 4:18 am
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    Good humor !, We even tease my Mother in law, who hooks rugs and call her a “hooker”!

  • January 22, 2014 at 4:11 am
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    Humorous, hooker didn’t always refer to what makes this pun amusing. Maybe our community will help redifne this word πŸ™‚

  • January 22, 2014 at 3:30 am
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    I am a happy hooker and proud x

  • January 22, 2014 at 3:29 am
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    I always use the term “Happy Hookers” and I’ve read the book “The Happy Hooker by Xaviera Hollander (Smile, I was wild back in the 70’s)! It’s all mental! If you’re going to be offended by the term “hooker”, then take up knitting! Happy Hooking, Mikey!!!

  • January 22, 2014 at 3:25 am
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    Definitely good humour, but some people who arn’t in the crochet world don’t understand, once it’s explained to them they (on the whole) get it!

  • January 22, 2014 at 3:19 am
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    My friend and I always call ourselves Hookers – or we say lets do some Hooking! lol

  • January 22, 2014 at 3:17 am
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    I agree, good humour, get over your high and mighty ideas, peeps!!!
    I was given the nickname batty patty, by a good friend, 35 years ago… I like bats, vampire stories and weird stuff. Several other friends tell ,say it is derogatory and self deprecating. They say the more I let myself be called that, the more I will let myself and other people think I am….BATTY, crazy, stupid……..I just say the same. …..get over it. I like it……and I am definitely a very HAPPY HOOKER.!!!!!
    THANKYOU FOR BEING A GREAT COMMUNITY.
    BATTY PATTY

  • January 22, 2014 at 2:58 am
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    anyone who is insulted has not sense of humor…personally I love it πŸ™‚

  • January 22, 2014 at 2:38 am
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    People need to lighten up it is all good fun!

  • January 22, 2014 at 2:34 am
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    Humorous. πŸ˜‰

  • January 22, 2014 at 2:32 am
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    We need to lighten up, people!!! I am a hooker for life!!!!

  • January 22, 2014 at 2:10 am
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    Proud to be a Hooker!

  • January 22, 2014 at 1:48 am
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    Geez people have no sense of humour these days we use a hook so we are hookers, we hook. It’s a lot easier than saying I am a crocheter.

  • January 22, 2014 at 1:36 am
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    I think it is fun! People need to lighten up and not take everything so seriously! I guess we are all just a bunch of “Happy Hookers.”

  • January 22, 2014 at 1:30 am
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    Humor

  • January 22, 2014 at 1:14 am
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    I’m calling the little group of friends that I’m teaching to crochet the “Sunday Hookers” ..they all love it!!!

  • January 22, 2014 at 1:06 am
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    I think it’s funny! People can get so worried up about the silliest of things these days. Lighten up I say.

  • January 22, 2014 at 12:42 am
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    People need to lighten up…it’s good humor. It’s not derogatory.

  • January 22, 2014 at 12:37 am
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    Definitely good humor!

  • January 22, 2014 at 12:35 am
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    As long as everyone in your conversation knows what you’re talking about then it’s fine. ?…. Noone elder should be listening and therefore shouldn’t be worried about you being a hooker……

  • January 22, 2014 at 12:29 am
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    Humor definitely! Sandy

  • January 22, 2014 at 12:23 am
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    I find it hilarious, I think we all need to laugh at ourselves, it makes life a little better

  • January 21, 2014 at 11:30 pm
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    Good humor

  • January 21, 2014 at 11:30 pm
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    Good Humor

  • January 21, 2014 at 11:29 pm
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    I think it is good clean fun! If people are offended then they need to get over themselves.

  • January 21, 2014 at 11:27 pm
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    I am 72 years old and hook all the time. I love the term Hooker. It is quite the conversation piece. Every one I know gets a kick out of it.

  • January 21, 2014 at 11:23 pm
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    It is just fun good humor

  • January 21, 2014 at 11:12 pm
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    There are certain special people who make marvelous things with a ball of string (yarn) and a crochet hook. I can’t think of a better name for them (us)! I think Hooker is a wonderful name…and for those who don’t like it… they are probably not one of these “special” talented people!

  • January 21, 2014 at 11:11 pm
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    Good grief people get a grip its a play on words. Funny I love it!

  • January 21, 2014 at 11:04 pm
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    If they don’t have a sense of humor, they need to crochet some more (therapy) and get over it!

  • January 21, 2014 at 10:56 pm
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    I think it’s good humor. But I have offended some ladies at my church so am careful where I use it. (Not at craft days at church!)

  • January 21, 2014 at 10:51 pm
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    I am not offended at all by the term hooker. In fact, I think I might tell my husband not to bother me tomorrow as I will be busy hookin’. Lol.

  • January 21, 2014 at 10:46 pm
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    Definitely good humor! πŸ™‚ I use the term myself, and I get a laugh out of my friends.

  • January 21, 2014 at 10:28 pm
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    Hi Mikey,
    I often refer to myself as a “Happy Hooker” & also as being “addicted to my needles”. Everyone knows immediately what I’m talking about and we all get a good laugh. They know I’m not selling my body because of my persona and character.
    Even when I welcome newbies to the art, I refer to them as members of the Happy Hookers Club and they don’t get offended. I think anyone who finds the term offensive is taking it too literal and/or have something to hide.
    Keep on hookin’ from one happy hooker to another!

  • January 21, 2014 at 10:22 pm
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    The term “hooker” as applies to crochet enthusiasts isn’t the least bit offensive to me: I am a “Happy Hooker”. I can, however, understand some of our older yarn and hook compatriots finding the term objectionable. It’s a lot like “yarn snobs”- there’s one in every group!

  • January 21, 2014 at 10:20 pm
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    Typical of today’s attempt at “humor”…You can refer to yourself or others as hookers; I won’t. Like your tutorials, blogs, etc…but I’ll pass on this one…xxxo

  • January 21, 2014 at 10:20 pm
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    Of course a play on words like this is funny! Perhaps a person who thinks otherwise needs to relax, grab their hook, and let their creativity chase away their stress.

  • January 21, 2014 at 10:13 pm
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    Absolutely good humor.

  • January 21, 2014 at 10:05 pm
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    Love the humor. Keep up the good work.

  • January 21, 2014 at 10:02 pm
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    Good humor. People need to get a life.

  • January 21, 2014 at 9:58 pm
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    If you can’t laugh at yourself who can you laugh at, just good humor.

  • January 21, 2014 at 9:52 pm
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    Good humor

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      Great fun – life is short and we need to enjoy it!

  • January 21, 2014 at 9:31 pm
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    Each to their own, I personally think its a Bit of Fun, I’m certainly a Hooker lol, It’s also a term in Rugby Union & Boxing, I don’t think Big Burly Men object to the Terminology………. πŸ˜‰

  • January 21, 2014 at 9:20 pm
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    I think it’s funny and have no problem with being called a hooker . : )

  • January 21, 2014 at 9:17 pm
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    I think it is funny. I would rather laugh than growl at someone. “Laughter makes the world go round!!!” There is way too much sadness and meaness hanging about.
    Barbara

  • January 21, 2014 at 9:15 pm
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    People need to get over this Politically Correct stuff. It’s funny! I love it! “I’M A FANTASTIC AMAZING HOOKER”

  • January 21, 2014 at 9:05 pm
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    THE SHERBURNE HOOKER
    i think make whatever you will of it!! You show what is in your mind by how you interpret it! And this goes for everything. Whether you interpret it literally or not, shows if you have a sense of humor or not!!

  • January 21, 2014 at 8:49 pm
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    I think it’s a fun way to get others interested in crochet. Happy Hookers sounds a lot more interesting than Crocheting Cougars.

  • January 21, 2014 at 8:48 pm
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    I do not find it offensive! It is all in fun! I’m proud to be a hooker! My co-workers got me hooking something for them all the time. I work with other hookers too.
    hahaha!!!

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    It’s all in fun…I love it and I’m from las vegas, they need to get over them selves…I know the difference.
    Keep on hooking and hv fun. ..

  • January 21, 2014 at 8:28 pm
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    I love the term “hooker” as it refers to crocheters. I am proud to be a happy hooker!

  • January 21, 2014 at 8:20 pm
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    Well I’d rather be called a happy hooker than a crotchy crocheter… I think the term hooker is just fun…and that’s what crocheting is all about . The Crochet Crowd is where it’s at…
    Hookers unite & have Fun..:)

  • January 21, 2014 at 8:15 pm
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    I usually refer to myself as a topless hooker because I drive a convertible and all the people at my work kinda know me as the topless hooker

  • January 21, 2014 at 8:11 pm
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    So if I like to walk in the street, can I be a street walker? I wish I could be a hooker and a street walker at the same time! That would require some real coordination!

  • January 21, 2014 at 7:51 pm
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    I do many kinds of needlework and crafts, so I do “stripping and stroking” (for CCS and needlepoint) “hooking” (crochet and latch-hook), get “needled” (Knitting and sewing), and don’t get me started on furniture refinishing, plumbing, electrical re-wiring and home repairs (More stripping, screwing around, mating male and female parts, etc….)

    Golly, am I some kind of “fallen woman”? Nah, just a girl who wants to have fun! Really don’t give two hoots for lose lacking enough humor to get the joke.

  • January 21, 2014 at 7:50 pm
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    I often say I’m a hooker said in good fun,I also have a button that I got at Maryland Sheep and Wool several years ago that says I’m armed with a dull hook and I’m not afraid to use it! People need to lighten up. I have a good friend whose husband used to play Rugby and his position was Hooker,so she used to joke that her husband was a Hooker,so see it’s not just crochet or other risque occupations! πŸ˜‰

  • January 21, 2014 at 7:46 pm
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    Absolutely good humour!

  • January 21, 2014 at 7:41 pm
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    I think it is funny not rude.

  • January 21, 2014 at 7:40 pm
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    call me anything but late for dinner !

  • January 21, 2014 at 7:35 pm
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    I live in an area where there is a whole other category of Hooker! They are Rug Hookers and refer to themselves and their groups as Hookers. It is advertised in the local papers as “the Hookers will meet at the community hall on…” Everyone knows it refers to the Rug Hookers and they are quite specialized and a unique group.

  • January 21, 2014 at 7:26 pm
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    Gloria Grayson
    Only the narrow minded person would relate the word to something vulgar.

  • January 21, 2014 at 7:23 pm
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    I agree with most of the comments here. In context, I love it!! I can understand that some people are tender-hearted about prostitutes/hookers and their plights and are working hard to help them, but, this is all in good fun and I don’t think any of us mean to offend or belittle anyone. I’ll still keep hooking and enjoying it!!

  • January 21, 2014 at 7:21 pm
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    Goodness what a palava over a word! Anyone with half a brain cell working can see what Mikey meant and it is a wonderful descriptive word. I am happy to call myself an enthusiastic hooker, not too good at sharing needles though! Go Mikey I’m your biggest fan here in South Africa!

  • January 21, 2014 at 7:16 pm
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    As I am a hooker, I totally understand the meaning and find it humorous. Yes it sounds naughty, but if a person knows you then they will understand.

  • January 21, 2014 at 7:14 pm
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    The term is comical to me. But let us remember we are ALL part of the same “crowd.” Let’s not be mean to each because we agree or disagree. We are ALL entitled to our opinions without ridicule. β™‘

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      Amen!

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      Tina I agree with you that everyone has a right to their own opinion without ridicule but in this case Judy was out of line and down right hateful. If she had given us her opinion in a respectful manor people wouldn’t be so upset.

  • January 21, 2014 at 7:04 pm
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    People need to stop looking for the worst in what everyone says! When I first seen Mickey use the term, I knew exactly what he ment. It was then people went the worst way, if we can not have fun and laugh…come on fellow hookers laugh. If your thinking that is a horrible word then skim over and ignore or maybe you need a hug…I am sending you one.

  • January 21, 2014 at 7:02 pm
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    Some people have no sense of humor. I think it’s funny.

  • January 21, 2014 at 7:01 pm
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    My craft group here in Australia contains “knitwits, happy hookers and so and so’s [the sewing chics]”. Never had anyone offended by the terms. My ex-husband once stook up at a party and read a poem called “My wife she is a hooker” – really bought the house down. As I am a cancer survivor too, I learnt a long time ago that without humour and hope in our life, it can be pretty tough going. Life without laughter is pretty boring!

  • January 21, 2014 at 6:56 pm
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    I have cousins whose last name is Hooker, Those of you who are offended by being called a hooker can be offended by part of my family too. I also have nephews whose last name is Butts, yes spelled that way! So I see no problem with saying I am a “hooker” when I crochet! What is in a name? At least we aren’t using profanity every other word like you see all over the place! If it DOES offend you, I am sorry that you have a different sense of humor but respect your choice as long as you respect mine! Peace out!

  • January 21, 2014 at 6:48 pm
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    in context “hooker”is good fun. that’s what we have while crocheting, or “hooking”. say it loud, and be a proud hooker!

  • January 21, 2014 at 6:44 pm
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    Fun, Fun….Fun!!!!
    Life is too short….enjoy it and LAUGH whenever you can!!!!!!

  • January 21, 2014 at 6:39 pm
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    I am 71 years old and have been a hooker since I was 8 years old, I call myself that all the
    time, it is not offensive – it’s a hobby engaged by women and men all over the world and I
    am proud to be considered a damn good hooker for many years.

  • January 21, 2014 at 6:36 pm
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    I’m a hooker.your a hooker..it’s all in good fun and proud of my hooking accomplishments. .

  • January 21, 2014 at 6:36 pm
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    I live in galway, Ireland and the local boats that were used as transport to the aran islands as well as for fishing are called galway hookers. It’s an old joke to say your going to the docks to see the hookers! They are lovely boats especially when they have their sails up. I never thought of applying that terminology to crochet so thank you for the new slant on describing my hobby. I cant wait till someone asks me what I do in my spare time.

  • January 21, 2014 at 6:34 pm
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    Good humor — especially as a self reference

  • January 21, 2014 at 6:34 pm
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    I think its all in fun. There are some things in the world that offend me. I just try to avoid those things. If I was offended by something that wasn’t intended to offend me, I would go to see my psychologist to work through my issues.

  • January 21, 2014 at 6:33 pm
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    Just a fun term for those who love our craft.

  • January 21, 2014 at 6:29 pm
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    I like calling myself Hooker. Makes me feel like a wild child.

  • January 21, 2014 at 6:24 pm
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    I believe it is a beautiful craft which produces some of the most amazing work and we sure do have to do a lot of hooking to make it. (but not on our backs) haha

  • January 21, 2014 at 6:22 pm
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    Society is out of control. Not referring to someone as a hooker in case you offend them is one thing, but to refer to one’s self as a hooker is something quite different. It’s no one’s business how I refer to myself. Besides, who is actually offended, the crocheter, or the person who has sex for payment. It doesn’t bother me either way.
    I’ve heard it said that crochet has a stigma as something only done by grannies. Well I know for a fact that my Granny would have thought being called a “Hooker” was hysterical!

  • January 21, 2014 at 6:21 pm
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    Crocheters who are offended the term “hooker” should not take themselves so seriously, for goodness sake, look what they do for a hobby.

  • January 21, 2014 at 6:21 pm
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    Privately, or with close friends, I will call myself a hooker. But I have close friends who are actively involved in a ministry to the human trafficking industry locally and they feel differently about the term. Around them I don’t use the term in reference to myself. As with all written and spoken communication, “When in doubt, don’t.”

  • January 21, 2014 at 6:13 pm
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    I refer to myself as a “hooker” – in fact, both my grandchildren’s grandmothers are “hookers”. I crochet and their other grandmother hooks rugs.
    It is not meant to insult or hurt – we do it only in fun and to poke fun at our crafts.

  • January 21, 2014 at 6:10 pm
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    I live in Las Vegas so you can imagine the double takes when my fiber friends call ourselves hookers, especially if it is to reply to
    someone else’s friend’s comment on Facebook! Adds to the fun!

  • January 21, 2014 at 6:03 pm
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    I am PROUD to hook with the rest of the HAPPY HOOKERS!!!

  • January 21, 2014 at 6:01 pm
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    I think it’s a clever play on words and I am definitely not offended, considering my strange sense of humor.

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:58 pm
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    Sense of humor….especially about oneself….is sorely lacking in some people. Happy Hooking everybody! πŸ˜‰

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:56 pm
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    Oh heavens, life is too short to be too serious….I like it, it keeps others guessing!

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:52 pm
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    I think it is funny tongue in cheek I am sure there are people who might get offended but I don’t see why

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:49 pm
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    I have no problem with the the term. But I am careful with the way I use it. I’ll tell folks I think of myself a crochet artist and that I love having a hook in hand, so I must be a hooker. They get it, we laugh, and no one is offended.

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:32 pm
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    If you look up the definition in the dictionary, it actually has several meanings such as ” one that hooks ” which is exactly what we do when we crochet. I don’t think that using the term is offensive and find that the ones who do can simply not follow your page if they chose to do so instead of criticizing what you say.

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:28 pm
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    I understand the meaning of the word and get how it’s being used. I just wouldn’t use the term to refer to myself at the Christian school I work at or at church. I personally do not find it offensive.

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:28 pm
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    Some people are just getting way crazy thin skinned. Sure it has a “naughty” sound, but GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER people . . . it’s all in fun — and IT IS FUN.

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:27 pm
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    I think it’s a hoot to call us Hookers. It’s what we do, it’s a play on words and it’s funny.
    Of course there are be people who are offended by the term and will think and say hateful things. All I gave to say is loosen your girdles a little bit and have some fun. In our society we can be too concerned about being politically correct. If someone gets offended just stand up straight and proud and let the comments fly over your heads! Thank God we live in a country where we have free speech.

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:25 pm
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    Mikey it is a fun play on words, I love it ! Laughter and having a good sense of humor is good medicine. Some people are so rigid. Anyway, we are hookers and we create beautiful things with our hooks and yarn,by gosh and by golly. You are so much fun and soooo positive. You can’t have a bad day when connected to the CROCHET CROWD.I appreciate all your hard work! Maggie

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:25 pm
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    Using the word hooker is perfectly correct according to the dictionary. The word has numerous meanings. When used as slang for the word prostitute it is only one of many words that have been misused and taken out of context in our society. To be considered an insult, I think it would only be hurtful or offensive to one who was engaged in the occupation. I find most folks would rather take up for themselves in these instances than have the righteous left play savior. This happy hooker is pleased to be part of the group. Smile, don’t worry, be happy….

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:24 pm
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    Oh for heaven sake’s… we tippy toe around in this world any more, worrying about offending others because our world has made it that way; take pride in our ware’s and our term of endearment- Hooker’s Unite and stand/ speak free!

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:24 pm
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    Good humor. I could come up with a lot worse, you know, being crafty and all. πŸ˜‰

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:18 pm
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    it’s definitely just a bit of fun anyone who get offended has no sense of humor.

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:18 pm
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    Im a happy hooker and im 69

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:17 pm
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    it’s all in good fun. those who take it out of context need to have a “good humor injection”

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:17 pm
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    I didn’t think that there was anything in that blog that deserved such a diatribe. If you don’t like it then don’t read it.
    I personally thought your comments were offensive to the author as well as the members of the crowd.

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      Are you stating that mike was being rude in some way..I don’t think so I think it’s hilarious. I am sorry if I missed understand but it’s all in good fun.

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:07 pm
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    good humor, Ii think its funny

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:06 pm
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    I think it’s fun but I have friends and relatives who “tsk tsk” me when I say it. But hey, upon reading all the comments here, if it is true crocheters were called hookers before prostitutes were, then I suggest the prostitutes should stop using the term. LOL Just kidding. There’s no monopoly on words. I probably would not use the term in a business sense i.e., as a business name or for advertising, etc. I know of a sex term called the “hoover” and I haven’t thrown out my vacuum cleaner yet. hahahaha

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:04 pm
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    Funny, of course! Keep hooking away!

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:01 pm
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    I believe that sometimes people take themselves wayyyyyy to seriously!!!! It is very very funny – good humor to me :). I call my self a HOOKER and I am proud of it!!!! To my Crochet Crowd family – Let’s all keep hooking and we will keep happy!!!!

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm
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    I proudly call myself a hooker. If someone is offended by that they don’t have to listen to me.

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:57 pm
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    If all words could only have one meaning then there might be some confusion, however, at 68 when I refer to myself as a “hooker” no one seems to be confused by what I mean πŸ˜‰

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:57 pm
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    I have a little page on the book of faces, Michelle’s Hand Knits. When the barn fell on all those poor animals, I posted a link to the CC with orders, ” Ok Hookers, go over to the Crochet Crowd page and give it up for the barn yarn animals” No one got offended. Of course I haven’t heard from the animals yet,lol.

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:55 pm
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    I find it fun and use it to describe myself too! To be honest nothing you say ever offends me. I find you cute and loveable and an AMAZING TEACHER!

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:55 pm
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    LOVE IT! ready for a Hookers Convention!;)

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:55 pm
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    it’s fine w/me!

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm
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    Two comments I must make…
    1) Doesn’t bother me! I don’t think I have ever referred to myself as a “hooker”, but I know other people have jokingly called me that and I always laugh along with them about it.
    2) I think people are being a little hard on Judy. Opinions were asked for and she stated hers. I didn’t take it personally. To each their own…

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:49 pm
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    I think that being a ” hooker” due to crocheting is funny as can be!!!!!!

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:40 pm
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    I think it’s all in good fun. Some people just have their minds in the wrong place. I’m proud to be a hooker πŸ™‚ ….JUDI

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:40 pm
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    Just quit being so serious and just have fun. I am also a person that loves to crochet and knit and I think I will start calling myself a hooker also. I think it is cute and funny.

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:39 pm
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    i would have to say it is in good humour. The naughty reference just makes it more fun.

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:39 pm
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    yes, I a m a Happy Hooker but since I also knit (less frequently) I am also a Yarner although I do not tell tall tales.

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:37 pm
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    I think it’s all in good fun… I have called myself a “Happy Hooker”. I see it from the fact that this craft tool is referred to as a hook.

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:34 pm
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    I think it’s hilarious and people need to be able to laugh at themselves and not take themselves or others so seriously. If it offends you, fine, then don’t call yourself that. It doesn’t bother me a bit.

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:28 pm
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    I think it’s funny… OK to call yourself one but probably best not to call someone else one unless you know their sense of humor!

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:26 pm
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    I think the term punny.

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:26 pm
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    I see it in good humor. I call myself a happy hooker all the time and majority of the people I’m around with all understand as to why I do and they laugh and then shake their heads and call me crazy (all good fun).

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:25 pm
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    Well, considering that Hooker can mean lots of things, I guess it’s up to people to decide if they want to live their lives by taking things out of context in order to be offended or if they are interested enough to try to understand what people mean when they speak in an ambiguous way.

    Conversation:
    A:Hi, I like sports, I’m a amateur hooker but I hope to play in a league someday. ( rugby position)

    B:Nice to meet you, I’m a hooker too, but I prefer cricket.( cricket Position)

    A:My uncle loves cricket, He also loves fishing. He lives in Ireland. When he’s not watching games he’s taking one of his two hookers out on the water. ( fishing boat)

    B:I used to sail hookers but then I moved to the states. I lived in Hooker, KY before I moved here.( location)

    A:My Mom moved to the states when I was a teen, She was really good with wool and yarn and took up hooking to bring in some extra cash. Since there was a lack of homemade crafts in our town, she became very popular, especially around the winter holidays.( yarn crafter/crochet)

    B: Hey My Sisters a hooker too! She made me this hat. It’s my favorite one.

    A: Yeah, It looks like It’s good quality. Ha, I remember when I moved here, people would look at me funny when I told them my mom was a hooker. It seems that here it means a prostitute.

    B:Yeah, I heard that too. But it never bothered my mom.

    Yup, What part of that conversation was offensive?

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:25 pm
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    I think it’s a great pun and it’s just light hearted fun!! Definitely good humor(but not the ice cream!!! Lol)

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:22 pm
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    I have a few tattoos and am contemplating getting one with a ball of yarn and crochet hook with words “Happy Hooker” around it. Found in on-line.

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm
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    If Judy is so offended by this fun term why does she insist on being part of this fun group? She must enjoy being offended. I really don’t think Mikey is going to stop using the term just to please her. I agree with Charmianne (what a pretty name) and everyone else. Let’s just have fun and keep on hooking.

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:17 pm
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    I wouldn’t want to work for an employer who couldn’t look past their noses to see that the term “Hooker” was about crochet fans. They’d be awful to work for. The primmest and most proper people all have a sense of humor. I personally do not mind the term, but usually call myself a crocheter. And smile when I occasionally mention that I enjoy, “Hooking.

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm
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    I find the term HOOKER for crocheting just a play on words. I also weave and knit, and use the name CRAFTYBOY, but I do not consider myself crafty, sly or conniving. There are bigger things to worry about in the world than using the word Hooker, when it was applied actually to a trade at one time other than Ladies Of The Night. My weaving name is BOY WEEVIL. I hope there are no offended WEEVILS out there.

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:13 pm
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    I don’t kno I think it’s fun u seem like an amazing person that I could make dinner for and hang out people are too serious I refer myself as a hooker all my friends laugh they calle crazy Bc in my crazy life of kids and dogs and family I still have time to hook it calms me really people are too uptight u and diva dan are amazing and everything u do is awesome:) I mean u taught me the unteachable how to crochet finish stuff and learn to read patterns ur a saint in my book love u guys and if ur ever close to Connecticut let me kno jonna

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:13 pm
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    I *get* that the term “hooker” is a cutsie term to refer to myself, however….I am not a joke nor is what I do a joke. I have been a crocheter for decades now and can’t help but notice how crocheters are looked down upon as being “less than” our fellow yarn artists who choose to knit. I’m tired of going into speciality yarn stores and finding only knitting supplies and patterns available. I asked a store owner once why there was no crocheting items for sale and he replied, “Why? What do you want to find here?”. He made me feel like I didn’t belong in a store that was clearly catering to only the knitting community. If don’t take myself seriously, how can I expect others to take me seriously. That being said, I also knit a little bit but much prefer to crochet. Hey, the question was asked so I answered it. It’s just my opinion. πŸ˜‰

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      Oh my goodness, Sue, I totally understand what you are saying about the specialty yarn stores! I went to one and came across the same deal!! I love the way knitting looks, particularly a nice cable-knit, but I don’t know how to do that (yet), and the woman just acted like knitting was the easiest thing in the world and proceeded to tell me all the “pros” to knitting as opposed to crochet. I was like “whatever, I like to crochet!” I felt like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman when she got kicked out of the boutique on Rodeo drive…..HA! Get it? (hooker LOL)….oh my..

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:04 pm
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    I suppose some actual hookers do crochet. They would be called hookin’ hookers. πŸ˜€

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:02 pm
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    There will always be an element in society who will puff themselves up with indignation at the slightest opportunity purely because they’re given an opportunity to do so. They are to be ignored.
    I find as I get older that life is too short to throw away a chance to smile or laugh along with friends, and this makes me smile every time. πŸ™‚

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      Way to go. My sentiments as well.

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        Agree πŸ™‚

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      I fully agree with you! Having beat cancer I don’t sweat the small stuff. If it offends someone to be called a “hooker” then I won’t them one. I on the other hand, have been a hooker most of my life πŸ™‚

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm
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    I am a Hooker—there I said it.! It’s been one day since I turned my last stitch….I love to go to fancy yarn shops ,when they ask if i knit, no I’m a Hooker. It always get a good giggle. Knitter can so serious sometimes, they’re always getting a twist in their balls. Thank you Mikey for teaching me how to crochet. Much Love Tom.

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm
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    It’s a fun term and used by crocheters to crocheters so I don’t see a problem with it at all πŸ™‚ There are often more than one definition for English words so I don’t see this as any different πŸ™‚

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm
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    I’m a happy hooker (as well as knitter, quilter, painter……….) Now what about someone who works in a sex field and also crochets ?? hmmmmmmm, A Really Happy Hooking Hooker???? hahaha

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:52 pm
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    I don’t mind it either way but I have a related story. One of my rather crass yet regular and beloved customers foolishly refered to me at work as such. Right in front of my brother from another mother who was security at the time. He got a smack to the back of the head and a “Hey don’t you dare talk to one of my girls like that!” ^_^ its good to have friends

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:52 pm
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    No I don’t think it is rude as far as I think the one who r rude are the ones who say it is rude are the one who r rude if u r saying it in good humor then that is whaiy it is meant and to people have the right to say and think as they please so u will have to just let be that is my input

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:47 pm
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    I use the term hooker when I’m around those who would get the meaning. I don’t take offense it it. It’s just fun. We love to have fun!

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:43 pm
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    My son-in-law bought me a coffee mug for Christmas that says “I’m a hooker” I LOVE IT!!!!!

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm
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    I think it’s funny, and call myself a “hooker”. My husband even tells people that I’m a hooker, just so he can giggle about it – then he explains that I am a crocheter. πŸ˜€

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm
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    I have been a HAPPY, HAPPY HOOKER since I was 6 years old, and I absolutely love crocheting and being called a happy hooker. I’ve been a happy hooker for 60 years! Thank you Mikey, Cathy and Dan for for bringing all of us happy hookers together. ❀️

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:38 pm
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    I get that it’s funny…I do think that it’s funny–but I can’t bring myself to call a fellow crocheter a hooker, though, and I don’t feel comfortable referring to myself as such. I knit and crochet…I am happy to call myself bi-craftual πŸ™‚

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:38 pm
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    I think it’s funny.

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm
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    I don’t particularly like the term and don’t use it. Some friends like and use it. It’s a matter of taste just like most everything else. Life would be boring if we were all the same.

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm
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    Funny!! If people cant see the humor in it, oh well! πŸ™‚

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:35 pm
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    Oh for sure, Good Humor, a funny play on words…….Keep up the good work Mikey,

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:30 pm
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    I like the term ‘hooker’, because it reminds us that we are all sinners, that no one of us is any better than any other and that God can work some marvelous miracles through even the least worthy of us. I have sinned just like anyone else, and like everyone, I have fallen miles short of God’s hopes for me, but I wake up in the morning and I try again. I am unemployed and have no money. Not one of the hundreds of job applications I have submitted lately has landed me a job. So, I whip out my knitting needles and my crochet hooks and I make hats for folks who need them and am trying to nail down knitting mittens also for our local shelters. Maybe God is using this opportunity to teach me humility. I don’t know. Maybe what some people say is right and I am going to hell, but I am doing what I can to help people until I get there.

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:28 pm
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    My friends started calling me “The Happy Hooker” 30+ years ago (Oh oh, I’m aging myself…lol). I still think it’s funny…more so, at my age!

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:28 pm
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    Fun!! Our crochet club is called the “Hookers Club” we have monogrammed tote bags.Get a lot of remarks (laughter) out of that bag

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:26 pm
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    I do not use it myself, but I do not see anything wrong with your use of the word or the fact that you call yourself one. If that is your tool of trade then that is what you are. It is kind of funny at times when reading it in certain sentences but we have so many uses for words in our language. πŸ™‚ Have a crafty day.

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      I saw your comment (I agree with you by the way) and thought “I haven’t commented here yet!”
      I got a laugh when I saw your name. I’m Michelle Johnson too!

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:25 pm
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    I think it is awesome and funny. If someone doesn’t like it then they shouldn’t use it. Hook on!

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:23 pm
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    I haven’t use the term, myself, but I see the pun and humor. I really think people who are offended by a term or expression should get over themselves. They are so busy being afraid what other people will think that they forget how to laugh at themselves. A VERY lonely place to live

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:20 pm
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    Just want to clarify. I am not the Judy that protested so much. Seems there are more who are yea than nay on the subject.

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:19 pm
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    I find it hilarious, specially when my 75 yr old mom introduced me to her friend “this is my daughter the hooker” , it still makes me smile.

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:17 pm
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    I’m told my sense of humor is warped, but I find it funny. Let those who are offended, be so. This is America, the land of choice, is it not?

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:17 pm
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    I guess Judy if you would have not gone into “such detail” about your views, everyone would have just read it and gone on. Life is too short to go on & on.

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:17 pm
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    LOL, most words in the English language have multiple meanings. What is the big deal? .
    I am certainly not offended at being labeled as a “hooker”. I love to hook and think it is quite funny that we crocheters are referred to as “hookers”. Maybe we should just change the spelling to “hookor”!

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:17 pm
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    very good humor

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:16 pm
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    Love the term hooker for us crocheters…I don’t make enough money to be any other kind of Hooker.

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:16 pm
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    Personally I think it’s funny – nobody should be taking offence at that!

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:16 pm
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    I swing both ways! I am a hooker and I share needles. There is nothing wrong with a little jest to lighten the mood about my two favorite pastimes. Hookers crochet while knitters share needles.
    The wife of a 2 star general in the U.S. Air Force asked how long I had been a hooker. I told her I am a pimp because I have showed so many women how to be hookers. We shared a laugh then talked crochet. Anyone who can’t find humor in things like this is just looking for an argument.

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      Well said, Anita. Go girl.

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      I second that

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      I LOVE IT! I share needles too! ( never heard that, totally going to use it)

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:15 pm
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    I think it’s a cute term for crocheters. Anyone who is offended by it really takes life too seriously. Humor and laughter is good for health and well being!

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm
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    Let’ lighten up.. I guess people took offense Judy because you went into “so much” of an explanation. A couple of words would have sufficed. Life is so short and in the end let’s just lighten up.

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:13 pm
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    I love the term! When I was in the printing field, I was called a stripper (stripped negatives from their holders).

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      Haha Susan, my hubby and I own and operate a commercial floor care business in which we strip floors. Often, when our friends or family call to see what our plans are for a given weekend we say “stripping” Our oldest son was 13 when he did his first strip. The next morning the crew went to Dennys for breakfast. The chemical smell stays with you for days. My son had already washed his hands several times. He didn’t know the waitress was behind him when he said, “oh my gosh, my hands smell like stripper still.” Lol our waitress gave my husband a look like ‘what the heck are you doing to this little boy.’ Our family is full of strippers but I’m both a stripper and a hooker.

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:11 pm
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    Wow! Interesting comments, all of them that I read. I’m not offended by the term, but prefer not to call myself one. I am a knitter, a crocheter and a fiber artist.

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:11 pm
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    All in good fun I think…just a good sense of humor…U have to have that!!!

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:10 pm
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    I think it’s a fun and funny play on words! My grandchildren think it’s hilarious. They want to get t-shirts that say “my grandma’s a hooker” with the picture of the yarn ball and crochet hook on it. I’ve never been one to be politically correct!

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:10 pm
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    I use the term all of the time! It’s just fun to me and mine. That’s my simple opinion πŸ™‚ And thankful I live in a Country where I can state my opin without fear of retribution πŸ™‚

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:10 pm
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    I think that the context is what matters. If it offends people that is there problem not ours we know why and how we use the term. i think it is a fun word.

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:09 pm
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    My husband always calls me a hooker when I’m crocheting up a storm and I love it that he calls me that!

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:09 pm
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    Obviously fun.

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:07 pm
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    I’m a happy hooker. …self taught.. its a art..we can call it .therapy.too.so people can get bent out of shape over an old saying ….I never use the pun.my daughter thinks it’s funny.the book called the happy hooker.

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:06 pm
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    I used to belong to a yahoo group called Happy Hookers! AND I thought the comments from people when I told them were hilarious. You could only see it in their faces!

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm
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    Hi Mikey, I have no problem with being referred to a hooker as it is an American term anyway.
    What I do find offensive is the looks or comments I get from other men when I tell them that my favourite pastime is crochet. While the women all want me to teach them how to do it.
    I love being a hooker.

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:59 pm
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    I love it. It’s definitely all in good humor. My husband cracks up when I spring it on him. I’m a hooker and proud of it. Lol

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:59 pm
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    I think it’s a great name and in some ways if others don’t get it it makes it all the more perfect.

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:58 pm
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    i think it’s hilarious, me and my sister both crochet, and we was going to call ourselves the happy hookers, lol but i think the name has already been taken

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:56 pm
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    I find it funny, BUT humour is a very personal thing. It doesn’t upset me in the slightest, but I can understand how it could for others. I don’t think it’s a political correctness thing, just a sense of humour and personal taste thing. Enjoy it if you do, ignore it if you don’t. =)

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:55 pm
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    I recently saw the word crocheter spelt crocheteer ( like musketeer) by mistake. Does anyone fancy sword fights with a crochet hook! I quite like the idea. I also refer to my self as a happy hooker but even some crochet friends don’t always get the joke.

    Judy14

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:53 pm
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    The world is becoming too ‘politically correct’ and I’m not offended to be called a ‘hooker’ when it comes to crochet! People need to lighten up and get a sense of humor and stop getting butt hurt over every little thing.

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      Well said! πŸ™‚

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:52 pm
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    My mother in-law doesn’t like the term when applied to my daughter but doesn’t complain when someone directs the term at me. But then, she has no yarn skills whatsoever. Or any craft skills for that matter. There is a group at her church that call themselves hookers and she never even knew there was a group until I was invited to join.

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:52 pm
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    I just think people need to lighten up! It’s all in fun for gosh sake!

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:49 pm
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    I am a proud and amazing hooker!! ~Happy Hooking!!!~

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:46 pm
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    We had a ladies church group that called themselves “Happy Hookers”!! They crocheted and knitted projects for others!!

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm
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    That’s what we are, why try to hide it? πŸ˜‰

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm
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    While I don’t necessarily prefer the term, I choose not to be offended by it. I get the fun and humor of it though. I think the world would be a happier place if people would choose to not get offended by every little thing and just appreciate that their are always going to be differences in likes and opinions.

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm
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    I think the term “hooker” among us crocheters is just an understood reference !! I love when that word is used when talking to other fellow crocheters, and it’s meant in good humor, plus being a little naughty never hurt anyone! It’s all in fun, and isn’t that what life is all about ….!!

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm
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    I am an 82 yr ole “Lady of the Afternoon and Night” Hooker. By 3 p.m. I must retire to my Hooker Chair and be a Hooker til bedtime. Thank you Mickey for being our ‘Mentor Hooker’. Your Crochet Crowd emails. when they arrive, are the highlight of my day and I am sure I speak for all your faithful Hookers.

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm
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    Gemma, thanks for the history lesson…..it is always fun to know the real origins of different terminologies. I was first called a “hooker” back in the early 80’s by the Colonel of my husband’s Unit because I made Retirement Gifts for individuals who were retiring from the service. I really got a kick out of it because I wasn’t crocheting anything for them…..my gifts to them were all Counted Cross Stitch. But the Colonel didn’t know what to call what I did, so he dubbed me their “Resident Hooker.” The entire unit go a huge laugh out of it!!

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:42 pm
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    Rugby teams have hookers too! Wonder if any of them crochet?!!!

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:41 pm
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    I use the term “hooker” all the time. I never thought it was offensive, just funny and my friends think it is funny even when they don’t really get it because I always say that I am a hooker with a smile on my face.

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:39 pm
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    I have also been known to refer to myself as a “hooker”. Those who know me know exactly what I am referring to and take it as it is intended. Those who don’t know me soon understand and generally see the humor.

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:38 pm
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    I have 2 comments on this:

    1. I do not follow any pages on Facebook that have the word “hooker” in them not matter what the context. If a potential employer looks through my follows, I do not expect that person to spend time figuring out the context and I have no interest in being associated with that word in any way.

    2. Sorry to be the stick in the mud, but I do actually find the term both offensive and tacky… particularly since crocheting is generally considered by society to be a hobby engaged in by women. I don’t actually care whether other people think my opinion is ridiculous. I have a sense of humor, but that simply doesn’t appeal. You asked for our opinions and that is mine. I think it’s tacky. And I assure you that those who use the name on Facebook pages are losing out on followers who have legitimate concerns about what future employers might think.

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      Judy ….we are all entitled to our voice on the term “hooker” used by the crochet community !! That’s your thoughts, and that is fine, but one thing you said, was not necessary!! I have NEVER been in any arts and craft store, yarn shop for crocheting or knitting , and ever been told that crocheting is only for woman !! But like you said, we may find your opinion ridiculous…… We will just ignore that comment from you!!

    • January 21, 2014 at 3:03 pm
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      Yes, you do sound like a stick in the mud, but you also have a good point about future employers looking at your facebook profile. Thanks for keeping it real, Jude.

    • January 21, 2014 at 3:18 pm
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      I understand your concern, and as someone who crochets and helps people in job transition, I always advise them to carefully choose their words and their permissions when using ANY social media.

      That said, I do not think anyone engaging in the other form of “hooking” is likely to advertise themselves in that same way, but you never know!

    • January 21, 2014 at 3:31 pm
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      You have a facebook page?! I must find it…..

    • January 21, 2014 at 3:57 pm
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      There is a stick, but it’s not in the mud. Lighten up…Happy Hooker.

    • January 21, 2014 at 4:51 pm
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      Judy, I am the first to encourage individual opinion. However, from my own experience, if my opinion is so vastly different from everyone else’s, meaning, I am the only one with the opinion, I either reevaluate my thought processes, or speak my mind once and let it go. You say you have a sense of humor, I do not see it. I am so sorry you feel the need to defend yourself. You do not know my life experiences either, but, I know a joke when I see it. I personally found your judgment concerning my future employment potential offensive. But that is all I will say about that. I wish you well, and know, life is so much more fun when you let it be πŸ˜‰

    • January 21, 2014 at 5:32 pm
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      Are you applying to be a “nun” or something???

      • January 21, 2014 at 6:25 pm
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        Most crocheters get it. It’s a joke……

      • January 22, 2014 at 7:52 am
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        I think most people that crochet have at least one picture of a hook and ball of yarn on their FB page. If that isn’t there then some reference for crocheting will be.

    • January 21, 2014 at 6:20 pm
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      I see your point especially in this job market and the way employers or potential employers are using social media against people. You have every right to avoid association with whatever words you deem advisable and be criticized for it.

      • January 21, 2014 at 6:22 pm
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        Oops I meant NOT be criticized for it.

    • January 21, 2014 at 7:39 pm
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      Judy has answered Michael’s question as many of you have. You may think what you wish to think but you don’t need to say it or write those derogatory replies if you don’t agree with one’s opinion in the Reply box.Thank you to the ladies for standing up for Judy’s opinion.

    • January 21, 2014 at 8:24 pm
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      I think 1 is a viable concern.
      For 2 – Everyone’s humour is different. Don’t let others tell you otherwise. πŸ™‚

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:38 pm
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    I had never heard that reference to a “crocheter” before you, but the first time I heard it I thought it was funny. I still do! I agree with Shelley Keating wholeheartedly. I’m short too!
    : )

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm
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    It’s funny and I don’t mind it at all. I’m a hooker. I used to be a bean counter. That didn’t bother me either. I guess labels like these just aren’t that important to me. I’m more worried about world problems. πŸ™‚

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:36 pm
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    I see no harm in having fun saying, “hookers”, but some people are too literal…..onto my problem: I could not find the crochet along that was today, Jan. 21 at 1 pm. I am very frustrated and sad not to be able to understand where to go to be able to see what has been adveritised. I need some help, please. I am old and sometimes my attention span is very short ADD and i need very short announcements to help me.

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:36 pm
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    I find no offense to the term hooker. It makes me smile whenever I say it to my fellow yarn artist!

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:35 pm
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    Maybe only makes people uncomfortable because their “cover” was blown?

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:34 pm
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    I like humor and at 73 no one could possibly consider me a “hooker” in any sense except craft work. And if they are that dumb, they can ask. I will tell them I don’t make much money at it!

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:32 pm
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    I do not find it offensive. I am a happy hooker myself (crocheter ty) πŸ™‚

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:32 pm
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    I’m from the UK and a lot of crochet circles refer to themselves as happy hookers. The word does have the same conertations and some people get outraged but it’s all a bit of fun at the end of the day.

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:32 pm
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    I love referring to it as Hooking. As in I tell my husband it is time for me to go hooking. Seems like many who follow you have a good sense of humor.

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:31 pm
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    I think it is all in good fun. It just amazes me how easily people are offended these days. Moral outrage has become the new trend and people just take it way to far.

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:29 pm
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    OF COURSE THE TERM “HOOKER” IS NOT MEANT TO CAUSE ANYONE ALARM. As a matter of fact, fishing boats in Connemara, Ireland are called “Connemara Hookers”…

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:29 pm
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    Love it! I’ve been hooking for over 60 years and have made some beautiful things. Just keep up the good work!

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:28 pm
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    It is funny. My grandson came to me and asked me very seriously ( he is 12),:” Grandma
    why does your yarn bag say I AM A HOOKER AND I AM PROUD OF IT.”. He was relieved when I told him the truth about my hooking. πŸ™‚

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:28 pm
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    If being a hooker is wrong, I don’t wanna be right!!!…..wait, we’re still talking about crochet, right? πŸ˜€

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:25 pm
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    Life is to short to get upset over something that is obviously said in jest. Me, myself and I (all 3 of us) think the term “hooker” is a humorous way to poke fun at ones self.

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:24 pm
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    I think it is hysterical and I don’t mind it at all. Life is too short not to have a good laugh over things.

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:22 pm
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    I use to refer to myself as a “hooker” when I was hooking rugs, way back when. Now the term goes with my crocheting as well. Being pretty much bed-ridden, I guess I am usually on my back. lol

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:21 pm
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    I love being a happy hooker. Its a great and fun play on words.

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:21 pm
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    Not at all offended by the name Hooker, however, am offended when I’m crocheting and Hubby asks,”whatcha sewing?” ok, offended is a strong word. I meant to say “amused” πŸ™‚ Crochet away, be it by hook or crook!

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:21 pm
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    I’m not offended at all; I’m with Michael – it’s a humorous pun. My mother-in-law, many years ago (more than 40) had a group of friends that called themselves the “Happy Hookers.”

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:20 pm
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    As a hooker for 60 years and having a sense of humour as do most hookers, I see no insult in this “TITLE”.

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:14 pm
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    An article I read on history suggested that the term hookers meant crocheters before it meant prostitute. In fact it suggested the term came to mean the latter because the ladies who worked at a lace factory in Holland or possibly Belgium were paid too little and had to make some money on the side being “ladies of the night”.

    • January 22, 2014 at 5:16 am
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      Nice to see the intended use of words.

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:14 pm
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    Good humor:)

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:13 pm
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    Its all in good fun. IF they r offended, oh well – i am a hooker and proud of it! i personally cant stand all the hype around political correctness, so, whatever, i am quite a happy hooker and i aint changing for no one!

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:11 pm
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    I think it’s funny, especially since I’m also a balloon animal maker. I’m a hooker who plays with latex on the weekends for tips. πŸ˜‰

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:10 pm
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    I think its great, get a sense of humour people! I am a business development consultant, basically cold call businesses all day. I talk to presidents and cfos of companies, I call myself a “High-Class Call Girl” I need a sense of humour for my job πŸ™‚ Keep on hooking !

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:09 pm
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    I made Crochet Hooker as my name on FB and I wouldn’t care who found it offensive. I’m not using that name on job applications. Hookers unite and be proud of what you do.

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      Well said Davina! It all boils down to being comfortable enough with yourself and who you are as a person. If you are proud of who you are and what you do than it shouldn’t be offensive. Personally I find it funny and don’t get offended by it. I actually get a giggle when a NON crocheter doesn’t get the joke and raises their eyebrows wondering what I have gotten myself into.

      • January 27, 2014 at 6:19 pm
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        I really don’t understand what happened with people with all the sensitivity issues. The future generation has become soft and we are in a world of trouble.

  • January 20, 2014 at 2:13 am
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    Maybe a umm “lady of the night” would take offense if she doesn’t crochet? Hee Hee.

    • January 21, 2014 at 2:06 pm
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      LOL, good one, she could hook both ways

      • January 21, 2014 at 2:39 pm
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        That would be funny if she did both. πŸ™‚

    • January 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm
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      LOL.

  • January 18, 2014 at 8:02 pm
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    To me, it as a sense of humor. I find nothing offensive about it, I even call myself a hooker.

  • January 18, 2014 at 1:55 pm
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    I find it easier to crochet with something on so I know what is going on without having to watch it.

  • January 18, 2014 at 12:02 pm
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    I think hooker for crocheting is ok. I am a hooker and former Canuk so I get the humour. Let those who are offended call themselves crocheters

  • January 17, 2014 at 9:03 pm
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    I think it’s just a little play on words that we “hookers” with a sense of humor are entitled to apply to ourselves ( and our agreeable cohorts) if we choose :)!
    Even if it does elicit a naughty chuckle :)!

  • January 17, 2014 at 4:24 pm
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    I think … Good Humor … I am not a fan of political correctness; I believe it is a case of individual’s who are so uncomfortable enough with themselves they take too much to heart and are insulted when they shouldn’t be. RELAX! Life is too short to take what everyone says to heart. I am NOT vertically challenged, I am short – period πŸ˜‰

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      Or it could be that some people have actually worked to help people who work as prostitutes and feel that this is offensive as a result. Who are you to say when someone should or should not be offended by something? Do you think your life experience is the same as everyone else’s? Who are you to tell other people to relax. How about you do what you want to and let other people live their lives the way they want to. Quit telling people what to do. Or did you not expect your words to be taken literally? If not, please clarify how we are to know when your words should or should not be taken literally.

      This has nothing to do with people “who are so uncomfortable enough with themselves they take too much to heart and are insulted when they shouldn’t be.” First, I don’t even know what “so uncomfortable enough with themselves” means. Second, you are not in a position to tell people when they should or should not be insulted. Lastly, this has everything to do with people whose life experiences are quite obviously vastly different than yours and you are not in a position to impose your views on them, so don’t.

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        I don’t feel as if Shelley was “imposing” her views on anyone, she was simply stating how she feels – that is the beauty of living in a free and democratic society – we are (supposed to be) allowed to express our thoughts and opinions with no fear of repercussion, provided those opinions are not hateful or inflammatory. Some express themselves in an offensive way and others simply speak their mind, in this case Shelley shared an opinion/observation and she did it in a light and respectful manner. I, for one, happen to agree with her, especially regarding political correctness which I will go a step further in saying that I truly believe that the introduction of political correctness into our society was the beginning of whatever and whenever the end will be.There is a HUGE difference between political correctness and simply respecting your fellow man – I for one am all for respecting everyone regardless of their differences, until they give you a reason not to! Differences are what make this world rich and diverse and should be celebrated not scorned or scolded.

        Life is too short to allow opinions that differ from yours to bother you for one iota. If you don’t agree with them, simply move on and find someone whose opinion is acceptable to you – or don’t. πŸ™‚

        JMHO

        P.S. Why would someone who has worked to help prostitutes, find it offensive that crocheters light heartedly call themselves hookers?

      • January 21, 2014 at 3:11 pm
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        Dear Judy,
        I hope you don’t fall and hurt yourself when you come down off your soapbox!

        Shelley,
        I couldn’t agree with you more! πŸ™‚

      • January 21, 2014 at 3:18 pm
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        Grow up Judy — it’s just a play on what we do.

      • January 21, 2014 at 3:22 pm
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        Judy,God bless you and your ‘tude. Who’s judging who. We are aware of the horrors out in the world, but the intent is not meant to demean anybody.

      • January 21, 2014 at 4:37 pm
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        There is more then one definition to the word HOOKER ,prostitution must be the only definition you can come up with.you sound uncomfortable with your self to go on such a rant,.wound tight?

      • January 21, 2014 at 6:22 pm
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        Wow Judy..take a chill pill..It is a play on words..In San Jose, Ca. in the 1980’s there was a fabulous yarn store called “The Happy Hooker”, the only ladies/men that hung out there had hooks and needles in tow and we had a yarning good time..I am a very Happy Hooker!!!

      • January 21, 2014 at 6:22 pm
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        Judy, take a chill pill. Actually, you say that Shelley “is not in a position to tell people when they should or should not be insulted”..Take your own advice, or don’t just don’t bother to give it.

      • January 21, 2014 at 7:18 pm
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        Dearest judy..it’s all in good fun.relax.have fun.this is a wonderful group here.

      • January 22, 2014 at 12:39 am
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        OMG, , I have been through a lot in my life and using the term hooker doesnt make a difference in my life, and YOU are not in a position to judge anyone else’s comments, just state your own feelings. the last time I checked we all have the right to freedom of speech. We dont all have to agree with each other and we do not need to insult others within this group.

  • January 17, 2014 at 3:51 pm
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    A girl friend and I have a Facebook crochet group Crazy Crocheters United! We decided not to call it happy hookers united! Because people whom don’t crochet or have a sense of humour wouldn’t have “gotten” it

    • January 21, 2014 at 2:46 pm
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      Good decision.

  • January 17, 2014 at 2:43 pm
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    I think it’s funny. I bought a mug for my sister (CafΓ© Press) that says ‘My Sister is a Hooker” for Christmas.

    • January 22, 2014 at 12:29 am
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      OMG, Iol thanks, I have to go on cafe press and order myself one….

  • January 17, 2014 at 2:04 pm
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    Not an insult at all. I startd a crochet group at church. We are the Flintwood Hook-Yarn-Stitchers but my pastor jokingly ( and lovingly) calls us his hookers. Did you know prostitutes became called hookers because they made fine lace and other trim for the rich society ladies of old times? I read that somewhere.

    • January 21, 2014 at 2:27 pm
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      The info about prostitutes/hookers is soooo interesting, and probably true. I think hookers is funny for crocheters. Otherwise, we would be SOOOOO dull!!!

    • January 21, 2014 at 2:58 pm
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      Hi Gretchen. Can you tell me more about your crochet group? Sounds like a fun thing to do to get together and fellowship. Thanks Robin

    • January 21, 2014 at 6:20 pm
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      Gretchen,
      During the Civil War, a Union general named Joseph “Fighting Joe” Hooker
      decided to increase morale by allowing prostitutes to have access to his
      troops. The prostitutes who frequented his headquarters became known as
      “Hooker’s Girls.”

      When a section around Washington was set aside for brothels, it was
      called “Hooker’s Division” and the prostitutes themselves were called
      “hookers.”

    • January 22, 2014 at 7:23 am
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      That’s an interesting fact and makes perfect sense.

  • January 17, 2014 at 1:58 pm
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    Well if anyone does a wifi check around us they are going to find ours named Happy Hookers Playhouse. Yes it is locked. Last summer the kids and I were all hookers that is how the name came about.

  • January 17, 2014 at 1:25 pm
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    Its very funny, and so suits the craft. Anybody who doesn’t think so needs to adjust their tension.

    • January 21, 2014 at 3:16 pm
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      GOOD ONE!

    • January 21, 2014 at 4:42 pm
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      can tell by your “tension adjusting” you are totally with it

    • January 21, 2014 at 6:16 pm
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      Love it!!Christine!!! (Tension)always in hooking dialog πŸ™‚
      Audrey, ditto. Keep on hooking. People ,do you not like term or hobby? Please grow up. We need to be able to have some good clean fun. Want to known as something else tell us , be happy to let you be known by that. Not being sarcastic.I am just a happy hooked who doesn’t have time trouble makers. Very active in church, no one who knows me would think of anything but crochet.!! Of course most own one or two of my master pieces. Have a beautiful day! Smile a little more compliance a little less, and hook Like a maniac and you will have a great live full of beautiful master pieces of your own.

  • January 17, 2014 at 12:44 pm
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    I think it is a funny term. I refer to myself as a “hooker”. People who know me laugh because it not only suits my craft, but also my sense of humor!

  • January 17, 2014 at 11:45 am
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    Fun reference and it makes you feel just a little bit naughty!!

  • January 17, 2014 at 9:23 am
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    meant way not where

  • January 17, 2014 at 9:23 am
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    I think it is a fun and funny where to refer to us crocheters and if others don’t get it I just laugh as I walk away.

    • January 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm
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      I like the term and even have it on a t
      T-shirt my husband gav me

    • January 21, 2014 at 4:26 pm
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      No, offended? OMG, what in the world…..well to make it just as funny why not add “The Happy Hookers”. That will get them even more. lol

  • January 17, 2014 at 9:15 am
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    Hey–I’m proud to be a “Hooker”! LOL!

  • January 17, 2014 at 8:28 am
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    Good humor! Funny!

  • January 17, 2014 at 7:38 am
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    I think the term Hooker says it all. We are Happy Hookers and it this insults people then it is time for them to take a look at why they Hook, is it not to relax and enjoy? To me that means putting a smile on and having a good time as I relax and enjoy. If it insults you than its time to unknot the undies and enjoy.

  • January 17, 2014 at 6:43 am
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    It is AWESOME humor ! The first time I heard the term HOOKER in regards to someone who crotchets I could not stop laughing…. I would purposely refer to myself as one and would truly get a kick out of seeing others reactions to the term…. I take my CROCHET EVERYWHERE! I will be crocheting something in a waiting room and someone will ask me ” what are you knitting? knitting? I would say I’m a HOOKER I don’t knit…. They would just look at me stunned and turn back to there magazine….Let them think what they like because I am truly 100% a HOOKER a heart as we’ll and it’s a honor to be called one… Hee Hee …. πŸ™‚

  • January 17, 2014 at 5:31 am
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    I think it is hysterical!!!!! I love it and sign many emails to fellow Crocheters …. Happy Hooking! People who find it rude need to get over it. Lighten up, life is too short to be so negative!

  • January 17, 2014 at 3:28 am
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    I like it because I get it. I guess the ones who don’t like it just don’t get it. A laugh a day keeps you laughing πŸ™‚

  • January 17, 2014 at 2:15 am
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    All in good funny humor! We crochet with a hook for who knows how long. The hook gets imprinted on your finger, you are hooking the yarn. So what’s wrong with the use of term hooker. Words can have more than one meaning. Humor is good for everyone too.

  • January 17, 2014 at 1:10 am
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    Its all in fun. I wouldn’t mind being called a hooker. People are just too easily offended. Get a sense of humor. I’m sure that reactions would be different.

  • January 17, 2014 at 1:06 am
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    Well the people I know don’t know the difference between crochet and knitting. They all think I knit. πŸ™ they call my hooks needles. So when they see me going through my bag like a mad woman. They know I must have left my hooks at home. So they always ask me if I need my fix or if I’m going through withdrawals. I tell them if I can’t find my hooks. I will be. 10 hrs with out it. I don’t know if I can make it LOL . So hook on hookers

  • January 17, 2014 at 1:05 am
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    I have been a “Happy Hooker” for over 50 years!! If people don’t have a sense of humor about it, then “Poppy-poop”, get a different hobby! What fun is it to be a “Happy Knitter”, or a “Happy Scrapper”???

  • January 17, 2014 at 12:30 am
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    I think we should unionize as “the Happy Hookers (from whatever state or country) Chapter”…..Happy Hookers Missouri Chapter!!!!!

  • January 17, 2014 at 12:28 am
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    Doesn’t bother me in any way

  • January 17, 2014 at 12:21 am
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    Life is too short to take everything so seriously. Sometimes you just have to be punny.

  • January 16, 2014 at 11:32 pm
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    There is so much sadness and horrible destruction going on in our world that a bit of humour is always welcome. Keep it up, we need to laugh at ourselves a bit more. And for those who are offended at being called a hooker please take a moment to look around you and see what really offensive things are happening.

  • January 16, 2014 at 11:32 pm
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    Its not meant in a mean way. I think it’s funny. My hubby calls me a hooker, and he tells me he can see the pleasure I get from hooking!! Sometimes people just need to lighten up. There are far worse things in the world than being called a hooker when you love or enjoy crochet.

  • January 16, 2014 at 11:30 pm
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    All in good fun. I love “hooking”!

  • January 16, 2014 at 11:14 pm
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    I have called myself a happy hooker for quite sometime now. I hope my grandmother looks down on me when I say that and laughs.

  • January 16, 2014 at 9:56 pm
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    Anyone who is offended by the term being used in this context is way too uptight and need to chill out!

  • January 16, 2014 at 9:32 pm
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    It’s a play on words. It can definitely be a conversation starter. Some people are too serious and just need to get a grip. All that being said, am I going to say to my 91 year old grandmother that I am a hooker? No! But, you never know with her, she might die laughing.

  • January 16, 2014 at 9:20 pm
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    Was quite shocked when I first read it but understood that the terminology must be used in the crochet context. In Australia, we don’t use that term, at least I haven’t come across anyone who does, too many little old ladies would have a heart attack before I explained! I’m just a crocheter, but wouldn’t be offended if another crocheter used that term with me though.

  • January 16, 2014 at 9:10 pm
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    I too have been a happy hooker for 5 decades,,, why change now. Hook away, happy hookers,,,,

  • January 16, 2014 at 9:04 pm
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    I like it and thinks it funny as all get out, especially when non-“hookers” look at you and your fellow “hookers” funny. I don’t have any desire to explain it, let them think what they want! LOL

  • January 16, 2014 at 8:59 pm
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    I have just read the comments about the word HOOKER what more can I say its nice to read that your a Happy bunch of hookers. well done

  • January 16, 2014 at 8:56 pm
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    I am a very HAPPY HOOKER…have been for over 40 years….why change now??? lol lol lol…

  • January 16, 2014 at 8:52 pm
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    I am not offended by the term”hooker” the least little bit. It is all in good fun and part of the enjoyment of crochet(and life).. I can’t imagine anyone being so dull that they would object to that. It should be understood that the term refers to the crochet HOOK and not the profession. Ha ha ha
    I say go ahead Mikey and continue to refer to us and yourself as a hooker.

  • January 16, 2014 at 8:47 pm
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    I think it’s all in good fun. I’ve even referred to myself as “a hooker with WIPs and chains”…LOL! There’s more than enough in life to be serious about but for me, crochet is meant to be FUN!

  • January 16, 2014 at 8:47 pm
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    I just finished telling a nun that I’d been a hooker since I was 7. She and my boss looked at me and I grinned and explained that I’d learned to crochet when I was 7. My boss knows I knit and crochet and the nun knits, so she got the reference right off. We all had a good giggle and it made the day go a little faster.

  • January 16, 2014 at 8:46 pm
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    Not only do I call myself a “Hooker,” but a “Loose Hooker,”because I crochet loosely. I usually have to use a hook 1 or 2 sizes then a pattern calls for. πŸ˜‰

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      That’s smaller, LOL!

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      LOL Paula….I’m a tight hooker!!!!!

  • January 16, 2014 at 8:45 pm
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    I think it’s funny ,my twin sister and I call it hookers all the time.

  • January 16, 2014 at 8:42 pm
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    I use it often, or the phrase ‘Happy hooking’ has come up a few times on my blog now. We need to learn to have fun in life and laugh a little rather than worry about finding something wrong, derogatory and offensive in the little things like this πŸ™‚ It helps to make this world a lot more fun to live in that way!

  • January 16, 2014 at 8:41 pm
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    I do a lot of crafts so I mostly don’t use just one term to describe myself, but when I do I generally prefer “crocheter,” especially if I’m talking to someone who doesn’t crochet. A crocheter will understand the term “hooker” but someone else may think it means something else and I’d rather not have people think that’s what I am. I don’t think the term is insulting, I just don’t want people to get the wrong impression.

  • January 16, 2014 at 8:29 pm
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    Its just a play on words but as with myself I know there are things that upset me that do not upset others. We are all different and see and take things different. The thing is though this is something that is just as I said a play on words and not meant to be disrespectful towards anyone.

  • January 16, 2014 at 8:15 pm
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    Seriously, aren’t we all just trying to have fun? I also refer to myself as a hooker and my one friend at work gets a good laugh every time!! People, lighten up … or find another place. Bet it won’t be as much fun!!

  • January 16, 2014 at 8:08 pm
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    I love being called a hooker! When some one calls me that around people who aren’t familiar with the term in the context it was given, it gives me an opportunity to talk about crochet and show off some of my work!

  • January 16, 2014 at 7:53 pm
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    I think it’s hilarious. I refer to myself as a hooker when I talk to my husband, and he thinks it’s funny that I’m so amused.

  • January 16, 2014 at 7:48 pm
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    Although it is simply impossible to please all people at all times, I think it is very endearing that you are concerned about offending someone. Hopefully no one ever will be offended by the cute play on words, but with the explanation, maybe you will find an open door to help the poor soul learn to “hook” right along with all the rest of us happy hookers!! Take care dears!

  • January 16, 2014 at 7:43 pm
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    Use to crochet at a club/bar I belonged to. Other ladies started to bring their rug hooking and crocheting We were affectionately known as The Hookers who sat at the Hooking Table Sure beat listening to sports! What ever happened to a sense of humour?

  • January 16, 2014 at 7:39 pm
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    Don’t bother me. It’s like the child that told his teacher his Mother was a stripper.
    She stripped furniture for her living. πŸ™‚

  • January 16, 2014 at 7:37 pm
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    People need to stop being so stuffy. Laugh and have some fun!

  • January 16, 2014 at 7:29 pm
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    I would say that is what we are. I am NOT offended. Some people need to get their mind out of places it shouldn’t be. Just sayin’

  • January 16, 2014 at 7:28 pm
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    I think it’s a big hoot to use the term hooker and to be called one. The looks on some folks faces are priceless. My email is soapyhooker. LOL

  • January 16, 2014 at 7:27 pm
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    Its all in good fun. It gives me a smile every time I see you use that term.

  • January 16, 2014 at 7:17 pm
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    I am proud to be a hooker. We are awesome people.

  • January 16, 2014 at 7:15 pm
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    I think it’s cute!

  • January 16, 2014 at 7:14 pm
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    I work as a Hearing Officer and am referred to at work as a “HO!” So I’m a hooker AND a HO! πŸ™‚

  • January 16, 2014 at 7:09 pm
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    I think it’s cute and funny.

  • January 16, 2014 at 7:07 pm
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    While I understand the humorous part and have laughed myself, I wonder if we should consider what is behind our fun sometimes. I follow a group called ‘Defend Dignity’ (they are on Facebook) and have heard a few of the women speak. It has completely changed my perspective on prostitution and in doing so I am more aware of how hurtful this word can be and also the deeper issues with it. So, while I am not offended by it, I encourage us to consider the ‘humour’.

  • January 16, 2014 at 7:04 pm
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    I think calling us “Hookers” is fine. Some people just need to chill out a bit. I am a Hooker and a Happy one at that….lol

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:57 pm
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    Hi, my name is Marcy and I’m a hooker. Addicted to hooking for 15 plus years…….and proud of it! I giggle everytime somebody calls me a hooker too….I’m a bit on the naughty side myself! πŸ™‚

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:54 pm
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    Some of this politically incorrect stuff is really stupid. It is just a word. I am very happy to be known to my friends as the Happy Hooker as that is what I am when I can crochet. Lighten up people…worse things to pick on than this.

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:43 pm
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    I always refer to myself as “hooker”. It’s on my business cards. It’s funny and gets lots of attention!

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:41 pm
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    Fun, Fun, Fun! Love it!

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:38 pm
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    I have no problem with the term “hooker”. People need to take a chill pill. Everyone is way to eager to be insulted nowadays.

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:38 pm
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    It’s only insulting if you are aware of someone NOT liking it and continue to call them by the name. Fun is fun when all agree. Fun is not fun when someone is hurt or offended. I think it is a matter of being sensitive to who you are around. In a group like the cruise parties…if someone takes offense, they shouldn’t be on the cruise with the group. Personally, I’m not offended. My travel companion was telling a group of ladies (not crocheters) the name of our cruise…they all got a kick out of it & even extended the joking a bit further πŸ˜‰

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:37 pm
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    I go hooking every Friday night! Me and my girlfriends get together and crochet and have a good time.

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:34 pm
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    My husband even gets into it. Especially since I can’t wear my wedding set while crocheting because it grabs. He tells everyone,
    “Oh don’t worry, she doesn’t wear her rings when she hooks…if its damaged she doesn’t make any money.”
    It’s supposed to be humorous, laugh people!

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:34 pm
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    Of COURSE it’s in fun! This moniker pre-dates political correctness, and like the cockroach, will survive the end! Be good to yourselves. Andrea

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:32 pm
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    If someone chooses to take the term out of context and apply it to prostitution, I’d say it’s their problem. Doesn’t bother me a bit as the people who know me know what I mean and those who don’t, don’t matter!

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      I agree totally!

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:31 pm
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    All in good fun I say…..plus I am quite sure I have been called worse πŸ˜‰

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:28 pm
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    I’ve love to see the faces of others when I’m referred to as a hooker. Those that also ‘hook’ just laugh and keep on hooking! It’s not offensive. “Stay Calm and Hook On!”

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:27 pm
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    My Boyfriend calls me the Happy Hooker because I’m happiest when I’m crocheting. I,m proud of it and I love him for understanding it.

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:23 pm
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    The first time I heard the term hooker applied to a crocheter, I thought it was hilarious!! Still do!!

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:23 pm
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    I just giggle, as I use it to sign off!!
    Angel hugs and happy hooking!!
    Sandi

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:11 pm
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    I think it is a fun pun, but I understand that a where it would offend some that have no idea what you are talking about. Most people that don’t knit or crochet don’t have any idea what you are talking about, because I get asked all of the time what I am knitting when I am holding my needle in my hand.

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:09 pm
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    It’s good humor:)

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:05 pm
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    If you run ….. you’re a runner; if you bake ….. you’re a baker; you get my drift. ‘Croche’ is the French word for ‘small hook’, thus, when you add the ‘t’ it becomes a verb (crochet). Basically, the translation of the verb could be hooker. lolol

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:03 pm
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    We is what we is, people. lol Hookers unite!

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      I think it’s a humorous thing, and ppl who get offended need to chill. As far as I remember no one has named them the standard.

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:03 pm
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    I am a happy hooker! I have the balls to prove it! πŸ™‚ I think it’s funny and fun. And explaining it to people just brings the craft into conversations. I have met a lot of interesting people out and about because of “hooker” comments!

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm
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    My DH has worked in lithography for many moons and I am a long time crochet enthusiast. His job for many of these pre-digital age years was designated as “stripper”. So here we are, the two us, A STRIPPER AND A HOOKER!! And if you knew just how straight laced we both are you would really appreciate the irony in that! lol Lighten up folks. Life is too short to be so serious all of the time.

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm
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    I prefer Happy Hooker, for I am happiest with a skein of yarn by my side and a hook in my hand.

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:55 pm
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    Good humor and a great conversation starter. You kinda know what side of the fence you’re on by their reaction. Work with it.

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:53 pm
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    It’s even funnier when I say my Mom taught me how to be a Hooker!

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:43 pm
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    Well I am one of those Hookers and I am not offended by it in the group or outside the group. People want to judge me without known the facts is the ones with a problem. I say Hook on Im Proud to be a Hooker

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:38 pm
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    It’s all in good fun, some people take things to literally. I love it! Don’t stop on my account!

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:26 pm
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    If we can’t laugh and smile at ourselves, who else then? I don’t feel it’s insulting at all and wish the people objecting would just mellow out.

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      Amen!

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:25 pm
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    I think it is all in good fun. I am a teacher and I teach beginning crochet and knitting to other teachers and their family members within our district. The “group” is usually called the “stitch and bit**” club” and those who crochet are called the happy hookers and those who knit are the knit pickers. No matter what others think, we have tons of fun for 1 1/2 hours every Thursday afternoon.

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:23 pm
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    If using the term or title “hooker” implies free spirit, happy, generous, encouraging, smart, funny person that loves to crochet then count me in!!! Mikey you are my favorite Hooker and I am a Hooker too (just a beginner Hooker lol!!)
    Never change!!

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:22 pm
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    I think hooker is more descriptive of someone who crochets than the person it’s generally used to denote. It’s not being used in a derogatory way. What about those who hook rugs? It’s just a tongue-in-cheek nickname. There are worse things in life to get insulted about. Live and let live.

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:21 pm
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    That’s the name of my blog. It’s all fun and games and people r too picky nowadays, if they don’t like it, pass over it, otherwise we all know that we are great hookers at heart, lol..

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:20 pm
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    I consider myself a happy hooker, the play on words doesn’t insult me in the least. I crochet for a hobby and it’s fun, why not have fun all round? Life is too short to take a turn of a phrase too seriously. πŸ™‚

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm
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    I find it amusing, so does my friend who used to be a real ‘hooker’.! On an aside, when my son was quite young he asked me what a hooker was-I told him it was a lady who likes to go fishing, probably scarred him for life

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:18 pm
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    In certain circles it’s not considered nice but in this case it’s ok by me If that’s what you want to call yourselves

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:17 pm
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    Ho pro bling with hooker as relates to hooking/crocheting. If it I’d offensive, feel frigid to use a term mote palatable to you.

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:15 pm
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    I donot see a problem .i love this site finding it really helpful. Keep up the good work please.

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:13 pm
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    I think it’s perfectly fine to reference oneself that way! I would be cautious about directly referencing someone else that way unless you know them well or know they are fine with it. Just from the position of there are crocheters who are still with us (thank God!) from a different era when words like that simply weren’t spoken. I understand that it’s just a word and it’s been hijacked to mean slang for something it doesn’t mean, but it’s still there, Kwim? Again. Fine for oneself and people one knows don’t mind it, caution when one doesn’t know someone or their sense of humor πŸ™‚

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:11 pm
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    I always believed that if we can’t laugh at ourselves we have a real big problem. I am a hooker, have been for over 45 years. First thing I learned to hook was house slippers. I am a proud hooker. I have been told many times that I should sell what I make, but I choose to donate or give away my hooking. If I take money I become a professional hooker and that is against the law. πŸ˜‰

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:10 pm
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    I like to hook rugs so that makes me a HOOKER twice over and I love it.

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:08 pm
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    I love the play on words! My girlfriend and I sold crochet items at a local craft fair and had to provide a name for ourselves; we are “Hookin’ Mommies”! LOL

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:07 pm
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    I have no problem with it with in our group. I think it is funny.

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:01 pm
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    Don’t mind the term at all. In fact my business name is Wooly Hooker. People get a chuckle out of it and have no trouble remembering it, lol.

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:01 pm
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    Being offended is really a selfish way to treat people. It is a response focused not on the other person, but only on ourselves. It is about what we want them to be. It is about our desire to change them. Hookers need love too. We should all be learning from each other, not judging.

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm
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    Doesn’t bother me. I understand the context in which it is used. I’m just finishing up hooking a hat for my mom

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:53 pm
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    I’m a hooker! :o)

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:47 pm
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    I prefer to be called a crocheter instead of a hooker, But when certain people call me a hooker i do not mind, Because I know the meaning of it. Some of my friends who do not crochet has no clue why some call me a hooker. i get tired of explaining it all the time though!

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:44 pm
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    Well I for one love it!! I go by hookingnana!! Now don’t you know I take a lot of ribbing over that one? lol…Nice conversational piece though…

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:42 pm
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    I like the reference “Hooker”, and it makes me smile with a little giggle when you refer to yourself and us “Hookers”. It’s all in good fun people so lets just keep on HOOKING!

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm
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    too much political correctness today keep on hooking

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm
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    I dont think of it as offensive, but I do understand if there are others who do. There are some elderly, religious people that dont think it is funny, But I think to each his own and if it offends it is ok to say that and ask that you dont call them that. I for But only in terms of crocheting. lol.

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:32 pm
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    Of course it is all good fun. This 62 year old could never be mistaken for a street hooker but it makes my kids laugh when I sign stuff “your hooker mom”.

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm
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    I say Keep on HOOKING!! If that offends you sorry but I Love being a HOOKER and wish I were a bistitchual. Quite being a stick in the mud and have fun. That’s what’s it’s all about.

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:29 pm
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    I love it – always been a little naughty and when a pun can be used – USE IT!!

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:26 pm
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    I agree with Elizabeth Ham!! It’s all in good fun and for that matter my husband is a Bass fisher and he isn’t insulted being called a Hooker. The people who don’t like it or accept it for the fun it is, need to get a sense of humor and laugh a little!

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:25 pm
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    I don’t get offended by being called a hooker and I love the word play on it and I know I am not the other. I guess it’s all on how one perceives themselves.

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:25 pm
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    When did everyone get so thin skinned. It’s just a word.

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:20 pm
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    I really enjoy the “cozy” mystery series by Betty Hechtman, which features the Tarzana Hookers. And now I realize that I’m a Hooker as well! Love it – all in good humor.

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      I forgot to mention that the mystery series is about a group crocheters who call themselves the Tarzana (California) Hookers. Maybe that will make more sense with this addendum!

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:17 pm
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    It’s all in good fun. I am a Happy Hooker. People need to quit being sooo sensitive. Words are just words, the only power they have is the power people give them.

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:16 pm
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    Let’s keep on hooking! No-one copyrighted the word did they? The English language has many double meanings as the ‘Carry on’ films found in the 50’s and 60’s. Carry on hooking!

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:16 pm
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    I think its hilarious!!! I use puns all the time in a “suggestive” way and always get laughs…..if you can’t laugh …well life would be very dull

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:15 pm
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    I think the term is great. I’m a hooker and proud of it. I’m also bistitchual. Lol.

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      omg!! that is too funny!! i have never hear the “bistichual” i can’t wait to use that!!! i love it!!!

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:15 pm
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    Not a thing wrong with it. We all know what kind of Hooker we are talking about . So if this is offending people they need to get their head off of between their legs and back were it belongs

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:15 pm
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    I believe it’s all in good fun. Not being able to have a bit of fun is affecting way too many people these days.

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:11 pm
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    I love being called a Hooker. I’m such a no nonsense person, I need something humorous in my life!!!

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:11 pm
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    Good humor. I often refer to myself as a happy hooker also. People need to lighten up!

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:10 pm
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    I always am confused when people take offense to words. A word is only a word, it can only have a strong or negative meaning if you let it. I think using “hooker” in this fashion and the ways Elizabeth Ham mentioned above are perfectly normal and ultimately end in a chuckle between friends or new acquaintances and use the term to refer to myself on occasion.

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:09 pm
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    I’m proud to be a hooker! People are too sensitive and “politically correct”! Have fun with it!

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:08 pm
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    It seems like in this day and age it’s cool to be offended. At least to some. I find people who get offended so easily are unhappy and usually boring.

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:05 pm
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    I think it is funny. My friends and family call me a hooker all of the time and I know it is just a joke. Yeah some folks need to lighten up for heaven’s sake. Hook on all you hookers!

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:05 pm
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    As long as you and the other person knows what definition you are using…to one and all…happy hooking!

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:03 pm
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    I think it is all in good fun. I have had to explain it to a few people who are straight and narrow minded. All I say it “Hello, it’s called a hook” in my best Knight’s Tale voice. It gets them everytime

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:03 pm
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    I wouldn’t call someone a hooker unless I knew their sense of humor, but I find the term all in good fun!

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:03 pm
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    I am proud to be a hooker!!!

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:02 pm
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    Some people need to take the stick out from where the sun doesn’t shine!!! I am happy to be a happy hooker! People take themselves way too seriously and should realize you only go around once (unless you are a Buddhist) and we should laugh as often as possible and enjoy our lives. People are too caught up in labels and what other people think!

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:01 pm
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    I am happy to be known as a hooker, it’s like a code word that only me and my fellow crochet friends understand πŸ™‚

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      I agree a code word only us crocheters know. Out of humor.

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:01 pm
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    I’m a hooker and proud of it. It’s all in good fun.

  • January 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm
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    I’m a happy hooker and have friends that are too.

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:59 pm
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    I think of myself as a hooker with crochet hooks and yarn. It is all humor look up the definition the word hooker that some people are offened by is slang. The true definition is
    A single-masted fishing smack used off the coast of Ireland.
    An old worn-out or clumsy ship.
    Origin: Dutch hoeker, from Middle Dutch hoeckboot : hoec, fishhook; see keg- in Indo-European roots + boot, boat.

    The other The definition of a hooker is a slang term for a prostitute or someone who exchanges sex for money.
    Sorry but Mikey is using it as humor. And we as humorous crocheters like it. Sorry Mikey I had to put it out there.

    • January 16, 2014 at 5:14 pm
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      My husband says I’m croqueting. He is so funny.

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:58 pm
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    I come from the generation when that word was not even spoken in gest about anything, so to me it’s offensive. If that’s how you prefer to reference yourself it’s fine but don’t reference me that way.

    • January 16, 2014 at 5:08 pm
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      Becky it is just a slang word. Please look up the definition.

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:58 pm
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    I love being a hooker and also bistitchual as some others are
    …..

    • January 16, 2014 at 4:09 pm
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      LOL that’s a new one but I get it. I am too. πŸ˜€

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:58 pm
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    I told my Daughter a long time ago if somebody asks what i do tell them i am a Hooker she thought it was hilarious

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:57 pm
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    I appreciate the humour…. I love a laugh while I hook!! I am also a bistitchual…..

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:56 pm
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    If they take offense clearly they are too uptight in our world of political correctness… I mean seriously, they just don’t get it… and someone if they choose could call me a hooker in the offensive way and I would tell them I couldn’t be because I don’t get “paid” for my craft πŸ™‚

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      Good reply to the haters

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:56 pm
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    I don’t mind being called a hooker – it is all in fun. And it is kinda fun to see other people’s reactions to it. I have a friend who is a flying hooker – she is a stewardess.

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:54 pm
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    I think it’s great! When I leave for a craft show I always say to my husband “I’m off to sell my goods”. Lol!

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:53 pm
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    It’s a term of endearment for our comerades in yarn! And it’s funny.

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:52 pm
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    All in good fun! A few of us even relate to our tension and stitch height… I personally am a loose hooker that likes to ride! (‘Ride’ referring to my stitch height of course!!)

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:51 pm
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    In all the years I have been using that term, I only had negative feedback once. It was from a non-crocheter. They mentioned the white slavery trade.

    In my reply, I mentioned the Joyce Meyer Ministries and their effort to rescue children who are in or in danger of being sold. I told them I support her ministry and asked if they were active in helping those in need. Those in that circumstance do not use the term hooker. I heard no-more from them or anyone else about the subject.

    Crocheters are not the only ones who use the term. Did you know pro Bass-fishermen call themselves hookers?

    Boxers use the term and so do rugby players and wrestlers. Those who live in towns and cities with the name Hooker, call themselves Hookers. Families with that last name are Hookers as well!

    Don’t let any fuddy duddy stop you from being who you are and stop you from using that term. It is fun and cute!

    Keep on hookin’!

    Bethintx1

    • January 16, 2014 at 3:58 pm
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      My husband says I am crotching when I am crocheting, I think that is funny also, happy hooker

      • January 16, 2014 at 5:06 pm
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        Thats funny!!!! your husband has a keen sense of humor.

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:51 pm
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    Love your humor!
    From another “Happy Hooker”.

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:50 pm
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    I enjoy being a happy hooker…even if the term were to offend someone…it’s not like I am calling them that…even makes me enjoy it more to get someone’s panties in a bunch. LOL Lke everyone says…life is short and we need to laugh as much as possible or it’s just not fun anymore. Carry on fellow hookers!

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:50 pm
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    I normally am very careful who I tell I am a “hooker” to. And when I do it via email or facebook, I always put a picture of my current WIP, just so that it is clear what I am talking about.

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:49 pm
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    I think it’s hilarious! People shouldn’t be so uptight about little things. You’re awesome and crack me up….keep on hookin’!!✌️

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:48 pm
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    not offended at all, people read too much into things and that in itself is offensive, lighten up people, it’s all in fun and this seems to be 100% of the responses, so it’s all good:) So stay calm and hook on, Crochet Crowd:)

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:47 pm
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    I enjoy being a Hooker, and sometimes the pay is good. lol

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:47 pm
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    I think it’s all in good humor. Plus, we are Hookers. We crochet.

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:46 pm
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    I am currently hooking poolside in Puerto Vallarta

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:46 pm
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    Negative people will always be there to gripe about something being offensive. I choose to be positive and happy and have fun. There is way too much negative and I refuse to be a part of that! I am a proud and happy hooker! Keep being your happy self Mikey!

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:45 pm
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    It’s all in fun and people need to be more worried about things that really matter. I mean we are calling our selves hookers in fun!

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:43 pm
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    I always call myself a hooker as well, it’s all in good fun and people really, really need to lighten up and take things easy if something like this can get their panties in a bunch.

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:42 pm
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    There are many countries where being a “hooker” as a profession is respected, encouraged and legitimized. Would one be insulted if the term was “happy banking” or “happy teaching”? Why then should one be insulted if the term is “happy hooking?”

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:42 pm
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    I think its darn appropriate good humor! I,myself,am a happy hooker!!

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:42 pm
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    …lighten up … accept it as it is , just a pun / play on words …

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:41 pm
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    All in fun! Proud hooker, right here! πŸ™‚

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:40 pm
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    It is all in fun, and if people can’t realize that they are pretty dumb..or they are just negative people looking for something to criticize….

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:40 pm
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    I’m a hooker every night after my kids go to bed. I even make a little money doing it! πŸ˜‰ hehehe

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:38 pm
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    I always consider myself a very Happy Hooker, especially when I have just finished watching Mikey on u tube . He has taught me Catherines wheel/Bavarian stitch, corner to corner, and crocodile stitch of all the new stitches i never used before. Yep, I am a HAPPY HOOKER.

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:38 pm
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    If you build, you’re called a builder. If you hook (as in crochet) I think its acceptable to say “I’m a hooker”. Not one of us is using the term against others in a hurtful way. Plus, offense is always taken, not given. Those who are upset about it should lighten up a bit. Or start hooking, as that always brings me back to my center. πŸ™‚

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:38 pm
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    You can’t sneeze now a days without someone somewhere being offended by it. The key to the game is CONTEXT if you mean it in a positive way, I see no problems, but its when others use it in a bad context, that’s when problems can arise.

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:37 pm
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    Happy hooker here!

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:36 pm
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    Happy hooker here #

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:36 pm
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    I think the term is fun and completely harmless. If someone doesn’t like it then they don’t have to use that reference for themselves. If this truly upsets someone then maybe they should take a second look at their life. There are MUCH more important things to be upset about. Happy hooking!!!
    —Proud Hooker πŸ™‚

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:35 pm
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    I see the fun and humor in it. But it sure seems like a lot of people are hung up on things like this and everyone is so easily offended. People need to just lighten up and have fun instead of stressing over silliness.

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:35 pm
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    I am too. It’s all in good fun. There’s nothing offensive about it.

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:35 pm
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    I love a little humour in my life. I am a new hooker and enjoying it. Lolol

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    totally funny. i’m a proud hooker. πŸ˜‰

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:34 pm
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    Vote for good humor. My husband loves me to make socks for him. Its fun when you are asked what you doing that night and one responds “I’m plan on being my husbands hooker tonight.” It makes me feel mischevious and a plus is that hubby does in fact find crocheting and knitting very very attractive.

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:34 pm
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    Gotta have a little fun! Happy Hooking!!

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm
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    I don’t find it offensive at all. It’s just good humor. At one time, there was a group of ladies that did crochet & their group name was Happy Hookers. People who crochet should know that you are talking about crochet when you use the term.

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm
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    i believe it’s all in good humor.

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm
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    I think it’s funny. My grandmother once saw my copy of The Happy Hooker book and was somewhat confused! πŸ˜€

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:32 pm
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    I think the term is fun and completely harmless. If someone doesn’t like it, then they don’t have to use that reference for themselves. If this seriously upsets someone then maybe they should take a second look at their lives. There are MUCH bigger things to be worried about. πŸ™‚

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:32 pm
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    I feel it is in good humor. I giggled when I first saw you refer to yourself that way and thought that was a cool and perfect description of a crocheter. I also refer to myself as a needleler due to doing counted cross stitch.

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:32 pm
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    I’m okay with it, it’s fun and playful. The world needs to lighten up a bit I think.

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:31 pm
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    Absolutely Good Humor!! Great play on words. I constantly joke with friends and family that I ‘aspire to be a professional hooker’…always good for a laugh!

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:31 pm
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    For pity sake it is just a word that we have used for something to describe a particular type of “job”. It wouldn’t bother me to be called a happy hooker.

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:31 pm
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    I am a happy hooker! Life is to short to take everything seriously. It is a play on words. I don’t get being offended over it. To each there own but I am going to keep hook’n!

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm
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    When I post “hooker” I use quote marks so they don’t get their tidy whities in an uproar. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm
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    with all that’s going on in the world today , I myself love a little humor ! To tired of being political correct ! This girl is a Happy Hooker!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm
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    I myself get a kick out of being a “hooker”. True crocheters at heart usually agree. WTG Mikey! Keep on Hookin!

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:29 pm
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    I think it is all in good fun.someone outside the crochet world would probably be taken aback until one explained.but there will always be those who rain on the parade.I thoroughly enjoy your brand of humor. πŸ™‚

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:29 pm
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    I consider it the best of humor. We must learn to laugh at what we can while we can and this is a great example. I love your humor and if I don’t I am not afraid to speak up and say why. But from one hooker to another I will continue to hook and laugh.

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:29 pm
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    I think it’s funny…as long as you understand the context it’s fine. I think some people are too easily offended…IMHO

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:29 pm
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    I’m honored to be a hooker:)

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:29 pm
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    Depends on who says it, how they say it and why they say it… Said in fun, no problem.. In face I am a “in my recliner, with my lamp on, watching Castle” hooker…. πŸ™‚

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      That should be: In fact I am a….

    • January 16, 2014 at 4:12 pm
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      Oooooh – a Castle hooker – me TOO!!

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:28 pm
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    I think its funny. I also knit so Im not only a hooker but I’m also bistitchual. πŸ™‚

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      Love IT !!!!

    • January 16, 2014 at 3:32 pm
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      Haha! Love that! I wish I was bistitchual but I can’t handle two at a time…

    • January 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm
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      Now that’s funny!

    • January 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm
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      I love that word “bistitchual” awesome Rhonda. I am also a bistitchual as I also knit.

    • January 16, 2014 at 3:43 pm
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      LOL!!! I want a t-shirt that says “I’m Bistitchual” on it πŸ™‚ Or better yet a project bag!!! (P.S. my friend and I get together a couple times a month to crochet together… we are The Hookers Club, now I have other friends who want to join us “hookers” because we have so much fun)

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      πŸ™‚

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:27 pm
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    Gimmie a break!!! People need to stop being so sensitive about every little word or phrase that is uttered in this country! Lighten up people!

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:27 pm
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    I am a happy hooker!

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:27 pm
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    All in good fun! Life is too short to be so serious!

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:25 pm
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    I think it’s funny

  • January 16, 2014 at 3:24 pm
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    it’s all fun! Some people just take life way too seriously. I’m an RN, so I’m a drug dealer too!

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