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It’s About Skills & Community, Not Winning

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.

139 thoughts on “It’s About Skills & Community, Not Winning

  • May 31, 2014 at 12:36 pm
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    My first challenge was the Mystery Challenge. I entered because I wanted to learn amigurumi and it was one step at a time and not so overwhelming… plus having the video to follow. It was fun just to do the project. After that I entered the Rainbow Afghan Challenge. I wasn’t able to complete it on time, but I’m still working on the border and close to finishing it. My point being, I’m working on the project and COMPLETING it. Most projects I start don’t get finished. Doing the challenges keeps me focused on one project and helps me get through to the end product. If I win something.. great, but I really don’t expect to, so I don’t really dwell on that.
    Can’t wait till tomorrow’s new challenge!!! πŸ™‚

  • March 12, 2014 at 9:02 pm
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    That is just stupid and I totally agree with you Mikey they are missing the point. And with attitudes like that why should they expect to win! that is childish behavior. I love the challenges because it helps me learn new patterns and helps me use yarn that I just haven’t found the right project for. When you release challenges it’s like a light bulb goes on and I have the perfect yarn for that challenge. So do please keep the challenges coming. I love them! You make them so easy for everyone to follow and it keeps it fun, I think I commented before where I said that you brought the excitement back to crochet. I’m excited to see what projects you have posted so I can get going on them. Even though I have a ton of others going on. lol but I figure out a way to fit them all in you inspire me! Love you Mikey and all the others at Crochet Crowd!

  • March 10, 2014 at 1:19 am
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    Although you never see it, I have participated in a few of the challenges. Not all, because my schedule didn’t allow it. My main problem is that I have no way to take pictures of what I do. Making the projects is enough for me though. The ones I wanted to make but didn’t have time for, I saved the pattern so I can make them later. There are probably others in the same position, so don’t let “not everyone participating” get you down. Also people on tight budgets will pick and choose which projects they do because of that.

  • March 7, 2014 at 8:11 pm
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    That’s so true, it isn’t to win that I did the challenge it was to share my work with others. I am home bound most of the time due to health issues so I crochet and am trying to learn to knit to make items for charity. I do blankets for Project Linus, baby stuff for my local NICU and am just now starting caps for my local cancer treatment centers. If I didn’t have this community to share my craft with I wouldn’t have anyone to talk to and I don’t get any feedback from the charities because my kids drop the stuff off for me. I hope you keep doing challenges that fit with what I make, but even if you don’t just being a part of the community is what is important, even if I don’t post a lot I at least can read others stuff and feel connected to others who craft.

    • July 3, 2014 at 3:35 pm
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      I try to do these projects wether I win or lose isnt the point. I am trying to do both but fo6nd it overwhelming. im going to make an attempt at stitchcation because I want to build skills and the “community” is very helpful I make a comment n get so much help. im not in it for the prize im in it for the challenge of learning new sts. I am tired of knowing only one lol

  • March 7, 2014 at 8:05 pm
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    Are your contest winners people who have the most “likes” on Facebook??? (from their 200+ friends) If this is so, that is why many of us do not participate. It’s discouraging to us who only have a few friends on FB only to have the winner win not because of his/her talent judged by professionals but by a number of friends. Just saying is all.

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      March 8, 2014 at 7:46 am
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      The contest winners are randomly generated. I don’t pay attention to anything as far as likes on Facebook. It’s not based on the best.. it’s based on pulling out a random name.

      • March 8, 2014 at 4:53 pm
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        Great! Thank you for your prompt response. I’ve stopped entering contests on other sites because the winner is the one who can get the most “LIKES”! I like your random drawing!

      • July 3, 2014 at 3:43 pm
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        dont worry about what ppl say. im doing it for ma In reasons mikey listed. I only know 1 st. im doing it for the challenge of knowing more sts and thank you for the stitchcation left handed videos I sooooo appreciate it because im left handed but still barely follow the righties. for this challenge im glad im a redheart hoarder because I wouldnt b able to do challenge. THANK YOU Mikey and entire crochet croud crew and community for you wonderful advice and help

  • March 7, 2014 at 8:13 am
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    I really like the challenges because it pushes me to try projects I would never try! I’m so glad I found you Mikey!! The Crochet Crowd has turned my world around!!

  • March 6, 2014 at 11:49 pm
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    Yes, Mikey, the losers are the people that don’t try to learn. Β I don’t care if I win the prize, I care that I am learning a new skill or sharpening the skill I have already learned. Β Some people focus on the wrong things in life and I would think it would make them terribly unhappy. Β I am so glad I don’t live with a negative mindset. Β It would be such a bummer to think like that!! Β  Bill & Rose <

    We must learn to see ourΒ circumstances through God's love and not God's love through our circumstances.

  • March 6, 2014 at 2:59 pm
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    I’m not very PC savy and don’t know how to post my pics even if I could get a project finished in time (which is not likely). It’s interesting to see others work that is posted though.

  • March 6, 2014 at 2:57 pm
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    I don’t enter the challenges because I don’t think I can get them done in time, plus I don’t know how to post the photos even if I finished a project. I don’t have a smartphone and not very PC savy.

  • March 6, 2014 at 9:11 am
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    Reading once again that it is not our “regular” community people writing you. It’s the people surfing by , trying to complete something that is “beyond” their skill level. Quiting. Can’t enter. So boo hoo….it’s not fair.
    And as far as not winning. One needs to enter to win something “some day”

  • March 6, 2014 at 8:08 am
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    I think it’s selfish to do just so you can get, I dont do challenges because I’m the type of person that starts one thing then another but I love to see people do things and I learn along the way. Don’t listen to those comments, they surely don’t understand what you got going on here. You know something today I’m gonna challenge myself to complete six crochet blocks and a phone cozy, so you see this is why you bother to join and take part of things because at the end your a winner too. If I only complete four I’m going to be proud of myself. You keep this up and don’t listen to the negative comments.

  • March 6, 2014 at 4:20 am
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    Mikey,
    I am sorry, although not surprised, that so many people choose to live in the “mully grubs” and be negative. You are a very positive person and such an encouragement to others. It is an uphill effort to live above the level of negativity that exists in the world today.

    You do so much good and you make this group so interesting. I enjoy the challenges to keep us motivated to come up to the next level of creating something beautiful, You & your staff are doing a great job! Keep up the good work!

  • March 5, 2014 at 4:11 pm
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    Although I do not participate in the “Challenges” I so love to look at all that do and I so love the fact that people are sharing their ideas with me personally….cause that is how I feel about the things that “The Crochet Crowd” puts up on Facebook or my inbox….
    Don’t pay no mind to those who are gloomy gussies there are more of us out here that LOVE seeing the things that everyone does…..
    Thank you and when I learn to put up pics maybe you will see what I can make and maybe inspire others as well…Keep doing all this amazing work we love you……

  • March 5, 2014 at 2:09 pm
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    Mikey, I really don’t think you have to explain the meaning of the challenges. These negative comments do not merit a response. If these crocheters only do these challenges to win a prize, then they do not deserve to win! If the goal is the win a prize, I can think of many many easier ways to win a prize than to crochet an entire afghan! There are many sweepstakes online anyone can enter.
    I participated in the Shimmering Hearts Scarf Crochet Along and I knew I missed the deadline but I did it anyway and sent a photo in. I learned filet crochet which I had never heard of before this. I also loved looking at the photos of all the other participants scarves. I remember being awed by the wide array of variations done with the scarf and I kept thinking, “Why didn’t I think to do it that way?”

  • March 5, 2014 at 11:04 am
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    Thank you for giving us these challenges. Like all challenges in life, they are opportunities for growth and for connection with the larger community if we choose to take it. My attempts have not been successful enough for me to share but I have learned some much from this whole community and the challenges that my confidence in my work is growing constantly. Don’t be so hard on yourself, Mikey. The gift of yourself and your talent has been such a benefit and a blessing for so many of us and there are just some people who are only interested in what is in it for themselves.

  • March 5, 2014 at 9:46 am
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    If I only did things because I thought I might win something I would never do anything! Don’t have much luck winning prizes but I consider myself a winner if I participate, have fun and learn something! Prizes are nice but the real prize for me is the sense of accomplishment and the “yep I did that” I can share with my family and friends! Do not despair!

  • March 5, 2014 at 12:36 am
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    Were you singnaling me out. I have never made anything but positive comments to others. I have never mentioned any of the challenges in any way. I think they are great not only for the challenge but because it gives a person a sense of purpose. I have not joined a challenge as of yet mainly due to the fact that I am completing projects for Family, Friends and also items that they have ordered this is in between all I make for Charity. So, at the present time my time for a challenge had to go to the end of my list. I love your site and all you do for everyone. I look forward to many happy years here. Thank You, Mary Starnes

  • March 4, 2014 at 11:19 pm
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    Don’t let the nay-sayers discourage you. A beautiful finished product is a reward in itself. Keep up the good work!

  • March 4, 2014 at 10:33 pm
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    I haven’t entered a challenge yet but they still encourage me. I look forward to when I can participate.

  • March 4, 2014 at 10:14 pm
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    I constantly challenge myself. WINNING is not as important as TRYING to learn something new or to improve oneself. I believe it is mostly the PROCESS that is more important then the end product. It is a journey of learning, improving, quality and intent. Mistakes help us learn. Crocheting helps soothe me when I am stressed or need to keep my hands busy so I don’t get into those darned cookies out there calling my name.I have arthritis in my joints, made worse by a read-rend accident when the truck driver behind us dropped his cellphone and plowed into our Buick. My cancer meds multiply my arthritis pain by ten so crocheting helps me work beyond the pain, it keeps my fingers flexible and I feel as though I am doing something productive when I sit down to watch a movie on TV…I donate all my lap blankets and shawls to nursing homes, first choice for those residents who never get visitors, that’s my only stipulation. Now, as President of Business and Professional Women’s Club of Niagara, I am crocheting warm toques and scarves for the homeless and needy. Our area is experiencing a phenomenon now, of hats and scarves appearing all over the city with notes attached, saying
    “I AM NOT LOST. IF YOU NEED TO KEEP WARM, TAKE THIS. IT’S JUST FOR YOU”

    My crochet work is simple, nothing fancy, but it gives me joy in giving.

  • March 4, 2014 at 9:35 pm
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    I haven’t won anything in challenges. I don’t participate in them all. I have fun doing the ones I do. I don’t need every tutorial that’s out there, but I use some of them. It’s sad really that there is so much negativity that it has to be addressed.

  • March 4, 2014 at 9:23 pm
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    Hi, Mickey!
    Don’t let negative and no inspiring comments let you down, for I believe the majority of your readers do know the truth of the challenges and other activities. For example, I couldn’t crochet the shimmery scarf along the community, because I had promised myself I’d finish at least two older projects first. But as soon as I finished those two I crocheted the scarf (even if the “along” was already over), and it became wonderful. So, you see, even those like me who are a little bit overloaded will always appreciate The Crowd efforts.

  • March 4, 2014 at 8:25 pm
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    Hi, Mikey, my dawlin’…its me, again in New Orleans πŸ™‚ . My grandfather taught me as a child “you can lead the horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” You can provide the opportunities for learning and support (to this group) but if the people do not choose to participate, that is on them, not you…you have done your part.
    Sometimes your projects or contests are not that person’s “cup of tea”…so they do not participate, but there are many many who do. And when you get around to a project that DOES “strike their fancy” they will join in. You know …”different strokes for different folks.”
    Now, YOU, young man…keep up the good work and “hang in there” πŸ™‚

  • March 4, 2014 at 7:26 pm
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    I’m so glad to hear what you had to state what the challenges are really all about. I don’t enter challenges to win prizes. I love to crochet for others, which is what attracted me to this site in the first place. I did not enter this challenge because I was in the middle of doing a series of projects I’d already committed to. I, too, never seem to win; but do I care? NO! I love the crocheting in and of itself. Please don’t feel discouraged. You added such as ray of sunshine when I first stumbled onto your site and I’ve been loving the newsletters since I joined. This is a wonderful place!
    Pam

  • March 4, 2014 at 7:19 pm
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    AMEN Mike!!! I don’t always enter, but because of my own lack of memory. I enjoy reading your articles, seeing the patterns… looking at all the finished products, checking out how to do new stitches, and problem solving. It takes the entire village of crocheters to make your site successful, and I am glad for all you do! Please don’t ever give up!! I love you all, YOU especially! You are a Godsend!

  • March 4, 2014 at 7:17 pm
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    The reason I don’t enter your challenges is that I don’t have a camera unless I make something small and scan it so you can see something I crocheted.

    • March 4, 2014 at 8:09 pm
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      Sometimes I take pictures on my phone and then email it to myself. Before I had a phone with a camera I had my BFF take picture of it and email it to me.

  • March 4, 2014 at 6:06 pm
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    I just joined the group and have not yet done a challenge and am so looking forward to doing one. Like I have seen others say it is a challenge not a contest. I have already met a friend on here and we are sharing away with patterns and ideas and pining on each others pinterest boards. I have gotten great tips to help me make it a little easier and faster and learned a few new stitches, I am so glad this friend told me about this group. Love you all and Thanks Mikey for you videos they have helped even a seasoned crocheter learn a few new tricks. πŸ™‚

  • March 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm
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    I wanted to do the Happy Hearts challenge, but also started the Mad Hatter project, plus got excited about making Minion Beanies and my own creation of a Creeper (Minecraft) beanie so was very busy. I loved the different looks of the Happy Hearts afghans I saw, very creative and all so different. I need to finish my Mad Hatter project soon, 4 weeks will go by very fast (as well as another beanie, and two baby blankets!!!)

  • March 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm
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    See Mickey, not everyone is an energy or emotional Vamp. I haven’t been entering because I have other pressing gifts right now, But I love seeing other creators visions. We are amazing. You allow us to show our projects and feel satisfaction on our talent. So Thank you and the Community. We Rock.

  • March 4, 2014 at 5:13 pm
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    Your points are well made. Although I haven’t found/made the time to participate in a challenge – yet – I like the idea of a randomly chosen winner. My skills are good, not great, and I would find it discouraging to see those few “super-skilled” crocheters always waltz away with the prize. You keep it fun by leveling the playing field!

  • March 4, 2014 at 5:07 pm
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    How do you find enough time to crochet and complete a project like an afghan? I’ve only done small items like hats and scarves because I am a slow crocheter and I’m afraid I wouldn’t finish an afghan or other project.

    • March 4, 2014 at 8:16 pm
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      Hi Roseanne, I crochet a little at a time. When ever I am sitting to relax and watch tv or even chat here. I crochet while I look at stuff online. Sometimes my computer runs so things take time to load. I get a few stitches in. I always keep my crochet next to my chair (in a small laundry basket I got from the 99 cent store) LOL. I also take it with me if I go anywhere. Just in case there is idle time wherever I went.

  • March 4, 2014 at 4:57 pm
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    I have never won a prize for my work but I totally agree – that is just an added extra. Your group has taught me so much and challenged me to take on projects I would have never done on my own. I normally don’t even submit my work for the prize – mostly because I either miss the deadline or just forget to do so. Prizes are great but I also feel there is someone out there who actually can’t afford their yarn or tools and I know I can. I just love to look at all the creativity from all of the members. It helps me with new ideas. I am quite new to crocheting and frankly sometimes would be embarrassed when I see how wonderful everyone else’s work is! I love this group – never let the negative people bring you down. You are serving a whole community of people who love what you do! Thank you!

  • March 4, 2014 at 4:53 pm
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    I can’t tell you Mickey how much I have learned and how much my confidence level has spiked since I joined The Crochet Crowd.
    I have saw some terrible things that people have posted and quite frankly I was upset that those persons would leave such mean hurtful things right on your page instead of emails back in forth to resolve any issues that they are having.
    I personally am very sorry that they done this.

  • March 4, 2014 at 4:16 pm
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    It makes me happy to see all the different ways that one project can be done. It gives me new and exciting way to look at what I did, or would do, and make it better. If I win along the way great. I won anyway seeing great crocheting ideas and methods that I can improve my skills with. So I win not matter what.

  • March 4, 2014 at 4:15 pm
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    I call myself a baby in the crocheting world, although I have been crocheting for many years. I know the basic stitches and off I go. Not knowing how to read a pattern..my grandchildren have been asking me to make them hats scarves. Have seen so many beautiful patterns out there I am going to learn myself how with a friend across the street who believe it does not either. I can copy others work but not the same. For you who never win anything? I feel sorry for you I have never won anything either but I have the energy to try, and just found out of a community out there who is willing to help. I know the prize is at the end weather the tintion is correct or not. LOL Thank you all

  • March 4, 2014 at 4:15 pm
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    I don’t do the challenges because I’m already doing other projects for my family and don’t have time to enter them. Someday when I’m not busy doing stuff my family are asking me for, I may enter a challenge. But I’m also slow and am in the beginning stages of Carpal Tunnel. I have to take breaks from it and I run the household. I’ve also never posted pics of an unfinishd project. I like it to be a surprise. I recently finished an Amish Afghan that I started 20 years ago, messed up on putting the squares together and got discouraged back then. Now it’s complete except for a border. It was well worth putting it together and not throwing it away, like I wanted to do so many times. I refer all my friends to your video’s and tell them that you explain things and show things so well, that there’s no way they could fail a project with you as the instructor.

  • March 4, 2014 at 4:05 pm
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    I don’t have time to participate in the challenges, but I LOVE following along! I very much enjoy browsing the photo gallery and enjoying the wonderful creativity of participants
    (and taking color combo notes :-). Crochet Crowd keeps up my crochet motivation when
    time is scarce.

  • March 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm
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    Mikey – don’t quit! You have taught me a lot in just the 3 months that I have known about The Crochet Crowd. The last crochet along with the shimmer scarf was great – I finished it although it was after the deadline. And was very proud of myself for learning new stitches and terms. I will yet do one of the challenges – if I win the prize it would be fantastic – but I win anyway with being part of the crowd & growing in knowledge!

  • March 4, 2014 at 3:40 pm
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    You do an awesome thing for 99% of us. So don’t worry about the rest. I started crocheting at the age of 8. I am still at it and will be 71 in 6 days. You have taught me a lot. I thought I knew all about crochet, well wrong ? I learned how to totally read a pattern from you. I mostly just make it as I go. I want to thank you for all you have done for me. You, my dear are the Prize, we each have.

  • March 4, 2014 at 3:39 pm
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    As a “never” winner I say WHO CARES WHAT THOSE PEOPLE SAY! It’s because of you that I was able to accomplish LEARNING to crochet.
    My mom is an EXTREMELY talented crocheter and I thought it should be “in my blood” to be able to crochet. Sadly, I was mistaken. LOL. However, I owe a debt of gratitude to you and everyone here to help me to nourish my inner crocheter.
    So I “never win”, so what? In truth, I really do by learning a useful, lifetime skill.
    I LOVE the challenges and I LOVE the encouragement. Both from my mom (I made the heart scarf for her) and from this community!
    I don’t care if you offer a tangible prize with these challenges. Because we all know what the real prize is!

  • March 4, 2014 at 3:27 pm
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    I love the challenges and always look forward to what is next … I am a fairly new to crochet but I was able to attend the tent sale in August 2013 and seeing Mikey and Diva Dan and feeling their excitement I fell in love instantly with them and the craft … I have always struggled with written instructions whether it is a pattern or how to put something together or hook something up so with the tutorials of the challenges it really helps make me feel part of this amazing group and I do suffer with depression and what I have been trying to do is when I am down I go look at pictures of past projects and it lifts me up knowing that with your help I can make things too … in my home Mikey and Diva Dan are very well known and like superstars to me and my hubby will often come home and say anything new with Mikey today or anything new with the boys … he says he looks forward to hearing too because he says I smile each and every time I mention you both … much much love and appreciation for everything you have done and for everything you continue to do to bring people into a glimpse of you world and the amazing craft of crochet

  • March 4, 2014 at 3:26 pm
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    I am very new to crochet and a few other fiber arts. When I found crochet crowd I was thrilled it is a place to learn and try new things. When I tried my first challenge o was so excited. Not because I might win a prize but because I was learning something I had never done before. Don’t let the people who are just trying to het stuff get you down. I am sure there are plenty of people like me who really need and love this way of learning. Thank you for what I have learned so far and everything to come.

  • March 4, 2014 at 3:08 pm
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    I like the challenges because they give me new patterns to try and find. Of the three challenges I’ve entered, I gave away the first afghan as a Christmas present, I kept the Filet heart scarf because I liked it so much and then just did the Happy Hearts afghan and gave it way. The challenges help me find new projects as gifts for friends and family. I get as much joy from seeing someone get the item as a present. That’s my reward. If you ever send me a gift bag, it’ll just be icing on the cake.

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:49 pm
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    I used to create taggies in psp and letters for incredimail and am a member in a few tagger groups I loved that whe all shared the same hobbie so now that I am crocheting I wanted the same thing and I found it here at the crochet crowd it is great crocheting with others on the same project since no one in my real life understands psp or crochet and the bonus is that whe learn new skills so thank you so much for everything you do you inspired me to make a big hearts afghan wich I never would have made since the first things I created where Amigurumi`s
    and as in real life you can never please everyone well except me I am very pleased with my hearts afghan I am even going to make it bigger so it fits on my bed
    hugs AndreaR

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:25 pm
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    I picked up my hook this year and found your site… the only reason I did was to keep my mind going and work it so I can ward of dementia (as my mother is suffering from it) because it scares me… watching my mother. so the real prize isn’t just my finished project but the end reward as I continue to mature into my older years. I hope this inspires others not to look at the tangible prize that they MIGHT win … but what crocheting/knitting/crafting does for your mind as well…. God Bless you Mike and fellow Crocheters … you keep me learning!

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:22 pm
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    Mikey don’t let them get you down. I have been in many groups and there has always been someone or more that would always piss on your cornflakes when you turn your back. The reason we love your site and the challenges is because both are fun. Now just take a quick walk around the block to clear the bad vibes away and leave them in the snowbank they belong in and start smile being happy again…yes we all feel your pain when you get upset..

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:22 pm
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    Mikey, every time I participate in one of your challenges I am a winner, I have sometime won a new skill, not always, but I get to looks at my work posted for the world to see. I am proud to have my work seen, it is not necessary to win the gift, although it would be nice. I enjoy using your ideas and my own creativity to make my participation in the challenges fun.. Isn’t that what it is all about? Love you Mikey, please keep up the great work you are doing,

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:21 pm
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    Unfortunately some people are only about themselves and will complain about any thing, I feel you do a wonderful job and I am so glad I found your site, because that is a win in itself, winning other prizes would be a bonus. So don’t let the greedy and negative Nellies upset you. Those of us who “get it” support what you do.

  • March 4, 2014 at 1:57 pm
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    I didn’t enter to win. I entered because this was the first afghan that I actually finished in a short period of time! And I was really proud of it and so appreciative of the feedback from different people! πŸ™‚ It was so amazing seeing all the different perspectives on the same pattern! Some people are just always pessimistic no matter what! I feel I won just by completing the afghan! And it is going to my youngest granddaughter for her 1st birthday next weekend! I look forward to the next challenge and appreciate your guidance! Thanks so much!

  • March 4, 2014 at 11:42 am
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    Mikey . . .don’t worry about those folks . .they may never get it. In my opinion these challenges are phenomenal! I am just learning to crochet (as in just started two weeks ago) and I have found you to be my best friend! When I started looking around the various Crochet Crowd goodies and saw the challenges my first thought was “How fun!” I started work on the Happy Hearts afghan knowing I wouldn’t finish in time to enter but the experience has been fantastic! I’m almost 3/4 of the way done now and it has empowered me to keep going! Your ability to teach is . . . there are no words . . phenomenal, impressive, fantastic . . all rolled up into one. I will be starting to work on the Mad Hatter challenge here in a couple days . . and I look forward to all I have to learn. Thank you for making this a great experience!

  • March 4, 2014 at 8:10 am
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    Personally, I don’t have the time to be able to do the challenges that you put out there, but I do participate in them. I love what you do for the Crochet Crowd and although I have been crocheting for over 25 years, I am always learning something from you. More though, you do challenge me to try something new because you explain and show the details so well. Thank you soooo much Mickey for running The Crochet Crowd.

  • March 4, 2014 at 7:40 am
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    Very well put, it’s the taking part that counts, not winning. People who complain about not winning a prize need to remember that this a very large community so the odds of winning are small anyhow. If you are in it just to win it you run the risk of sucking all the joy out of improving your skills and finishing up with a beautifully completed project.

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:33 am
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    Very well said but a waste of time if I may…. Those who don’t see the true value of the challenges have no true interest in growth anyway and will view this beautifully written post as an attack on their abilities or lack of. Seriously though… What could possibly be in those Red Heart bags that you just absolutely couldn’t purchase if you truly needed anyway? If you’re purchasing yarn at all…. You can buy whatever is in those bags. The true challenge is in your willingness to try and your reward is in your completion… Mistakes and all… The act of trying is satisfying enough.

  • March 4, 2014 at 12:41 am
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    Very well said Mikey.

  • March 3, 2014 at 10:10 pm
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    I don’t do them to win either. I am not interested in winning. I’d do away with the prizes. Let it be for the challenge alone! Do prizes, giveaways, as a random draw of some type without having to do the challenge.Other groups have crochet-alongs with no prizes. For me, the challenge is about testing myself, seeing what I can create along with everyone else. AND, I got so excited when I learned two hints from your video on the Happy Hearts Challenge, that made my squares turn out so much nicer! And I can give them away to friends, etc! It’s fun to do it along with others, too! Mikey, a hard lesson I have had to learn, is that it is impossible to please everyone! I tried for many years to make everyone around me happy. Didn’t work! Until finally, some years ago I made the decision to make the best choices I could. If some didn’t like it, well..that was just too tough! If you don’t enjoy doing this, and put too much importance on these negative people, you’ll lose your love of crochet, helping others. That would affect more people than those who are bringing you down. You have a great personality, a charm, a way of helping people while teaching them. Keep your eyes on that perspective! Luv ya!!! (and yes, I’m a chatty cathy!)

  • March 3, 2014 at 10:09 pm
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    Mikey, I just finished the Octagon and Squares afghan. It took me a year. I would never have tried to do such a large project without your excitement,interest and tutorials. I am so proud of me-no prize could make me feel this good! It was a challenge for me and I love it and you. Thank you for being Mikey.

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:42 pm
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    I don’t do them just to win (that would be fun and is for the other person who put their heart into their challenge. I love that the challenges are challenging me and IT is so exciting to see what I can accomplish that is an award in itself!! Angel hugs and Happy Hooking Sandi

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:29 pm
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    I can’t thank mikey enough for all the work he has done and appreciate being able to turn on his video on how to crochet. I have trouble reading patterns. I tried to do the corner to corner afghan and completed it. It turned out great an gave it away to a new baby boy. It gave me such a great feeling of accomplishment, enough to start something new. I would like to crochet a hat and make a flower to sew on it. I never thought I would ever learn to make something even though I am a young 63 year old lady its never to late to learn something new.

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:05 pm
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    Anyone who enters a challenge for the prize just doesn’t get it. It’s called a challenge, not a contest.

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      Well said Leslie. I don’t participate because I’m currently ill, but I love looking at projects and so forth. The best gift of the internet is the abundant joy of sharing ideas and projects. I love it. Thank you to all you hardworking individuals.

  • March 3, 2014 at 7:52 pm
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    The true prize is the experience, the group share, and the project you end up with! Come on people! Don’t be so greedy.

  • March 3, 2014 at 7:18 pm
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    I do the challenges for experience. If I win , I win if I don’t I don’t. I feel a winner when I finish a project.

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:56 pm
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    Mikey, I win with every challenge that is posted. I learn either a new stitch, a short cut, better color combinations, and I don’t even have to enter. Thank you for all you do, you are so appreciated. Don’t let a few get you down.

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:41 pm
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    PS- You also show everyone’s contribution of your challenges, mistakes or not. πŸ™‚ I agree with another poster Mikey, just focus on your positiveness and let go of those who need to feed off you. The bottom feeders eventually go look for another home to fill with their negativity. Go to a place in your mind that pleases you and wander around for awhile, gather all the positive and just be you. As well, maybe you should give someone who isn’t involved directly the place to where emails can be sent and sorted, leaving the negative in cyber space and only the positive coming your way. Don’ let them get to you. If you do, they win.
    As a grandmother of 9 and soon a Great one, I think what you all do is awesome. You are giving those who would never have picked up a crochet hook, the opportunity to be creative and a place to share too.

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:40 pm
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    Aww Mikey–Please dont be discouraged by those with pessimistic negative personalities. Nobody likes or even wants to hear from grown up whiners. Delete their messages and enjoy interactions with the majority who are positive productive contributing group members. You cant please everybody and it isnt worth burning yourself out emotionally trying. Emotional vampires and drama queens will suck you dry.

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:39 pm
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    I really enjoy your challenges, and you are right, it is not about winning. Even though I have been crocheting for 30 + years, I have never been much for doing granny squares. I tried one shortly after I taught myself to crochet, and my squares were very uneven, so I kind of gave up on making them. Your challenge challenged me to put myself out of my comfort zone. I completed it, and my squares were even. πŸ™‚ I recently found out my niece is getting married soon, so I am going to make another one in her favorite colors. Thank you, Mickey and the Crochet Crowd for all you do!!

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:05 pm
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    Totally agree with you Mikey – that we should constantly strive to better ourselves be it intellectually, spiritually or creatively and the challenges actually incorporate all three.
    However, I would like to see challenges that are a bit ‘smaller’ in scope, that don’t require such a large commitment of yarn. Not all of us can afford to spend money on all the yarn needed for a challenge if we do not have anyone to give the afghan to. Just a thought, not a criticism!
    Thank you for The Crochet Crowd, for being such a great teacher and source of encouragement and such a great person. You, “The Crochet Crowd” and all the people in it have added brightness to my life which when I first joined was down about as far as a person’s life could get and now is climbing upwards bit by bit.

  • March 3, 2014 at 4:39 pm
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    Mikey ~ don’t let the people that are being negative get you down; there are always going be trolls in under a rainbow bridge. πŸ˜‰
    I am a knitter by nature and have recently picked up my hooks again to give my creative nature another outlet. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the challenges to give me options I would not have done otherwise in this wonderful craft!
    The act of doing these challenges is for myself and to share the finished projects with my family and friends as gifts ~ else I would be making a ton of crocheted hats, not branching out to other items.

  • March 3, 2014 at 4:37 pm
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    …….. and they will continue to never “win” if they refuse to join the group & participate in the challenges… Please don’t be discouraged, Mikey… I call you “my guy” to my husband… πŸ˜‰ and he loves to watch my creations evolve as I participate in your challenges… You have helped so many people I’m sure… thousands of people with your wonderful videos & challenges… not only with their crocheting skills but as I have read other peoples posts on your page you have helped them with depression & facing each day just by being able to open up your facebook page & join the crowd… so I know that I’m speaking for thousands that can’t voice the words when I say “Thank You!” for all that you do! We love you, Mikey!

  • March 3, 2014 at 4:29 pm
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    Hi Mikey, This was my first challenge and I didn’t get it finished in time. I’m still working on it. I will finish and send a picture although it’s not perfect. I am not discourages that I wasn’t in on the drawing but that I I’m so slow.
    Anyway, I love love love your site and how you teach and am amazed at all you do! Where DO you get the time and energy!
    Keep on keeping on! You are appreciated and admired by many!

  • March 3, 2014 at 2:48 pm
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    I love the challenges because that’s what they are a”challenge” I have really stretched my skills since I started doing the challenges. I used many of my new skills to make my mad hatters hat! If I was to win the prize that’s would just be a bonus. It is fun to see how everyone’s project from the same pattern can be so different…makes you think outside the box before you start a project. Thanks Mikey and the crowd!

  • March 3, 2014 at 1:45 pm
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    Amen

  • March 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm
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    Don’t be discouraged Mikey although I know that’s easier said than done. I’m surprised people would feel the need to voice a negative feeling like that but that’s the internet for ya. I must say since discovering you and The Crochet Crowd I have picked up my dusty crochet hooks again. Your positive attitude and encouraging way have me more relaxed about the craft as a whole. Between online patterns and video tutorials I am confident to at least try a new stitch or more challenging pattern. The community spirit here makes it all more fun…even the failures. I always learn something. Like others have already said ….that’s the prize right there.
    I wonder if our society has played a part in this “prize mentality”. Young kids get stickers for every little accomplishment, everyone in organized youth sports goes home with a trophy… too much affirmation from the outside perhaps?

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      I echo much of what Maureen has already said – well put! I do want to say two things that we all should remember about the Internet.

      1) Because of the Internet, now all of us have so many tools available to us (videos, online patterns, being able to shop for yarn if for whatever reason going to the store isn’t an option) that we didn’t have available to us 15-20 years ago. We should be thankful for all of the tools, and that includes the Crochet Crowd’s Website, youtube videos, and Facebook page.

      2) Although we are all part of this Crochet Crowd community, there’s still a good deal of anonymity with the Internet. I don’t know you all personally. I don’t run into you at PTA meetings, or at the mailbox, or at the grocery store, or at church. People will say all manner of things in an Internet forum that they wouldn’t DREAM of saying to someone face-to-face! It is very easy to be disrespectful and insensitive on the Internet and we don’t even have the benefit of non-verbal cues when we write something. So, try to take it with a grain of salt, Mikey. You’re doing a great job that is MUCH appreciated by many of us. And this is a gentle reminder to all of us (myself included) that we should be careful with our words and comments and even how we communicate something.

  • March 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm
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    You dwell to much in the negative. I have noticed in multiple post on different things from your wonderful website. Tell everyone how wonderful they are, if possible send a private message to those that are so negative. You spread to much happiness to even respond to these kinds of people, actually. I have not crocheted in years due to problems with hands, fingers and wrist. But I am starting small projects and use your utube videos constantly. I am not one to do challenges, but please stop dwelling on all the negative. Your goodness and joy it spreads is what you should certainly focus on. You guys are doing a great job and are very much appreciated. That is what you should be looking at.

  • March 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm
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    I have learned soooooo much. Not only the crochet crowd but other communities. Right now I am learning how to do a rose and the leaf. The leaf alone is challenging. I have learned a hdc, tbl, sc, Dc, st in JUST ONE LITTLE LEAF. A year ago all I cud do was a sc and Dc!!! Yes…these challenges are just what I need to push myself a little further everyday. I have made the Mad Hatter challenge. Due to finances I cant purchase accessories ….sooooo I’m crocheting them!!! Thank you Mickey!!!

  • March 3, 2014 at 1:12 pm
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    Some people are never going to get it. Anyone who hosts anything similar via social media can see how much effort you put into all this, and also to maintain it, so kudos to you.

    From someone who doesn’t care if she “wins” or “loses” because it’s all good anyway ! πŸ™‚ <3

  • March 3, 2014 at 1:12 pm
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    Like Mikey said, the prize is the knowledge of knowing you have challenged yourself to do something you may have not done before and then completing it. I love this site because of the encouragement I get from others. That and I enjoy seeing what everyone does. I am definitely no expert, but that is why I love the Crochet Crowd, I can go on and ask others for help. Besides if you don’t feel one of the challenges is something you can complete, then don’t do it. The pattern is there for you to do in your own time and if you don’t win a prize, so what, you should be proud that you at least attempted it and got it done. So what if it takes you 2,4,6 weeks or months. DON’T be critical of others just because they are faster or have more time than you. Revel in the beauty of yours and others creations. You have a gift!

  • March 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm
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    Well said, Mikey. Your challenges have taught me new stitches that I would never have attempted on my own. And I have beautiful pieces to show for it. Most I have given as gifts to my family. Please don’t let a few Pessimist dissuade you from putting up challenges for us. Love The Crochet Crowd

  • March 3, 2014 at 1:01 pm
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    Love all the positive comments. You are such an enthusiastic, pleasant, playful, thoughtful, knowledgeable, compassionate, sharing, giving guy, I can’t help but love you and all your ideas shared with colors, patterns, yarn types………..well, I could just go on and on. And since I am a ‘senior’ over 70, and a self taught crocheter of about 50 years, I have to tell you, Mickey, YOU are my prize! Keep the positive attitude my friend, and that is the real challenge.

  • March 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm
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    I dont care if I win something or not. I do the challenges that I have time for cause I make things for others and end up having to do a lot of searching for just the right patterns or yarn. I take up the challenges that will add to my knowledge and skill. Would I be upset if I magically won something? No. It would be a surprise because so many people partisipate and many are much better or do more of the challenges than I do, but I wouldn’t complain either way. I just like to crochet. End of. Whining that you didn’t win just makes you sound childish, like my daughter when she whines that she can’t have dessert. I hate whining.

  • March 3, 2014 at 12:38 pm
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    Very well said Mikey! The prize of a challenge is in the learning and creating of it! Even tho I have not entered one as of yet and I will in future. And I will but not for the prize it will be of the challenge . You get more positive comments than negative. I love seeing what others make all of them are so unique, because we are! πŸ™‚ Have the best day ever! Hug’s to you, Diva Dan and Cathy, ty so much for making crocheting alot of fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • March 3, 2014 at 12:20 pm
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    This might sound weird, but I don’t want to win a prize. I think the free step by step tutorials and free patterns are prizes enough for me. Thank you for all the knowledge you give away for free and the community of supporters. I get a lot of Inspiration here. All gifts. No other gifts needed!

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      I agree whole heartedly with you. I love the video tutorials especially as reading patterns strain my eyes. lol You encourage so many Mikey, Diva Dan & Cathy. You are awesome in giving of your time & effort. Keep up the great job of keeping us all inspired.

  • March 3, 2014 at 12:17 pm
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    I agree 100% with you on this one. I love the challenges and the crochet community that you all have. I ha ave learned things that I thought I would never achieve on my own and tried things I thought I would never do. The support is great from everyone including the hosting crochet crowd awesomeness page runners. I think it is neat that you offer a prize but its not the real prize to me seeing everyone’s work is a proze in itself and completing my project is an award in itself. I β™₯ the crochet crowd. Please don’t change for the people who don’t get it and understand the way that we all do. You all are like my other family. The family that gets my obsession with crochet and great support.

  • March 3, 2014 at 12:02 pm
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    I love watching your videos and learning new stitches.. unfortunately we have some that look at things in a negative way. Keep up with what you are doing.

  • March 3, 2014 at 11:56 am
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    I thoroughly agree……..The prize is the valuable lessons you’ve learnt, so that you can accomplish many more stitches, tricks of the trade, and so on……..to pass on your own tricks or skills you might have…………and to make others feel great about their work with much appreciated praise………and also, get the praise (Kudos) that we ALL so deserve for our wonderful work……

  • March 3, 2014 at 11:39 am
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    The most exciting thing was to see if anyone had the same layout as me. To see if I could be inspired by someone elses idea. To maybe even learn something new. To do a challenge is not the point of trying to win but to challenge yourself and push your creativity and learn new things plus make new friends along the way.

  • March 3, 2014 at 11:27 am
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    mikey, ignore the negative, drink in the positive,

  • March 3, 2014 at 11:15 am
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    I am new to the Crochet Crown and the blog, but I find it very interesting and useful.. I take advantage of your video tutorials and I plan on trying your upcoming challenge. I would say I am a novice to medium crochet person, so please do not get discouraged by negative comments. Thank you for both sites πŸ™‚

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      OOOOPS, I meant Crochet Crowd πŸ™

  • March 3, 2014 at 11:04 am
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    I’m sad to read that there is so much negativity, Michael. I did the Happy Hearts afghan, although it wasn’t finished in time to enter the competition. I loved making it, as it was the first afghan I had crocheted and it gave me valuable practice! Thank you sincerely for the incentive to make it.
    I love the Crochet Crowd!!

  • March 3, 2014 at 10:38 am
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    I couldn’t agree with you more Mikey!! The whole point for me is doing something together as a community and learning new things! I would have NEVER tried that filet scarf if it wasn’t for the challenge! I didn’t do it to win, I did it because I SO enjoyed being a part of something with my fellow crochet friends from across the world, I also did it because you are such a GREAT teacher!! Leave the negative Nelly’s where they belong, in the recycle bin!! πŸ™‚

  • March 3, 2014 at 10:37 am
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    Mikey, you are wise beyond your years. I have been crocheting for more than 60 years, and I seem to learn new stuff every day from you. People, I believe, who look for a prize, certainly do not understand the prize is their work. I love your tutorials, your worked projects, and you. You’re funny, intelligent, and great to follow. I followed along with you on a lot of projects. I donate my work to homes and churches. My projects are centered around babies, because they come into our world every day, and they need hugs where there may not be any.
    Keep up the good work.

  • March 3, 2014 at 10:34 am
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    All I can add is ditto to all that has been said already. I’ve done enough local volunteer work to know that you just can’t avoid those that want to be negative and drag everyone with them. The best thing to do is decide if you can help and if not walk away (or ignore). I’ve found that a great many people who ‘never win anything’ say it for the attention.

  • March 3, 2014 at 10:34 am
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    Mikey, I think you do a GREAT job of challenging us in the crochet community and I appreciate all your hard work.. Sometimes you have to let things/comments roll off your back.. You are only human and can only do so much.. You can’t please all the people, all the time! Keep up the GOOD work and I look forward to your challenges!! Thanks to Cathy and Diva Dan for all their hard work behind the scenes too..

  • March 3, 2014 at 10:05 am
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    First if you do not challenge yourself you will never win at anything… the prizes are just incidental learning and mastering is the actual winning….. I feel like I am winning just having the videos to learn from.

  • March 3, 2014 at 10:04 am
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    Mikey don’t get discouraged, you, Cathy and Dan are doing a great job. You have to realize that you will not make everyone happy, some people will always find things to complain about. I don’t usually do the challenges, mainly because of the time factor, but I love seeing what everyone is accomplishing especially in colour combinations. Keep up the good work, love this group.

  • March 3, 2014 at 10:00 am
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    It’s a sad reflection on the whiners that they are so immature and self-absorbed that they can’t see beyond a “prize”!

  • March 3, 2014 at 10:00 am
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    I haven’t joined a challenge yet, having problems with trigger finger that prevents the amount of time I can spend on a project. But I look forward to joining them in the future. Some people are just want to complain and have a dismal attitude. Unfortunately you can’t fix that for them. But the number of people who appreciate all that you do far out weigh the number that do nothing but grumble. Stay positive and thank you!

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:44 am
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    Very well said!

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:40 am
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    Well said Mikey! I love the afghan challenges and have participated in every one except for last Jan (didn’t know about it) I do it for the enjoyment of seeing the variety of colors and ideas that others have when making the same project. A bag of yarn while a great gift, is not the ultimate goal as to why anyone would work hard on a challenge. Some people just don’t get it and you can’t please everyone.

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:37 am
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    I know it’s easier said than done, but those negative comments need to go into the “let it go file”. You have a wonderful, large (and growing) community of positive people! Anytime it happens again, you now have a post to point them to πŸ™‚
    Love what you are doing, thanks for all of it!

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:36 am
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    Well said Mikey. I love all of the challenges even when I do not have the time or may have another project working. It is inspiration for future projects and I love seeing all of the work from our community. Love what you do and how you and Cathy inspire and challenge us to keep learning.
    Keep up the great work.

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:34 am
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    In other words, I wholeheartedly agree that challenges are a great opportunity to commune with other crocheters and to build skills.

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:33 am
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    I don’t end up entering challenges because I usually don’t finish in time. I work full time, I volunteer with a wonderful cause and I go to the gym, to become more fit. I love the inspiration the challenges give me, the things I learn about the new stitches or ways others put the pattern together differently. It would be nice to win but on my deathbed it won’t be something I am regretting. I just get such a charge out of all the others creativity and seeing all their beautiful work, that is how I win. So no prize can replace that! Thank you for all that you do Michael, I really appreciate the endless hours that you, Cathy and Daniel put in with these challenges.

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:33 am
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    This was my first challenge. I had noted how much fun everyone seemed to be having with the Christmas challenge and wanted to be in on the fun. I looked at the prize as just a possible “icing on the cake”, but that is all.

    I am a VERY busy mother, wife, teacher, church member etc. I tend to pick smaller projects in order to get that high of completing something beautiful. Where afghans are concerned, I generally stick to the baby variety. Therefore this was one heck of a commitment for me. Long story short, I was able to 1) accomplish my goal 2) produce a lovely afghan that my family LOVES, and yes 3) got a few kudos from friends and family. So, where was the downside?

    Keep up the good work Mikey!

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:32 am
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    The origin of suffering is that of comparison. Crochet is something to enjoy. Just go with the flow and love the process. Don’t worry about how you are doing in comparison. Share your gems and love those of others.

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:27 am
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    Perfectly put. I really enjoy the challenges. The only time I have not participated was when I knew I wouldn’t have enough time. Yes I would love to win, most of us would, but to me its s bonus. I enter the contest thinking it would be nice to win but if I never win I will continue to enter. I get a lot from them on a personal level. First I get inspiration from you to try something different, eVen off I already know the skill needed I always learn something from watching the video. I enjoy seeing what others have created and that gives me inspiration to try different colors etc.And at the end when I have won the “prize”, I have a finished project that usually gets donated, I have inspiration, maybe a new skill, and more confidence in what I already have learned. So to me the challenges are always a win. Thanks so much for having them. I look forward to seeing what’s ahead.

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:21 am
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    So true. It’s nice to see how everyone approaches a project (color selection, etc.) That’s also what I love about Ravelry.

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:09 am
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    Not sure if I made my point…I’m not in it to win it!

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:07 am
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    Agreed! Nobody is holding a gun to your head to participate in the challenges. I enjoy the challenges because I learn so many new techniques. If I’m not particularly interested in a challenge, I busy myself with other projects till the next challenge comes out. ‘Nough said.

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:00 am
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    And BTW, I am now making the Octagons and Squares Throw in Queen size for my niece.

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      There are far too many that are too quick to send negative vibes…I have learned that those who are happy tend to sit back and be happy…My mom always taught me that if you don’t have anything good to say, then don’t say anything at all. I appreciate all the things that you post. I don’t participate in the contest but one of these days I will. Thank you for all the things that you have taught me…you are truly a special person.

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:59 am
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    I love your Facebook page as it has reawakened my love of crochet. I am slowly getting back into it and love all the sharing by others. I only hope that one day I can share a project I have finished and, perhaps, participate in one if your challenges. I see these challenges as a way to participate in something bigger than oneself. To contribute to the learning, the joy and the beauty of crochet.

    • March 3, 2014 at 10:57 am
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      That’s exactly how I felt when I discovered The Crochet Crowd. I’ve not done crochet in over 30 years and seeing all these wonder projects and Mikey’s tutorials got me started again. I’ve never done a granny square afghan before, let alone an afghan and the Happy Hearts Challenge finally spurred me to try my hand at it. Even though I couldn’t meet the deadline for the challenge, I’m still working on it and just seeing how much I’ve completed makes me so proud of my accomplishment. The thought of winning something over a project is just icing on the cake but that’s not the basis to start a project! You’ve already won when you complete the challenge! Thanks so much Mikey and The Crochet Crowd for inspiring me to crochet again.

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:58 am
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    I had started the hat challenge but had to stop because of tendinitis that had set into my hand! I did get the hat done just need to embellish it! Is there still time and what address could I send a picture to. Thanks for all you do. Dorothy

    • March 3, 2014 at 10:01 am
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      If there is still time, you have to send the actual hat, not just a photo. I think the deadline is already passed though.

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        The hats deadline is april I believe.

    • March 3, 2014 at 10:20 am
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      There is still time. For the address go to the Crochet Crowd site . Please finish your hat, I would love to see pictures

    • March 3, 2014 at 10:22 am
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      I think you have until the end of march to mail it πŸ™‚

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:58 am
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    Exactly. A friend and I did the filet challenge as a way to work on skills (I’m mentoring her as she learns new crochet stitches), and it was a small enough project to complete in a few days so she would not get discouraged and I would get tired of it. It was a delight to send pix in of our completed scarves and we never gave a thought to actually winning (at least I didn’t).
    I look at each challenge and see if I will use the item, and if I can accomplish it in the time specified. If answers are positive, I give it a shot. Winning is against the odds (since it is random) so thats not the point.

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:48 am
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    thank you for your time to explain. I am so new to crochet but with more practise who knows how good I will be.

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      THAT’S the spirit!

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:48 am
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    I do not participate in the challenges because I can’t afford to. My stash is small and atm even my small stash is mostly in storage as I live in a motel right now.

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:48 am
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    Thank you for all that all of you do for us, your readers. You have helped me to review and pick up my hooks once again after no picking them up for years!! I am also starting to learn stitches, picking up new tips almost every week. The videos that you post on You Tube are an awesome tool. I learn easier by seeing. THANK YOU!!!

    • March 3, 2014 at 3:03 pm
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      I absolutely echo what Betsy has posted! I’ve learn more in the last 12 months than in the last 40+ years, simply because of (1) availability of instruction and (2) encouragement from the group. THANK YOU! I finished my Mad Hatter hat last night, and I was determined to crochet everything that I added to it in the way of decorations. While I did find patterns for two items, I had to “wing it” on some of the other decorations. I drew on what I’ve learned in the last year from watching videos and learning from others to come up with my ideas and apply them! The challenges are all about learning and expanding your skill, which is the REAL prize!

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:46 am
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    I’m new to crochet and to your community. I don’t even know where to begin in terms of getting involved. Any recommendations?

    • March 3, 2014 at 3:05 pm
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      If you are also on Facebook, I suggest that you also check out The Crochet Crowd’s Facebook page, as there are lots of inspiration over there as far as what individuals post. If you are new to crochet, be sure to check out the video tutorials also – they are quite helpful!

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