Just Creative or Unprofessional? 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.

1,052 thoughts on “Just Creative or Unprofessional? What do you think?

  • December 2, 2015 at 5:43 pm
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    I Love everything you do and you are a Wonderful Teacher! Some people need to leave the internet!!! Ugggg, People like this makes me sick!!! Keep doing what your doing and being You!! <3

  • September 27, 2015 at 2:45 am
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    I’ve never taken a crochet class in my life! nor do I know how to read patterns. Yet, I make beautiful scarves, blankets and sweaters that I’m happy to say every recipient profusely admires. If you have to follow a pattern, that’s great. But you can’t call yourself truly creative if you never actually “create” anything original. So no, i don’t agree with the person that criticized you.

  • July 8, 2014 at 3:05 am
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  • June 25, 2014 at 10:08 pm
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    I say to you, I certainly get irked even as people think
    about concerns that they plainly do not understand about.
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  • June 24, 2014 at 3:44 pm
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    It is unfortunate that she seems so determined to follow the directions so closely that she isn’t free to adapt, alter or create her own inspired article. When I invest that much time in making something for myself or as a gift for someone else, I want a ‘part of me’ in it. The part of me that I put in that item is my creativity. A machine can knit 99.9% perfect fabric and I’m sure that there are machines that can emulate crochet as well, but the crafter, the true artisan is the person who makes that pattern sing to them with their own creativity. Color selection, for me, just isn’t enough, I need to put my personal stamp on each item I create, make, crochet. Don’t allow the people who can’t see the ‘tree’s for the forest’ to stiffle creativity – and it isn’t CHEATING – I find it CREATIVE and inspiring.

  • March 4, 2014 at 8:17 pm
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    Don’t give people like that another thought Mikey. Some people just feel a need to bring others down into their own private hell. Not sure what that person has going on in their life, but you should definitely not take that to heart. If people did not ever experiment or try new ways of doing things, where would the world be today? Keep on being your wonderful, experimental self and teaching all of us how to step outside of the box. You rock dude!!!

    Cindy Q.

  • February 8, 2014 at 7:56 pm
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    Whoa, who lit the fuse on her tampon?

    Like I always tell people, this might be the internet but that does not mean you have to watch something you dislike. Just shut it off and go back to the real world.

    Keep doing your thing, it is obviously working!

  • February 5, 2014 at 12:53 pm
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    My aunt started teaching me to crochet 56 (almost 57) years ago. She taught me “the proper way” and was very exacting if I started to deviate from it in any way. I didn’t really enjoy crocheting until I started “doing it my own way”, and I didn’t feel creative. If everyone used only those rigid methods, nothing new would ever be created. I figured that out for myself years ago. But I’ve recently discovered video tutorials. Mikey, yours are among the best! Keep doing them the way you are!

  • February 4, 2014 at 9:51 pm
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    Mikey,
    When I teach people, whether it be crochet, knitting or tatting, I always tell them to find what works for them and not be afraid of putting their own spin on things. The pattern police will not show up at their door.
    If everyone followed Patterns 100% no one would venture off to create new Patterns.
    I welcome unconventional. Keep up the good work. I love your videos, and they inspired me to take several of your stitches and techniques to create a tractor afghan for my grandson.

  • January 28, 2014 at 9:42 am
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    I don’t have time for the stupidity of that person’s comment.

  • January 25, 2014 at 1:47 pm
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    Mikey you are awesome. Keep up the great work. I am proud to be one of the HOOKERS. I am 70 and still hooking daily. Love you guys and all the things I see on your site. Some day I should send you pictures of my work. I find your style amazing.

  • January 25, 2014 at 6:13 am
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    Mikey, who died and left this silly woman in charge of policing the blogs? I forget who said: “To ensure misery, strive to achieve perfection in all that you do.” She and the other one who was offended by your use of the word “hooker” should find another “crowd” to hang out with. You are doing a fantastic job and the growing numbers of your followers prove it. Keep on doing what you are doing because we all love you just the way you are: imperfect, like the rest of us.

  • January 24, 2014 at 3:37 pm
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    All I can say is that without Mikey’s vidoes, patterns, and encouragement, i would not have picked up my crochet hook and started in again. Thanks, Mikey! Keep doing what you’re doing. πŸ™‚

  • January 24, 2014 at 2:57 pm
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    Crochet is and art. Do sculptors follow a diagram down to most minute detail? No. It is a personal preference on how someone holds their hook and yarn, how they work their stitches, etc. That is what makes it their work. If you can’t figure a stitch out and you get it to work another way, but it still looks the same, isn’t that the point, to recreate a design. Sometimes we do not want it to be identical. As for cheating…..what are we 13 again and in school and have to go to the principals office for detention for finding a way to do something easier. Geez it is not like the crochet police are monitoring everyone in the world and if you deviate from a pattern, you are arrested, jailed and fined for being creative. Mikey and everyone else at the Crochet Crowd…YOU ROCK! Your videos and help is priceless.
    Get over it lady. If you are so irate over what is going on, create your own site and stop watching Mikey’s videos and tutorials. If it makes you so irate, how do know it keeps happening…..oh that is what I thought, you keep watching. And why do you do that?? Because Mikey and the Crochet Crowd are awesome people, willing to help everyone out to the best of their ability!
    Love you guys at the Crochet Crowd. Hook On Everyone

  • January 23, 2014 at 5:53 pm
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    I think that person doesn’t have a clue what art is. She needs to read about it. Thanks to God we are different and that is what makes this world fun. Keep up the good work Mikey. Many of us love you work and enjoy your tutorials and comments.

  • January 22, 2014 at 5:49 pm
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    Mickey, I love the way you teach. You help us to reach deep into our creativity and try new ways. Forget that crazy lady and please keep doing it your way. Thanks for all you have taught me and please keep it up.

  • January 22, 2014 at 11:15 am
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    I think the fact that you take the time (and have the desire to teach others). puts you head and shoulders above most. It sounds to me like this woman either has way too much time on her hands and has nothing better to do than rant and complain about the good things people do for others, or she is simply jealous of your talent, following and generosity.

    She isn’t worth a second thought.

    Personally, when I watch crochet tutorials, I am watching them to learn a new stitch or pattern and I LOVE tips and tricks that help to make the project easier or more readily understandable.

    Keep doing what you are doing – you are making a LOT of people very happy and for the odd few that aren’t happy with your teaching methods and techniques, just be sad for them because they are pitiful.

    JMHO πŸ™‚

  • January 22, 2014 at 9:23 am
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    I think of crochet as an art form and though I do read patterns, I love your videos. I have encountered numerous written patterns over my 50 years of crocheting that have errors in them so I had to improvise. Most of the vintage patterns have to be changed due to the materials/yarn not being available. I see nothing wrong with taking creative license. I have taught folks to crochet over the years by teaching them the basic stitches and encouraging them to expand their skills. I have learned from your videos. Keep up the good work.

  • January 21, 2014 at 8:25 pm
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    Reblogged this on Conchita's Blog and commented:
    Thanks to Mikey and actually am learning to Crochet. I’ve been trying for years but no use. After watching his tutorials I now can make things and love it! He is a wonderful teacher. If anyone is thinking in dabbling, give him a try, but beware, you’ll get hooked!

  • January 21, 2014 at 8:23 pm
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    Mikey, I am a new “hooker” and that is thanks to YOU! My friends have been trying to teach me for years and I just couldn’t grasp it. I watched one, yes, just one of your tutorials and I was rolling. I still consider myself to be a beginner, but hey, I’m making stuff where as before I was dribbling and say “er what, where did you, when do I”. So, I think you are an AMAZING teacher, not a good teacher, AN AMAZING teacher. The only problem with you’re tutorials is that you are so cute and make me laugh that I have to rewind and concentrate all over again. I don’t know what this ladie’s problem is and I don’t think it’s just that she is “old school”, sometimes I think that people like her like things to remain only available to those who have talent or have been taught within a family tradition, stupid I know, but I’ve met people like that. Telling me that I will never learn and I almost believed them, until “YOU came along and brightened my day”. I think you are wonderful and thanks to you I have another hobby I love apart from Quilting and Embroidery and Cross Stitch. You’re the best, I love you!

  • January 21, 2014 at 1:56 pm
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    I agree whole-heartedly with Annette. Thank you so much for what you do. There is always going to be someone who doesn’t agree, not matter what you do. Just acknowledge that they have their own opinion, and keep doing what you do.

    • January 21, 2014 at 6:50 pm
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      You keep on doing what you do!!! There are those of us out here who appreciate it!!!

  • January 21, 2014 at 1:42 pm
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    Please don’t change a thing. I have learned so much from your tutorials. If this person does not care for your teaching she doesn’t have to watch. You know Mikey people choose what they want to watch and whom they want to learn from. Please don’t give the negative anymore air to breathe. Just keep doing what your doing. I am grateful. Hugs

  • January 21, 2014 at 11:32 am
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    Whenever anyone who “Hooks” sees me hooking, they always let me know that I am doing it all wrong! As long as the finished project ends up looking like the picture, I am pretty happy. Don’t let anyone get you down-I’ve been hooking wrong close to 30 years. I love everything associated with The Crochet Crowd, Dan and your blogs are interesting and funny and I love the videos. I’ve learned new techniques and stitches and you have inspired me to try NEW stitches and yarns. I love The Crochet Crowd-my only regret is that I didn’t have access to y’all when I started hooking!

  • January 21, 2014 at 10:49 am
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    Dear Irate woman from Facebook,
    I thank God for people like Mikey and the Crochet Crowd who are willing to take the time and effort to produce and post videos, patterns and tutorials showing us how to do things a new and different way. We are all different by God’s design and we learn things differently too. We struggle with things and many of us would give up without the generous help and inspiration of people like Mikey who are willing to say, ‘try it this way, or even this way’.
    If everyone felt as you do that there was only one way, we wouldn’t have the architecture or art we have today. If all things MUST be built only a certain way, how would anyone ever have designed a castle, and then another and another and given us all the fabulous palaces we have today and fabulous homes. What if you had told cutting edge architects what you just told Mikey and they had listened? Quel horror!
    Imagine if artists had never dared to try a ‘new’ way to paint. The greatest art in the world would not be here if your philosophy were used for everything. The impressionists would surely have fallen to your wrath.
    Dearest Mikey and the Crochet Crowd, you have my undying gratitude for the time and effort you put into the community.
    The instruction and inspiration you provide are a gift to the world, know this and be proud. Thanks to people like you, my crochet and knitting has improved immensely in the last few years and I now feel confident in my skills. I work for a charity and even became a board member. My skills are improved to the point people are actually impressed with the things I make and want me to help them with their skills! Kudos to you and all the other creative and helpful people out there that we can learn from through the Crochet Crowd and Youtube.
    After all, crochet and knitting all started hundreds of years ago when someone sat down with a length of soft string and decided to try something new, and then someone else tried it a different way, right? Otherwise, how would we have sc, dc, hdc, tr dtr, etc.? Seriously woman, did you think the instructions came off the ark with Noah?
    Keep up the good work Mikey, and bless you and Dan.

    • January 21, 2014 at 6:46 pm
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      Agreed! Beautifully put.

  • January 21, 2014 at 10:11 am
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    Stick with it. For the person who does not want to see your creativity,perhaps she/he has none. Perhaps she may need a hobby. We can follow your classes, tutorials, ideas, charities. Your group brings us together from all over the world. We may not speak the same languages but through your group we all have an understanding and love of this craft. Please ignore her/him. We all have the ability to use “block” or just look away from our screens. Thanks to you and all your friends and family that make this one of the best crochet COMMUNITY , which he/she, can opt out of.

  • January 21, 2014 at 9:51 am
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    I have a comment and a short story, short story first. I have been crocheting since I was a little girl and would make barbie scarves I Am also a hair stylist. One of my clients who knew I am a crocheter brought her work in for me to see and for her to work on while processing. While we were at the shampoo Bowl another stylists client ripped about 20 rows of work out of my clients blanket because she saw a mistake and you can not have mistakes in your work. I was shocked and appalled. My comment is it is mistakes, short cuts, changes, ect… That make every piece unique and beautiful. When I crochet I use patterns more for an idea than anything else. By the way I love your face book page and you tube videos I get lots of great idea’s from you and learn a lot of new tricks.

    • January 22, 2014 at 5:48 pm
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      I made a mistake years ago in a project. Started to correct it and my sister stopped me and told me it was not a mistake, it is exactly the way I made it. It was fine, not one person saw the mistake. I don’t use patterns much. I look and create, putting more than one pattern together at times. So tell that rude lady to shut up.

  • January 21, 2014 at 9:14 am
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    I’m relatively new to the Crochet Crowd, but I’ve been crocheting for many years. I get a lot of free patterns from the internet and believe me, if you don’t know how to improvise, you are in big trouble! As for well-written and/or easy to read patterns, here’s my rule: If I like the end result the first time I make it, great! But more often than not, I take “creative license” and make the project my own. Isn’t that why we crochet – or knit, or paint, or quilt or whatever? To make something personal that, more often than not, you are giving as a gift? To express ourselves creatively? I applaud those people that can write patterns and thank them for all their hard work, but does that mean I have to clone their art? For that matter, aren’t “new” patterns just improvised versions of someone else’s “original?” If everyone followed the “original” pattern, we would never have new patterns! Everyone’s work would look exactly the same, with the same stitches over and over again. What a sad and boring place that would be! Thanks Mikey and team for making my crochet world a better place to live in!

  • January 21, 2014 at 12:12 am
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    What is unprofessional is that person’s behavior!!! Shame on her for being so rude and close minded! You go out of your way to ensure that anyone watching your tutorials can follow along and learn how to make amazing hand made gifts and items which is, in my opinion, creative AND professional! You are 100% right, we are free thinkers, we all have individual personalities and abilities, that is what makes the final result of our hand made crochet items so precious and unique! Please please please don’t listen to that nasty lady, Mikey!! You do an above and beyond amazing job helping people learn a craft and anyone who thinks otherwise can go eat poo!

  • January 20, 2014 at 11:14 pm
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    if everyone followed everything exactly how the patterns showed I’m positive no new patterns would ever exist and if I have read correctly crochet was once looked at as something poor dirty folk did…… something about poor Irish women earning extra funds to help feed their families……. Besides art is art there is nothing that cannot be done if one wants to try, fail, and then perfect…… That woman should just opt out of your web site and go about her business you keep going you do a wonderful job, your positive and encouraging to everyone that follows you.
    Hook on Mikey, Hook on!!!!!

  • January 20, 2014 at 10:43 pm
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    I’m the type of person who has a hard time understanding directions and when you explain it and show us how to do the pattern it makes sense,thank you!

  • January 20, 2014 at 10:38 pm
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    CREATIVE!!! How ridiculous not to use a shortcut or a tip/trick to fix something or do crochet something better or quicker. Mikey, I use to teach Algebra and I always taught my students tips and tricks to get through the “hard” stuff. Why suffer when a trick works just as well and sometimes better. Tell this person to take a chill pill, maybe the whole bottle.

  • January 20, 2014 at 10:02 pm
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    ummm…pretty sure she doesn’t realize that patterns are CREATED! If you don’t follow a pattern 100% that means you are just creating a new pattern. They are made up, there are no rules set in stone, that’s why its a craft not a science. I’m a baker, and a cook, I can tell you, there a very, very few recipes that I follow exactly because they don’t work for me, doesn’t mean I don’t know how to cook. I say, do what you’re doing, any tip can help. I don’t crochet the same way my mom did, and that’s ok.

  • January 20, 2014 at 9:35 pm
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    There is more than one way to skin a cat. That being said, the more one knows and learns about a craft facilitates growth and problem solving skills. Keep up the good work…..follow your heart and your instincts. Remember, everyone is entitled to their opinion. It does not make them the final authority , just a different opinion.

  • January 20, 2014 at 9:33 pm
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    I think you are doing great!!! Everyone has their opinion and some should keep their opinion to themselves. My mom showed me shortcuts and “cheats” too and that just made crocheting more fun. Keep on doing what you are doing and ignore those bullies!!!

  • January 20, 2014 at 9:20 pm
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    I like the fact that you give the original pattern, then say “here’s what I do when something doesn’t work for me.” That’s what I do when I teach others to crochet. Good on you, and while I understand what she’s saying too, about doing it only the way it’s written, that’s a personal choice. If she doesn’t like it, that’s her problem.

  • January 20, 2014 at 7:26 pm
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    Okay Mikey, untie your knickers and know that there are purists everywhere but their ideals really are not applicable to most of us. Its like the old argument of a crafter or an artist. No real winners, but this person was apparently having a REALLY bad day and needed to beat up on somebody. Blow her off as a crochet bully and keep up the good work.

  • January 20, 2014 at 7:08 pm
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    She needs to get a life – she must not have one, if all she has to do is criticize other people.
    Keep up the good work. We love you.

  • January 20, 2014 at 7:05 pm
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    I love your videos and how you make the patterns easier to follow. I hope that you never change and continue to help anyone that wants to learn from you. Don’t let one person’s rant upset you like that. You know what you know. We are all different and adding to or altering the pattern a little is part of being creative. You’re adding a part of you to the project. Don’t change, Mikey.

  • January 20, 2014 at 6:03 pm
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    Keep doing what you are doing Mikey and don’t change a damn thing. She can follow some other blog that will teach her to crochet like a robot. I like shortcuts on new and old techniques. Go tell her to kick rocks somewhere and maybe this will give her the encouragement to run her business/blog the way she wants. There’s always one or many jerks in a group. Damn, is crocheting that serious now? I’m going back to hooking.

  • January 20, 2014 at 5:59 pm
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    Mikey, I just don’t even think of it as “cheating”. It’s just another way to do it., an alternative to the original. When I take a class at a gym, I always appreciate it when the instructor says if you can’t do it this way, try it another way that works for you, an easier less intensive way, because I am not in shape. Well, anyway, you keep teaching your way and we all will keep learning from you. Art is open to individual opinions and interpretations. So let the creativity fly. And have fun!

  • January 20, 2014 at 5:14 pm
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    I LOVE your teaching techniques. My aunt does crochet, knits, sews and embroiders and she ALWAYS shows me shortcuts. She helps me when I have questions on patterns for sewing and as she says “those patterns are not perfect” and then she shows me the “shortcuts” and “cheating” methods and she’s been doing crafting for about 70 years! That person is just a “prude” and needs to lighten up! As long as the item looks nice when it’s finished, what does it matter what “shortcuts” or “cheating” methods were used????? Keep on doing what you’re doing and don’t let her ruin ANYTHING!

  • January 20, 2014 at 4:48 pm
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    Mikey, put it this way, How many people love your videos with tips and improvisations? This lady has to be a drone as you say to follow the pattern to a β€œT.” She must rip out anything that has 1 mistake to make it exactly as the pattern says. I know that a majority of my projects all have mistakes in them but that’s also what personalizes them too. No one receiving a crocheted item will care if it’s exactly like the pattern says, they will care it’s handmade, that’s all anyone cares about. We take the time to make the item. Keep doing your videos with tips exactly how you have been.

  • January 20, 2014 at 4:47 pm
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    Mikey, put it this way, How many people love your videos with tips and improvisations? This lady has to be a drone as you say to follow the pattern to a “T.” She must rip out anything that has 1 mistake to make it exactly as the pattern says. I know that a majority of my projects all have mistakes in them but that’s also what personalizes them too. No one receiving a crocheted item will care if it’s exactly like the pattern says, they will care it’s handmade, that’s all anyone cares about. We take the time to make the item. Keep doing your videos with tips exactly how you have been.

  • January 20, 2014 at 4:46 pm
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    I can not believe that woman said those things to you Mikey. It is inconceivable that she should feel that way. The more times I repeat a pattern the more slight changes I make. Usually they improve what I’m doing, sometimes they are a short cut and other times they don’t work
    out but isn’t that referred to as “artistic freedom”. I found your u.-tube videos to be wonderful. One of my favorites corner to corner crochet. This type of person should be ignored as they just want controversy. Keep up the wonderful videos and disregard negative comments as the majority of us love what you are doing and appreciate your hard work.

  • January 20, 2014 at 4:24 pm
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    I for one always look to see if you have a tutorial on anything I am deciding to make because I alays think if Mikey can do it ith his buig hands I should be able to do it , plus I like the way you explain what you are doing and give us choices on wool, hooks ect.

  • January 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm
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    Your teaching technique is excellent and fun too! I like to learn different ways to do the same thing. why not? Who does it hurt? That person was full of herself and very stubborn. It’s a shame she doesn’t know how to enjoy crocheting the way that most of us do and that’s really sad. Keep on keeping on my friend. You do a wonderful job and that’s what counts. Thank you for all you do for crocheting and passing it on to the future of this fine country.

  • January 20, 2014 at 3:52 pm
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    I think you are smart, funny and make learning new stitches easy. The lady sounds like a perfectionist. This does not make her an expert and most likely a lousy teacher.
    Keep the videos coming and the lady needs to keep her comments to herself. If you can’t say nice things then don’t say anything at all.

  • January 20, 2014 at 3:22 pm
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    I am so sorry that you had to endure such negative criticism. Clearly, that woman has NO idea what she is talking about. You are a true gem! Especially to people like me! Do you know how many times I’ve turned to your video tutorials to take all of the mystery out of a stitch/technique? It’s not like we’re taking a test where cheating is a dishonorable thing. We are learning how to create things and what helps to make our “job” easier or even more comfortable for our soon-to-be-carpel-tunneled hands! I got so angry for you when I read this post. Who does that woman think she is? Where does she get off telling you (or anyone else for that matter) that you shouldn’t be allowed to teach others! Obviously, this woman’s rear-end is tightened up so much that she needs to exact her pain out on to some poor, unsuspecting victim. You do a WONDERFUL job and bring a lot of humor to everything – including making mistakes. Thank you for what you do and for HOW you do it. That lady can go take a long walk off of a short pier.

  • January 20, 2014 at 3:19 pm
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    Mikey – I can’t tell you how many false starts I had trying to learn how to crochet. And…I did try other videos on You Tube. Then I found your videos. Although I had to stop, rewind, stop, rewind. I was able to understand your instructions and follow the pattern. I made the Spring Fling Pillow, a simple DC baby throw, and a wave afghan. As the wise-people say – don’t let other people define you or define your self opinion. To counter the cranky opinion, I offer mine. You are a wonderful teacher and I have work to prove it. You also share the kudos – you let many people post their beautiful work. Your facebook page is like a crochet lovefest.

  • January 20, 2014 at 3:04 pm
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    hey, I improvise when I can’t figure it out too. You’re doing great!!!! Besides a pattern whether it’s a sewing or crocheting pattern is a suggestion of a way to do it. I’ve always said that. and teach it when friends ask me about a hard piece of the pattern. I tell them make it your own if the way it’s written does’nt seem to work for you. Besides that lady can wait till the cows come home, I hope you never quit, because I enjoy your tutorials when I get stuck. Soooooooo I think it’s creative of you to improvise. πŸ™‚

  • January 20, 2014 at 3:02 pm
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    I am wondering what that says about me, when I make something without a pattern at all. or change the pattern because of the way I crochet. The pattern is a guideline and the art come in when you put your own spin on it.

  • January 20, 2014 at 2:29 pm
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    This is what I think, if that person doesn’t like what you do or if she thinks she perfect at Crochet let get her own website. As for me I love what you do. I have never made a crochet pattern exactly the way it was written, I put my own stamp on things, n my family and friends encourage me to.

  • January 20, 2014 at 2:26 pm
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    She is foolish and rigid. I’m surprised she could contact you, since she is probably using a manual typewriter, or possibly chiseling on a stone tablet. My impression is you show us the pattern and other ideas for how to make it work for us, especially since some patterns have wrong information as well. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but she apparently is someone who should not follow your site and go work by herself.

  • January 20, 2014 at 1:44 pm
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    Crochet is ART, not an exact science. Don’t let this woman steal your joy Mikey. She doesn’t have the right to judge your creativity. Those of us who love you will continue to follow your tips, she doesn’t have to watch, read, listen or participate.

  • January 20, 2014 at 1:41 pm
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    Oh Michael don’t ever change. I love the way you give us advice ,tips , and funny quarks. Please ignore that person. She is extremely rude and needs to take some lessons in being polite. If she does not like the way you teach us she really does not have to follow your site.Bless you keep up the good work. I gave learned so much from you. Thankyou

  • January 20, 2014 at 1:34 pm
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    It’s so sad that there are people that have to paint in the lines and expect everybody else to do the same? You are doing a great job! Crocheting is being creative and you can’t do that by following someone so stuck to their one way of doing something. I have to go back to the one of the things that my Mom taught me…if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything. Too bad her mommy didn’t teach her that. Just keep doing what you are doing. She’s just jealous!! Crochet on!!!!!!!

  • January 20, 2014 at 1:28 pm
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    This lady is entitled to her point of view. Respect for others enables us to hear others comments and still value them even though we don’t always agree. The problem is when any of us make it personal. Being sure of ourselves and what we do enables all to tolerate a different point of view. Be sure.

  • January 20, 2014 at 1:17 pm
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    That woman is a total jackass! Yarn substituting helps many crochet with yarn they can afford. High-end yarns are nice but very cost prohibitive. Shortcuts are fine to learn as they can make monotonous work easier. Tips and tricks should be encouraged. Men have crocheted and knit for centuries. You keep on doing the good job you do! Thank you for it!

  • January 20, 2014 at 12:34 pm
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    Wow! Crochet is an art. There aren’t any rules! You can use a pattern to guide you, or use science and math to engineer a pattern to have the shape you want, but the techniques or shortcuts or hook holding style are personal preference! Who saysyou haveto followa pattern exactly either? I liketoo make a project mine by adding things or changing things in the pattern. I wouldn’t want to learn to crochet from a school marm. Where it’s “my way or the highway!” I haven’t watched many of your tutorials, but I’ve learned a lot from the ones I have watched and I appreciate a different perspective on how to look at things, especially since I’m self taught. Thanks for being you!

  • January 20, 2014 at 12:32 pm
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    Please keep showing us different ways of doing things. When I look at all the patterns available, I notice there are a number of variations on a theme. I may not understand one pattern, but I can look at other patterns for directions I can understand. Keeping to the pattern 100% of the time is why crocheting is becoming a lost art. You are getting and encouraging people to be creative and enjoy crocheting. It is fantastic to see a young man teaching crocheting instead of an older woman who is afraid of using technology and modern products. Keep up the good work! Your supporters need you! We would stop crocheting if we only had that woman teaching.

  • January 20, 2014 at 12:29 pm
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    For me crochet is: Creaction and endurance and peace on my mind. I create stuff and at the same time I am in a concentrsation mood. Good to relieve my sstress. At the end when I finish my project inmediately value myuself as a creative person. Is like creating a painting. You have the design in your mind and then you show it on a canvas. Plus do not people to put you down. Continue the wonderlful job that are you doing and be proud of yourself. I am 75 yrs. old and as a crochetcher I am very proud of creating thing by crochet. I am retired and have many things in my mind, but between 7 to 10pm everyday I crochet and my mind is ready for the next day. Blessing you.

  • January 20, 2014 at 12:17 pm
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    I would not be crocheting right now if it wasn’t for you!! So whatever that woman’s problem is, it shouldn’t be yours! Please keep your tutorials coming! And Thank you…. so so much!

  • January 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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    I agree your with your followers here…..she was obviously a by the book perfectionist who must had a day of non-perfection. Love the way you teach and the alternatives you provide is not cheating by any means. As my mother says “do what works for you and if you like the result, all is good, if not chandelier it.”

  • January 20, 2014 at 12:14 pm
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    I am not sure where this woman is coming from but I am aghast. I have been crocheting for 47 years and have considered myself an expert for many of those years. Yet with the blooming of tutorials such as yours, internet exchange groups, friends with similar talents I am more than willing to admit that I have learned more in the last few years than in the last 30. I love this exploding medium and if this woman is so rigid that she can’t learn new things and that it is OKAY to add your personal touches to a pattern then I feel sorry for her. I embrace all the newness and the creativity that abounds on the internet and I thank each and every talented person who shares their knowledge from the bottom of my heart. I have become a better and more creative needle person because of people like your self and the whole world of others. Thanks for letting me have a say.

  • January 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm
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    If I was supposed to always follow a pattern to a T then there would be many unfinished and unrecognizable projects in my home! Not all patterns are written so we can understand exactly what the author wanted done so we improvise or find some wonderful person on youtube (YOU) who can SHOW us ways to do the stitch or project in a different manner….or at least one we can understand. I feel sorry for people who are so controlling that they can not “allow” anyone to be different or unique. This person reminds me of Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter novels. How sad for her. How terrible that she felt the need to hurt another person to make herself feel better and “above” all us lowbie crocheters. You are doing what you need to do for the rest of us who wish to learn more than just what is printed on a pattern page. To show us visually what we missed when looking at the flat page. Some of us really need that visual to complete what we have started. I would breathe and press the delete button. If you are allowed to block that person, do so. You do not need that negativity in your life. The block button is the BEST! Thanks for all you do and share with us, you keep us hooking on! πŸ™‚

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      I so agree with you Amberlee. Mikey without you I would not have learned how to crochet. I did not and still struggle trying to understand patterns. With your help I am able to complete projects. You and The Crochet Crowd are amazing and helpful people. You are the type of people that help build the best parts of our world. Do not let the negativity get you down. We need you, and always will.

  • January 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm
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    I think the irate woman is a big joke! My first reaction was to say the lady she must abandone crocheting, but since you’re a wonderful teacher I must encourage her to continue and try to learn from you, I am sure her life would be better!!!

  • January 20, 2014 at 11:45 am
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    Mikey I agree with you 100%. Keep teaching it your way. I love when you can improvise. It is done in everything. In cooking, in art, sewing knitting. Even in carpentry.

  • January 20, 2014 at 11:41 am
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    It is not humanly possible to proscribe an individual’s creativity. There is no “right way” or “wrong way”. There is only YOUR way. Burn that email. That woman is simply sharing her bitter attitude.

  • January 20, 2014 at 11:24 am
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    Well drawing on my own teaching experiences…..(quilting and embroidery) I learned real quick that there were always some students who THOUGHT they KNEW more than I do…you know, sometimes they were right…I actually learned as much from them as they did from me! .LOL! I would let them show me their way, then I would come back with, may I show you another way? The person who wrote the pattern isn’t the “knitting or crochet GOD”. Sometimes there are legitimate shortcuts that can be taken. As long as the outcome is the same. I don’t understand someone being so staunchly closed minded that they ridicule your teaching techniques! All I have to say is this is a “CRAFT”. It’s supposed to be creative and fun! I have learned loads from you! In the BIG picture of things this is not a heaven or hell issue! If you don’t like his teaching style find somebody else! It’s not like you paid money. He is doing this for pure gratification….LADY YOU SERIOUSLY NEED TO GET A LIFE!!!

  • January 20, 2014 at 11:21 am
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    Mikey, I love your style of teaching, I’m not from English speaking country, but I understand everything, and besides if the lady doesn’t like our crochet guru, she may create her own website:)

  • January 20, 2014 at 11:15 am
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    Someone like Picasso or Dali said something about rules and breaking them. Those great artists broke rules ALL THE TIME. They knew the basics, but never let rules detract from their personal style. Keep Calm And Hook On!

  • January 20, 2014 at 11:11 am
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    Well, since accurate and perfect stitches made by following only the exact rules are the ONLY thing that keeps the universe from unraveling into a thousands million billion pieces of…whatever she thinks the HER universe is made of… because apparently that’s what happens when the OCD rules are not followed to the letter in her world… I cannot believe some people are so stupid! So sorry you have to put up with that kind of bs, Mikey!

  • January 20, 2014 at 11:05 am
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    hmmm I wonder if Picasso had jealous artists tell him he was doing it all wrong ?

  • January 20, 2014 at 10:52 am
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    I don’t even use patterns. You’re right. It’s creativity, inspiration and love. You cpuld probably teach monkeys to follow a pattern…so what? Then you have a bunch of monkeys all wearing and gifting the exact same things.

    Don’t be upset. You’ve evolved past her and she hates you for it. Frankly, I feel sorry for everyone around her…especially her children. Can you imagine growing up with no free will, no independent thought and no Imagination? No encouragement to follow your heart?

  • January 20, 2014 at 10:51 am
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    Like stated before each artist medium can be minipulated to suit the artists vision. A few months ago I bought a book to learn to crochet. It was hard to follow, and I ended up with a knot. Ugh. If not for your curtzy crochet videos I would not be crochet like I do now. People actually send me messages to sell them my projects. So if your way of teaching is not 100% correct who cares that person can move on you have been a great help to me. πŸ™‚

  • January 20, 2014 at 10:51 am
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    You shouldn’t let ignorant people get under your skin. If people are watching and you are receiving positive comments then ignore the negative. I have been crocheting for over 40 years and if people don’t like what I do I let them to not look at it. Most of what I do I do my way and some patterns are not to my liking and I like to put my stamp on things so what my family thinks I am a genius. So Mikey do what you do and don’t worry about it.

  • January 20, 2014 at 10:38 am
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    your work proves that you have the ability to crochet. and you relate to people they can foloow you and retain and use what you show them. that says to me that you are able to teach crochet. now about patterns being followed 100 percent. well. i will share with you that i have a terrible time trying to read and follow patterns. so should i not be allowed to make things? or anyone else not be allowed to make things becuz they cannot read or follow a pattern? all the scarves and shawls and blankets i have made should be put back? no. i dont think so. to be fair though i try to consider , the work or time perhaps that someone has put into making a pattern. and that if we use their ideas, we should perhaps acknowledge them, their input into our creation. i dont think it is wrong to add creative touches or improvise. if i knew someone felt like that about THEIR pattern, either follow it or dont use it, i would respect that and not use their patterns. perhaps the woman felt that improvising was a violation of the pattern, like being disrespectful to the person that made it. i dont believe that is your intent or mine or many other people just dont mean it to be an insult or disrespectful. you have talent. you have ability. and you can teach. i thought at first perhaps the woman was jealous. but on second thought i think she was just taught a certain way, and thinks all others should abide to the way she was taught. we mean no disrespect. i want crochet passed on in my family. i learned from my grama. watching her and looking at her work. my daughter is left handed. so i wil have to find another way she can learn. i have tried to show her but i am right handed. anyway, i think it is better to improvise and help people be able to do crochet than to let crochet die. perhaps the woman considers crochet an artform to be kept pure. it is art to be sure. but crochet is to be loved. and becuz we love crochet we want it to be open to everyone. you help make that hapen. thank you.

  • January 20, 2014 at 10:28 am
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    Mikey, your videos inspired me to LEARN to read a pattern. You videos were what helped me learn to make something other than just plain blanket with a double crochet an a chain stitch. When this lady cooks does she MEASURE everything? I don’t! I just guess based on years of cooking. So is that not following it exactly? Is that altering the recipe? I think not! You keep on making awesome videos and keep on helping us learn to CHEAT as she would put it! I LOVE your work!

  • January 20, 2014 at 10:19 am
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    I would never allow anyones comments to tie my knickers in a knot. People like her are a dime a dozen. Imagine how shallow, and confining it is in her world, and be glad you dont live in it. Unprofessional? Yes most definitely. Id also like to add that her attack was also very juvenile. Shake your head in sympathy for her, and do what you do. She has no power to make you or break you.

  • January 20, 2014 at 10:17 am
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    I cannot be polite right now ~ LOL ~ so I better just say ~ Mikey ~ keep doing what you are doing – you are GREAT!!! your tips are GREAT! Your videos are GREAT! Um who is paying this lady to teach crocheting? Oh RIGHT – NOONE!!!!! All I have to say is that you have to overlook CRAZY………

  • January 20, 2014 at 10:11 am
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    Keep doing what you’re doing! If she doesn’t like it she can do her own tutorials that follow the pattern exactly but guess what? I will continue to view yours because they have taught be so much and they are easy to follow. You make crocheting enjoyable for a novice like me. Thanks

  • January 20, 2014 at 10:05 am
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    I initially learned to knit and crochet by watching it being done by others – that being said I have never followed a pattern to the exact specifications and through experimention have managed to learn different methods – imagination is a wonderful creative tool and I think the woman responsible for the Email really needs to pull the pickle out of her –s Keep doing just as you do Mikey ! …

  • January 20, 2014 at 9:46 am
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    We all have learned from other’s experiences and advise. I myself really enjoy your tips and all the work so many put into a project. Keep up the advise, tips and posts.

  • January 20, 2014 at 9:42 am
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    My sister was left handed. She taught me how to crochet by sitting opposite her, a mirror image. I’m sure that was wrong, according to that lady. I was crocheting a round tablecloth which had, for arguments sake 200 rows. When I was on row 180 I found a mistake on row 165. I contemplated ripping it out, got a Mom opinion too. If I really look, I can find the mistake. I bet that woman is apoplectic if she’s reading my reply.

  • January 20, 2014 at 9:37 am
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    My bigger question is why are you letting it get to you? You KNOW you’re good at what you do. You’re one of the best which is why so many people learn from you. If not for you and other wonderful crochet teachers like BobWilson1234 and CrochetGeek I would not know how to read a pattern at all! Sounds to me like this person is jealous of your success – and she needs to get over herself. Like I say to everyone else – don’t like it don’t watch!! And also … Don’t feed the trolls πŸ™‚ <3

  • January 20, 2014 at 9:37 am
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    My bigger question is why are you letting it get to you? You KNOW you’re good at what you do. You’re one of the best which is why so many people learn from you. If not for you and other wonderful crochet teachers like BobWilson1234 and CrochetGeek I would not know how to read a pattern at all! Sounds to me like this person is jealous of your success – and she needs to get over herself. Like I say to everyone else – don’t like it don’t watch!! And also … Don’t feed the trolls πŸ™‚ <3

  • January 20, 2014 at 9:30 am
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    To the lady who is living in the past… “PPPSSSSBBBTT”. Mikey, you have brought this art form into a modern format. Would she ever realize the work, time, creativity and those words not listed in Webster’s (lol) involved to not only simplify but encourage both newbies and those who are experienced to create? A video is worth a thousand words. Thanks for helping me! Keep up the good work and Kudos to your continued love for crochet. Annette Sanko

  • January 20, 2014 at 9:14 am
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    you are the dearest Crochet Phoney, because you know art is not about liking but about expression

  • January 20, 2014 at 8:54 am
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    “You can please some of the people some of the time but not all …” You have clearly proven your ability to please many people, many times over by providing the skills, techniques, tips and tutorials that almost anyone can find useful. Stay focused on your purpose to encourage the love of crochet and for those who want to keep it “pure” so be it. As for me, I love crochet and need all the help I can get! Thank you for doing what you do so very well!! ( and for doing it as no men have been able to do so far)

  • January 20, 2014 at 8:44 am
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    Lol, me thinks the lady doth protest too much πŸ™‚ I don’t think it’s cheating when you teach a shortcut or a clever way around something. It’s creative! For me it’s all about the finished article. If it looks like it’s meant to, then job well done. She needs to take a chill pill πŸ˜€

  • January 20, 2014 at 8:43 am
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    This woman needs to crawl out of her hole and come out in the real world. I barely ever follow the pattern completely. If we did not express ourselves outside of the box so many things would never have been created.

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      I often find patterns to not be 100% correct anyway!

  • January 20, 2014 at 8:43 am
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    Change is inevitable, how we handle change is our choice and a reflection upon ourselves. Your FB troll obviously cannot deal with any change. The rest of the crochet world is deeply appreciative of your work, your suggestions, your helpful videos, and your love of the art. Thank you, Mikey. Keep on keepin’ on and best wishes.

  • January 20, 2014 at 8:41 am
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    How sad. If there is an easier way to show how to do a stitch or learn the stitch differently, what does it matter. Where on the pattern does it say that it has to be followed 100% of time. I know I have twicked patterns to make it more to my liking. I would ignore the lady

  • January 20, 2014 at 8:17 am
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    Wow! That was just unreal. It was upsetting to read the comments that were left for you, by an obvious troll. Personally, I would have asked her what right she had to make those outrageous accusations, along with proof of her credentials! The fact that Red Heart Yarn sponsers your work, along with other MAJOR name brand Yarn companies says a lot!
    Its upsetting when you come across people who have NO sense of creativity, NO original ideas, and instead of complimenting hard work they will never be capable of… attack!!
    She needs to take a back seat and realize that there is MORE THAN ONE WAY to accomplish a pattern or reach a goal! Its okay to follow a pattern, but sometimes those short cuts and easier ideas come a LONG way. They have been a major source of help to me. I appreciate the fact that you take time to show those shortcuts. To ME, it means that you care enough about me to share YOUR secret technique. That makes me feel so special. <3
    Might I suggest you block this person, and delete that email? I think you are doing a wonderful job. Your love of crocheting with yarn and sharing has allowed many people to learn a new and creative outlett. Personally.. crocheting with yarn is WAY cheaper than therapy, and I am thankful to you for helping me better myself at crocheting. <3 <3

  • January 20, 2014 at 7:57 am
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    She needs to go take a seat…since when has any artist -fiber, paint, wood, metal-ANY art, followed to the letter every single direction? Most of us use a pattern as inspiration, making changes and tweaks as we go along, until we have something uniquely ours. I did say most, I am sure some follow patterns to the letter, I just haven’t met any in the 40 years I have crocheted, knitted, painted, made jewelry, decorated furniture, made clothing, etc, etc. I don’t think your knickers should be in a twist, Mikey, but hers certainly are! And lest anyone think I can’t read a pattern, yes I can-I follow a pattern to the letter when I have to, and I find it boring. In fact, everything I do, I taught myself, starting when I was about 5 or 6; first I learned the terminology, then jumped right in and followed a pattern. To the letter. Those who have the ability to get a great end result after adding tweaks and shortcuts are artists, those who always follow the pattern are simply craftspeople, it’s just a hobby for them, whether it makes them money or not.

  • January 20, 2014 at 7:55 am
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    What is the saying about not being able to please All the people All the time. While her comments were very hurtful indeed I wouldn’t allow them to upset me. I would simply recognize that this is her issue. No one forces her to look at the videos if she doesn’t want to. Or if she disagrees with them. The truth is there are people in this world who just don’t want anyone else to feel good about what they accomplish and will systematically rip that person and what that person does apart. Sounds as though she may be one of them. My advice, shake the dust off your feet and move on. Take comfort in knowing that for every one of her, there are thousands who are tremendously helped by your videos. Keep doing what you do best.

  • January 20, 2014 at 7:44 am
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    Oh my gracious, you can’t please them all, huh. That is a load of bull, you can crochet and teach any way you like. I am wondering if she is jealous of you, lol. I have always felt that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. She needs to think on that one! Besides, I can say that I am able to follow your videos a lot easier than most and have learned from them. So do not let that crazy woman get to you and keep up the AWESOME work!!!

  • January 20, 2014 at 6:07 am
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    I am 65 and have learned from you, I first started knitting when 4 yrs old made my first jumper at 5.made my first fair isle jacket at 9. Started crocheting at 15, since then most of my cardies I have made. I watched the video on crocodile st and i am going to try that so keep up the teaching videos and ignore people like the so called lady as she obviously is jealous of your abilities. Pam k Davies

  • January 20, 2014 at 5:55 am
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    How sad life would be if we could only follow what’s writen. Here in Portugal we have a saying and it goes like this (free translation): ‘Donkey voices can’t reach heaven…’!

  • January 20, 2014 at 5:06 am
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    Well Mikey keep up the great that you do. all I can say is that lady must be very bored may be their would be something to be learnt by watching your tutorials cheers.

  • January 20, 2014 at 5:00 am
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    Remember, “He who angers you, controls you”. i personally believe in 100% creativity. That poor lady is a control freak. She will never think outside the box. How sad for her. Keep up the great work you are doing.

  • January 20, 2014 at 4:45 am
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    There is nothing wrong with you teaching the way that you do. This person I am sure is old school and believes that we should not change anything. I had my sister get mad and tell me that I hold my yarn wrong because I dont wrap it around my pinky. LOL I can’t do it that way. It gets too tight and I cant move forward. I hold the yarn between my index and middle fingers. Am I doing it wrong? No I’m doing it my way and what works best for me.
    I am currently crocheting a shawl for my mom from a leisure arts prayer shawl book. The pattern needed to be changed because it was wrong. There were mistakes in it. I improvised and did what I know when doing pineapples.
    There is no wrong or right way if you are doing it your way. You have helped many people so if this person doesn’t like it that is her problem. You are being creative and sharing your talents with others. You are also helping others.
    Thank her for her criticism and let her know that not everyone feels the same way she does. Your best bet is be nicer than her.

  • January 20, 2014 at 4:41 am
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    If everyone followed an instruction exactly, to the letter, we would not have the creative people (YOU) that we have now. If my mother, who could not read the left side of piano music fast enough for the right hand, had given up because she couldn’t play music as it was written, neither of my two older sisters would have ever taken lessons, and I would never have heard the beautiful music that came from their hands! If you stop teaching, and posting, we will never see and learn the creative ways you design and make things. I was told once, by a German woman, that I was knitting all wrong. I told her, “it’s not wrong, just different!” She taught me the continental way, and I taught her the English way! We were both happy to learn a new technique.
    Maybe this woman is so stuck in her ways, and she needs to untwist her garters. Who knows?!
    We like the way you teach, and if you become strict and ridged like that woman, we will all stop listening to you! Send her back another email, and tell her you would appreciate it if she would send you a video in the proper way to do whatever you are doing wrong. Let’s see if she does! Probably not. She just wants to make someone else miserable, I think.
    Good job, Mikey!!

  • January 20, 2014 at 4:27 am
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    What a sad, unavailable existence she must have when her source of happiness is to try to beaten or little, or otherwise criticize someone who has helped so many. There are always those who seek to harm those who give of themselves to make this world just a little bit brighter. Ignore her. She’s not worthy of the time and energy to try to educate her ignorance. Art is art and it has no rules. Thank you for bringing joy to other’s lives Mikey. β™‘

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      *Unavailable should be unenviable , beaten should be beat down, and little should be belittle. Obviously I didn’t proofread my post very well. So sorry hookers πŸ˜‰

  • January 20, 2014 at 4:21 am
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    Oh honey, hush!, if it wasn’t for fake it till you make it.nothing would’ve been invented….and honestly i for one did not know you were cheating or asking us to cheat…must be an ole Victorian time thingy of which i know nada! Go on with your bad self, she’s just pissed she ain’t got no crowd lined up waiting for her with baited breathe) BTW could you let me know when you are cheating next time???????may get me to tour europe??????LOV it!!!!!!!!

  • January 20, 2014 at 4:18 am
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    I’m a recent follower of you on facebook but have not watched any of your videos yet. I fully intend to as soon as I have the time though. When I saw your post, I felt compelled to comment.

    I’ve never heard such rubbish as that lady has emailed to you and I hope that she reads these comments! I have been crocheting since childhood and can read patterns with ease. I have heard similar comments directed against those who (like me) enjoy working from charts – some say that it is cheating to use a chart instead of ploughing your way through written instructions. In that case musical notation is cheating and really intelligent people should play music from alphabetical instructions!

    If that lady wants to follow patterns exactly then that is absolutely fine. What I am angered by is that she has insulted and questioned another person’s abilities just because they don’t crochet in the same manner that she does.

    Sometimes I follow a pattern absolutely and sometimes I make a few changes if I want to. The same way that I often use a cooking recipe as a guide and put in different ingredients if I want to.

    I have been crocheting for over 40 years and am still learning all the time. Narrow minded attitudes, such as that lady has displayed in her comments to you, stifle growth.

  • January 20, 2014 at 4:10 am
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    You are 100% in the clear. As you said creativity is creativity.

    This ‘lady’ is obviously a narcissist that needs to keep her mouth shut. Unfortunately the digital age allows people to treat others as they never would in person, because of all the anonymity. This can’t be the first DB to be mean, but it doesn’t mean it still doesn’t hurt. Hugs.

    I hope you blocked her. LOL

  • January 20, 2014 at 3:56 am
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    You are completely right. It’s the difference between people thinking “in the box” or ” out of the box”
    People who have critics on creativity and keep thinking strictly following the rules have never ever created anything innovative.
    So I would say don’t even apologize for being who you are. Most critics come from people who are jealous of what you can do because they would never be able to do it.

  • January 20, 2014 at 3:32 am
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    Hi Mikey,
    I would like to thank you so much for putting all of the tutorials, how to’s and patterns on the Crochet Crowd! I have knitted for years, but just couldn’t get how to crochet. My late Mother and Aunt crocheted beautiful items. I would try to look at them and try to copy them, because I couldn’t read a pattern! Thanks to you, I have learned to crochet, read a pattern and have fun doing them! I now make all kinds of things and also send hats and scarves to the needy and the homeless!
    Please keep up the awesome work, and don’t let people that say mean things about you, get you down!

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    Mikey you are amazing at what you do!! You have helped me many times and have push me to try harder patterns . Shame on her. she. is just sorry she didn’t think of doing it first. You are great at what you do! Brovo!

  • January 20, 2014 at 2:37 am
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    I have been crocheting since I was 16, you know, during the time before and dinosaurs were still roaming the earth and we didn’t have electricity! I have a horrible time reading patterns, even after all these years. I usually give up after Row 2. They make no sense to me because they are NOT exact enough in their directions. So, if I can find a way to “cheat” then that is better for me. At least I will be able to understand what the pattern is saying. You have been a great help to the lot of us. She can crochet herself a rope and “swing” from it. Hmmmph!

  • January 20, 2014 at 2:34 am
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    Mikey,
    Don’t listen to what other people say. There is always going to be that one person who is trying to bring you down.
    I cannot speak for anyone else, but as for me, I LOVE YOUR TEACHING TECHNIQUES!!!! Before I found your tutorials the only stitch that I knew was a double crochet…something that I learned in one setting in about the span of one hour. No one ever taught me how to keep my edges straight in turning my work or anything, so I suffered like many others with starting a project only to get discouraged half way through watching my sides grow in and out in some off the wall zig zag pattern. I still have issues with that and I probably always will but it is something I am working on. YOU AND THE CROCHET CROWD HAVE RENEWED MY LOVE FOR THE ART!!!! I had never finished a project before I found your tutorial for the corner to corner afghan. I can honestly say and with a BIG SMILE ON MY FACE that you helped me to finish my first ever project!!!!
    I sat down with my yarn thinking to myself well at least even if I don’t finish this one it will at least help me to relieve some of my built up stress. In one month and one day (Decemeber 9, 2013 thru January 10 2014) I finished my monstrous task!!!! A king size c2c afghan for my bed!
    So as I said don’t listen to anyone else!!!! do what you love to do!!! You are an awesome teacher and I am so grateful for the time that you have sacrificed in order to teach me!!!
    Jennifer

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    Mikey,
    Don’t listen to what other people say. There is always going to be that one person who is trying to bring you down.
    I cannot speak for anyone else, but as for me, I LOVE YOUR TEACHING TECHNIQUES!!!! Before I found your tutorials the only stitch that I knew was a double crochet…something that I learned in one setting in about the span of one hour. No one ever taught me how to keep my edges straight in turning my work or anything, so I suffered like many others with starting a project only to get discouraged half way through watching my sides grow in and out in some off the wall zig zag pattern. I still have issues with that and I probably always will but it is something I am working on. YOU AND THE CROCHET CROWD HAVE RENEWED MY LOVE FOR THE ART!!!! I had never finished a project before I found your tutorial for the corner to corner afghan. I can honestly say and with a BIG SMILE ON MY FACE that you helped me to finish my first ever project!!!!
    I sat down with my yarn thinking to myself well at least even if I don’t finish this one it will at least help me to relieve some of my built up stress. In one month and one day (Decemeber 9, 2013 thru January 10 2014) I finished my monstrous task!!!! A king size c2c afghan for my bed!
    So as I said don’t listen to anyone else!!!! do what you love to do!!! You are an awesome teacher and I am so grateful for the time that you have sacrificed in order to teach me!!!
    Jennifer

  • January 20, 2014 at 2:13 am
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    MIKEY, WE LOVE YOUR TEACHING ABILITIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i HAVE LEARNED SO MANY NEW STITCHES, AND HOW TO READ AND FOLLOW A PATTERN FROM WATCHING YOUR TUTORIALS. PLEASE NEVER CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ARE SO AWESOME AND WE WOULD NOT WANT YOU ANY OTHER WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • January 20, 2014 at 2:10 am
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    Mikey, I do believe in everyone being entitled to his/her own opinion, but I truly don’t understand what this dear lady is basing hers on. I was taught to crochet by my grandmother when I was eight years old. When I stumbled upon The Crochet Crowd site a year or so ago, I tuned into one of the beginner video tutorials. Within five minutes of watching your video carefully, I realized that I had been doing single crochet wrong! My work still looked o.k., but it definitely wasn’t the correct way. I’m one to check two or three resources to see what the recommended way to do a craft is and your videos are always right on! Your work is beautiful and unless you are like the fairy tale shoemaker and elves sneak into your home at night and complete your projects…as far as I am concerned YOU DO KNOW HOW TO CROCHET! Enough said, Good night! and don’t ever stop what you are doing. You are the BEST!

  • January 20, 2014 at 1:45 am
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    Standard rules and practices are important. However, creativity and improvisation lead to new and innovative ideas and techniques. By adhering so strictly to the time proven ways, this lady is truly missing out from that which you, and others not afraid to try, offer. It would seem that 197k facebook likes on your facebook page would have caused her to think twice. Take a deep breath and just dust her off your shoulders, Mikey. πŸ™‚

  • January 20, 2014 at 1:43 am
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    I’m so sorry that someone felt the need to try and hurt you. How ugly of them. Art is art. There is never a wrong way to make art. I believe in making good quality art, and taking your time to do it well, but there is no right or wrong way create. I for one am very grateful that you choose to take the time to teach and share your art with us. You brought me back to crochet when I had been away from it for a very long time. {{HUGS}}

  • January 20, 2014 at 1:27 am
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    Sounds like she’s a purist. Tell her she is just fine teaching people HER perfect technique and she can not bother to look at your videos anymore. You’re an artist. A creative teacher. She is a stick in the mud!

  • January 20, 2014 at 1:19 am
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    Mikey, take heart. You are appreciated by even seasoned crocheters of over 50 years, like me. Anyone who has crocheted for years has learned out of necessity how to hide mistakes and change yarn. Any occupation, professional or hobby, is taught one way and then performed in time-, labor- and cost-saving methods by those with experience. Do not take this woman’s words to heart. I truly believe she is mentally ill as evidenced by her delusional words and inappropriate rage. She is clearly not rational or normal and is most likely off her meds. Kindly place her email and the memory of her comments in the appropriate place, File 13. (In case you are too young to know that phrase, that is the trash can.) Keep on hooking, creating, improvising, learning and teaching! πŸ™‚

  • January 20, 2014 at 1:10 am
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    Wow! Sounds like she taking all her pent-up anger about life on you. Just be glad you don’t have to live with the old biddie. It must be miserable to be around her. Keep doing what you’re doing Mikey! I love your tutorials. You’re the best!!

  • January 20, 2014 at 1:06 am
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    Yeah. Whatever. It just goes to show you how wrong a person is when not one person agrees with her among these commenters. Keep up with your fantastic work!

  • January 20, 2014 at 12:57 am
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    If you have no critics then you’re not doing it right and won’t be a success…

  • January 20, 2014 at 12:51 am
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    OMG! That’s just downright unprofessional. She’s obviously jealous of your talent & success and has no clue what being creative really means. I improvise all the time because no pattern turns out exactly the way it was designed. Boo to her!

  • January 20, 2014 at 12:39 am
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    You’re doing a great job Mikey. I love the way you teach, it is very easy to follow your CAL. A lot of us have learned from your videos.And I believe it is OK to improvise when necessary.

  • January 20, 2014 at 12:34 am
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    I totally agree with you Mikey… where does it say that video or pattern needs to be followed 100%?? I am sure most of us improvise what whenever we cant follow a certain technique or simply want a different look.

    No one told her to watch your videos. She probably has no creativity of her own so probably needs more than 100% accuracy.

    Your videos are brilliant and I even link them on my blog for others to know in my region.

    Great job!

  • January 20, 2014 at 12:33 am
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    All I have to say to her is “if you don’t like the channel,change it. No one is holding a gun to your head and making you watch anything!”
    My goodness,if we were not “allowed” to cheat/change/figure out a new way of doing things we would still be driving around on stone wheels.

  • January 20, 2014 at 12:33 am
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    You’re doing JUST FINE! This lady obviously has issues. Everyone loves your tutorials. She can just find some others to follow! Come on down off the ceiling fan now, it’s OK. hugs!
    ~ Sher

  • January 20, 2014 at 12:27 am
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    I’m thankful for your hints, tips, etc. I don’t always understand wording in certain patterns. I don’t think that makes me illiterate, I just don’t understand that person’s directions. I’m more of a visual person anyhow, so videos are perfect for me. Please keep up all you do! For all the meanies out there, there are plenty more of us who love it πŸ™‚

  • January 20, 2014 at 12:27 am
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    my grandmother taught me to crochet when I was 9 and I have been learning ever since, I didn’t learn how to read a pattern till just recently. I have found that a some patterns have errors in them and you have to reconfigure the pattern to make it work. I have learned a lot from your tutorials and have been inspired by you and challenged beyond my comfort zone by your challenges, I have yet to enter any of them for viewing but some day soon maybe.
    Don’t let this persons harsh and hurtful words bring you down Mikey, feel sad for her for not wanting to spread her creative wings and try new things. I love your work and your funny comments and I can’t wait till your next one, I look on facebook everyday and check my emails to see if anything new has come from you and the crowd, forever faithful. Karen T

  • January 20, 2014 at 12:25 am
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    By the way, Mikey, I forgot to mention… she is just a troll who is miserable and she wants everyone to be miserable too. Can’t happen with you, you are too damned funny!!! πŸ˜› Like croaking frogs and divebombing birds LOL

  • January 20, 2014 at 12:22 am
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    What made her the thought police? Is she paying for this and is she perfect? What you do improves upon what we are doing that will make things easier and sometimes more beautiful than the original. Patterns are guides used to teach people, creativity makes us change it to see what we can come up with and make it our own. Next she is going to tell you your creativity is wrong. She has more than her panties in a bunch, I think she has a wedgie and it cut off circulation to her brain! If she was any tighter, you could stick a lump of coal up her arse and it would become a perfect diamond in 5 minutes! Some of these tricks are things the person who made the pattern probably never thought of. As it is, when you create a pattern you are just winging it until you get the look you want and there is always room for improvement. Maybe she wants all of our projects uniform… after all we are living like in the book “1984” NOT!!! ( I hope she didn’t read it, next time she will want us to chant B-B, B-B!)

  • January 20, 2014 at 12:15 am
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    I’m really surprised you even payed her opinion any attention. Surely you recognize that being able to read a pattern does not make one talented…it makes them skilled at reading a pattern. The person that experimented and WROTE the pattern is the talented one…in my opinion. Keep on with your experimenting and re-writing the rules…you rock!

  • January 20, 2014 at 12:00 am
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    To me you are doing everything you know how. And if you want to make it better and show us tips im a fine with that. Mikey you said everything that I would of said . So I would not let this woman upset you in an way. We all improvise in our patters, SO WHATS THE BIG DEAL.. I love you guys. I love the crochet crowd people too. I came here to give my self something to do to keep me busy as I am a stay at home mom who suffers from Fibromyalgia and my son who has Autism. This gives me an out let a few hours a day. SO MIKEY PLEASE do not get upset about what she said. I bet you will get a lot of people saying what I have said and what you have said. Now you can climb down from that ceiling fan now. You must be DIZZY by now. LOL……. We love ya all at the crochet crowd <3 <3 <3 <3

  • January 19, 2014 at 11:46 pm
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    OMG Mikey just ignore her. I would LOVE to be next to her when she makes a mistake so I can give her a holier-then-thou speech too. If she doesn’t like how you teach in your videos….why is she watching them???? It makes no sense.

    You are a great teacher and I tell everyone I know that too. You have a relaxing voice and you explain everything clearly. I learned how to crochet and knit as a child and I think I have learned more from you now then I did back then. LOL I watch all your videos I find even if I know how to do what is being taught.

    The world would never change if things didn’t get changed along the way….even if it’s only a crochet pattern. A LOT of the things we have today are here because someone along the way made changes to the original “pattern”. Does she write letters to all companies who make changes to their products because they aren’t the exact as the original pattern??? I guess she doesn’t have a life….she is too busy judging others to have one.

    I make changes to patterns all the time because I don’t like the way something looked from the pattern or I didn’t understand it completely and I did it the only way I could to get it to look ok. I have even taken a bit from a few patterns to make a new one of my own. πŸ™‚

    Keep up the GREAT work Mikey and don’t let single minded people like her get you down.
    HUGS ALL THE WAY!!!!!
    xoxo

  • January 19, 2014 at 11:19 pm
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    Oh please!! If this is the case then I certainly shouldn’t be crocheting! I RARELY follow a pattern to the T! I follow a pattern and then change it to be what I want it to be or I crochet without a pattern. Some people cannot do it of they have no pattern and maybe this woman is one of those people. She may lack the creative thinking skills to think outside of the box. I think you do a great job and last I knew there were no laws or crochet police to make us uphold the laws of crochet patterns!!
    Rude ranting lady…GET A LIFE!! Lol

  • January 19, 2014 at 11:16 pm
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    The only wrong way to do something is not to do it at all. Everyone has opinions but fortunately most people have at least a modicum of common sense. Don’t like something someone does…don’t do it! Simple as that! I am an artist and have been fortunate enough to have had experiences with a multitude of artists in various mediums from which I have been able to adapt into my own style which I would like to think is unique. So lady, calm down with some chamonile tea and let others enjoy without your caustic comments. No one will perish from these “heretic” ideas. Life is too short to have people put too much attention on your short-sightedness. πŸ˜‰

  • January 19, 2014 at 11:13 pm
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    I learnt to crochet about age 6………..I hold everything wrong and “do it weird” according to a lot of people. BUT I love it – it feels weird to do it the supposed “right way”. So I do my own thing, change patterns, hold my crochet in a strange way – create with love – and I don’t care.

    Mikey, you are target because you put yourself online and I hate to say it that some will take offense because you promote crochet, not knitting, some because you are a man, some will take offense because of lifestyle………and they will put all that into criticism of your crochet success.

    There has to be way more supporters than denouncers – ignore her – you know you are doing the right thing when people from all over the world, as far away as here in Australia, where I personally know there are many in my charity group who use your site, check some things through your videos!

    Keep up the enthusiasm – someone has to de-mystify crochet so more people can enjoy this craft.

  • January 19, 2014 at 11:04 pm
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    Mikey, the woman who wrote you sounds like someone Elizabeth Zimmermann would have called a “Blind Follower.” If she wants to crochet (or knit or whatever) like that it’s certainly her choice; that’s what patterns are for and they *will* result in her being able to make things. But blindly following patterns won’t help foster the growth of the creative process, which is what your videos do, and honestly, I suspect her criticism of your methods – and probably anyone else who provides tips for alternative ways to do things – is due to a lack of understanding of how the creative process works. (Or at least I’d hope that’s what caused her to attack you like that; the only other explanation I can come up with is that she finds you or your methods somehow threatening.)

    I do wonder, though, how she deals with the mistakes that occasionally turn up even in published patterns. That’s enough of a stressor for me; I can’t imagine what it would be like for someone who absolutely has to follow the instructions *exactly the way they were written.*

    About your videos – I think you’re a very good teacher, and I really like having alternative ways to do things; in fact, when I start wondering if there’s another way or a better way the first thing I do is look for a video (for example, my latest search was for “cables without a cable needle”). But that’s where I am with my crafts after 40+years of doing some of them; a beginner might be in a different place. I like to be fair so I hope your “complainer” is a beginner; if not then I’d be concerned about her issues with control and maybe also trust (of her own abilities as well as yours and other teachers’).

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      That’s a good point you have made about mistakes in published patterns. I’ve also come across that problem on more than one occasion and without the ability to improvise would have to abandon the project. How frustrating that would be!

  • January 19, 2014 at 11:02 pm
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    I think she has a screw loose. Everything out there has short cuts. Cooking, sewing, writing. If she doesn’t like it she doesn’t need to watch your video’s. I probably wouldn’t be watching hers. For that fact she reminds me of a lady that originally tried to teach me how to crochet. I quit, I didn’t enjoy it or like it one bit, it is because of Mike’s how to video’s and the fun he brings into hat got me started again. I guess someone is always going to have something nasty to say, maybe she is feeling insecure.

  • January 19, 2014 at 10:55 pm
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    If she is as perfect as she claims to be, she can start her own “perfect crocheters” group and get the heck outta the crochet crowd. It’s just like anything else, if you don’t like it, don’t watch it! Mikey, we love you, ignore her.

  • January 19, 2014 at 10:50 pm
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    So I wonder if Miss Grumpy has never worked rounds and realized she made a mistake a few back? Did she improvise, oh my bad, that would be cheating. She must unravel lots of yarn since no one is ” perfect”. She’s most likely jealous of your superior skills and is hating on you! Leave the haters to themselves and they will slowly destroy themselves in a puddle of self loathing. Keep on hooking.

  • January 19, 2014 at 10:49 pm
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    All I can say is WOW . Some people need to lighten up . If it were not for some of your cheats, tips and ideas I wouldn’t be able to crochet. I have a damaged right hand that will never get better and watching your tips has HELPED me , you have shown me how to develop my way to crochet.. Also some of the patterns I have found I haven’t like all of the pattern ( say for example the edging) so I create what I think looks better. I see a pattern as a guide line not the law . KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK Mikey !!

  • January 19, 2014 at 10:48 pm
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    Well if your tips and tricks are cheating, then let me cheat! I have always taught tips and tricks when I teach someone to crochet. Most of the time I see relief on the faces of my students. In addition, I treat patterns like I treat recipes. It is a guideline/suggestion from the writer. Someday I may be able to afford all of the luscious yarns out there, but in the meantime, why can’t I enjoy a pattern using a yarn that I can afford? Keep on hookin’ and don’t worry about her uptight knickers! <3

  • January 19, 2014 at 10:39 pm
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    Ridiculous! Don’t waste your time on the haters!

  • January 19, 2014 at 10:35 pm
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    Truthfully, I believe I was maybe all of 4 years old when my Grandma tried to teach me to crochet. The proper way to hold the hook with it straight up in the air and her pinky held just so……it looked perfect for her. I spent the next 14 years trying off and on to learn to hold my hook just so—–call me another basket case if you choose, I ended up finding a more comfortable way to hold my hook and thread and my desire to crochet went crazy! i’ve been crocheting now going on 40 years, I still marvel at the way Grandma made her things, the talent she had—oh, but she was sinful too—she never used a written pattern! I guess I’m more like Grandma than I thought! Thank you Lord, for blessing with such great inspirations in my life—bless these same said inspirations and please Dear God, keep them coming! I love what we do!

  • January 19, 2014 at 10:35 pm
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    So ridiculous! I love your “cheats and tips”. And doing things our own way is what makes each crochet piece unique and special. You keep doing what you’re doing! Because if it wasn’t for you, I never would have learned crochet. I found your videos at a point that if I didn’t get it with your videos, I would never get it. Now almost two years later, I am crocheting so many different things, and different stitches and I love it! Thank you Crochet Crowd for everything! Please don’t stop!

  • January 19, 2014 at 10:32 pm
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    I just have to feel sorry for the person who wrote that email to you. She just doesn’t have a creative bone in her body. Personally, whether it was cross stitch, quilting, or crochet, I don’t think I have ever followed a pattern 100%! Thinking outside the box allowed me to support my family with my art for many years. All I can say to you is, keep up the great work!

  • January 19, 2014 at 10:29 pm
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    I say, keep up the good work. I have learned a lot from your videos and yes, nothing is set in stone.
    Thanks for all the help you have given me.

  • January 19, 2014 at 10:26 pm
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    I really was intrigued with that first sentence (until you edited it), the idea of you recieving an irate woman in an mail gave me a good laugh. There is nothing wrong with what and the way you teach. Learning any new skill can be rather dry and tedious. You make it fun and your cute on top of it. Keep up the good work! I might not actually say it to the irate woman, but I’m thinking to her: “Sure sucks to be you”. Keep Calm and Carry a Big Hook!

  • January 19, 2014 at 10:25 pm
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    I wish for you to remember this, out of ALL responses you have received one lunatic does NOT matter. This woman should leave her lone opinion to herself and block you instead of bothering you. She probably cannot understand any of your helpful tips and wonderful patterns. The crochet hints, help and incredibleness must continue.

  • January 19, 2014 at 10:24 pm
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    Wow! This woman must be a “professional” crocheter who is perfect and never improvises or make “adjustments” (mistakes? ;D) ! How boring and I would never want to learn from someone like that! I love all the lessons and inspirations I have found with this group. Mikey makes improving the art of my own crochet projects fun and makes me feel as if even I can try something new and more difficult . There are always jealous haters out there and it’s hard but try to ignore the haters.

  • January 19, 2014 at 10:18 pm
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    I think it is wonderful that you give tips on how to correct mistakes without having to go back to the drawing board. I have been doing that for years and now I feel I have permission. LOL Keep up the good work.

  • January 19, 2014 at 10:16 pm
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    Mikey…I know it’s hard to hear when others criticize your work and talent…but please just let it roll off your back…don’t let one naysayer bring you down…you have touched the lives of so many…probably more then you will ever know…keep up the GREAT work of sharing your love of crochet…it really is a God given talent…Stay strong Mikey..
    We love you!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 10:15 pm
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    By now Mikey you must know how we all feel about who you are, how you teach and your tips are great.
    My grandmother taught me to crochet many years ago, more years then I care to admit. She would roll over now if she seen the way I crochet, but she would love that I do and love what I make.
    Mikey, if I didn’t watch your videos I would not understand some stitches that I used avoid! You have given this old hooker new and wonderful inspiration!
    THANK YOU & KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

  • January 19, 2014 at 10:13 pm
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    I have followed some patterns” to the letter” and there would be a mistake in the pattern! So does she think that we should continue and leave the mistake in what we are making. I used to think that human brains were like sponges and could absorb new ideas but unfortunately some peoples’ brains are more like rocks. Carry on Mikey!

  • January 19, 2014 at 10:10 pm
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    What a maroon! She’s looney!

  • January 19, 2014 at 10:09 pm
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    Mikey…you are the reason I can crochet. I tried and tried to learn from others but when I came across your tutorials, I “clicked.” And the joy I have been given from learning from you and seeing that I can “fiddle” with my stitches and don’t *have* to follow something exactly for it to come out just fine! It’s wonderful to be given that freedom! I guess that gal would go nuts if she found out that I took your snowflake pattern that you shared and turned it into sunflowers! But you taught me to use colors! Yay, Mikey!

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    Mikey I have been crocheting since i was 17 I am now 74 and i have learned more from you than any thing i learned reading books and from friends that could crochet ,I think this women knows not what shes talking about . Love the crochet crowd and seeing all the peoples work thanks .

  • January 19, 2014 at 10:05 pm
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    OMG Mikey. Isn’t the point of your blog and the FB group to help others who don’t have the skills that you or other “experts” do and to teach those who have no skills at all but need a forum such as yours to learn. I was taught a specific way and like you, I improvise. If it looks good to me I am happy. I know that I may not be doing it right, but I am open to learning new, easier ways. That woman who called you unprofessional and that you should not be doing video’s should try opening her own mind and try to see it from the point of view of others. Who cares if it does not follow the written pattern 100% as long as the end result is the same. I was not able to read patterns and have a hard time still in figuring some out. I applaud EVERYTHING that you have done for crocheters of ALL levels. PLEASE keep doing what you do. Don’t listen to the “Negative Nancy’s” of the world. What you do is great and I personally hope you “Stay Calm and Crochet On”!!! <3 <3 <3

  • January 19, 2014 at 10:02 pm
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    Good lord, I hope she doesn’t cook with that same attitude! Can you imagine what her food would taste like?

  • January 19, 2014 at 9:53 pm
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    Mikey, just ignore that woman. She may b just jealous of u. I learnt chrocheting just watching my mum crocheting necklines of my dresses when I was a little girl. I started chrocheting by my self by stuyding Japanese pattern books some 30 over yrs ago. Recently, i started seeing ur postings. Wow! there r so many things I do not know. Within a mth i hv learnt a lot fm u. Keep it up. u hv shared a lot with new as well as old chrocheters. There is no such thing as cheating in hand work – they shud b considered as new ways/ideas in improving our existing skills. Mikey, u hv done well. Plse do not let negative comments stop ur kindness in sharing ur good work.

  • January 19, 2014 at 9:52 pm
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    Mikey, many others have been more eloquent in saying this, but she is just plain wrong. You keep up the good work, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do.

  • January 19, 2014 at 9:48 pm
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    Well… everyone has opinions and you know the rest of that saying… and she may be the personification of that “back door” by being 1) so judgmental and 2) incredibly rude! Frankly, I appreciate knowing all kinds of ways of doing things, and why not? If there’s a short cut or an easier way to accomplish something, hey, I’m all for it! Unless the NSA decides to ALSO monitor our crocheting habits, I think we’re safe in carrying on the way we see fit.

    There will always be someone with a stick up their “back door” that will call other people unprofessional because it’s not done the way THEY think it should… when she’s in charge of world crocheting, we might have to listen to her… (unlikely) Carry on, Mr. Sellick! Your TRUE fans appreciate you!

  • January 19, 2014 at 9:43 pm
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    You know what Mikey, there are a lot of ‘loons’ out there, and I for one simply enjoy everything you do. Don’t give it a second thought. She may be jealous. have a mental problem. When I run into something I personally don’t care for I don’t leave a negative comment, I ignore it and go on with my day. I know we all run into things we don’t like personally, and if we commented on every little thing we would be considered as not only negative, but maybe one with a problem. Ignore it, keep up the good, good work that you do for everyone. We love you! I love you and you do fantastic work and have some great videos and tips. Have a beautiful day!! Sandy

  • January 19, 2014 at 9:43 pm
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    I learned how to be a crochet ( hooker ) from watching Mikey’s tutorials and now I crochet things and sell them. You don’t have to block her just ignore her and she will eventually go away. She needs to crochet a broom stick and fly away on it.just sayin.

  • January 19, 2014 at 9:33 pm
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    Well I totally disagree with this Person and I use the word lightly. I think you do a great job and it is interesting when you make a mistake (human) and tell how to fix it or how not to do it that way. I learn from you and others all the time. I have been crocheting over 50 years and I still enjoy a Good Teacher that is down to earth. Keep doing what you do and don’t let this get in your way. We all love you and you can take that to the bank.

  • January 19, 2014 at 9:30 pm
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    love your facebook page and tutorials. You have inspired me to drop my knitting needles once in a while and pick up a hook for a change. you are so creative and inspiring. keep up the good work.

  • January 19, 2014 at 9:29 pm
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    I have crocheted for over 42 yrs. and I love learning ALL aspects of the craft, and yes lady that includes thinking outside the box and making changes to patterns, which creates new patterns, and learning how to correct mistakes.
    Lady if you don’t like the teachings you see on Mikey’s site just don’t watch or follow him, it’s just that simple. We all have our own way of doing things and there is NO WRONG WAY!!!!
    Keep up the good work Mikey, I LOVE what you do, you help a lot of people and I for one appreciate your efforts very much.
    Thanks. Judi G

  • January 19, 2014 at 9:26 pm
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    I for one gets confused trying to read directions, on the other hand sometimes I learn better by watching someone else do the pattern or watching a video. So if there is a better way to do a pattern even if it’s a shortcut or a tip why not. What’s the big deal .

  • January 19, 2014 at 9:23 pm
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    Wow! She is so out of line! There are more than one way to hold your hook, hold your yarn etc. Creativity comes out of improvisation. How else would new patterns come about? Mikey, please don’t let this woman bother you. And if it does bother you can you block her? You have helped so many people, and you obviously do it well hence your association with major yarn companies. Thank you for all your help.

  • January 19, 2014 at 9:13 pm
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    Awww Mikey, I am almost 70 years old. I never had anyone to take the time to show me alternatives. Or even cared to. You are a great inspiration to all of us. After all are we not just a bunch of people who like to make things for others , to please them? using a string and a hook?.
    (They should have a special room for the perfectionists)Besides I have never read a pattern that didn’t have a mistake in it. LOL Don’t thank this too seriously. Keep enjoying what you are all ready doing so well. We <3 U.

  • January 19, 2014 at 9:11 pm
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    Hey Mike, obviously, we all agree with you. The first thought I had was that she wouldn’t like my world at all. I am all for learning the basics, but then you should build on them. That is how things are innovated, not just in crochet, but everywhere in the world. Sounds like she is a fundamentalist and “crochet purist”. Rigidity is hard to deal with, but is dumbfounding in such a creative setting as the crochet world. Hook on, buddy!

  • January 19, 2014 at 9:10 pm
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    What a load if codswollop. That’s the mildest/ harsh word I cld think of. My Grandmother, born 1884 learned how to crochet from a Catholic Nun in a Convent school. Her father pulled the kids out of Public School system and a Grandma spent time with the Nun while others had religious instruction as they were not Catholic. The teaching method? She learned and practised stitches, progressing to more complex edges of hankies and amazing tricot work. She lived to 100. Grandma NEVER learned how to read or follow a pattern. She could look at the black and white photo of the doily and do it. She understood the stitches, composition, threads and hooks. Her teacher must have been good. Grandma taught many of her family to crochet including me. Her daughter, my Aunt, died recently at 90 yrs. she never read a pattern. She did some amazing Free Form things including funny animals and dolls. She knew nothing about the modern Free Form terminology, she just did it. Me? Grandma taught me the stitches. I taught myself to follow a pattern from books and love crochet. My Grandmother showed me how and taught me that I could. I adore the modern crochet ideas and exploration of threads and yarn. I love the creativity of all crocheters whether traditional or modern or ‘modern art’. I know my Grandma and Aunt would be stoked that the world is still crocheting. Teaching isn’t about rote learning … It’s giving some information and teaching skills and encouraging the experience, practice, experimentation and joy … So we can develop and grow in our own artistic ability. No one has a right to tell us how to do creativity … It wouldn’t be creative … Just copying. Well
    Done in your encouragement to us all to get our own creative juices going.

  • January 19, 2014 at 9:10 pm
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    Her entire argument is flawed, because by her own logic, the people who wrote the patterns in the first place had to deviate, improvise, and “cheat”, meaning they themselves must not have the “ability to crochet”. If anyone is lacking in ability, it is the person who cannot create WITHOUT a pattern.

    Crochet is an art form–not rocket science. The point is to be able to express yourself through the creative process. If one is not allowed to be creative, then there is no point in doing it.

  • January 19, 2014 at 9:01 pm
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    I personally LOVE the way you teach things in your videos. No one is perfect and I for one never claim to be. I agree creativity is great. Everyone has their own taste and ideas. Keep up the great work Mikey we love it .Or I do anyway. You taught me to crochet and have shown me that everyone makes mistakes while crocheting and sometimes its nice to find a way to correct a mistake without ripping out half the project to fix it!!!!!! Thank You!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:54 pm
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    Don’t worry about it Mikey we like what you are doing no matter what. If she don’t like the way you are doing things then she don’t need to watch your tuitorials or follow your site. She needs to worry about how she crochets and leave you alone. I think she is just jealous because you have made it far and she hasn’t. I wouldn’t worry about her i love the way you hook it Mikey. Your our hooker hero. Have a wonderful night you all and keep on hookin.

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:53 pm
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    Hey MIkey, you are doing a might fine job, do not let one persons oppinion faze you. I personaly am more a perfectionest so I do not cheat but a very once in a while. I will rip 2 or 3 rows back and re do it. Some people it dosent bother but me I have to rip back and do over….

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:50 pm
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    As long as the out come of a project turns out the same,I don’t see what the problem is.

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:45 pm
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    I would say keep doing what you are doing. You are the one having success..you are the one that has the tutorials…you are the one that is having fun…you are the one that has the loyal crowd. DON’T CHANGE.

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:42 pm
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    Are you really going to give this one woman, this one comment so much time and attention? You push the delete button and continue on with your life and keep doing what you believe in and do the best job you can. You know what comments are constructive and which ones are garbage.

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:37 pm
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    Thats just silly. Everyone crochets in a slightly different way, and i dont think i have ever followed ANY pattern to the utmost exact of whatever. Just think of the colour choice alone. If i crochet a pink patterned sweater with Blue am i doing it wrong???? Just crazy. Also alot of time I cannot buy the “yarn” used in the pattern and i also have found beautiful patterns with a wool yarn used and i ujse acrylic or cotton instead because wool is itchy and is so fussy when it comes to washing.

    You just keep doing what you are doing hunni and ignore all the hogwash that people seem to think that they can tell you what to do. Id tell her to go watch someone elses videos then…..if shes not happy with yours.

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:27 pm
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    You don’t need to justify yourself, this person is clearly not creative, she thinks in black and white, creative people think outside the box! Good on you for teaching people to think creatively, particularly people that are not naturally creative, keep up the great work!

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:22 pm
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    I hate that someone felt the need to say those things to you! I think you do an amazing job and you should NEVER stop what you are doing!! I hope it wasn’t our favorite stalker troll. (I am sure you know who I am talking about. lol) Anyway, I would ignore her. *big hugs*

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:21 pm
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    Wow! Just WOW! I guess it takes all kinds to make the world go around but why does one person have the right to dis you of all people for what you are doing to help us? I have learned so much over the past couple of weeks since finding your channel on YouTube I am truly amazed that I can even do what I am doing now as far as my crocheting. Thank you, and for people like her…throw her letter in the trash…don’t think about it and above all listen to nothing she has to say. Miss know it all…Knows Nothing! Keep doing exactly what you are doing….I love you and your videos!

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:20 pm
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    Mikey, the way I see it is…….she has the same X button that we do. If she doesn’t like or agree with the way you conduct yourself in your videos, then she should just USE THE X button and STOP WATCHING! There are no hard and fast “rules” here, it’s called creativity. And last time I looked, it was YOUR CHANNEL that she was watching. YOU ROCK MY CROCHET WORLD! I have been hooking for about 3 years now and everything I learned has been from the internet, and trial and error. I want to personally thank you from the bottom of my yarn basket for everything you and your fiber family do for the art of crochet!

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:20 pm
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    Rubbish. I love your videos and for those who don’t or disagree with the way you improvise then they should just stop watching them period.

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:20 pm
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    How does she know she is following patterns 100% . If you know anything helpful or time saving, or easier, do it cuts down on frustration. So people just think they have all the answers.

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:19 pm
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    That woman is definitely anal. She can’t let loose and do things another way. I studied crochet in all the books I could find in the library (an eon ago) just to try to express my creativity-but could not get it. Your videos are a God send. Just keep on keeping on. There is only one Mikey and you do a wonderful job. I feel sorry for her and I am sorry she hurt you.

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:16 pm
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    thank you for what you do. i am about to start another c2c afghan, this time for twin baby boys. i don’t think i would have been able to figure out the pattern without your tutorial.

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:15 pm
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    Every one of the comments that have been made here is exactly how I feel. Mikey you can’t please everyone. Its impossible to do so. She is only one person who told you her opinion. Remember her opinion. It doesn’t matter what she thinks compare to all of us. I love your techniques and how you improvise to keep going with a pattern or such. Just remember……. you are where you are at and she isn’t. I say Creative.

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:13 pm
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    Mikey,

    You are CREATIVE and INSPIRATIONAL in your crochet techniques!! The woman who wrote this is totally OFF HER KILTER!! There is NOTHING, NOWHERE that is set in stone on the “right or wrong” way of crocheting!! You are a person who thinks OUTSIDE OF THE BOX, which is a breath of fresh air!! You make the art of ALL CROCHETING enjoyable and NON-INTIMIDATING from beginner to advance and everyone in between!

    Please, please, please KEEP ON crocheting your way and sharing, you my dear have a GIFT & TALENT!! You, Cathy and Dan have shared a wealth of information, FANTASTIC VIDEO’S, patterns, techniques that has filled a VOID in my crochet library! I do not feel the need to constantly purchase dvd’s on crocheting because I have you and your staff that have answered a lot of my questions and concerns!! The Crochet Crowd has to be THE BEST site on the Internet for “OUTSIDE OF THE BOX” thinking in regards to crocheting, which is PRICELESS in my humble opinion!!

    Thank you and your entire staff for all you share and do for all of us on the Internet for crocheting!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:12 pm
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    My Word Mikey!!! Some people think they know everything and everyone else knows nothing. My grandma taught me to crochet eons ago. I hold my hook like a knife with a death grip. And I always change a pattern just a little to make it my own. Mistakes? I didn’t know anyone who doesn’t make them. Grandma taught me to hide them unless it was just too awful. Thank you Mikey for keeping crochet real. And promoting the love of this wonderful craft. Love you hon!

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:09 pm
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    Personally, I think she is very likely a hateful, unhappy person in general. And today you just happen to be on the receiving end of her vitriol. Don’t change a thing!

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:09 pm
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    I have learned to view a pattern the way i view a recipe: a starting point. Some must be followed to the “T” to come out properly, others can be altered by changing size/quantity, yarns/ingredients, and changing spices to suit our own tastes or needs. My gauge is quite often different from the author’s; there are times when I can’t make it match, no matter what I try. And some mistakes I’ve made ended up looking pretty good. Check me if you want, But I believe It’s the Navajo rugmakers who, lest they be thought to claim equality with the gods, made sure there was a flaw somewhere in each piece so that it wasn’t “perfect”. So don’t worry; as long as you like it, and/or your recipient likes it, it’s just right!

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:07 pm
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    Mikey, I guess you got all your replies back that she was in the wrong to send you an email like that. If I were you. I wouldn’t be to happy having her as a friend. This is the best thing that happened to Face Book was when you and Diva Dan came on to give us lessons for crocheting and letting us know what kind of yarn to use. I also enjoy the places that you go, and let us know everything that’s going on. look forward everyday to come on and see what everyone has made, and to have you on the video’s. There is always one in a group that isn’t happy about what is going on. Thanks for letting us give you our thoughts on the email. Just laugh it off, and let it be a funny experience from an unhappy lady. By the way Mikey, it certainly didn’t bother me if you made a mistake, I felt like you were normal like everyone of us, Hang in there Mikey, keep smiling, and continue to do your professional job as usual. Thanks to all the people that help out. You do an excellent job, We all appreciate what you do for us, except one person, and I feel that she is a very unhappy lady to begin with, and choose to take it out on you Mikey. Never should have happened.

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:07 pm
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    Since finding your video instructions, I have found a new excitement in crochet. I have tried several new stitches and have made several projects that you made so easy for me to understand. Please do not let one negative person impact what you are doing for the rest of us. I look forward to seeing more of your videos. Thank you

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:07 pm
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    I’m am so sorry Mickey, that you had that unfortunate comment in your inbox. She is so sadly wrong! For it is through ones creativity, to think outside of the box, to have the guts and interest to go past the instructions/patterns, to come up with ways to improve a technique or make it easier to do, or help someone struggling trying to learn, that we then come up with new creative ideas and patterns. For if we all ONLY followed the pattern where would all of the creative ideas that flow from this site come from? Please don’t take her to heart as you can tell from this web site that you are appreciated and needed. I want to, “Thank You!” for all that you do, from your very helpful videos, to posting such wonderful projects, to helping and suggesting to those who are struggling with a project, your encouragement, your thought and care for others as shown in helping build a home for the Alpacas and encouraging us to give back to our communities! We all need what your wonderful web site provides and it all comes from your heart!

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:05 pm
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    Sounds to me like this lady lacks a gene that allows her to be creative. She is only able to follow patterns exactly how they are written and appear. I highly doubt she could change the color if it wasn’t written in the pattern.

    I have watched a lot of your videos and used a few of your tips and “cheats”. They have allowed me to make cool projects for my wife and daughter as well and friends and family. Projects that couldn’t be done using “pure” techniques or using prewritten patterns.

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:04 pm
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    Hi Mikey!
    “Cheating” is what people do on tests. Helping someone get over a rough spot on a pattern is what you do. I love how you teach and how you show people alternative methods and solutions when their project hits a “snag”. Keep the joy in your craft! We all have the choice to watch your tutorials or not. I choose to enjoy and learn from you. Thanks for sharing your art.
    Jan

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:02 pm
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    Miley, you keep on keeping on. I love your videos. Because of them I have leaned so much. To me crochet is a creative outlet and helps me de-stress after a rough night at the hospital. Nobody is perfect that woman needs her pad chamged.

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:01 pm
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    Every pattern ever written was created by someone who did it in their own way, and most new patterns are just variations on patterns that someone got from someone else and adapted. Who doesn’t make mistakes and occasionally need a little help to figure out what went wrong? Speaking for myself only, I can barely follow a crochet pattern so helpful videos with tips and suggestions and ‘workarounds” are immensely helpful to me. Not all of us are experts to whom everything is black and white.

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:52 pm
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    Since she’s so good…she should just start her own group and teach us all the “right” way to crochet.

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:50 pm
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    I LOVE the way you teach and the tips you have helped me and my other crocheter ALOT stay strong hun you can not make all happy all the time and for the B_______ i hope she doesnt get a nose bleed being on her soap box i here they fall really hard sometimes LMAO LOVE YOU TOO GUYS SO MUCH ,,,,DONT EVER CHANGE !!!!!!!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:46 pm
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    I just found you on Facebook not to long ago. I know the basic of crochet but can’t follow a written pattern. Watching your video I learned the crocodile stitch & last weekend I made a topper for my kitchen door window. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you. So Thanks! I think you do a great job!

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:44 pm
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    Personally I think she should mind her own business. I love what you do. I have always just done simple double crochet stitches, cause that’s all my Mom taught me. I now do alittle more. Never could make heads or tails out of pattern. Now I am making flowers, leaves, suns, coffee cup holders, beanies, scarfs, cowls, can cozy’s hair fashion, etc. All because I watch one of your video’s. Gave my the courage to try other things. KEEP ON TEACHING US THE TIPS & SHORTCUTS. We love them.

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:42 pm
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    Please do not get discouraged by these comments. Crochet is to be enjoyed as an art form. Love your videos. Please continue your great posts

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:41 pm
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    I have enjoyed watching all of your videos. You are very helpful with your teaching and how you explain how to do different projects and stitches. So I would say for you to keep on doing what you do and don’t listen to people who are just not happy and are trying to make you unhappy. Thanks for everything you do for us.

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:37 pm
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    Your teaching methods are fine. Obviously you can read a pattern and are smart enough to figure out alternative techniques. How is that cheating? Was there a quiz somewhere that I missed? Personally, if I made a pattern available and somebody else figured out a way to improve it, I would welcome the feedback. This person is a crochet nazi and needs to loosen her stitches a bit.

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:37 pm
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    Definitely creative. That woman needs a life! Keep doing what you are doing, because of your group, I’m crocheting again. Since it’s been a long time, I have watched many of your tutorials to refresh my memory. Being an adult, if I don’t like the way you are explaining something, I do not have to listen! Lol. Hope to catch the next crochet cruise!

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:37 pm
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    Dear Mikey, I absolutely love your tutorials, the first one I saw was the vintage baby hat. I am a beginner crocheter @1 yr. But if it wasn’t for your tutorials I would have quit. I just couldn’t understand the patterns. But what I want to say in your defense is you always state clearly when you are deviating from the pattern or you are modifying the pattern. So I think that absolves you of “nonprofessionalism”. The ladies comments were rigid, but take it with a grain of salt, we can learn from criticism – good and bad. Love your tutotorials!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:36 pm
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    One disgruntled pig-head shouldn’t have you second guessing your talents! Everyone else thinks you are awesome! That should tell you not to listen to that pinhead. I have learned so much & am so glad I found your site. I am self-taught, & you make me want to learn more & strive harder to expand my horizons in crochet! All of our Pros should cancel 1 Con!
    Thanks for all you do!

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:35 pm
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    There is always going to be someone who will try to rain on your parade. I am not sure if this poor woman is supremely jealous or simply arrogant. Either way, you have to maintain YOUR impeccable professionalism and forget about her rude and unprofessional comments to you. I have been crocheting for almost 30 years and can truthfully say that many patterns have mistakes and if you cannot locate errata, you HAVE to wing it. You, Sir, are an amazing teacher with a big heart for being willing to teach what undoubtedly took you a very long time to figure out on your own or to learn from other big hearted crocheters. And remember, there is a name for “cheats”; ALTERATIONS! Keep doing what you do because you are gifted and the world of crochet needs you.

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:34 pm
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    Mikey, you obviously have a heart as big as Texas. Use that capacity to feel sorry for this poor woman who certainly does NOT live a happy life! Compare: you and all of your followers out here. Her: and her poor negative, judgmental life. Some teachers in the school where I taught for many years were only able to “teach the written curriculum” verbatim. If the guide said to be on lesson 202 on day 90, that is where they were!! I couldn’t stand that!! We were teaching PEOPLE. I had to *park* and wait for the light to come on…no matter how many DIFFERENT approaches I needed to make!! You teach PEOPLE…not patterns! DON’T CHANGE!! β™₯β™₯

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm
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    Too bad that ignorance exists. Sounds like she would have done well under Hitler. So sorry Mikey that you have to deal with idiots like that, majority rules and we the majority think you are doing fine! πŸ™‚

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm
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    At our public library-the crochet teacher would cut the yarn at the mistake ( a friend who was tKing the knitting class informed me)
    She would have had a conippition fit- with a filet afghan a friend had completed- almost done-she noticed several missing stitches- my answer- slip stitch in a few stitches before the mistake- then chain1-catch the stitch above — unnoticable now!
    I change patterns all the time! It is a sign of intelligence-and ability to adapt

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:29 pm
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    It’s the path of life that each one of us will run into roadblock people. They are careless and smug, egotistical and without joy. You almost (almost) feel sorry for them, that they have such a routine life with no original creativity. Where lies their inner artist? They have none. And their self-anger and hatred lashes out at others. So, Mikey, those 150,000 of us that believe in you, your talents, and your personal integrity, we look forward to each and every lesson and conversation with you. Ignore the static and roadblocks. They aren’t worth one minute of your attention.

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:28 pm
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    Well, this explains a few things. I just coincidentally watched your tutorial on the crocodile stitch, which was fantastic. Later the same evening, I visited the website of the Crocheters Guild of America, because I couldn’t believe there was such a thing. Who knew? 2014 is their 20th anniversary. BUT: they have this designation called a “master crocheter’ which is defined for them as a crocheter who can follow a pattern with zero deviation. I’m approaching 40 years of crochet experience, and never learned with a pattern. In fact, if you did follow a US pattern but are British, you’d STILL get everything wrong since Brits refer to a single crochet stitch as a double crochet, etc. In sum, following a pattern is not a 100% answer. Being insecure about a copyright issue might be, however, if you happen to be the author of a pattern, and someone is passing off something else as ‘yours.’ Regardless, this critique you experienced is a long way from ranting and mixing all of these things up with teaching ability. I’d frame the thing and put it on your wall, to remind you that not everyone has your ability to let go πŸ™‚

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:26 pm
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    My mom has been crocheting for 70 years. She taught us that the ability to ‘hide’ a mistake makes you an ‘experienced’ crafter! Rarely do I use the exact yarn called for because they are not readily available is my small town. I VOTE CREATIVITY! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:22 pm
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    I agree with all the wonderful comments above. You are a bright light in my days. Please don’t change!

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:20 pm
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    I have read a lot of the comments here and I agree with all of them. I’m sorry her words hurt you. I do not know you personally but seem like a sensitive person. Only those who are willing to put themselves out into the world and be different will have ne’sayers. Pay her no mind and wish her well. Im sure that she feels that she is right. She is like the rest of us, she has a passion for crocheting. Continue on as you are. I love your videos and have learned so much. I have even altered your techniques and made them my own. Your work is important and is having a positive impact on the world. Maybe she is jealous that your are making a living crocheting. I know I would love that. Having fans would be pretty cool too.<3:'D

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:18 pm
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    I agree with what everyone wrote before me.I will say this though I do like to read the instructions,but I also need a visual on some stitches and I turn to your videos on you tube to help me with that Would I want you to change anything in them? NO not at all so let her rant and release that stale air I think you’re awesome and I’ll take you teaching me over people like her any day!!!
    KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK Mikey,Diva Dan and Cathy

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:14 pm
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    Mikey I’ve been crocheting for years i’m 65 and my grandma taught me but I have an open mind and just LOVE YOUR TUTORIALS ON THE NEW STITCHES and I like how all the other people have posted pictures of their work and their ideas. PLEASE come off the ceiling fan as then you will have to repair the ceiling and that would ruin your day completely. you have a lot of patience with all of us your students and may I take the liberty as a fellow crocheter to include you in my friends. oh and on mistakes try 3-4x of ripping out an almost done pattern we all have been there. So on that note GOD BLESS AND KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:12 pm
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    I have over 50 years experience of knitting and crochet – I have taught both to lots of people and give them my hints and easy techniques. I thought I knew it all but since I have discovered Mikey’s Crochet Crowd site I have learnt more new patterns, stitches and hints about crocheting that I hadn’t heard of before. And I try them and like them. If I prefer my own way – I have that choice too. Keep up the good work Mikey – I look forward to all your input. It’s a fun site. That lady doesn’t have to go to the site – it’s her choice.

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:11 pm
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    First, there is no crochet police. This lady’s self-appointed rule making is ridiculous. Second, “cheating” implies a right way & a wrong way. This also dies not exist in crochet. There is one way, and another way, and alternate ways. In sure this critic would expect everyone to do things HER way. I think she is cheating. She’s trying to cheat us out of the FUN that is crochet.
    Dear Mikey, I enjoy your enthusiasm, creativity, and desire to spread the crochet love. Please IGNORE this bitch for what she is. She can comment when she has the following you have. Until then, please don’t let her rain on OUR parade!
    gojenn

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:06 pm
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    Oh Mikey. You have SUCH a gift for making crochet fun, helping us learn how to figure stuff out for ourselves, and love what we do. Please just keep loving what you do, and infecting the rest of us. I’m sorry that lady was so cranky – I’m a bit of a stickler for the rules myself, so I can understand. But in reality, I don’t have access to most of the yarns used in patterns I am inspired by. I have to adjust. Respect for the rules is the first step to learning to dance with them. πŸ˜›

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      I like Anna put that, as she stated she also is a rule follower for most part and she is not getting upset at the messenger.

      Mikey, I love your infectious voice! For the most part that is why enjoy your videos. Another reason is that you don’t use products I have to special order from the web only. I am a knitter mainly and recently have come back to crochet more and more do to the widespread “creativity” in the “rule breaking” and the change in which my hands can move to reduce stress on injury. Thank you so much for your loving of the art and the crochet community.

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:02 pm
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    What makes you a FABULOUS teacher, Mikey, is that you DO make mistakes, and you DO improvise, and you DO “cheat.” Throughout history, man has strived to leave his/her mark on the world, and that is done with our own creative thought process.

    Ignore the fools and carry on. You’re perfect just the way you are! πŸ™‚

  • January 19, 2014 at 7:01 pm
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    Hello Mikey,
    First of all – where is it written in stone (or blood maybe) that anything anyone creates must be a clone of something someone else has done? A pattern is just that – a pattern. Personally I view a pattern as a persons way of saying ‘Here is what I have done – see what you can make of it.’
    As for that “cheating” routine _ bah! pshaw! npnsense! To “cheat” one must take (without asking) something from someone else, and claim it as one’s own. You do not do this – so that point is moot.
    A teacher is one who has become proficient in a given subject, and/or area of expertise, who then can instruct those who wish to learn that given subject. Therefore, you are an excellent teacher of “crochet.”
    As for “not being able to crochet” so very many of us who go to your videos, and watch as you crochet can most assuredly attest to the fact that you can, indeed, crochet – and do so quite well. So- again – another moot point.
    Perhaps the person who sent you that ugly post must surely be in need of a laxative imho.
    Take heart, and continue on please.
    Sincerely,
    Roxie

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    The lady who taught me to crochet was left handed and I am a right hand crocheter. I guess she should not have taught me according to this person. You make new things easier to understand, you are innovative in many ways and you make learning FUN! I think you are a wonderful teacher and I am pretty sure your site followers all feel the same! Don’t you dare change one iota! We love you!

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:59 pm
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    Every comment I have read so far is right on the money. Don’t let one person’s negativity darken your day. If it weren’t for you teaching the way you teach, a lot of people would never have tried to crochet. Look at all of the thanks you get from your videos! I have been crocheting for 40+ years and if I only crocheted strictly to the patterns I have used, I would not be crocheting today because many of the patterns I have come across have mistakes in them. I guess the pattern designers must be human, too! Keep up the good works you do, Mikey. And Cathy and Diva Dan!

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:57 pm
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    Hang in there. If the shoe don’t fit, it ain’t yours. Negative comments will come and go. We have all run into patterns that have errors in them all the time. I have been taught short cuts from ladies who have crocheted before I was born. Professionalism is how you conduct yourself and show respect to the other person. Thanks for all that you do.

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:55 pm
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    She must have been taught by a very stern teacher with little leeway and expects everyone else to learn the same way. I hope this is not true, but she is probably a very miserable person to need things to be just so. She probably is also one who thinks there is only one correct way to hold a crochet hook.

    I myself love learning “the right” way but I equally love learning tips and tricks. Then I have all the choices at my disposal.

    Mikey, don’t sweat this lady. *You* are the one with the video tutorials and a major brand as a sponsor! πŸ˜‰

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:53 pm
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    The internet gives people way too much freedom to attack people cause they don’t have to do it face to face. I have quit several Crochet groups cause people can just be ridiculous, rude and obnoxious. You have the right to be upset and ticked off. But, you took the high road. And for that you should be very proud of yourself. Who cares what she says. She is entitled to her opinion just like we are entitled to use our creativity. I guess she would really freak out if she saw me doing a paint by number! Lol

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:51 pm
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    Hey everyone is entitled to an opinion, but if the world worked the way that woman thinks it should, we would still be sitting in the dark with candles and she wouldn’t have an internet to speak of. It’s called growth. We find new ways of doing these things and expand our minds and skills in doing so. Just think, we could still be crocheting over loose ends and they look nice until you wash the item, then the loose ends start to stick out and even unravel. So we should continue to do that because that is how the pattern is written? When there is a better (and newer, more effective) way to weave in the ends? Really? Grow up and open your mind woman!

    Mikey, you inspire us to grow and challenge crochet as we know it. You make us think and learn things that we may never have learned from anyone else because of the way you see crochet. You keep doing what you are doing and don’t worry about that stick-in-the-mud crocheter that is just plain old school.

    Steph

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      even old school can learn. Look at our Dictionary it is a lot bigger with more words and short cuts. If it can grow and learn why can’t we.

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:47 pm
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    I started crocheting when I was 9. I’ve been “practicing” ever since. I didn’t know how to read a pattern until just recently ’cause I just looked at a picture and figured it out. Now when I do a project from a pattern I figure out an easier & faster way to do it again. As far as I’m concerned shortcuts are a good thing and the pattern is just a suggestion. As for the lady who called you unprofessional, feel sorrow for her lack of creativity but don’t let her comments color your day. As Sonnethawk said, we do have a choice in how we react to other people and their behavior. Getting angry at negative comments is such a waste of energy. Take joy in all of the positivity and let the negativity go by the wayside. Remember that you can’t always please everyone but that your suggestions and ideas help a lot of people so you just keep on doing what you’re doing and have an awesome time doing it!

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      Well said. Her thoughtless and uneducated opinion should be nothing more than a speed bump. She really doesn’t deserve all of this attention.
      At the end of the day, remember that you have done a wonderful thing bringing all of these crafters together and providing so much daily inspiration to us all.Unfortunately, you’ll never be able to please everyone, nor should you try.
      Chin up, Mikey!

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:47 pm
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    Wow! Who died and made her the Captain of the Crochet Police! Creativity is the bottom line and obviously she does not possess that attribute. Keep up the good work Mikey! You have helped me more than anyone with your inspiration and teachings as well as the whole Crochet Crowd!

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      I learned how to crochet from a client at the nursing home I worked at…she needs to get off her thrown and find a way to crochet….what ever happened to niceness

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      Thumbs up Patti.

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm
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    Dear Mikey,
    Well if this womans thoughts about crochet are the same as her thoughts about cooking, I guess we should all get out a Martha Washington Cookbook too.
    New inovative ideas is called progress. Tips and videos are the way of the future, not cheating, I suppose cake mixes are cheating also. Your videos have helped many people who learned to crochet long ago, with seeing new and quicker ways of doing the same thing it makes life more enjoyable for those of us who want to get back into crocheting. Thank you and everyone in the crochet crowd, your videos, and color choices. You have Red Heart yarn, Lionbrand yarn and this is just to name a few. You are invited to the newest crafting shows with all their ideas and new technolgy. Never ever (listen to shall we say narrow minded) individuals.

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:44 pm
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    Haters make you stronger. Move on and leave her far, far behind in her perfectionistic bitterness.

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:43 pm
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    Her problem is that she cannot think beyond the pattern! She can’t stand the fact that you are able to and create something beautiful. The poor thing!

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:42 pm
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    Mikey you are totally awesome, a wonderful teacher, very fun to watch, you make learning fun, and you make learning mew patterns, techniques, projects fun. I’be tried new things thanks to you and your videos and your blogs. I am an incredibly visual learner so it is often very hard for me to visualize what the patterns are describing. I like your videos as they help me visualize the stitches, but as you stated, different ways to do the patterns. I appreciate you and all of your hard work, and I support you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Bottom line, you’re awesome and nothing anybody says can take away from that:)

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:41 pm
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    Wow, just wow, it take all types doesn’t it! I’m an intermediate to advanced crocheter an I absolutely love your teaching methods and videos. You have been a wonderful blessing in my life. Don’t let disturbed people like that get to you, just let it go and move on, they are not worth your time and energy. I have not only come to love your site, but also you for the awesome person that you are, so full of inspiration and compassion for all of us. Everyday I look forward to seeing what new posts and crochet projects you will put up. I have learned so much from the way you teach it is the very best. Just keep being your awesome self Mikey. Take some deep breaths, breath out through your heart and let her and her horrible rant go!

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:41 pm
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    absolutely a lot of rubbish! My mother once told me: “There are a million ways to reach the top of the mountain”….meaning a million ways to do something. I think that woman is a little misguided. I’m working a pattern now that I need to improvise on. I’m sure it will come out all right and I don’t think I’m cheating . haha……just keep doing what you do. You are great at it. And we all appreciate the extra help and tips/

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:40 pm
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    omg! what is this woman like?

    How does she think new fashions, patterns & techniques are born?

    if everybody just followed the same pattern to the letter all the time we would never unleash the wealth of creativity & talent that is hidden within!

    I would say, make a few mistakes, drop a few stitches, improvise and above all else enjoy what you are doing, after all this is how items are made unique!

    If someone like you has the talent (& yes Mrs whoever you are i did say he has the ‘talent’) to make things a bit easier for for those who struggle then im all for it because it will help them to enjoy the art and develop their skills.

    I have been crocheting for over 45 years and am able to follow patterns to the letter but i quite often deviate from the pattern to put my own spin on things & i thoroughly enjoy the helpful advice you give, and all your little tips.

    Keep doing what you do best and ignore those who obviously do not appreciate true creativity!

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:39 pm
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    Sorry Mikey, but personally I think that you should tell that woman where to go and how to get there!!!! Or better yet, let US know who she is and WE will enlighten her!!

    Firstly, there is such a thing as creativity. Without it, where would humanity be? There are always ways to IMPROVE something!! I do not crochet the way you do but I do not think that you are wrong the way you do it.

    There is such a think also as CREATIVITY!! Oh please please let us have a go at her??!!!

    Keep on trucking just the way you are!! I personally love it!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:35 pm
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    I hope this lady never takes a class from me. After I teach the first 5 lessons that I do, I encourage my students to change a pattern to suit there needs and even joke that if they are around me long enough, they will learn to fudge!
    I would not waist my time or energy with that person. I have learned a lot from you and your Vedios. Just keep doing what you have been doing and not let people like her get to you. You will never please everyone.

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:29 pm
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    It takes all kinds to make a world – hopefully that person stays out of the crochet crowd world from now on! I love that you make mistakes and show corrections and alternate yarns. I can’t use the yarns due to allergy issues. I use cotton for everything! I was glad when I heard you say “use whatever” and the “appropriate hook”. Keep it up Mikey! You do a great job!

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:28 pm
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    Mikey you are by far one of the best teachers I have ever listened to and tried to follow on youtube. Some patterns are very difficult to follow, near impossible for me. No crochet pattern is an exact science. I think of myself as a very good crocheter, but I have difficulty following patterns and you have helped me so much, like you have helped so many others too.Everytime someone compliments me on something I made, I tell them, they can do it too, just follow Mikey, he is the best at explaining. If I do not like something that someone is doing on the internet, I close the page,and dont bother with it. This person does not have to follow you and dont pay any attention to her. You have so many people who love you and your work, she does not matter. πŸ™‚ Marymadeline

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:24 pm
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    Hey lady….Jealous much????? Mikey… I am just learning to crochet….I’ve tried to teach myself with books for years and didn’t do very well.But since I found YOU and your YouTube videos…..I am crocheting my butt off!!!!…..this person….needs to shut her piehole! You must be doing something right because someone is jealous it seems. YOU ROCK!!!!! Hugs from North Carolina

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:24 pm
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    Mikey, I have not been a crochet crowd follower for very long. I am a long time crochet fanatic. I have used just a couple of your tutorials and love them. I have enjoyed “The Crochet Crowd” so much I recommend your site almost every week at our Threads of Love meeting. I even printed your cards and passed them out. I agree with you we all start with the original pattern and then use our individualness (?) complete the pattern. Please continue operating THE CROWD the great way you have always done. If someone doesn’t like what and how you are running the show, they don’t have to be a part of this group.

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:23 pm
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    Of course it’s OK to improvise! You don’t change the pattern when you are her employee, maybe, but being creative isn’t a bad thing. And never was.

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:21 pm
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    I think you do a great job! I have learned several alternate ways to achieve the same end by watching your videos! I have been crocheting for many years and find your tutorials informative and a joy to follow. Keep up the great work, there will always be a negative voice in the background somewhere!

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:20 pm
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    Well, first off, if she doesn’t like your videos and the way you teach, why is she even watching them?
    I agree with Michelle. Red Heart would not allow you to do the things you do if you weren’t professional at it. You teach others to crochet and make it easier than they may have thought it was! Some of my friends tell me “that is so hard, I would never be able to do it” I refer them to your videos! I’m a lousy teacher but you are AWESOME!!!
    Put your feet up, have a glass of wine with Diva Dan and give yourself a toast!

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:18 pm
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    Wow! I’m sorry but I couldn’t help but laugh. Some of the most beautiful creations are complete mistakes. Keep doing what you do. Everyone has there own quirk when they craft. My grandmother taught me to crochet but not how to read a pattern, I learned that on my own. I hope I do it “right”. LOL

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:11 pm
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    Learning her way is exactly why it has taken me so many years to learn to crochet. Being able to make a mistake, fix it, use or even change it is why I like crochet! You made that possible, period. It’s ok if I make a mistake, we all do! Will I ever be fantastic, I doubt it, but that’s ok. I will keep on learning, using your videos and others I find that can help too. Just hope to heck I don’t run in to hers! Keep up the great work, help the ones out there that are need to learn not only to crochet, but that it’s alright to not be perfect, to laugh at your mistake and to learn from them, then move on, and don’t give up.

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:08 pm
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    How boaring would crochet be without errors which lead very often to totelly new ideas, in my case anyway. Everybody is free to follow your instructions or tu just ignore them! If this lady does not like what you are doing she should keep clear of the crochet crowd. It is as simple as that. No need for you to get excited about, Mikey!

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:08 pm
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    There is always someone sour when one puts themselves out there. Comes with the territory, so no worries.

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:04 pm
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    when I learned to do yarn crafts, I was taught to do it so it works best for me. I am stubborn enough to quit if I don’t get it right. Point I have a 1/3 finished c2c baby afghan. till I can pick it up again. I did several pieces right then goofed. I guess if your stuck in *the rules* do it that way, if not enjoy what you do. And teach us how to do and love what we are doing.. I personally will adapt to my older fibermialgia fingers and yarn on. Thanks for the chance to spout.

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:01 pm
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    She is absolutely wrong !!! The Crochet Crowd is the best place I have seen when I need help or ideas . There are always short cuts or different ways to do something. You do not have to follow a pattern exactly . Its all about creativity . Don’t let her upset you . You all at The Crochet Crowd rocks !!!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:01 pm
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    The beauty of the Human race is diversity, our ability to learn, reason and change in and with all things is fundamental. If we loose this ability we are lost! I guess what I’m trying to say is Thank heavens for you Mikey & The Crochet Crowd you have many thousands of followers,of which I am 1,we learn and develope because you guys enable us to……Thankyou.
    The irate lady is just a small fish in a huge pond, tis a shame she’s so upset it’s halted her learning journey……………………x

  • January 19, 2014 at 6:01 pm
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    I had learned to crochet from my grandmother about 45 years ago. She was right handed and I’m a lefty. She never once tried to get me to do things her way. I haven’t crocheted in years and decided to start again last year. Thought I’d take a class just to refresh my skills. Life being what it is I have very bad neuropathy in my hands from chemo treatments. This “teacher” told me about 6 or 7 times that I wasn’t holding my yarn correctly to maintain correct tension. Each time I told her that it was impossible for me to do it “her” way and I asked if my final product wasn’t correct? She said it was fine but if I were going to crochet I should do it the right way. Needless to say I did not return.

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:59 pm
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    Don’t listen to people like that, I have been crocheting for 50 years, and I find your video’s very useful. I have never followed a pattern to a tea, that’s the fun of crocheting, experimenting, keep on doing what your doing, many people enjoy it very much.

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:59 pm
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    She must be a very unhappy woman and make the people around her unhappy as well with her rigid, unyielding attitude. You go Mikey! She doesn’t have a clue.

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:58 pm
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    You wouldn’t have so many followers if you wasn’t doing a good job. I love your tutorials. Don’t change them. This person doesn’t like the way you crochet they don’t need to watch them. Might be a competitor trying to cause you some grief? because you are GOOD and have a lot of followers. Love you Mikey don’t change. Come off the ceiling and crochet on!!!!!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:53 pm
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    Where would we be if we didn’t learn other ways of doing things? Would I need an actual stone oven to cook pizza correctly? Rachael Ray would be with out a job.

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:50 pm
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    Plain and simple it is called being creative! If you don’t have the ability to expound, to fudge, to manipulate something it isn’t making something your own it isn’t being creative. There isn’t a pattern I have ever used that I have followed 100%. I like to be creative I like to put a little bit of me and by all means if I know an easier way to do something that will get the same end then I am going to use it. If you don’t you may create but you are not creative.
    Keep up the good work. Stay outside the box because it is what makes you good at what you do.

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:49 pm
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    Dang Mikey, ……Do you have this person tied in a chair in front of a computer with Non-stop Mikey videos? If not, she can press that little “x” and turn it off. I’m just learning and can use all the tips I can get. Keep them coming.

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:49 pm
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    Mikey, I would blow this emailer a really big raspberry and don’t worry about what one insecure person says. You’ve obviously got what it takes to teach or else you’d not have the amount of people following you have on both Facebook & YouTube. Not to mention, if you were so bad at it, I would imagine Red Heart would not have you on board either. So, take a few calming breathe, pour a nice cuppa java (or better yet, go to Timmies πŸ™‚ ) And have a happy Sunday, what’s left of it πŸ™‚

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:48 pm
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    OMG, this woman is a piece of work. I think you know exactly,what your doing. Yes, you make mistakes, but like you said, you are human. A lot of us would be lost, without you. Don’t let this person get to you,she not worth your time. Crochet Crowd is the best thing, that helps a lot of people. There’s nothing wrong, doing something to fix a mistake or easier. Even if it’s different than the pattern. I’m very, upset. This person has the right not to follow you. If she don’t like, how you do things. I’m sorry,that this person got you upset. Just, let it go. Mikey, you are awesome.

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:46 pm
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    You are an amazing teacher and I’ve learned so much from you. Please don’t change anything. Thanks for all you do for the art of crochet.

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:41 pm
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    One of the things I tell my crochet students is that a pattern is a guide. I teach the stitches and patterns as they are written, but I also try to teach creativity. As you say, crochet is an art and no two artists will have the same result. This is one of the reasons I love crochet so much. Continue what you are doing. You are helping so many people learn to love our craft.

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:39 pm
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    When I first learned to crochet a couple years ago, the hardest part was overcoming my lifelong fight against the need for perfection; if I can’t do something perfectly, should I do it at all? I’ve learned through crochet that it’s not about the way a project looks in the end. It’s all about how I FEEL when I’m making it. Your videos are among the ones that have helped me the most to not worry if I do something a little different than others, or if I have an “oops” moment. There is no “perfect” or inherently right way to crochet (or do most things in life, really)–bravo to you for helping instill that peace of mind in me–and so many of us!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:39 pm
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    I have always been able to crochet but my skill was only granny squares you Mickey and your videos have enabled me to read patterns, crochet new stitches, experiment and to be creative I now have confidence in my self when crocheting The Crochet Crowd is so supportive and generous with its advice and tips you have done this, your way of teaching makes sense and easy to follow. I don,t know who this person is but she has a bad case of envy and is most certainly bitter and very twisted perhaps if she had some joy in her life like you bring to ours this wouldn,t be so. Keep up the good work we love you Mickey

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:38 pm
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    Here is what I would point out: 1. Not everyone learns the same way or on the same time table! 2. I like that there are lot of people like yourself who love to crochet and want to share it with others! Diversity is a blessing! 3. There are some of us who need a different point of view on how to crochet that maybe before it wasn’t clicking in the brain. 4. Mikey you just smile and simply reply back this “Thank you Suzy Q for sharing! How’s your crocheting working out for you?” That’s it! Keep smiling and keep those awesome videos coming to all of us who respect YOU and YOUR TIME!

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:38 pm
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    I’ve learned a lot from you. Keep doing what you are doing and don’t pay attention to someone so inflexible. I’m in my 80’s and I learn something new from your program every day.

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:37 pm
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    This person obviously has no imagination and probably is unable to improvise or correct a mistake without unraveling the entire project. Pay her no attention. She needs to get a life.

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:37 pm
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    I say you teach with your best efforts and sometimes you have to add improvisations to get things done!! Keep up the good work Mikey and Crochet Crowd!! If that person doesn’t like our methods, well, they don’t have to, do they?? Make your own videos if you’re so smart, that’s what I think!

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:36 pm
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    Please don’t allow anyone to get under your skin. You have many, I mean many loyal fans here in NYC . I have told my friends,coworkers and family about your tutorials. Many of us are busy, but when we need a stress release , we tune into your latest challenge then for the next weeks ahead we call each other to see how far along we are. It is fun to be free to create. Don’t listen to bad reviews, delete and move on. Thanks, Mikey and Diva Dan for allowing us the fans into your home.

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:35 pm
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    Obviously this woman does not have a creative bone in her body. OMG, I never follow a pattern exactly! I want the project to have my mark on it!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:31 pm
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    Just another person’s opinion here. You do great work. I cannot always follow a pattern 100% I had a stroke and sometimes I cannot understand the pattern in written form so I use visuals. I am thankful for the little “cheats” you show and are inspiring. I focused on crocheting as I was recovering to help with my motor skills and memory. The crocheting was a blessing from God that helped me through these long 5 yrs. As a matter of fact you shared one of my not following patterns goodies. The afghan that I crocheted and then quilted. So in your professional capacity you show how to be creative and adaptive. Thank You.

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:30 pm
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    My first thought, to quote the infamous Betty Davis “NO WIRE HANGERS”.

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:30 pm
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    I have been crocheting for many years. But for about half those years I could not read a pattern. I made my items up as I went along. I turn out some beauties. I cheated and made mistakes and corrected them. Thisl ady don’t know her butt from yarn and should not be writing such things. This is an art, and art is free will of your hook, or what ever you use. Keep up the great work Mikey and the Crochet Crowd. You are awesome. Love you guys.

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:29 pm
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    Who decides who gets to teach and who teaches correctly? I’m HAPPY to have alternative methods! I am thankful that you teach us! Your methods are easy to follow & you are teaching us all that we are human & we all make mistakes!

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    Don’t pay attention to uncreative people like her. It sounds like she doesn’t posses a creative imagination.
    If it weren’t for your serious tutorial with fancy yarns like sashay from red heart, I wouldn’t have been able to figure it out as quickly as I did.
    Please continue with all your wonderful tutorials!

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:27 pm
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    I have been crocheting for over 30 years and a few years ago there was a pattern I wanted to find. I was looking through several books both my grandmothers left me. My son, now 17, saw me getting frustrated and said google it or look on YouTube. That is how I found you…ever since then whenever I am stuck I look up what I am working on and 9 times out of ten it turns out to be one of your videos. You teach like I was taught. Your patience is like that of a person who loves their craft. One who teaches and welcomes new techniques. Please don’t think you need to revise your methods. Homes made projects are suppose to be unique…otherwise everyone would just buy manufactured items. We are not machines…

    Thank you by the way and keep your chin up!

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:26 pm
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    Mikey someone obviously forgot to take their medication today and is taking their bad mood out on you. Persevere in all that you do and accomplish and let the small minded and the mentally disturbed wallow in the strange and pitiful worlds they create.

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:26 pm
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    Mikey, I appreciate your tutorials. They have inspired me to try new things in crochet. I’m a knitter at heart, but you have brought me back to the craft I used to share with my mom as a little girl. Any time you can make something interesting enough or simple enough to make someone want to learn a new craft, is a good thing.
    It seems to me that the woman who complained, has other things going on and taking it out on you.

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:25 pm
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    Please ignore this woman. Your tutorials are the reason that I was able to pick up my needle again after my son died – you make it easy and fun! Don’t let one person’s opinion shake your confidence. You and your tutorials are wonderful, and the tips and tricks make them even more so!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:23 pm
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    I just can’t believe what I am reading. This angry woman that commented is so very wrong. Most of us that know how to crochet follow you FOR the little tips and short cuts that we didn’t really recognize for ourselves. I agree with the other lady commenter who said that is why she follows your tutorials and website. It is the same for me. I have been crocheting for thirty five years and when I learned I sat down with a skein of yarn and a crochet hook and taught myself. I WISH I had been able to follow someone like you at that time.
    You are an excellent crocheter but better yet tou are a great friend to all of us. You have been so unselfish in recording tutorial after tutorial for anyone that might need them.
    I don’t ever remember a time when I followed a pattern exactly as it was written. That is part of the beauty of the art of crochet. Expressing individuality is part of that whole concept of creative expression. Sounds like this angry woman is a little jealous of the love and respect we all have for you. So Mikey, ignore this negative comment and press forward with what you love to do. We are all behind you and appreciate your efforts more than you know.
    Thank you from all of us!

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      I forgot to mention that when the Amish make a quilt they purposefully put one block in that has a mistake in it to demonstrate the imperfections of man and that God is perfect. It says something for individualizations and doing things in your own way as well….

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        My Grandmother was not Amish but she used to say the same thing about her crocheting.. she always left a little mistake she said she was only human

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:23 pm
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    Mikey, You just keep doing what you are doing. And continue doing it the way you are doing it. There is always someone that will never be happy with what others do, because they are so unhappy in their own life, they have to find fault with others to feel better. Well let them knock them selves out. While they are picking on you, someone else is catching a break.

    You do a wonderful job and we love and appreciate you for it! If nobody ever strayed from a pattern how would new stitches, new patterns and different designs that make everyone’s project unique happe?. If Christopher Columbus didn’t think independently and take a chance (because you know the world was supposed to be square, and you would sail off the end of the earth) where would we be? (however, it would be nice if some people would fall off the end of the earth ;). ).

    I was so excited when I first came across your videos this year, I wish I had known about it sooner. I am sharing your site and videos with all of my friends, and sharing it with strangers when we start talking about crafting. I have told so many people that I have meet that want to learn how to crochet to go to your site and watch your videos, because I truly feel that the way you teach, they will be able to learn easily and not be stressed out, and therefore add another person to our community of people who love to crochet. You make it fun to learn. I would have never tried the Bavarian stitch, if I had not watched your video. Now I love it.

    So Mikey, smile and say “Well how nice!”(with a slow, southern drawl) and smile really big when you say it, to people like that. (there is a really good joke to that line, but can’t post on here ;} ) and continue on with the wonderful job you are doing and spread the love, knowledge and joy of crocheting with the world. You have us all behind you, the nay Sayers can just be the behinds. LOVE YA!

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:23 pm
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    Ignore her. She doesn’t know what she is talking about. I am a CGOA Masters Reviewer and the only time I would expect someone to exactly follow a pattern would be if they were crocheting Masters’ submissions. I believe in encouraging creativity, not squelching it.

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:21 pm
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    I guess by her standards, everything I do is wrong!! I always improvise to use what I have on hand or have access to, whether it is crochet, quilting, cooking, you name it. I believe you can look at a pattern, recipe, idea, and make it something that fits you and your personality, preferences, etc. To think you have to follow a pattern 100% is nothing more than stifling creativity. People should be more creative and less conforming, at least in my opinion! πŸ™‚

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:20 pm
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    Mikey, I’m appalled by this woman’s reaction. I have been crocheting over 40 years now and have learned two new techniques just this year alone. These will find their way into all projects I crochet from this point on. They make my work neater and more professional looking. Also, once I learned to use a pattern, I have always said that they are merely a springboard to my own creation and experience. So teach on Mikey. Give us those tips, techniques, and shortcuts. There are lots of us out here in Crochetland that are interested and appreciative of your work.

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:16 pm
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    Please do not take offense to what she is saying you have hundreds if not thousands that have returned to crocheting because of you and the crochet crowd :). I love the tips and different thing’s you have shown. You encourage us all to creat and be creative! You encourage us to help each other and revil in yarn art. How cool is that? And if she does not like the tutorial’s she should not watch them!
    Watching your tutorials is like having you as a next door neighbour! Have the best day ever! For every negative comment there will be a thousand positive’s from the crochet crowd community πŸ™‚

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:16 pm
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    She needs to come out of the dark ages and realize that all mankind have advanced through adaptation and improvisation. You have taught me so much about crochet since I joined the Crochet Crowd and I will always refer to your site for instruction and inspiration. You are a crochet god and the Crowd is the best group in the world. Hook on Mikey. Don’t be put off by this persons ridiculous view. Love ya work Mikey…….

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:15 pm
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    Call me crazy, but I used to be a purist. Used to be. I thought that you had to learn everything by the book first, then you could be creative. I thought I needed to learn by a certain technique with anything that I did,sewing, crochet, cooking, everything. I don’t know where I got that notion, but more than likely, a teacher somewhere along the way told me that I HAD to. Now, I appreciate just being able to pick up a crochet hook and ball of yarn and make something, yes, I did learn through the rigors of learning patterns, reading and making them… but now, I can just relax, take a deep breath and just do it… I have even started taking photos, not even knowing if the lighting is perfect or how far away I am from the subject, I would never really photograph anything before… I thought you had to know all that stuff and have all the equipment, etc… I just enjoy doing it, whether the pictures come out perfect or not… same with other creative stuff… maybe it isn’t perfect, but it was fun to make!

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:11 pm
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    I would find her laughable only in that every crochet pattern I have tried to follow 100% usually has something missing or maybe they think everyone should just know you do that automatically so they don’t include it in the pattern! Um, that means I who have only been doing it for 2 years will have to improvise or find instructions from someone else in the know like the Crochet Crowd or my friends who’ve been doing it for years and years. I know how to make a slip knot, but once I saw Mikey show his way, it is so much easier! You need an open mind to be creative…obviously she doesn’t have one. Keep up the good work Crochet Crowd…you keep me inspired to learn more and more!

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:09 pm
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    I say to each there own. I’ve made a summer sweater using a pattern for a grocery bag. If people are against trying new things then that’s there cup of tea. Please don’t criticize those of us who are willing to be creative.

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:09 pm
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    A pattern is meant to be a guide. The pattern worked well for the one who created it but may not work well for the person trying to follow it. When an idea comes to mind to make it easier – share the idea!!! It most certainly will help. Keep doing what you do Mikey!!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:08 pm
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    Mikey I have learned so much from y’all. I think the nonsense is in her and her attitude. You’re great and so are your techinques. I enjoy very much watching your videos and I most definitely have learned a lot from you guys. Keep up the great work and if she doesn’t like creativity then there’s something wrong with her not you or your community of crocheters. Can you imagine what our life would be like if everyone did everything the same way. Bleh!
    Thanks for your AMAZING tutorials, keep up the AMAZING work you do.
    Much love and Gratitude to the Crochet Crowd πŸ™‚

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:08 pm
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    You’re tips and problem solvers are the reason I follow you. I think this lady is just having a really bad day. Keep on as you are Sir.

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:08 pm
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    What a bunch of hooey! There is no such thing as “cheating” in art and creativity. What you are doing might be, changing a pattern (for whatever reason), which really means, you are creating a NEW pattern. I think if you change something at least 20 or 25%, it is an original. So, don’t pay any attention to mean people. They just have to have drama to survive. You are great and a great teacher for all of us crocheters that love to hook. Keep up the good work!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:07 pm
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    what happens to this woman when a pattern has mistakes? I have found quite a few of those in my time-also if I had to use called for yarn-I probably would have to quit crocheting and knitting altogether-I usually go with a yarn of same weight I can afford.Hints and tips? always welcome-we can all learn something new-I for one am glad to have found the Crochet Crowd and you.-

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      I so agree with what you said about pattern mistakes! I have found many many mistakes in patterns! It ALWAYS takes some ingenuity and common sense to figure out the puzzle! That is where the creativity and knowledge of crochet comes into play.

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    Michael just let all that crap flow off your shoulders and on the scrap heap where her suggestions and remarks belong just keep doing what you are doing one out of I don’t know how many is not too darn bad so I say lady get off your high horse and if you don’t like it dont watch it…Love your work Michael.

    Carol Compton
    Australia

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:05 pm
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    Whatever gets the job done is fine, I sometimes have a problem with a pattern that I cannot solve so I IMPROVISE….

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:02 pm
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    Mikey, if people didn’t branch out and try new ideas and techniques, then crochet, along with ALL of the other arts would have stagnated a long time ago. Creativity and the boldness to try new things is what keeps the arts growing and fresh. Ignore her.

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:02 pm
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    I could write a novel of a reply for this, but will try to keep it short. My niece tried showing me how to crochet but without her sitting next to me showing me again and again how to do it I couldn’t. I have watched so many different crochet videos trying to learn it. I almost gave up until I found your serious. Your teaching, tips, & so called cheats is why I have the ability to crochet and make baby blankets that are used by Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society as gifts in a Budget class to support sailors and marines that give people like her the right to have their opinions. So keep doing what you are doing, because it is people like you that inspire art, creativity, and the desire to help others. You, the Crohet Crowd, & everyone that supports it makes the world a beautiful place.
    If that person don’t like your videos then they don’t have to watch them.
    Thank You for giving me the inspiration and knowledge to bring beauty and happinesd into the world!

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:01 pm
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    We appreciate you, Mikey. If not for you, I would be crocheting at all. I can’t read a pattern. I follow your videos step-by-step and people are in awe of what I make. You just keep on doing what you’re doing, and she doesn’t like it, she can start her own website (of course, she won’t have many followers lol ).

  • January 19, 2014 at 5:00 pm
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    I have no idea what is really her problem. You go on with the way you are, Mikey. Come to think of it, she sounds like someone who was taught by a person who was very, very strict in her teaching. It might have been do as I say, and all that bull, πŸ™‚ <3

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:57 pm
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    I’ve been learning to dance for just past two years now. Let’s say there are 100 world class lindy hop instructors that have in some way mastered their craft. Each teacher brings to the table the sum of their experiences, which is highly individualized. In my mind, when I attend a class or watch a tutorial, I want to know all the details of a technique. It is especially helpful to find out why such technique has developed in the way it has. Maybe that specific styling or move was characteristic of a famous dancer..or this is a way to make performing this task less stressful on the joints than the historic way of doing it. What I’m getting at is that my pursuit of learning crochet and dancing is a combination of watching all the videos and in person classes I can, along with physically practicing the activities in my own body. Eventually I will have taken what I believe is the best material from all the instructors and shaping my own technique from that.

    I’m not entirely sure of examples of your ‘cheat’ methods. One thing I can think of that I do in cross stitching is tie knots in the thread instead of running a tail. It’s just one thing that I never was comfortable with. If I were teaching somebody else, I would probably refer them elsewhere for better technique for that aspect, with some guidance as to both my personal solution and what I believe to be the traditional way. πŸ™‚

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:57 pm
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    For some people the world is only black and white. Having an autistic son I see that application daily. Some people can only live in that black and white world for whatever reason. Maybe the lady is one of those. I personally like “hacks” of all kinds. Anything to make my brain understand something better or easier on me I am all for it. I never did like to follow the rules……

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:56 pm
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    You are secure in knowing that you havehhundreds, possibly thousands who enjoy and appreciate what you do and how you teach. People who send hate mail are just bitter and twisted themselves with nothing better to do than be hurtful. Please don’t take offense at tge next comment as it is just a feeling I got while reading what was said to you. My oldest son is gay and I couldn’t help but feel her issues with you are much deeper and it is so hard not to be hurt or offended when someone verbally attacks you.I appreciate your tutorials it really helps me overcome challenges and obstacles. I think all of you are wonderful and a blessing. Chin up we love you.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:54 pm
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    I would understand if you were doing some kind of competition or something for CGOA, however, when crocheting on our own, are we not allowed to use quicker techniques if it provides the same ending result? I think she needs to get of her high horse. Sounds more like a control and OCD issue than anything she holds personally against you. Rock on with your creative self!

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:53 pm
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    Ignore the woman Mikey, she obviously doesn’t know the meaning of “professional”. I love that you include tips and techniques, and leave the decision up to us to use them or not. Thank you for all you do Mikey……your integrity and professionalism, shines through all correspondence.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:51 pm
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    Mikey, I have never heard such nonsense in all my life. Your tutorials are amazing and any tips or tricks you can show us is very much appreciated….this is not cheating at all..this is being smart and creative!! If it wasn’t for your tutorial on the c2c I never would have learned how to do this beautiful design! Keep up the good work Mikey!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:50 pm
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    Your critic makes me sad. I feel sorry that she takes things so seriously. Frankly I would feel she should be pitied if some of her words hadn’t been meant to inflict hurt. Mikey You are fabulous , artistic, inspiring, helpful, and encouraging. Crochet would become a lost art if everyone thought like her. Sucks all of the fun out of the process. I love that you teach people to feel comfortable changing something up if they don’t like it. Just keep doing what you are doing – we all love you for it!!

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    Oh my! You mean to tell me that there are “The Crochet Police” just like there are “The Quilt Police”????? Since when did these know-it-alls become the ultimate authority of what is correct & what is not? It’s your project. If you have found a quicker, but just as good the other way, why not use it & spread the word? Isn’t that what teaching really is – spreading the word about how to do something – anything. You just keep on doing what you’ve been doing, the way you’ve been doing it or coming up with news ways to do it. There is nothing wrong with several ways to accomplish the end desired.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:48 pm
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    Crocheting itself is all about being creative. Your doing a wonderful job of teaching. I’ve been Crocheting for over 50 years and I still learn new and creative things from you. Don’t let her get you down if she doesn’t like what your doing let her take her complaining butt some where else. Love you Mikey and the rest of your crew.

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    Don’t let one rotten apple spoil the whole barrel…if it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be able to do a lot of the patterns I want, because I have a difficult time reading the directions, your tutorials are perfect…this”rotten apple” is trying to play mind games with you and leave you uncertain, don’t let them do that

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm
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    OMG that is so stupid!! Crochet is all about creativity, and what is more creative than taking something “normal” and giving it your own flair, your own touch. That woman is out of her mind. Keep up the good work πŸ˜‰

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:45 pm
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    I love the way you teach crochet, I have a lot of trouble reading most crochet patterns as I am a visual learner. I too think outside the box and love all your so called cheats. I totally agree with finding your own way to do things I never follow any pattern for any project exactly. I don’t even hold a crochet hook “properly” , I feel sorry for people who feel the need to put down other just because they have no imagination and need to follow patterns exactly. I could rant for ever this makes me so mad. I teach craft of all sorts and encourage people to find their own way and let them know if they can’t do it the way the pattern says they are not dumb, they just need to do it their way. Any craft should be fun and for everyone. Please never stop doing what you do.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:42 pm
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    Just who does this woman think she is? I have never heard such malarky in my life and I have lived plenty of years! A pattern is to get you started, it is a guideline, you can follow it step by step if you want to. And most pattern writers will tell you that. You continue to do as you are doing Mikey, we are all behind you. And personally, I love your little “cheats”, I was so glad to find out that it was ok, to make a mistake and cheat to repair it or you can frog it if you are a perfectionist. I thought maybe I was the only one who did that…lol So in ending I say, “Keep up the good work and do whatever you want to!”

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:41 pm
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    As I browse the responses I have to agree with them…you are and artist and gift to your many followers. It is by freedom of choice that we subscribe and follow you. In part due to your kindness and consideration. You are amazing! I don’t tolerate haters ,for me after reading her first line I would simply hit delete and as is my belief say a prayer for this person because there must be something terrible in thier life that is causing them to act out in such an unkind way. As for myself I think your great! Keep on doing what you do! I have only been following you for a short time and consider myself blessed to have found you! You most certainly are a CREATIVE PROFESSIONAL!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:41 pm
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    This is so ridiculous I can’t get angry about it. Maybe she is upset because you have so many followers and does not. It doesn’t even matter.
    If it were not for Mikey and his Tutorials I would not be branching out and trying new things! I would still be stuck…fearing failure! We love and appreciate all that you and your team do for us.
    My vote is unprofessional and ignorant! .

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:39 pm
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    I laughed pretty hard at how obvious this poor lady is, but then I felt bad that it wasn’t so obvious to you, and after reading a few comments… so many others. She simply doesn’t want other people to know how to be unoriginal because *she* can’t be different. She likely suffers from a severe form of OCD. The real, debilitating, life-altering kind, not the kind we all so light-heartedly claim to have at times or poke fun at. She literally can’t stray from a pattern and she can’t be different AND she doesn’t feel unique or special if one of the things that make her unique (being a crocheter) is made even more unique by others. It’s an injustice in her eyes. If re-reading Alice and watching the movies for the current contest has reminded us of anything it should be the importance of individuality and there’s nary a soul in the crowd who feels that what you teach here is wrong. You inspire creation, imagination, and warmth. You know this. We know this. Maybe this lady doesn’t know this, but that’s only because she can’t understand this. That’s okay, it only proves that ignorance is not bliss, it’s absolute misery.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:38 pm
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    Mikey, Thank you for all that you have taught me. I find myself referring to your instructions frequently. You are my crochet mentor and guru! Sometimes the patterns I am attempting to follow make no sense to me. I then watch your instructional techniques and “Boom!!!!” it all comes into focus. I appreciate your talent, knowledge and your ability to share with those of use who need to have those special hints. Keep up the wonderful work. Thanx again!

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:37 pm
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    This post is a pot stirrer! Where to begin? Where to begin?
    First of all, you have a RIGHT to be upset, but you made the choice to let this woman’s callous comments get to you. I say this in deep respect for you as a person, and for all living creatures in general. ALL of have the choice whether to let something or someone “bother” us. Years ago, the Eagles had a song out that was titled “Already Gone.” In it, there is a line that says that “we all go through life and never even know we have the key.” Do you remember this? Well, for years, I just sang the words to this “mindless” song. Then one day, the light went on. I finally realized that I had ALWAYS had the key, but I didn’t even know it! The “key” I am speaking of is CHOICE. We choose whether or not to let things get to us. I know it is easier said than done, but when you allow others to get to you, you give them the power they are seeking. Do you understand this?
    That being said, the lady sounds like she is a pretty stiff-laced black and white thinking person. Trouble is, most everything in this world is gray!
    The moon was also full this past week, so that is an opportune time for those with issues to stir the pot. It is predictable every month beginning about two weeks before the full moon. Think I am kidding? Watch your calender! I used to think this concept was a bunch of crap. I learned differently! Our bodies are 95% water, so the phases of the moon definitely affects ALL of us!
    I kind of feel sorry for not only what happened to you, but for the lady who lashed out at you.
    There definitely has to be flexibility with creativity! Everyone is different. I have learned a lot of valuable things from others sharing their crochet art skills. It is definitely appreciated on my part because it greatly improves the quality of my work.
    You have a sensitive soul. Do NOT let others destroy who you are!
    I have a sticky note sitting in front of my computer that I heavily reply on when I have to deal with sh*t stirrers! Here it is:
    “Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” – Dalai Lama
    I hope I have helped in some small way. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us! Have a better day!

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:36 pm
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    Some people can only follow patterns 100% but some of us in crochet and knitting have the ability to.1 compromise. 2. Be creative. 3. To change the 100% patterns to fit the size needed… and to use beautiful yarns in place of the patterns sugestions.as you know its not cheating its finding a solution to a problem. Which is a fantastic ability. You carry on in showing people the true meaning of crochet. You are doing a brilliant job. Not many men have the ability to be creative like you. I follow you always on you tube. And you have inspired me to do my own patterns. And run my own wool and yarn shop. Thankyou

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:35 pm
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    I know that it is frustrating when hurtful things are said about how you teach. Brush it off and learn from it. I agree that crochet is not an exact science and there are lots of ways to make a crochet item and no one way is the only, correct way. I love seeing the different ways of doing things and learn new things that way.

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    Love you and your crochet !!! Keep up the good work…..

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:34 pm
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    It’s not your fault she’s unable to think outside the box. In the past few days I’ve learned several different techniques and patterns from your videos and it took only one watching. Prior to that I only knew how to do a single crochet πŸ˜‰ To me, that is a pretty fantastic way to teach and your creativity and style play a big part in that. Considering the response you’re getting, I’d say majority of people would agree with me. One negative response? Just means you’re doing something right. Your videos are awesome and my first stop whenever I want to learn something new. I tried other tutorials and none of them worked quite as well. Just keep up the great work and ignore the haters. They just want their five minutes of fame.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:31 pm
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    I have been crocheting since I was 12 years old, now I am 61! I read and watch Crochet Crowd tutorials daily!! I learn something almost daily. Please keep up the great work you do, and know that we appreciate all the hours you put in to show us new stitch work daily!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:31 pm
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    Grrrrrrrrr this makes me so mad I run a yarn group in my town and some of the ladies are still learning and I encourage them to try different ways of achieving the same look and then when they have the basic method grasped I encourage them to go back and give the original method a go. And I believe there is no wrong way just lots of different ways. Mickey you do a wonderful job and if I need to know something I have never tried before I tune into your YouTube. Keep up the great work, she is just jealous that you have such a huge fan base.

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    Please do not change the way you teach. I have learned so much from you I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am for you.I can only aspire to be as good at crocheting as you.I feel sorry for someone who is not flexible enough to be creative.I admire your creativity and your ability to Translate that via your teaching.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:30 pm
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    With all the different manipulations of the basic stitches, I think at some time someone made a mistake and kept it as a new stitch. Same with patterns. I call my mistakes “design elements”.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:29 pm
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    I don’t understand why she thinks you are cheating. You help me and many others on how to learn and improve our crochet skills. If it wasn’t for you and this site I would have never attempted some of the challenges or some of the different patterns you and The Crowd share. By watching your tutorials it has helped me many times when I could not understand the pattern. The person who sent this must not know the definition of the words cheat, cheating, and cheated. These words mean to obtain by deception. How is this deceptive? Cheating is when someone has the answers to the ACT, SAT, and the bar exam. Cheating in sports is where a athlete uses drugs to enhance their ability and to gain an edge over the other team. I do not see where you are being deceptive in what you are teaching. I don’t know you personally but I believe you are a very honest, kind, fun loving and caring person. I see these traits in you when I see posts and pictures of you with your many fans. I may never have a chance to meet you in person, but I will continue to be an online friend and fan of The Crochet Crowd.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:28 pm
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    Mikey! Mikey! Mikey! Ignore the broomstick and keep on hookin’. OMGosh, you know if we didn’t do things differently we would only have the same patterns and no sense of creativity. Everyone would be so bored with life and crafts would no longer exist. I love learning new things…if I don’t learn I’m a wasted being. Even though I can’t hardly afford to crochet or knit much at all I do love learning so when I do have the funds I already know what I want to do and how to do it. I love seeing everyone on Crochet Crowd and the videos.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:28 pm
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    Mikey, it is because of you that I even picked up a crocheting hook after not touching a knitting needle or crocheting hook in 20 years. Everyone is correct we all learn differently. I can NOT read a pattern. I need the visual. You make it fun. If you can teach something easier or show a variation. Who cares? She needs to get her hook out of her butte. Better yet. Let her sit and spin in it

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:26 pm
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    Mike y I thank you for your time and dedication to people like me who want to learn new things and are open to adjust to different styles and techniques. I learned to crochet with your tutorials, but I adjusted your techniques, plus I have read books, investigated with other crocheters and made my own style to crochet, cheat and/or improve in crocheting. So what ever this person thinks is wrong is just simply irrelevant.
    So Mike keep calm and Crochet your anger off. πŸ˜‰ Love you!

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:25 pm
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    I don’t think I’ve followed a pattern exactly in my life. Sometimes the patterns have mistakes ! Knowing how to compensate for the mistakes or just being CREATIVE and doing something a little different is my prerogative. I don’t sign a contract when I use a pattern that says “no deviating from the pattern.” To be a good crocheter you need to know about short-cuts, substituting, understanding how particular stitches affect the design etc. Sometimes you can make a pattern “better” (at least for you) by using a little of your own creativity and know-how. Maybe she can’t do any of this and is like a sheep that has to follow along. Anyway I think you’re a great teacher: very creative, down-to-earth and practical in your methods. I always refer people that want to learn to crochet to your tutorials. So as we use to say when I was a teen: Keep on Trucking.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:25 pm
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    Wow, someone had a bad day!! I love the way you teach, don’t cave to the uptight perfectionist!

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm
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    I have learned several things from watching your tutorials. I find them extremely helpful. Not everyone learns in the same way. I have a harder time reading, and understanding the patterns. I do SO much better when I have someone to show me how. I am a more visual learner. This lady is most likely from a different era in crochet, and learned by reading a pattern. The resources we have now, have not always been available. The beauty of creating things, is it is an expression of us. Her way is not wrong, and yours or mine is not wrong either. I appreciate all the help and tips you have shared.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:22 pm
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    Sounds like someone is extremely jealous of your creative crochet capabilities – from interacting online with your many fans, to improvising a pattern to suit your plans. There is very little science to crochet, just basic understanding of stitches and how they work – which is then utilized as an art form to create functional and aesthetically pleasing pieces. Most people I’ve ever met modify pattern instructions to suit themselves. What an uninteresting and unfulfilling practice crochet would be if we didn’t. There seems to be a kill-joy in every crowd whose cutting remarks stem almost exclusively from envy & covetousness. Do your thing, Mikey. We all (well, ALMOST all of us!) love you.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:21 pm
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    There are people who are not happy, no matter what! “This lady” sounds like she is one of those people. Maybe she is just a tad bit jealous of what you have built with your hard work. You have opened a whole new world in crochet for me, something “this lady” could never have done. Teaching an old dog new tricks is not en easy task but you have managed to do so. I see a major difference in the way I crochet now compared to just a year or so ago. I’ve been crocheting for over 40 years but feel like I am just really learning how with your help. Thanks Mikey!

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:21 pm
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    My mom would have loved your videos. She was a visual learner and to follow paper instructions was impossible. I am basically the same way. It only takes one bad comment o bring us down, don’t let her bring you down. You encourage too many and discourage only a handful.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:21 pm
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    Some people have the gift of being about to teach people how to do things. Other’s are one sighted and lack the patience in which to do so or are extremely critical not giving the encouragement or building up someone’s self confidence to keep trying. Not everyone everyone learns in the same manner. Not everyone does thing’s the same way. The people who love you for what you do and help them learn to do, by far outweigh the negative people, who obviously were never taught that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything all all. The anonymity of the internet also seems to make some people forget that they are conversing with an actual living entity who has feelings & emotions. Just keep your chin up, take a deep breath, have a cup of tea and crochet your little heart away.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:20 pm
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    OK first off I want to say…..haters are gonna hate. The one thing that comes to mind here though is how many patterns have mistakes? My mother is an experienced crocheter and seamstress and she has run into many mistakes in patterns throughout the years. Another thing is how is a person expected to become creative to create their own works if they aren’t taught alternative methods of reaching the same goal? I never follow an exact recipe, I look at them and allow them to inspire me to cook something similar. Crochet patterns can be used in that same sense. You put yourself out there every day on the net and to fans who love and appreciate all that you do. Trolls should just disappear, their opinion is usually interjected where it is unwanted and unnecessary. Keep up the good work and keep the faith Mikey. You do an amazing job and I love the cheats, tips and tricks that you share with us.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:16 pm
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    Mikey she is one person. You have many behind you on this. We love you and every post or video you put up. Put her and her comments out of your mind, come down off that ceiling fan. Love you and the whole Crochet Crowd.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:16 pm
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    Maybe she is a designer. I’ve heard that if you change 5 things the pattern is now yours. I think that’s why some patterns are so hard to follow…someone changed 5 things to make it their pattern. You cut through that and find us the shortcuts that take us back to the basicness of a pattern, it’s less intimidating and encourages us to try new things. There are so many of us, thousands, that appreciate you so much, just swat that gnat and carry on.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:16 pm
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    Mikey, I have been crocheting since I was a child(too many years to give a number) and have made the same project over and over and no two are the same. I think this woman is just jealous because you do a much better job than she can and are a man. Keep on keeping on. Your followers all love you.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:15 pm
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    I think that you can see how well thought of you are from the comments made here. We are each entitled to our own thoughts and ideas but without input from others how would we know what is most to our own liking. Unfortunately some folks just have to disagree with others to make themselves feel better, I hope this lady is as happy in her own little world as the rest of us are in our great big one. Please keep up your outstanding job of showing us your super ideas, tips and shortcuts, along with the patterns and challenges that make crocheting fun.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:14 pm
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    Patterns are not written on stone. I love what you do!

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:12 pm
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    I came back to crocheting after about 30yrs. I was never very good in the first place but I loved it. My big comeback was with the octagon/square afgan. I made it in beautiful bright colours and gave it to my granddaughter for her birthday. I was so impressed with myself and its ALL BECAUSE OF YOU MIKEY. I love your videos, and all your cheats (so called) I look at it as just another way of doing things. I always tinker when I am baking so I don’t see any different here. Thank you for being you and for teaching an old broad new tricks. Don’t ever stop. Love you.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:12 pm
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    I have encountered people with the same attitude as this lady and totally ignored their comments and actions. When presenting my finished project (with the oops and altered pattern), that same person praised my work. My humble opinion is that these people need and use these antics to get attention.
    Continue to do things your way and those that don’t agree can take the highway.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm
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    Not to be offensive, but why does what this person say matter? Does she sign your paycheck? Can she adversely affect your life or livelihood? If the answer to any of those questions is no/nothing, then delete the email and move on.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm
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    I taught myself to crochet when I was 8 years old with the aid of a “how to” book. No one I knew knew how to crochet. I spent weeks struggling my way through that book. How wonderful it would have been to have had a site like this to help me out. I know I probably developed my own “techniques” from learning this way, but for over 45 years, they’ve served me well. We are not drones. Part of the beauty of the craft is that 20 people from all over the world can take the same pattern and each come up with their own individual version of the finished product. If this wasn’t the case, we might as well just go with machine made. Keep up the good work, keep on inspiring and teaching others. And by doing so, teach them that it’s ok for them to be creative too!

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:09 pm
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    She will probably say that holding a hook knife style is incorrect too. ( I hold it knife style ) I would tell her to get a life and enjoy it. Love tips and hints if it makes things fun and enjoyable. Yes i love a challenge in a new pattern, but sometimes, patterns arent perfectly written. Keep doing what you do Mikey, we love it.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:09 pm
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    There are NO crochet police!!! Thank Goodness!!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:09 pm
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    There is always a better or easier way to do something. Nothing wrong with improvising. Shortcuts are time saving. Being so rigid as to only stick to the instructions then if the instructions are wrong your only option is to quit. How is that a better teaching tactic? We have to improvise… Keep doing what you’re doing. There are many more people who benifit from your instruction than who are just being… Well nuff said.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:08 pm
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    Please do not let Anal people get on your nerves. This person probably has no real life. You got us an you are totally loved and highly appreciated.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm
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    That woman must live under a rock, and have the IQ of one. First of all, I was just recently made aware of The Crochet Crowd, so I’ve not seen any of your tutorials. Anyone who thinks that “improvising” and “cheating” are the same thing is way off base . Check the definitions. I have been crocheting ( And knitting) for over 60 years. When I was younger I would follow a new pattern the way it was written. After that I did my own thing. Now I can, and do, change sizes, colors, yarns, gauges, etc. I have found stitch patterns that I liked, and then used for everything, with no pattern. I assumed that everyone did the same. Just think how utterly dull and dreary that woman’s world must be. To me, there’s no life without imagination and creativity.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:06 pm
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    Dear, dear Mikey! Don’t let her negativity spoil your truly positive approach to life. You are a blessing to most of us. I’m afraid she may not be a creative person and the only way she can finish a project is to follow the pattern to the letter. I appreciate your tips. Also, your tutorials have been a blessing to me. Keep up the good work.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:05 pm
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    I prefer to know tips and tricks and I thank you for sharing them. Thank God for people like you who can teach imperfect people like me. But then im glad that im not as perfect and boring as that person who sent you that letter.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:05 pm
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    Just keep doing what your doing, if they dont like it they dont need to watch it/look at it. We all clearly love it, keep up the good work, I am entering My first challange, the happy hearts afghan. <3

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:05 pm
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    Ach, tell her, and anyone else that doesn’t like your videos/teaching etc to go pound sand. 99.99% of your followers appreciate you and what you do. So “Miss panties-in-a-twist” put that in your pipe and smoke it, and leave Mikey alone!

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:04 pm
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    Where dose she think all the wonderful stitches we use today came from. The history of crochet is that it started out as a simple fabric made from what we call slip stitches and has developed from there has we experiment and evolve. This is what I love about all art forms.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:03 pm
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    I wouldn’t let her “Opinion” get to you .. It is just that “Her Opinion” . As you said we are ALL human and each of us makes mistakes .. I feel that you are doing a GREAT job !!! Please continue on in what you are doing . I am almost 50 ( March ) and I have been crocheting since I was 10 years old .. That said – I am still learning to make my craft better each day .. All of us are on a journey each day and it is up to us to either improve by learning new ways of doing things or to not grow and be set in our ways . Apparently she is set in her ways but I wouldn’t let her comments in the email she sent to you get to you even though it wasn’t appropriate for her to “judge” how you do what you do to make the craft of crochet easier for all of us that love it !! Chin up and Crochet On !!

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:03 pm
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    I am stunned!! What a fine cheek this woman has. Like someone said, she cannot think out of the box – so tell her to get back in, close it & switch off the light.
    I just LOVE your videos and I have been crocheting for more than 40 years!! I learned to crochet when I was 11, to knit when I was 5.
    Your video on using the Sashay yarns were better to follow than my friend trying to show me!! And it was easier…I have knitted 2 scarves & crocheted 1!
    Often when I crochet and see that something doesn’t work, I add a chain or do 1 less dc or whatever will rectify the problem. I didn’t know it was against the rules…LOL!! Who wrote the rules??
    Your videos are my go-to if I’m not sure about a stitch or need some inspiration.
    Bring on the short-cuts, cheating, etc. we love it!!!
    I also think she is a bit jealous, almost not worth a second thought.
    As you can see, we support you and enjoy your posts, you inspire me!
    Hugs from Cape Town, South Africa
    Rene

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:02 pm
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    Crochet is a CREATIVE activity. What I love MOST about the hobby that I picked up about four years ago is that I have the FREEDOM to adjust what I see to what I LIKE. IT’S NOT SCIENCE. We should each be allowed to add our own personal twist to what we create. Just like when I cook a new recipe. I may try to follow the recipe exactly the first time, but if I like it enough to make it twice, I start changing it to my own design. I feel sorry for the woman who lives her life that rigidly. I hope that she is able to loosen up and relax before she causes herself some permanent damage. Keep doing what you are doing. Your video (and the little cheats in them) are helping us all understand that we can DO IT OUR WAY (to copy Frank Sinatra just a bit)!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:02 pm
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    Mikey, I have something to confess…sometimes I cheat from your cheating techniques!!! LOL, you are a wonderful teacher, I love your videos, I wish I had more tome to watch them!!! Keep going!!!

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    I’d rather see creativity than strict rule/pattern following. Even
    Teachers make mistakes, that’s what inspires creativity in
    students.

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm
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    As a beginner I think you should teach the absolute correct way to do a stitch/pattern just so I know the absolute correct way — BUT, as you continue through the video I would then appreciate the shortcuts that you know to make it easier for me. That way I know both ways, and I have a choice of which one I prefer.

    That woman is a banana-cake and shouldn’t be allowed to have public contact on the internet. She obviously is much more PERFECT than we are Mikey – so go with the flow! You are doing an excellent job and YOU are the reason I am crocheting. No one else, just little ole’ you did that – and I thank you so much for that!

    Block the crazy woman and HOOK ON!

    Love you!
    XOXOXO

    Lu Ann

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm
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    Mikey if it wasn’t for you I would have never had the courage to learn new stitches. Please don’t let some narrow minded person stop you from helping all of us continue to excel in our craft. It’s people like that, that suck the joy if life out of everyone because they are truly miserable people at heart. Hook on my friend and may we see new exciting things from you soon!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm
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    You know I am from the south, so we think differently from most people. If you don’t like how someone does something or teaches then don’t watch them. It is not that hard to figure out. And everyone thinks we act like Honey Boo Boo and her family. I thought the point of your job is to get everyone that wants to learn crocheting. I have turned several people that I have met the crochet onto your site. I think you are easy to understand and follow. I have yet to see a college or university that offers a degree in crocheting, so I don’t think there is really a right or wrong. Even if there was, it is a craft or art like a chef, dancer or musician. You learn and then you expand on your own and learn then that work for you. It is nice to have someone to show what works for them. Keep doing you are doing Mickey and ignore the ignorant people that have nothing better to do then pull people down. Take the Carrie Underwood approach and pray for them.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:58 pm
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    Tell her she has the option of looking elsewhere to get her crochet info. Maybe even have her own site as she is so perfect.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:57 pm
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    Mikey, I have been crocheting since I was in high school 45 yrs ago, stopped for 15 yrs then saw your posts on FB and I am back, loving it even more. I taught myself after I asked my Mom to teach me how and my mom handed me a book with all the basic stitches and said, “learn the basics then create”. Now that I am back, I needed some help in refreshing my mind on how to do things. I just LOVE, love, love your methods of teaching. You are such a huge help to us oldies and newbies. One of the newest things I learned from you was the “finishing off method”. OMG I am in heaven now that I don’t have to try and weave all those ends through. All I can say is “where have you been all my life?”, lol. You are great, Keep on doing what you do. You are the BEST!

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:54 pm
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    Mikey, first and foremost I want to thank you for all you do and all the time you devote to doing it. As for this woman’s comment, to her I would ask “where would the world be if people did not try to create or improve on what currently existed? There would never been a wheel which has developed into all kinds of modes of transportation. There would not have been cures for life threatening illnesses. Columbus would never have discovered America. And on, and on, and on.” I for one have yet to see a pattern that said “You must follow all parts of this pattern 100% or you CAN NOT use it”

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:53 pm
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    Hi Mikey, This is unbelievable. It is not heart surgery, it is a craft and an artist can take the creative advantage as they desire. She is not even worthy of a response. I had always wanted to learn to crochet and was never successful until I found your videos. Your humor, wisdom and expertise made something so hard to me seem like a breeze. I love your teaching technique, telling us about mistakes and how to correct and make things easy is why I love to crochet now. I read patterns now with no difficulty and keep challenging myself to make something new. You create an environment for success. Love ya, keep doing what you do so well. Cindy from Las Vegas!

    Cindy O’Keefe Sent from my iPad cindyokeefe020@gmail.com 702-591-6006

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  • January 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm
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    Don’t let her get to you. Some people are only happy when they make someone else miserable. The amount of your responses should tell you how much everyone thinks of you. That alone speaks volume! My mom and I started crocheting 10 weeks ago. You are the one who has taught us the most and you explain it very well. We would not be crocheting without you and your videos. When people stop us in the stores, we tell them to go to your webpage and videos. Thank You for being yourself!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm
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    So if she doesn’t like how you teach, then don’t watch it! Since when are your tutorials forced upon the unwilling? Anyone who gets that up in arms about something so trivial should find something more useful to do with their time. You can’t do or say anything without having someone complain. It’s a FREE service we are all lucky to be able to take advantage of.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm
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    ok, here’s the skinny! If you stop then I hunt YOU down! There is one in every crowd, don’t listen to that person and keep up the wonderful work you all do! Trying to be a lady here. My guess she don’t fart so she has to complain about something> ( had a sister in law like that and she NEVER farted, I swear they get so grumpy!! trying to be perfect! )

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:50 pm
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    I too am appalled at what this woman said! I APPRECIATE “cheats” and short cuts. There are other tutorials I’ve seen that will show short cuts or ” an easier way” to do a particular stitches. You’re not the only 1 who’s done this. I ‘m in your corner!

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:49 pm
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    Hi I’m new to crocheting, with your tutorials I have made a few things I have never been able to learn before from no one…… With your help I’m learning to read patterns that no one has been able to teach me….. You keep doing what your doing and don’t listen or care about what others say

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:48 pm
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    She has her point of view. She has expressed it, rather nastily it sounds like. That’s her right I guess, although obviously she never learned what even my 5 year old knows – ‘if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.’ As is it your, my and it seems the majority of your followers right to discern that she is a raging, rigid, rude moron and to ignore her. Crocheting is a skill and an art, just like painting. In her world there must only be paint by numbers. Sad really.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:47 pm
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    Mikey I think that there is almost at least one negative person in the crowd and this person is the one that said that about you, please just disregard her or him and go on doing what you are doing. I am crocheting today because of your videos, you are the best and funny to boot! grandma sam

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:47 pm
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    Mickey don’t change what your doing or how your doing it. I agree with you whole heatedly and that woman is deranged.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:46 pm
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    Wasn’t done with my comments … I am 60 years old and have been crocheting since I was young. YOU HAVE BROUGHT ME BACK TO THE CRAFT! Every party needs s pooper and we found ours. I teach knitting and crocheting and have picked up and teach your way. You are amazing … keep up the good work and don’t let one opinion burst your bubble. Let it roll … right away … you wouldn’t have the followers you do if we felt that way. Why is she following you anyway. Why does she watch? She’s one in a million … thousands anyway that feels like that. Take it for that and don’t take heed to her opinions. Some people are just miserable people and their joy in life is making others miserable. You inspire so many thousands … know that and no we don’t feel that way at all.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:46 pm
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    Oh my goodness! I’m so sorry you had to go through this! You are a wonderful teacher and from the looks of these comments, she is the only one who thinks otherwise. For as bad as she made you feel I hope that the love that has been shown to you from all of us has helped make you feel better about how you teach. I have watched some of your tutorials and have thought…oh, I do that too!…when I wasn’t sure if I was doing it right. So I think it has been said by everyone here…don’t change a thing. You ARE perfect the way you are!

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:45 pm
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    Sounds like somebody ought to lighten up. She also sounds like a very regimented person and very rigid in her thinking. Her only other option is to NOT FOLLOW your tutorials, if that makes her happy. She does not have the right to tell you how to run your business.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:45 pm
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    I have to say if you didn’t show us tips or change things on some of the patterns, I probably wouldn’t be at the level I am in crochet. You have taught me so much in a very short time. Everyone learns different and puts their own twist on things, somethings can make it better some not, but don’t let drama queens like this woman (and I say that loosely) get to you. Keep up what you do we need you.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:45 pm
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    You are awesome. Some people aren’t happy unless they are causing trouble. I love your videos and yes I do know how to read a pattern. Keep it up Mikey.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:45 pm
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    I have an Idea, let her do a video and see how she does. I have been crocheting and knitting since I was ten ( I’m 69 now) and I learned from a very dear aunt. She said that the only perfect thing in this world is God.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:45 pm
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    The green monster is rearing it’s ugly head. I believe that all forms of needlework are ART. By definition art is…the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance. All that you do is ART! It is a beautiful and pleasing. How you get there is irrelevant. IMHO…of course. And Mikey always remember the saying, “You can please some of the people some of the time. You can please all of the people some of the time. But you can’t please all of the people all of the time.”

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:43 pm
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    To be short and sweet, SHE’S JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Probably doesn’t have the ability to think abstractly enough to see other views in her mind of the pattern done in other ways. Might also be an OCD person. Everything has to be just so all the time. Black and white, no gray area(creativity). Just sayin’!!!!! Mikey, you do an absolutely wonderful job. This is one of those times when you let the criticism go right over your head and you keep on truckin’ at what you, Diva Dan and Cathy do so well.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:41 pm
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    i for one like the videos as i have no one to teach me how to crochet and if there is an easier way to do things i say go for it (only problem i have is the patterns are in American terms or English and i get confused).But keep doing what you are doing .

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:41 pm
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    Dear darling Mikey- that woman is a foolish purist, and needs to start her own perfection blog if she minds your tips- I have often made large afghans and shawls and found mistakes made in row 3 when on row 120-sorry, but there is No Way I am unpicking everything to fix it- please remember that it is tradition, with craftsmen and craft guilds, to make sure that everything they make has a small flaw-so as not to offend the being who they considered the only perfect being, God,-and that it is the pottery which has a “mistake” which becomes most collectable in later years-once, when making a pot, I left a thumbprint on the base with my fingerprint in it- was busy smoothing it out when my teacher told me to stop-because it was unique-In this time of factory reproduction and machines, making things by hand has as one of its greatest gift to us, a personal, loving touch- I still have the last jersey my grandmother ever knitted, before she had a stroke that stopped all that for her-What you do is so lovely and really important-you share with such kindness and care-dont let silly mechanistic people get in the way of your gifts and grace-poor woman, she is obviously struggling with her creativity, if your sharing makes her so silly-there is no “right” and “wrong” way to do something like crocheting-there is only what works for you-and what you do Helps so much, its really a gift to us all-Thank you

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:41 pm
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    Such an ugly thing to say to someone that is so giving. No one does anything exactly 100% the same way. Ignore that woman, there are some ugly people out there and I’m sure she has some kind of mental block and can’t follow a pattern to save her life and is blaming you when the problem is hers.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:40 pm
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    I have to agree with all these people. Everything changes with time new and improved yarns as well as needles and hooks. Not to mention the looms they have now so people don’t even have to use needles. Someone needs to get a life, open your eyes it’s 2014, bet she can’t use a computer or a smart phone either…

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:39 pm
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    If it wasn’t for you and your online tutorials I wouldn’t be learning to crochet at all. As you said everyone learns in different ways. I am a visual learner and tried to learn from books and patterns. It didn’t work. Then I found your wonderful youtube channel and it finally all made sense. In the past month, since learning your techniques, I’ve made 2 scarves, 2 dog sweaters and I’m half done an afgan. You showed me through your online tutorials the things that I needed to know to make all this. You are an inspiration and you teach in a way that easy to learn. You make learning fun. Keep on teaching and making those online tutorials. There are many of us out here that love them. Thank you for all off you hard work because it is greatly appreciated.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:39 pm
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    Holy, I had only heard of quiltzilla’s never a crochetzilla until now. Ignore her and carry on with what you are doing. I don’t crochet but enjoy your tips and seems to me you have more than enough people who enjoy what you do and how you do it. Maybe the green eyed monster has a hold on her. No matter what you say in response to her it will be seen as an engagement in her mind and you will never win no matter what. She has now had her 15 minutes, time to move on.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:38 pm
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    Thank you for teaching the way you do. I can follow what you do. As far as reading patterns I am a visual learner so please continue what you do. And besides who knows if her methods are correct or not? Who made her in charge ? Again please keep up the good work.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:38 pm
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    so sorry! so why not just turn off your video instead of an attack! Thanks for all you have taught me and all the encouragement I get from my crowd!

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:37 pm
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    Keep on keeping on doing what you do best. Haters will hate regardless. Mind over matter. We don’t mind because they don’t matter. Go Mikey!

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    First I must say this is balogna! What attracts me to your videos is just exactly what she is complaining about. We ALL have found ways to improvise … in knitting and crocheting .. in life! I truly appreciate you.sharing your ways if doing things and in doing so you are following the pattern and the end result is the same. Don’t change a thing Mike! We love you just the way you teach us! Its nice to have a true and honest teacher … one that shows us the reality of the art of crocheting. I am a

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:37 pm
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    If she doesn’t like it, then stay off the site. We love your teaching style. Isn’t everything open to new ways to improve? Just because it was done a certain way doesn’t mean it is the right way. I for one love the way you teach and explain things. Keep up the great work.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:36 pm
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    Wonders if it is jealousy on that woman’s part, or maybe she hasn’t picked up her pills at the drug store yet. Whatever, it is her problem. Good simply be someone who isn’t happy unless she is bitching about something. Sad to be her.

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      *Could simply be . . .* I should say

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:36 pm
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    Mikey, when I decided to learn crochet, and I didn’t have any grandmothers around to teach me to, I turned to youtube. I tried many different videos of many different ladies, they didn’t get me anywhere, I almost threw my hooks and yarn out of the window. Then I stumbled upon your tutorials, and within a day I produced perfect samples of the different main stitches, a circle, and a granny square. You are my hero πŸ™‚ That was more than a year ago, and since then crochet is my thing.
    When this lady says that you are only allow to follow the pattern, never improvise, it’s like saying to a cook, to always follow the recipe, never change anything. Well, she might make a decent cook, but she, in her narrow, limited little world, will never be the masterchef that you are πŸ™‚

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:35 pm
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    Mikey, please don’t change a thing you’re doing. I turn to you every time something has me stumped and look forward to seeing what you’re up to next. That person is WAY out of line with her criticism because she’s talking about one of the fiber ARTS! Art should be about expressing ideas, emotions and individuality. What we as artists need is to learn the basics then how to work around them to suit what we want to express. You encourage that in everything you do. You inspire us all to think beyond the “rules” and make each project our own. Just keep on doing exactly what you (and the Crowd) have been working so hard on.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:35 pm
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    Crochet is an ART. There are no right or wrong ways to do anything.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm
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    Mikey..keep calm and carry on. Anger is frequently misdirected jealousy. It sounds like she considers herself a “purist” but what the rest of us would call wrapped too tight ! I think that most people these days have many things going on and anything that makes the creative process more enjoyable is just fine. The end product is the same and if you do not enjoy it what is the point? I have been crocheting for many many years and love your tutorials.I can’t tell you how many times I watch something and say OHHH thats a cool/easier/neat way to do that.We can always learn from fellow artists. Sounds to me like her main issue is that a BOY is crocheting…..and she is going to have a lonnnnngggggg wait until you stop teaching. You are golden..keep on doing what you do best ! We love you !

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:32 pm
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    First I must say this is balogna! What attracts me to your videos is just exactly what she is complaining about. We ALL have found ways to improvise … in knitting and crocheting .. in life! I truly appreciate you.sharing your ways if doing things and in doing so you are following the pattern and the end result is the same.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:31 pm
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    The art of learning a new craft is daunting to say the least. Learning crochet techniques by watching and listening to experiences teachers really help. I have seen a lot of different videos and in each one there is always something that the instructor did different from the other. Sure a pattern looks better when you follow the pattern but if there are different techniques to achieving the same look what’s the big deal. There is no right or wrong way in creating something. We would be the stepford world if that was the case. Forget about that lady, like my son would say, she’s just a hater cause she’s jealous of your talents. Keep doing what you’re doing.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:31 pm
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    Mickey sometimes it’s better to ignore the ignorant! Maybe she was having a bad day, or maybe she sells patterns and pushes yarn. Just disregard her! You are a blessing to us that are always looking for a better or different way. I recently found a number of errors of one of the biggest pattern pushers and I phoned them and emailed the correction and they hated to admit they screwed up! Terrible since I paid well for the pattern. You just smile when you read this ladies comments or block hew!

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:30 pm
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    True works of art and creativity can be found when you don’t “follow the pattern.” Mikey’s tutorials have inspired so many people to have the courage to crochet when they might have thought they couldn’t or where held back by the fear of making a mistake. There will always be people who are afraid of genuine talent and creativity. The writer of the email must be one of those.

    I for one am grateful for Mikey and all he has done. He is such an inspiration and I am thankful to have a safe place to come and enjoy the crochet community!

    Thanks Mikey – so sorry that you had to encounter such a unfair and untrue comment!

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:30 pm
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    I always change up patterns unless I am being paid to make an item from a specific pattern…and that is rather boring. When I crochet…it feels like art…just like when I draw or paint. And, I will say this…to my eyes…my things turn out more beautiful than the pictures with the patterns.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:29 pm
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    Mikey, You have helped many of us who have crocheted for years and also new comers to not be afraid of doing what they want to with yarn… Pointers are pointers and I for one would love all of those pointers and any cheats that will get me a nice product I love all of those also, as they also give me more time to work on other projects when the pointers and cheats save me time….Thank you for what you do and Please don’t let the naysayer worry you, she can just unfriend you if she doesn’t like it!! Angel hugs and happy hooking.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:28 pm
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    Will tell her some of us like to think out of the box

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:28 pm
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    As a crocheter/knitter from around the World, I know one thing…..
    What’s considered the right way in one part of the World is often seen as “cheating” in another part…..
    My conclusion is: there is no right or wrong. If we all were to follow every pattern 100%, we could just as wel buy something in a store…… And who should make new patterns if no one are allowed to use creativity?
    I think she Is jalous of you……
    Even thou it doesn’t feel like it, it’s a commendation to you…. If you really were no good, she wouldn’t give you the time of day……
    Keep up the good work……

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:27 pm
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    Some people aren’t happy unless they can cause another person to be miserable. Keep up the good work and sharing what you learn thru experience to promote and teach crochet tips, techniques and keep us inspired. I share The Crochet Crowd with all crocheters I meet. I recommend your videos and tutorials whenever I can because I know you can teach the right way and give us encouragement along the way. Thanks! Keep up the good work and as the writer said, “Don’t let the jerks get you down!”

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:27 pm
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    Who died and left her boss? Nothing is ever written in stone except the Ten Commandments. Do not let someone like that deter you from your great work.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:26 pm
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    PuhLease!!!I love your methods and the mere fact that you share your talents with the crochet masses makes you an awesome professionalβ™₯ツ

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:25 pm
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    Wow, she must be sitting on her crochet hook. Its people like her that DISCOURAGE people from the relaxing, beautiful, fun way of life. Bet she has never stopped to smell a flower or change the color of a pattern to make it her own. Keep up your GREAT FUN and CREATIVE way that gets people back into the ageless art of expressing themselves without restrictions! You are one of the best things to happen to this art in many years! Love you and your stories. God bless you and may your videos live on.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:24 pm
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    The only way I have learned to crochet is having someone show me — that is how I learned 25 yrs ago from my mom. I do not read directions — I find it difficult and does not allow for my own creativity. I have a lot of things I have just figured out on my own — I consider that true art. I watched your video on the baby dress and now I am confident that I will be able to make one too. Thank you for what you do!

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:23 pm
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    honestly if i never watched your tutortials i could never have figured out crochet i am still no good at it except i make a great infinity scarf but i also have had people tell me since i cant figure out patterns i should just give up but watching your vids reading peoples comments on them helps me figure out how to do things and honestly screw patterns how many of us really follow them i bet most of us just take a glance and work it out our own way am i right. my mother in law told me there is no RIGHT or WRONG way to crochet its only YOUR way kinda makes sense right?

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:23 pm
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    Oh, my goodness! What planet did she just get off of? What is wrong with short cuts? Life is already too hectic and complex. I’m for anything that makes my life easier. She doesn’t have to watch your videos or “like” your facebook page. Obviously, she must have done some “looking”. Just tell her to “unlike” your page and get a life!

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:23 pm
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    Mikey,
    Continue what you do. Cause I know if it wasn’t for you I would not be able to crochet reading a pattern or crochet a lot more then just a granny square. There are some just down right nasty people in this world. πŸ™‚

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:22 pm
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    tell that woman to go jump somewhere. You do a great job and have helped me many a time. Keep it up

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:20 pm
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    Mikey – you are creative, and I applaud your for that! And you sincerley try to help others understand crochet from many different aspects – THAT is what a good instructor does. I have learned a lot from your videos especially trying to fix mistakes – AND WHO doesn’t make those???? – and of course learn new stitches…….. I really appreciate your approach and for the women who complained…well, bless her and let HER continue to always follow patterns which of course must always be done perfectly because it seems she doesn’t need to fix any crochet mistakes…Thank you Mikey for all you do for the crochet world!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:20 pm
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    I do not have a website, i read Mikeys comment on someone who critiqued him, it is insanity, Mikey….I read the truck driver story, i felt ur pain, you are where you are, because of what you do, and how you do it, you have all of us waiting, when you make annoucements, new patterns, everyone around me in the USA, is learning from you, not her!!!!! Stop the insanity, keep this moving!!!!! We love it and you, and the whole crochet crowd, drop her comment on the cutting room floor, where they belong TOTALLY UNJUSTIFIED!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:15 pm
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    WOW! If she saw me crochet she would have a stroke! What does she do if she finds a pattern that she LOVES and yet the pattern itself has errors in it? I REFUSE to buy the yarn that the pattern is SELLING most of the time I will find some other yarn that I love more that has the correct weight just a lot cheaper. Heck half of the time I dont even use the correct hook size!

    Keep doing what you guys are doing! There is no fun when you do the exact same thing as everyone else…

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:15 pm
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    The best answer to people like that, is ” Oh, that is an interesting way to look at it. I will look into that.” and walk away.

    Not defending the irrate person, but we don’t know what inspired them to feel that way.

    Was it hurtful to you? Did it make you less of a person? Probably yes to the first and no to the second.

    THe world is full of choices, They made their choice to live with those feelings, you don’t have to live with their feelings, live with your own feelings.

    You do a wonderful job doing what you do, when you do it and how you do it. So, “Oh, you know that is an interesting way to look at it”.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:14 pm
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    you just keep doing what you do best Mikey–teach and inspire us all. don’t let these naysayers get you all bothered. if they don’t like it they don’t have to follow us. never stop doing what you love and god gave you a graet talent so don’t waste it. love all that you do. i’ve grown as a crocheter since i’ve started following you.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:14 pm
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    Dont stop what you do. there is always at least one that has to try to spoil everything for everyone else. sounds to me like she is jealous of you and your ability to teach us how to improve our creativity

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:14 pm
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    Here’s the deal we all knit and crochet different! I have bad fibromyalgia and arthritis so I hold my yarn different than my mom taught me. A friend of mine knits left handed in a way I have never seen even though I Taught her the”right way” she essentially knits everything inside out so knits are purls and purls are knits!! Her projects turn out beautiful. We are all human and as humans we adapt and change thongs to put our own stamp on things. This person obviously is very unforgiving and ridgid if that works for her great but she needs to stop railing at the rest of us. Mikey I love your tutorials I have learned so much from them dovstop just because of one control freak!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:13 pm
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    Wow that woman needs to take a valium or the whole bottle. You are who you are and you have brought many new people into the world of crochet and have open many minds. Ignore her and delete. Keep being you. Love you do not change.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:12 pm
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    Holy cow! What sand pile did she just pull her head out of? I’m sorry that you had to experience her tirade. I for one enjoy the tips you give. Sometimes I follow your suggestions, sometimes I do things my way. That’s called free will. Conformity negates creativity. This woman needs to get a clue!
    Keep on doing what you do best. I enjoy everything you, Dan, and Kathy do for our art. ❀️❀️❀️

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:12 pm
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    If she doesn’t like it, then she shouldn’t watch it. As for me, if it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be crocheting at all. Thanks you for helping me to continue on with an art that I began to learn with my grandma but hadn’t done anything with in decades until I saw your videos.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:11 pm
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    I think that you are an excellent teacher. Crochet is an art form and I think that everyone should be encouraged to use their creativity to embellish and change patterns according to their liking. As you stated, no one is perfect, and we all need tips to help make our crochet experience more pleasurable. This is a free country and that person has a right to their opinion, but as you can see from the replies, you are very much appreciated and you are doing a great job encouraging and promoting the art form of crochet. Thank you for your dedication!

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:11 pm
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    Wow! Where to start with this one?

    First off The Crochet Crowd and all of your videos, webpages, sites etc. all belong to you. We do not pay any fees to make use of them so as far as I am concerned you can do whatever you want on them. If the woman that wrote you in unhappy with your methods she should simply look elsewhere for her patterns and inspiration. If she feels she can do a better job then she is free to go to all the work you have gone to and set up her own sites and make her own tutorials. That would be more productive than attacking you.

    Secondly, there are thousands upon thousands of people now crocheting that would not have been able to do it without you and your tutorials. If that does not make you fit to be a teacher of crochet, I don’t know what does. In fact, I have been crocheting for over forty years and I have learned some new stitches and techniques from you so again I say “Yes. You are a crochet teacher.”

    Further, I have purchased many patterns that had mistakes in them. If I were to follow the patterns as printed the finished project would not have been correct and would not have been what I or the creator of the pattern intended. To say you have to stick to the printed pattern is simply ridiculous.

    Keep up the great teaching Mikey! There are lots of us content to continue to learn from you.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:11 pm
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    Mikey, in order to be online successfully, you have to have a tough hide. None of us can know why this one woman went off the deep end, but don’t let her get to you. It isn’t personal – it’s online! People feel they have the right to ‘say’ things online, where there is total anonymity, that they would never say in real life. Sad, but true! She has her own set of issues, and I wish her the best. But you need to choose to let it slide off, and continue doing just what you’re doing – it is obviously working!! All the best to you!!

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    keep on keepin on Mickey>maybe she is jealous because she can’t improvise..I have learned from your videos (as well as others’) the c2c was giving me nightmares..now I got it. I would say she was having a bad day, or something…DON’T CHANGE…

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:10 pm
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    Don’t let her steal your joy. You are an expert at what you do and just stay focused on what you know to be true. Evict her negative attitude from your head … You have tons of support!

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:09 pm
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    This world is full of all kinds of people. From the comments that person left we can tell who is creative and who is so restricted they will never have any fun in life. Go Mikey!

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:09 pm
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    Mikey, I have been crocheting for more than 35 years, and I thoroughly enjoy your blog, newsletter, website, & tutorials, AND I have learned a great deal from you about style, technique, and creativity. That this woman would take the time to try to tear you down says to me that she is a jealous, frustrated person who has had her own creativity squashed, suppressed, and stuffed inside the box of “following directions.” While she was wrong to attack you the way she did, the only emotion she is worth from you is pity. Her opinion means nothing to you – it’s all about her, and you don’t have to own that. Keep doing what you’re doing – you’re fantastic! (And that’s an opinion you can take to heart! :-))

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:08 pm
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    I read somewhere about different levels of skill in crocheting, and one of the higher levels is when you can not only read and follow patterns, but adapt them for your own purposes. It seems to me that doing things your own way is actually evidence that you are an expert. If that doesn’t convince you, then your huge, global following speaks for itself. πŸ™‚ I hope you keep doing what you are doing, because you are making crochet accessible to so many people, and that is awesome.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:07 pm
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    WOW, I’m speechless. I’ve followed your videos and love you, you “crochet phoney”. Please don’t stop what you are doing. I have learned lots from you and have made some amazing stuff because of your tutorials and encouragement. It’s unfortunate that some people feel the need to share what this person did……..why? to make you feel horrible? make themselves feel better than you?

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:06 pm
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    Mikey, I have been watching your crochet videos and learning how to expand my crochet skills for over a year. I love that you do things differently, expand on patterns and ideas, etc. Anyone can just follow a pattern, but to add creativity to it and change it gives all of us permission to grown and try new things. I’ve seen so many new techniques in crochet in the last year, not just from you but from others as well. And it seems to me that as a technique is stretched one way, someone expands on it more another way and you have another whole creation. It’s a wonderful process to watch and is what has kept me crocheting.
    You have thousands of followers who love you Mikey. I know you are a very sensitive person, but dump out that one grain of sand in your shoe that’s bugging you and carry on. People who criticize others are only trying to make themselves feel better.
    Shirley – I love the statement “don’t let idiots rent space in your mind.”

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      Mikey. I would say that this woman lacks imagination and creativity and only knows how to copy what someone else designed. She has no originality and doesn’t have the drive to do something on her own. That’s why I love crochet, if you can’t get the pattern, you can always go your own way. That doesn’t make it a mistake, it shows creativity, which she very obviously does not have. Keep doing your own thing Mikey. You aee great at it. Maybe she will unlike this group and we’ll all be the better for that. Keep hooking.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:06 pm
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    Good Lawd! Mikey, she’s obviously just jealous and/or a drama queen with nothing else better to do in her life. I pity the poor soul. Keep doing what you’re doing my friend. You’re fabulous!

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:06 pm
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    First off, Mikey, you can’t fix stupid! You are helping hundreds of people come back to an art that many walked away from because of people like this. I have never seen ANYTHING that you have done that would deserve this type of ridicule. I , myself have crocheted for around 45 years and was taught the “exact” methods and some of the instructions now I have to use your tutorials to understand. This is probably someone that is trying to teach and is not an effective teacher so therefore she is after anyone that people turn to for help. I would consider it an honor that you are able to correct her mistakes with her students! I have prided myself on being an honest person and if you were not a great teacher I would say that there might be a basis for this, I can not say that, you are excellent and go many miles over to help and teach. Again, Mikey, “You can’t fix stupid!”

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    Mikey , you are doing a wonderful job. You continue to do your thing. This is not worth getting your knickers all knotted up over. Miserable people try to make everyone else miserable. You have to let things like that roll off your back like water off a duck. Besides all that if we did not change things on patterns we would never come up with new stuff and it would all be very boring. Let the creativity flow!!!!!

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    The only thing I can say is “I love you Mickey”. Continue helping us. Regards from MΓ©xico. Emma

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:03 pm
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    Mikey, keep on doing what you do, creativity is not only the end product, but the process, and we will ALL have a different process. What will work for one person will not work for another. Some people ( such as yourself) are CREATIVE enough to find new ways to accomplish the result, and sharing that process speaks to a wonderfully generous heart and spirit. Don’t let the control issue haters get you down.

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:03 pm
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    Please bear with me, as this is the first I’ve ever responded or “blogged” before. Reading your blog about this person’s remarks struck a note of intollerance with BS I’ve accquired over the years. Just as so many others have stated here, how is it she knows about your tips and tricks for improvising? Maybe she possesses a neediness to be critiical of others. She obviously is from the school of ‘Connect the Dots’ where independent thinking is frowned upon. I do hope you are not wasting your precious energy with annimosity towards people like her. Everyone who follows your posts appreciates your skill, energy and creativity. Your site has aided me immensley with my return to crochetting and many times I have made my own patterns from what skills I’ve picked up with experience. I’ve done this with crochet, sewing, and needlepoint over the course of my lifetime. I enjoy your posts and your patterns and espeically your videos. Understanding the stiches and knowing how they should look aides me with improvising when necessary… which, in turn, feeds my creativity.

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    I have tried to do the project I am making 100% according to the pattern but I usually make mistakes and decide to just keep going and see what happens! I had a pattern that asked that I make a cross type stitch in it and I didn’t and the afghan I was making turned out beautifully! It is not always necessary to go by the pattern 100% unless maybe if you have to maintain a shaped or a certain size! But there maybe ways around that too! I want to thank you for your tips and go arounds for crocheting! They really do help!

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:02 pm
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    I wonder if she follows the directions on the toilet paper package
    exactly how to wipe her butt?

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:02 pm
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    Ignor the woman. Your supporters outweight one negative woman

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm
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    Good Heavens to Betsy!!!! I’ve been crocheting for nearly 40 years. I use some of the same adaptations that you do. Most people would view a person able to alter a pattern to suit them, or modify a pattern to use the yarn you have handy or you prefer, or to rectify a mistake without a major re-working of many minutes (or even hours) of work wasted to be an expert! I guess this lady views the HUNDREDS of crocheted items I’ve made as amateur efforts. Well she can kiss my grits as I’ve enjoyed every single minute and have made gifts that will be heirlooms.

    I love your videos and recommend them to everyone who wants to learn crochet. You’ve even taught this old dog a few tricks! πŸ˜‰ Keep doing what you do best and forget this unhappy, critical woman.

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    Just ignore her, I taught a student who knew she had a mistake in her sweater that she was being creative . If she did the same stitch when called for it would be her creative ability at work. how encouraging is that! She went away very happy, so there lady un named lady!

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm
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    Tell her to mind her own business and go and scratch . πŸ™‚ hehe.
    Focus on the positive !

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:58 pm
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    I say the proof is always in the pudding. Mikey= Crochet Crowd; great instructions, tips and tutorials, as well as the generous encouragement he gives to all, beginner or expert, always has a kind word.
    On the other hand is this “Crochet Nazi” = zero ability to appreciate the creativity and vision of others; most likely due to a lack of creativity and vision on her own. Quite possibly nothing would be satisfactory to her. Truly unkind.
    Please, Mikey! I know she got under your skin, but it was a waste of your time to give her any mention. Just keep the good stuff coming! People will be learning from you for a long time after you retire the hook. BRAVO!

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    Please continue doing what you are doing Mikey. The person who sent the email needs her meds adjusted, and you should ignore her. This is YOUR site, your creativity, you can do whatever you want!!! I think the more popular you become, the more some people will try to beat you down. Ignore them and try to focus on all your friends who admire you and what you do. Vicky

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:58 pm
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    I learned to crochet when I was 12 years old. Since then I have learned a few new techniques, but I have to say that I have learned more from you, & your tutorials, than I could have learned following a pattern 100%. Some patterns are difficult to understand (I’m more of a visual learner) and I greatly appreciate the TIME & EFFORT you have put into each of the tutorials!

    Keep on keeping on, Mikey; and Diva Dan, too!!!!

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    Oh Mikey, I love your tutorials and your techniques, you have helped me and inspired me so much. I use to say that if I could only do one craft it would be knitting, I am a good knitter, but I never thought of myself as much of a crocheter until I found you. Now, I couldn’t think of not crocheting. I do both now. Thank you so much and don’t stop what you are doing for no one. This person is obviously jealous of your amazing talent.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:58 pm
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    Mikey,

    For YEARS (decades) I have struggled to learn how to crochet. I’ve read books. I’ve tried to follow diagrams. I’ve attended classes with Crochet Divas who seemed hell-bent on letting me know that I’m a helpless cause, that I should, perhaps, find another hobby. I’ve watched countless YouTube videos of people zipping through a piece while I mournfully look at the tangled mess of yarn in my fingers and scream. Finally, I found your videos. I had to play them over and over several times, had to do a lot of ripping and re-doing work I’d already done — but it finally “clicked” in my brain.

    Your occasional slips of the hook and your admissions that you’ve had to re-work something make me feel relieved, and whatever tips and tricks you offer are available for the taking should one wish to use them. I don’t see you forcing anyone to watch or follow your lead.

    Simply put, when I need a crochet tutorial, I go to your page first. Disregard the naysayers. If they can do it better, let them try.

    Signed,

    An Appreciative Old Broad with Too Many Thumbs

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    If she is so offended why doesn’t she make her own tutorials about how perfect she is? I LOVE the way I can watch you crochet and you show me how to fix problems. For the most part you follow the pattern, even when you want to try something else and you say that every time! She should be ashamed of herself for saying such harsh things to someone who loves what he’s doing. She sounds like the person that would remake a bed or reload a dishwasher because it wasn’t done the exact way she did it. So be strong! Shake it off!! Crochet it out! We are all behind you. Face it, you are awesome.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:57 pm
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    You keep on doing what you’re doing, Mikey. I have tried following some patterns 100% and they are NOT always right. Some patterns scream for improvising. What a dull world it would be if everyone following everything 100%!! Keep up the good work and don’t pay any attention to the nay-sayers. I’ll bet she has improvised somewhere along the line.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:57 pm
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    Gosh, why care about her extremest nonsence. The way you teach art is personal to you. If you were teaching any subject there would be a level of personal techniques I. The lessons and each student comes up with their own technique from there. Like the difference with regular stitch and back loop. Its something that can make a personal difference in the work.

    Mikey, don’t let that one thing bother you…. but at this point she is probably feeling pretty silly at hu dress if your students and creative learners are backing your lessons.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:57 pm
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    I don’t think I have ever followed a pattern exactly. I change things here and there to make it work for me. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be my own creation, would it?? Keep doing what you’re doing!! I for one love learning about cheats and tricks; but just because a cheat works for you doesn’t mean it will work for me. And that’s okay!! I’m sure I do things that others would say, “why????” but it works, and that’s all that counts.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:56 pm
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    I think you are doing a great job!! I can not follow a pattern my mom reads and tells me how to do it then I do what makes it easier for me to do it.. Your video tutorials taught me how to make a scarf. You showed me in person but it was in knit and I crochet you told me how to get the video tutorials on how to crochet .. Thank you for being you!!

    The world would be boring if we all followed the rules 100%

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:56 pm
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    Mikey

    We love you just the way you are! Keep up the good work.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:56 pm
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    There had to be an original somewhere for any written pattern….didn’t THEY use their imagination????

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:55 pm
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    Take a deep breath and remember she’s only one viewpoint – and there are a lot of crackpots in this world with nothing better to do than harass people with their neuroses(sp?) You can see by the other responses that she is most definitely alone in her insanity!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:53 pm
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    Honey…Satan’s sister has to get her comments in every now and then. Don’t take it personal..she doesn’t like anything. In fact feel sorry for her, she is just trying to steal your happiness..DON’T TAKE AHOLD OF IT! It’s not even worth answering back to her, which is what she wants..attention. We every one of us loves you dearly and enjoys your happiness, I am a retired nurse, and trust me, if there was an easier way to do something..I’m all for it. Don’t ever change Mikey..like the saying goes..what she thinks of you is none of your business, and thank you for sharing this with us…KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BOYFRIEND!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:53 pm
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    Math is to be followed step by step so the end result is the right answer, but art is supposed to encourage creativity. That means not always following the pattern and making it your own. Ignore haters, this person is not creative at all and envies what you do.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:52 pm
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    She must be some one who is set in her ways. Which to her is the only way. Don’t let her of him upset you. You do a great job! If this person feels that you don’t she is free to go her on way. Irene

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:52 pm
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    Sweetie, you are suffering a common ailment that all beautiful, talented & successful people all suffer. Jealousy! Don’t forget that you can’t please all the people all the time. Keep on keeping on. We love you and your contribution to our art. Thank you!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:52 pm
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    You just keep doing what you do so well. Don’t let a sour puss make you second guess yourself. Never are we required to please all the people all the time, thank goodness.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:52 pm
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    Crochet isn’t a game where ‘cheating’ can occur. It’s an art and as with all art, subject to the artists whim. If one wants to follow the pattern strictly, then go for it. I myself have come across patterns with typos that if I had followed to the letter, my project would no turn out as intended. I’ve also changed many patterns to accommodate my artistic whim and the world around me did not, I repeat, did NOT fall apart πŸ˜‰ Let you art guide and your hook lead the way. Hook on people!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:52 pm
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    I agree with what you said. Everyone learns differently and everyone makes mistake. I think we all change patterns when we’re crocheting at some point when we understand how crochet works. To say that you shouldn’t show “cheating” techniques is silly. Changing things is how new things come to be. Keep up the good work and don’t let people like her get to you.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:52 pm
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    What a load of …… You do a amazing job. So many people are now crocheting because of your easy to follow tutorials and I personally have learnt tips and techniques from you and I have been crocheting for years. People like this are best to be ignored Keep smiling

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:51 pm
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    That woman is obviously very limited in both creativity and intelligence. Crochet is all about freedom to create, improvise and innovate. I love what you do and you have given me the confidence to go “off piste” with patterns to make them my own. I am in awe of designers who kindly share their patterns with us, but I am sure that they would be delighted if people take their designs further. As for cheats and tips, why does everything have to be difficult? If there’s an easier, quicker and less complicated way to do it then why not?
    What you and your team do is inspirational and I feel slightly (only slightly though!) sorry for that woman if she’s so hide-bound to patterns that she cannot create her own hooky wonders!
    Don’t stop what you do! We love it!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:50 pm
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    When learning to crochet 50 years ago, my left handed grandmother taught left handed me to crochet following right handed patterns…..so watching and listening to you has helped me “see” what more I can do…..Thank you and keep on crocheting….your creativity is inspiring

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:50 pm
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    Mikey-I love you just the way you are!
    I have been crocheting since 1988 and I still can’t follow all written patterns so I am thankful for someone like you sharing and helping like you do. BTW-Patterns are not perfect either.
    Your tutorials are very easy to follow and are my go-to when I want to try something new.
    Please don’t let this narrow minded person get to you. It sounds like she does not like to be creative and improvise like we do. That is a shame.
    Bless her heart.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:50 pm
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    ARE U SERIOUS…..IM ON THE FAN RIGHT NEXT TO YOU……AAAAARRRRRGGGGHHH…what different kind of moron is this hater…..by the way, the earth IS round……thank goodness monet and van gogh didn’t listen to schmucks like that…..mikey, you ARE doing a wonderful job….don’t ever stop what you’re doing what you love…..no matter what some isolated imbeciles come up with…envy is one of the major no-nos in the good book and she IS envyous of you

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:50 pm
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    Please do not get upset about this – the problem is hers as she probably suffers from OCD. She deserves our sympathy and understanding and it is unfortunate that you were on the receiving end of her anger. The ability to be flexible when tackling problems enables novel solutions and your knowledge and experience is very helpful to us all. Thank you so much, keep up the good work!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:49 pm
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    Seems the woman who went off on you is incapable of thinking outside the box and hates the idea that someone can and encourages others to as well. I have been crocheting for almost 30 years – rarely do I use the exact yarn a pattern calls for. I change color, brand – I’ve even changed weight to turn a baby blanket into a full sized one. Crochet is an art – there are basic guidelines, but no hard and fast rules. If there were we would have no new patterns that challenge us by doing things a little differently.
    Mikey – this woman isn’t worth your time worrying about. Keep doing what you do to help new crocheters (and a few older ones) find satisfying ways to enjoy the art of crochet. Be creative, be free, be YOU!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:49 pm
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    Well here are my thoughts on this sublect. If people that post patterns made sure that they are 100% correct then people would not have to know how to fix it but since that is never going to happen then continue on Mikey this woman is obviously just jealous. She is also one of these people that probably wants people to ask her for help instead of being able to fix it themselves. I don’t know about her but I have come across many patterns that were so wrong that there was no fixing them and they were from redheart and lion brand and I was very disappointed that I could not fix them because I thought the picture of them was so pretty. Or what happens when the pattern does not have a size adjustment for a size you want to make it patterns are guide lines not gospel.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:49 pm
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    Disregard!!! Disregard!!! I have been crocheting for 50 years and have NEVER followed a pattern in it’s exact form. I always add or subtract what I want in my own individual interpretation of the pattern and end product. That’s what I love about crochet, it is purely up to the individual to create so much more than just the original pattern. I feel very sorry for this person, because they have never really experienced everything that crochet has to offer. I enjoy everything you do and look forward to your opinions, advise and endless fun you & your colleagues share with all of us.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:48 pm
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    I love your videos! And I don’t look at your tips, tricks, creativity, improves, etc., as cheating. Yarn is very forgiving and if you have tips and tricks to add to or fix an error it’s more the better! Screw her and her judgments! You can’t be creative if you don’t have the option to change a hook size or yarn in a pattern. I’m not a robot! πŸ™‚

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:47 pm
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    I believe her aggression towards your skills stems from the pure knowledge of ” why didn’t I think of that” syndrome. It’s possible she’s jelous. Old school and doesn’t have the thinking compacity to be as creative or as thoughtful with skills as you do. I am a teacher for crochet as well as teaching one on one. And I respect that you are different and often request that they join your community or watch your YouTube tutorials. I believe when I’m not there to watch over, they can rely on the fact your tutorials go a slower pace that can be managed as they go.
    I think you should smile at her diss approval. It means your successful. Keep up what your doing. It’s only one opinion my friend. If you were doing something wrong then your community growth wouldn’t be constantly be getting bigger. πŸ™‚

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:47 pm
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    Geez some people! I wonder why some people in this world feel the constant need to put someone else down. Lady if you don’t like it, don’t watch it! It is as simple as that.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:46 pm
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    What I have learned is that there will always be naysayers in whatever you do. You keep doing what you’re doing and don’t listen to negativity.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:46 pm
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    We all love you Mikey in the crochet world ….keep doing what you are doing ..dont let some person dictate how you should do things ..she obvi
    ously doesnt know how to think out side the box and use her amagination !!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:45 pm
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    If it weren’t for your teaching methods, I would still be saying “I can’t crochet”. You have helped and encouraged so many people, give so much time and thought to it, and charge nothing. That closed minded person is no more than a bully, and no less than anal. Don’t let idiots rent space in your mind.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:45 pm
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    Well, Mikey, you keep on doing what you do !…… There is always one stick in the mud … and she is it. Crocheting is all about being creative … I love to mix it up – don’t like something – change it up for my taste, I know it’s not part of the pattern but that the beauty of crocheting, make it your own. I also like to mix up the yarn called for, I love tips, and new ways, and everything you do. So in answer to your question “JUST CREATIVE” ….

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:44 pm
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    I also hope she churns her own butter from the cow she milks.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:43 pm
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    Hi Mikey. One of the reasons I enjoy crochet rather than knitting is because you CAN improvise and make each piece your own. Plus it is so much easier to make corrections in crochet. AND it faster. AND we have you. I believe your final statement says it all. WHATEVER! Whatever floats your boat! It is grand to be individual in everything we do.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:43 pm
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    Personally I feel if I hadn’t found your videos on YouTube to begin with, I wouldn’t be crocheting at all! I definitely wouldn’t be doing challenges and growing as a crochet student! She needs a proctologist to remove a stick someone shoved up her a** years ago. I pray you never stop showing the world your passion and skills. Who else would teach me?!? On a side note I actually feel sorry for her, she obviously needs to let loose and become more artistic/creative. Looking forward to meeting you in February in Listowel!!!

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    There are no rules to creativity or crocheting wouldn’t be where it is now. While I realize it is easy to get caught up in her belittleing you and what you stand for it is her problem and not yours. Keep up the great work!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:43 pm
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    I’m pretty sure she’s a Stepford Wife!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm
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    Keep teaching, your videos help me a lot and no one can learn the same way. Being creative is what makes you different. Patterns can be changed, that is what creates new designs and patterns.Don’t mind what others say.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm
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    I think you do a fantastic job and I think you should keep on doing just what you do πŸ™‚
    I feel sorry for her because shes so regimented she probably hasn’t ever had an original thought in her life

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm
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    I know that some people don’t stray from the patterns because they just wouldn’t know what to do if it wasn’t written in front of them. I almost always change the pattern in some way, either because I like to do certain things (like using a magic circle to begin a hat) or because I want it to have a more personal feel to it. I crochet with a very tight stitch so usually the hook size or yarn type just doesn’t work for me. If I couldn’t change things I would never make anything! I really hope that this lady realizes that spreading hate is just not productive to anyone. A lot of people would not be able to crochet without the help and tips from others. Sometimes people just don’t get it and they need a little help to understand. I really hope that you don’t let this get you down. You are wonderful and what you do is amazing! We should be singing each other’s praises not throwing around hateful opinions. True crochet involves a crochet hook and some sort of material that you manipulate into stitches to form an object. True crochet is not the ability to follow directions. I don’t know about you but I was never any good at doing what I was told :). Keep your head up Mikey and crochet on!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:41 pm
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    This woman OBVIOUSLY tries to make herself feel good by bringing others down. I’m usually not one to post remarks but I just had too now. To all of you at the Crochet Crowd, I thank you for doing what you do and HOW you do it. Until I found you, crochet was very difficult. The way you teach, offering tips, and different methods was how I learned. If that’s considered “cheating” then you go boy!!
    I learned to crochet all on my own by watching your tutorials. Now I’m completely addicted.
    All of you at The Crochet Crowd, you are rock stars!
    I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say THANK YOU for all you do for us!
    No matter what one idiotic, small-minded person says, you have the support of all of us and we love you!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:40 pm
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    I think that you are very creative and don’t worry about what others say because each person learns and crochets in a way that is easier for them and in away that makes them feel happier. I don’t think everything has to be by the book . In the end if it looks nice or makes you happy ,that is more important!!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:40 pm
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    Mikey I know how hard it is to not take something like this personal. Frankly it is a personal attack and you have every right to be upset. But look at the number of responses you have so far letting you know how many people totally appreciate everything you do for them. How many of your fans would never have picked up a crochet hook again if you went by the rules? Not everyone learns the same way, not everyone understands written instructions the same way and we’d never have new designers and creative patterns if everyone followed the rules exactly. I feel sorry for this woman because she can’t think outside of the box. That’s her problem, not yours. Keep on doing what you’re doing and don’t allow these people to get you down. Keep on smiling and tell her “thank you for your input and opinion ma’m”

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:39 pm
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    Cooks and chefs do not follow all recipes 100%. They will take a recipe and change it to their taste. We crochet ears are the same. I take a pattern and will change something in it because I feel the need to make the project my own. I love your videos and tutorials and hope this one woman has not discouraged you in the least. You are a wonderful teacher and I would follow you wherever! Keep on doing what you do, Mikey!

    Donna

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:39 pm
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    What a loony she is! If we only stick to the pattern, we’ll never make anything new and unique. The lady is full of poo and it’s surprising that she even enjoys the craft! Imagine where we would all be if we only did things the way we learned? We still be sitting around the fire sharpening sticks. Good grief.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:39 pm
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    I’m at an advanced beginner level and I’d rather watch a video than follow a pattern. So if it’s right or wrong,,, I don’t care as long as I get to the end product. My mom was a crochet addict πŸ™‚ She told me she used the pattern as a starting point and then went whatever way she decided to create what she wanted from it.
    Gee… I hope you don’t get thrown in Crochet Prison or anything! We would all miss you!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:39 pm
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    Gosh, her comment is the one that is outrageous!
    What’s so wrong about improvising OR giving out ‘shortcuts’ on doing crafts? I do that ALL THE TIME. wonder what she would have to say to me, if she knew I did ‘cheat’ on all of my crochet projects.
    Darling, ignore her remarks and keep on doing what you’re doing!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:39 pm
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    Oy vey! Maybe you can call them embellishments instead of “cheating”? How is it cheating if it works, improves or saves your mistakes? Sorry but there are many ways to “skin a cat” so to speak (yes I’m a cat lover)…

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:39 pm
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    ha! The woman has issues, but she’s entitled to her opinion. Those of us who appreciate your creativity love those hints, tips, shortcuts etc…We’re not machines. I’m sure the woman can find somewhere she feels at home.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:38 pm
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    Art, in any form, is about creation and recreation, depending on the mindset of the artist. I am like you, as I am stumped by her attitude and cannot even put the words together to say how opposed I am to her attitude. If I were judgmental (which I strive not to do/be) I would say, she was spouting notheing but a glass full of sugar free “haterade”. To her and others of her mindset, I would say, if you don’t like what is playing, stop watching, change the channel, pick a different video, better yet, put your own out there, then you have someone who does it your way.

    Keep doing you! Keep sharing your tips and tricks, and when it comes to folks like this, just keep scrolling. Love your work

    Your fan

    Tanya. a.k.a. MaDukes Hook Up

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:38 pm
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    I didn’t know we had Crochet Police….hook on!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:37 pm
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    Mikey, I appreciate your videos and your creativity. You do a wonderful job of explaining how to crochet and you make following patterns so much easier. I am a visual learner and so often the patterns are time consuming and difficult. I also sew and quilt and I appreciate the new and improved ways you do things. I often change the way things are done because they either don’t suit me or they don’t make sense. No two of my projects are identical. I tend to “wing it” a lot, and in doing that the projects come out different, not better or worse. If you consider how many stitches there are in crochet you will realize there were a LOT of creative people that changed the way things were done in order to come up with new stitches and new techniques.

    I watch a lot of Clare’s videos, your videos and I have started watching Hexagona’s videos too. You all do things a bit differently, but I love seeing all of the new and inventive ideas. I take some of the tips and techniques and use them on projects that do it differently because I like the finished result better. It is a personal thing. The art is in the eye of the creator.

    I made a gorgeous baby blanket with your weave pattern. I used yarn that I had in my stash and then bought some other yarn to go with it. If we only followed the pattern to the exact specifications it called for, we all would be swimming in scrap yarn! (It would be cat heaven!) Plus, everyone’s projects would look exactly the same in exactly the same colors. How BORING would that be?

    I could say a lot more, but I think you have better things to do than read pages and pages. πŸ™‚ I think you should continue to teach your way because it helps new students that mistakes are ok and can even become future techniques. Crochet is a forgiving art. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be doing it. You are a wonderful person and have excellent teaching abilities. Don’t let miss negativity bother you. You can always use the ‘Block this person’ option if she continues to harass you. πŸ˜‰ I can’t wait to see what you cook up next! (Oh, and I made a scarf, hat & fingerless gloves set for my little sister with Tunisian crochet thanks to you. I had completely given up on it, and YOU made it so easy! Thank you!) Best wishes and happy crochet! Keary

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:37 pm
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    I think one could argue that good chef does not follow a recipe exactly but makes changes due to experience. (I see that “donna valentine” thought of something similar now that I went back to look at the comments after typing my chef thought.)

    Two musicians can look at the same piece of music and play what is written very differently depending on interpretation of printed notes.

    I have been crocheting less than a year but through my limited experience I view crochet as an art form. Having the skill to think up added embellishments or to modify a pattern to be something the creator of the piece really wants shows true talent. The only way I could see following a pattern exactly is if someone is asked to crochet something from a pattern and follow the yarn and the pattern exactly because it is what some other person requested.

    Mikey, you are a great teacher I have learned much from. Keep up the great work.

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      I think she must have a screw loose as I have viewed loads of your videos & they are great & you are doing a great job as you give valuable tips, ideas etc. keep up the good work. am in uk & love your work xxx

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      You are doing great. I taught kindergarten for many years and there is no one right way. Each person learns differently so we had to use different strategies. Where would we all be if everyone did exactly the same. We sure wouldn’t have all the techie things we have-the car wouldn’t have been invented it goes on and on. I can’t crochet but I might learn yet. I do embroider and I do not do exactly like everyone else but it works. Keep on hooking! Oh the same goes for piano playing- I had someone say that you had to follow the music exactly or you had no talent-Ha I say. I do not play the peano either but I know music when I hear it.

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      Hi. I totally agree with you πŸ™‚ Those are my thoughts too. I am individual and when I do follow patterns they mostly do not turn out for me…thus I improvise and use my own yarn and hook and make stitches look neater, because the pattern is not always right in the first place and hard to follow….Mickeys videos are so fab that I have followed along, took some new advice and improvised too..all in all we are individuals.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:36 pm
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    Mikey,
    Every keyboard has a variety of keys. What we do or view is out choice. If we don’t like it go somewhere else. It’s our choice. I think she should exercise her choice and use some of the keys to go elsewhere and leave you alone.

    My choice is to watch you. You show us how to do things in a easy way that unleashes our spirit and sets it free. You keep us smiling as you describe directions that can be confusing and unclear. But more that anything else, you encourage us to keep going and to achieve the end result. Most of us are not making masterpieces that will be stored under glass. Most of us our using our talent to create happy memories for our friends and family.

    You are helping us with that. Helping us to create without the frustration of pulling out yards and yards because of a small error. You tell us it’s Okay! We can fix it.

    There are no mistakes there are only possibilities to create.

    I’m glad I found your videos. Even with over 40 years of crocheting and knitting experience, I still like seeing new things explained in a bright and cheerful manner. Thanks for helping us create what we see in our minds, and thanks for sharing what you see and how you do it with us.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:36 pm
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    W O W!!!!!!!
    Next that person will say every recipe has to be followed exactly as written too??? Seriously they can decide not to watch your videos as well as not following you in regards to crocheting period- but for anyone who wants to increase their skills and learn something that may make their project even more enjoyable we will seek out your advice because we know a good option when we see one!!
    I feel sorry for that person because life must be so boring for someone who can’t try new things!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:35 pm
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    Wow! That is a very narrow-minded take on life and would be so boring if we all just followed the patterns. Our creativity would never be unleashed. When you learn a craft there are basic guidelines to follow… but most people put their own spin on things. Most people love it when there are shortcuts and easier ways to do things. Hook on Mikey and don’t worry. The naysayers will always be waiting in the wings, trying to steal someone else’s thunder.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:34 pm
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    Seriously! If it weren’t for being a little creative now and then and being able to improvise where needed, I’d never crochet — or do much of anything else, for that matter.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:33 pm
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    Everyone here has pretty much covered it all and very well at that. All I can say is Block her and move on, life is to short to spend more than a minute of your time on this lady’s comments. You know how you feel about how you teach and you know thousands of us can’t wait of the next lessons or video you will share with us. You also know we all are thankful for the time you take to share your knowledge with us and help us learn. There is hooking to be done and wonderful video’s to film so file this lady’s comments under “Done and Over with”! Thank You Mikey for helping me re-learn crochet and if I might add this time around it’s actual fun and easy with your video’s πŸ™‚

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:32 pm
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    You continue on Mikey. There is always at least one negative person to poo on us. You do what makes you proud. We love the tips and suggestions!

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      Improvisation and finding alternate pathways smacks of genius. No worries here, creativity is what its all about.

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      you are dearly loved and have taught me so much…she is the one lacking creativity in life, poor lady, I will pray for her. meanwhile carry one my friend!!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:31 pm
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    Obviously, this woman has no idea about art nor humanity. To embellish crochet with tips, tricks & sharing is a FABULOUS thing! Please Mikey & all of “The Crochet Crowd” DO NOT let this woman affect you and the fabulous work you all do! Had my Nana not taught me to crochet when I was 10 yrs old–the lovely art would have passed on with her. Now I’m able to make items for friends, family & donation; just as you! Turn a blind-eye to this woman & all the critics – they are not worth the time of day. Thank you for all you do!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:31 pm
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    Mikey I am sorry you are so upset by the vitrolic negativity that this person is spouting. Be assured the she/he is only spewing sour grapes all over your parade. I have worked with people all my life and have discovered that when they are putting others down they are attempting to build their own self worth. It is obvious that this person has no ability to be creative or they wouldn’t be so upset by your abilities and giving nature. Do not stop what you are doing because you inspire the rest of us to reach for the stars. I cannot believe how anyone wouldn’t love you, I have never met you but meeting you is at the top of my “bucket list”. Creativity is how all of us express our inner self, whether it be in new techniques, color choices or attempting a new pattern. Without creativity there would be no new patterns to follow, no new stitches to try, no new colors of yarn, no different variety of yarns, etc. Put that beautiful smile on your face and remember to suffer fools gladly. Love ya to the moon and back Mikey.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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    Well on her part, what a crock of shit….and that’s what my granny would say. Maybe she needs to remove herself from such an offensive site. We all would be much better off. I rarely, if ever follow a pattern….it’s my project and I’m going to do it my way. And if she follows the pattern to a tee, we’ll good for her! Good lord, some people aren’t happy in less they can be mean and nasty to other people. Ban her from the site, delete her email and keep hookin’ ! B

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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    LOL Some people just don’t have a clue when it comes to creativity. Most of us who crochet for charity or family and friends have fudged something along the way. In fact, some people purposely make a mistake because they believe only God is perfect. So keep doing what you have been doing and help us along with those CHEAT tips. I know I have used them! We love what you do! And we appreciate all the time and effort you devote to helping others achieve what they otherwise couldn’t. Hang tuff and never stop being YOU!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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    I feel so enraged right now that I’m not even reading the other comments for fear some will re-enforce the lameness of the rigid, anal retentive, obsessive compulsive drone that wrote you that offensive e-mail. The teaching attitude she’s talking about congers up images of an old fashioned nun with a ruler, standing over a student, ready to land a blow to said student’s knuckles, if an ounce of creativity is shown during cursive practice. It’s teaching like that that destroys the creative spirit and dulls the desire to enjoy and continue. I’ve been crocheting for forty plus years, living with the dirty little secret that “I improvise.” Thank you Mikey, for setting all our adventurous, creative spirits free. You, sir, are a treasure!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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    I use your tutorials quite frequently since I’m just learning and I find them very helpful. Sometimes I follow the patterns, sometimes I make a mistake and just keep going! Keep posting because you do help more people than not! Good job, all of you!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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    Ignore her, she needs to get a life and be creative. If she doesn’t want to follow you, her loss! Just keep doing what you are and teaching how you want to. You have a lot of followers and that in itself should tell you something about your methods.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:29 pm
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    Mikey,
    The simple fact that this individual took the time to watch your videos shows you are doing something right.
    You are reaching a broad audience, of diverse backgrounds and varying skill levels. That lady needs to take a long, hard look in the mirror, and justify her right to judge others based on her own limited abilities.
    When I crochet doilies, I do follow the patterns 100%. But, when crocheting ANYTHING else, I let my creativity take over as far as yarns, gauge, and styles. Like someone already said…all patterns that exist were created by someone. Could be from an idea, or a mistake made on a previous project that took off to become a whole new work of crochted art.
    In my opinion, and assessment, that lady is not a skilled crocheter, and can only stick to detailed patterns to complete a project. Give her time, and more practice, I am sure she will sing a different tune, and then realize how much she has learned from YOU. Keep up the great work, and keep on teaching/inspiring new crocheters.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:29 pm
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    I haven’t been following you for very long but I wanted to out my two cents in on this. Art, no matter what form, is adaptable. It takes on the personality of the person creating it. If artists all stuck to the exact same techniques, there would be no variety. Maybe the colors would change, the basic shape to design might change, but there would be no room to create something new. Somewhere someone had to say “hey, I wonder what happens if I yarn over twice instead of just one time?” Or “gee, I wonder what would happen if, instead of painting the woman as I see her, I design her face out of triangles?” Bruce Lee, A very well known martial artist said, ” You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:29 pm
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    Mike, I thought the idea is to promote fiber craft. I quit sewing because of an overly critical teacher. Why would anyone want to discourage someone from learning? As to how to fix mistakes? Has she ever heard that everything must have an imperfection or you are insulting God? That He is the only perfect being? I know folks that make sure they have a mistake in all of their work over this. I have always strived to improve my art but I appreciate when someone shows me an easier way-that helps me keep from being too frustrated with the piece…I can keep trying to learn that technique but with the next time…
    Keep up the work you are doing. I am sure many are learning from your videos. and that is the points isn’t it.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:29 pm
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    She sounds like she needs to get a LIFE!!!! What you do is WONDERFUL! Shame she can’t see past the end of her nose!! I taught myself to crochet over 30yrs ago and thru the year’s have met people who have showed me other way’s to do things!!You show all the way’s it can be done extra tips always good!! I have never done anything the way it should be I always see something different even in what you teach us (gasp sorry) but in truth I have learned so much from you in trying new things(I always made blankets) because of you I have found I can do so much more!! Thank you!!To truly create comes from the HEART!! And you Sir are all HEART!!!! You just keep creating and teaching it is what God meant for you to do!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:28 pm
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    You surely are NOT even contemplating to respond to such stupid pathetic ludricous criticism from a daft female. We have JUST been telling you how great your tutorials are and obviously this female is just clueless! Of course we WHO CAN CROCHET can change and alter any pattern as we want to to put our individuality on it. That is creativity. We even know how to fix a teeny weeny error without pulling all oug. So crazy lady find yourself THE CROCHET BOOK FOR DUMMIES!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:28 pm
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    There are always turkeys that want you to be stuck on the ground with them, but never mind them Mikey – soar with the eagles and do what you are doing. Crochet is art and to help people learn and adapt is a fantastic skill. Keep it up and ignore the ever-present naysayers – after all, how many people have they helped, taught or inspired?? There’s lots of good fruit from The Crochet Crowd and that’s where the proof is really found. Thank you Mikey so much for what you bring to the world of crochet.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:27 pm
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    Oh honey, come down off the ceiling & take a deep breath. Just think of the mental health service you did by being available to receive this venomous email. Who knows why this lady is so full of poison but maybe writing this saved some person in her life from being on the receiving end. If her thinking is this rigid about crochet imagine what she must be like about doing dishes,work, raising children – the mind starts to boggle. Can you imagine the turmoil in her household if the toilet paper is hung the “wrong way”? One shudders to think what decorating the Christmas tree must be like. So Mikey, think how you must have taken the pressure of the other people in her life. Put that letter aside & think to yourself, ” thank the gods I don’t live with that one!”

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      Amen to this!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:27 pm
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    If I intended to submit my work to some juried art contest, then I could understand the need for the level of precision for which this person is looking. But, and I only speak for myself, I am intending to give baby blankets that will be spit up on, stuffed animals that will be chewed on, afghans that will be slept on by big shaggy dogs. In other words, these works will be LOVED and CHERISHED rather than hung on display. At least for me, the fun is in trying the new pattern, seeing it develop and then watching a loved one enjoying it. I do not believe that you should change anything.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:26 pm
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    So does that mean that all flowers should be drawn or painted the same, sunsets should all look alike, our food cooked the same way as our neighbors, or that clothes should be the same cut and color!!? How absolutely dreadfully BORING!! It’s not her job to like you, it’s yours, so don’t let it affect your happy!! <3<3 {{{{HUGS}}}}

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:26 pm
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    Mikey that woman is crazy. If you have no right to crochet or teach it then I wonder what she would say to me as I can barely follow a pattern! I watch videos, yous and others, to see how something is made and i improvise it! I love your videos! I seen one about your two day afghan and the “phone conversation” at the beginning LOVED IT! your a great teacher! who ever the woman is that emailed you about all of this needs to step out of her element maybe if she improvises and goes against a pattern she will have fun and realize that improvising makes it unique!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:25 pm
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    Please don’t stop.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:25 pm
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    I sincerely believe that any way to make things easier, quicker with the amount of time that people seem not to have these days is beneficial to all. At one point in my life I thought crocheting and knitting was a lost art . I have since disregarded that thought and started the craft again. Some of the reasons I restarted are
    1. The ease of changing a pattern to make the project my own.
    2. Short cuts that take additional time off of projects as I get board with long drawn out patterns .
    3. The new variety of yarns and the difference of cost .
    We still have many that do every thing by the book . They need to climb out of their box and live a little .
    P.s I also taught my son to crochet !!!! He still does when he has time .
    Let the past go !!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:23 pm
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    Continue to teach! Many people out there need help with their project and couldn’t finish without your help. The fact that you sometimes make mistakes proves your human not a robot. Your learning from the the community just as the community is learning from you. I almost never follow a pattern 100%. That is what makes it mine. I’m always changing the little things to suit my taste. Be it yarn, design, color, etc. Sometimes I even put parts of different patterns together to create something completely different. That woman needs to bury her head in the sand and go to another website where she is more welcome ’cause wed sure don’t need her here.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:23 pm
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    I for one am happy that you take the time to do your fabulous videos. I think it is great that you do not have to use certain brand, because in other countries you cannot get some brands. Now as to cheating, that is great. I normally follow patterns to a t, but sometimes you need to know how to be more flexible, and your teachings in that direction are great. Do not pay attention to such comments, do not waste your energy or time. Think about the almost 200,000 followers you have, that is amazing. You are great, you take the time to teach beginners, to explain intricate patterns. You are a very sweet and nice person. You spread joy, good feelings, sunshine. Do not let negativity affect you. Have a super nice day =) <3

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:23 pm
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    Some people in this world need to get a life. I love to see other people do this craft, just too see how they do it. Keep up the good work Mikey.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:23 pm
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    Made me laugh. Pullllease. crochet is an art. Have fun. Improvise. Develop shortcuts and be wowed by new techniques. You’re excellent. There will always be negative folks. Give them a Prilosec and LET’S CROCHET!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:23 pm
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    Pay no attention to that commenter. There is probably not a single pattern I have ever done that I have not AT LEAST changed the colors. Many times I have changed the yarn, simply because a pattern may call for a yarn that is out of my price range. I love having suggestions for alternatives. Ditto techniques. I have done many a pattern modifying one stitch, say a treble crochet into a row below the working row into a spike double, simply because my treble crochets look terrible! Instead of throwing away a wonderful pattern, I simply change it a little and get a beautiful product.

    Sigh. It makes me sad that some people are so cramped and crabbed that it is their way or the highway. It must make for a lonely life. And she probably wonders why.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:21 pm
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    Mikey, Part of my job involves teaching. Part of teaching adult learners is the ability to explain information in different ways and make the content relevant to the learners. I don’t watch a lot of your videos because I read patterns but what I’ve watched are informative and helpful. I like the way you break the steps down and how you give tips in what you’ve learned; this gives your videos a wide range of appeal from a beginner to experienced. If you were doing the videos specifically for the company producing the patterns then I would say following the pattern to the letter may be expected. This is your production so how it is done is up to you. People can chose to watch or not. I’ve recommended your videos to several people. As far as telling people to change brands of yarn, you have an international audience you could not require that people all use the same brands because not everyone has access to the brands. Crochet is an art, each time someone picks up a hook they are creating their own piece of art with the reflection of their creativity and personality (even the person following the pattern with no variation). The pattern is just the canvas we are working on and the finished project is our work of art. She’s having a bad day forgive her and move on. How many people are members of Crochet Crowd? That number speaks volumes to the amount of respect people have for your work. Not to mention the support from the yarn companies. Thank you for all the effort you put into the videos, its worth every minute.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:21 pm
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    If you aren’t a creative and professional problem solver, then I must be broken… I don’t hold the crochet hook like any other person I’ve ever met because I watched my mom, who also doesn’t hold it like any other person. I couldn’t understand written or video instructions on how to crochet basket weave stitch–something I desperately wanted to know so I could crochet my husband an afghan–until you, Mikey, taught me on a video tutorial that encouraged me to improvise it for my needs. Now my husband wraps himself up in a 4’X7′ blanket that he loves and I made because you showed me how.

    There must be a well of infinite and spontaneously created patterns somewhere that this lady follows… surely no mortal as you could be professional AND creative and pass on these wonderful tips and improvisations. πŸ˜‰

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:21 pm
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    Well, I have learned to crochet from your videos. Cheat techniques really help us beginners not just in getting the project done but helping us get through to the final product and show us what we can make and encourage us to develop our skills and continue on. If she is so worried about your teaching style, maybe she needs to start developing her own teaching style and make up her own videos. Clearly you have a huge group following so this is just one person’s opinion. If she does not like it, she does not need to view your videos. Clearly she does not need them…..but I do.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:21 pm
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    Mikey, I agree with all of the above. I have been crocheting most of my life, off and on. I truly don’t know all there is to know about crocheting and I am sure I am not the only one. I don’t know how many years but it has been a long time, I am 72 almost 73. Keep up the good work.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm
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    Mikey, most of the time when people give off a bunch of negative and angry words it’s because they are angry with themselves. Keep doing what you are doing. Look at all of the people who love you exactly as you are. You are an inspiration and many many people have learned to crochet or expand their crocheting because of you. Walk away from anything that doesn’t serve you. You rock. Period.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:19 pm
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    You’re doing everything just fine. I love the way you show things and how to fix them when they don’t work out. Sometimes the patterns are wrong, then what, we follow a wrong pattern????? Some people need a life, don’t let them upset you. Keep up the good work.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:19 pm
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    Mickey you are just the darling of crochet …if it was not for you I would not be crocheting anything like I do no now from amigurumi to blankets to whatever tickles me to do …and oh the new yarns you show us are out of this world….btw some patterns need to be tweaked and tricked because they can drive people nutters….no you keep being the darling doll you are and let the nasty emails vent some people just need to be mean to make them feel better so sad ….love and prayers for you and Diva Dan always ….(even an extra prayer for the nasty email sender that they will see they were wrong and really should say sorry) and on that note…..Tootles Doll, πŸ˜‰

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:19 pm
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    Ignore it. Your work and following speak for itself. Wayshowers are often targets of those with less awareness.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:19 pm
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    I taught myself to crochet eons ago and the way I do things is sometimes definitely not in the books but I’m happy with what I make. I taught my daughter how to crochet and she definitely has her own way of doing things. Patterns? She doesn’t use them. She can make whatever she likes, dyes her own yarns and unleashes her creativity. Definitely not a follower. Keep on teaching! I have a lot to learn.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:18 pm
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    I have been crocheting since 8th grade My teacher thought me how. I don’t see anything wrong with showing tips on mistakes. Mikey I love your videos and the beautiful items you make. Don’t let this woman bother you. There is always someone out there who likes to complain about everything. Some people are never happy.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm
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    *&!?%$!* There’s what I really think! I don’t even think they should be called cheating techniques. They are just easier or alternative ways to do something. A pattern isn’t something set in stone; it is a starting point. Saying that you have to follow a crochet pttern to the letter is like saying that when you make a dress from a sewing pattern, you can’t alter it at all to suit your body better. That’s crazy!! This woman is just jealous of your popularity and should be completely ignored. I don’t know why people have to be hateful and mean. Keep doing it just the way you are! It works for all of us!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm
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    Following patterns is how we learn to crochet. It’s where we pick up basic construction and technique. When we learn to improvise is when we can create something unique.

    New patterns could never be written if all we did was follow existing patters. That is something this woman has probably never considered.

    I’m very sorry this woman attacked you. It seems to me she has a very narrow view of the art of crochet.

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    I’d bet my next pay that she never colored outside the lines either…I have spent years undoing all the ‘training’ I received in school etc…Mikey, Dan, Cathy you guys are amazing, you make me want to crochet, you make it ok to do it my way if I feel like it. It is sad really when you think about it. There are always those who just can’t stand seeing anyone doing anything different from the way they do it, can you say control issues boys and girls! Keep on keepin’ on guys.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:15 pm
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    Mikey, you know as well as most of us know, it takes all kinds of people to fill this world. You are a strong enough individual no ensure that someone like this does not influence you.
    I would like to believe you posted this to allow your followers to show this individual that no matter what….. you have many many followers who are loyal and appreciative of you, your talent, your suggestions, and your time -which you give willingly to all of us.

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      Everyone needs to vent sometimes…especially when attacked in this manner. Mikey’s followers consider him a friend I am sure, even though most have never met him. Friends listen and support friends when there is a need. It is a deeply shocking event when someone sends such a negative and snarky message so I am sure that Mikey just needed some support.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:15 pm
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    As a designer, I think what she had to say is crazy! I frequently write my designs using starting chains (ex: chain 3, this counts as your first dc) but when I make something myself, I tend to use a starting double crochet to begin a new row, not a ch 3. The starting dc is a more advanced technique. In some patterns I suggest replacing the ch 3 with the starting dc, if you are so inclined, in others I do not. As a designer, I figure skilled crocheters are smart enough to make the substitution on their own, and beginners may just be confused by it all. I think knowing certain “tricks” can make following a pattern easier, and/or can create a nicer finished look. Sometimes a pattern must be written as easy as possible, so many of the pretty finishing techniques are left out. When I design patterns for Red Heart Yarns, I always use starting chains, as they prefer their patterns to be accessible to everyone, that does not mean I think you should not switch them to starting dcs if you know that skill.

    However, I do have to say if you ask me for help with a pattern of mine, and you have totally veered away from the pattern, sometimes the answer you are going to get is that I can help you better if you stick to the pattern. But what you teach, Mikey, does not usually veer from the pattern, it just helps out in spots.

    Just my take as a designer.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:15 pm
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    Oh Man!..Tell us who she is & we’ll have a go at her! lmao

    She’s obviously a MORON looking for attention!! Please don’t mind her..Crocheting is a craft..therefore our unique differences, styles, interpretation & creativity is a must!. she must be shallow & rigid in soul to complain in the way she did!..Poor thing is to be pitied!

    Don’t you dare change a thing in the way you teach..lol..you’re the best hooker I’ve ever come across.

    Hugs to you & Dan xxx000xxx00

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:15 pm
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    All I can say is you can’t fix stupid! Keep up your teaching, you’re doing a marvelous job! This woman’s rant “screams” of jealousy!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:14 pm
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    Well …. It IS rather sad that someone has little better to do than criticize the work/practices/beliefs of others; however, those are her beliefs and if you are secure enough in yourself and your abilities what should it matter what she thinks? I have never actually watched a tutorial yet I do enjoy some of the creative patterns you offer (my only regret is that I have neither the time nor the resources to take advantage of all of them). I say just keep doing what you’re doing and let the lady keep doing what she’s doing.

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    I had to smile πŸ™‚ . It is such a good example of how different people perceive the same thing differently according to (mostly) their personality. I am always finding different ways to do things especially mundane tasks to make it more interesting or fun. Is that cheating? I don’t think so. Creative? Most certainly. Go ahead and have as much fun as you can in your wonderful creativity and thank you for sharing it with us less creative souls

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:12 pm
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    It is clear that she is an angry, unhappy person. The only way she can feel better is to hurt/make someone else feel badly. This is the definition of a bully. Life is too short! Simply block her and move on! I personally, Love you and have learned a great deal from you!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:12 pm
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    you are simply, awesome…always remember…opinions are like ***holes…everyone has one…and everyone elses stinks…you keep doing what you do.. you have taught me soo much, I cannot for the life of me read any patterns, i have tried..without you i would still be stuck doing oddly shaped squares….i would politely tell her to mind her business..no one asked her… if she continues…Name and shame…

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:11 pm
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    For someone to take the time to send you something like that clearly shows not only their ignorance, but their lack of creativity. People like that should be banned from the internet and all forms if electronic communication, clearly she can’t handle thd responsibility. I LOVE that you show us how to “cheat” and improvise, it’s allowed me to come up with original ideas of my own. Besides, aren’t patterns created from someone else being creative and improvising? Keep up the great work, Mikey, we love you!

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    Here my thoughts on this if we don’t use “cheats” we end up frogging back to the beginning sometimes who does she think she is I want to see her work it must be amazing if she never makes mistakes sometimes i don’t get the pattern figured out till i’mm a few rows in and i then improvise well sometimes i ribbit. more often i keep going the nearly right way depending on the appearence

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:11 pm
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    Don’t let one person dictate you what you should be doing and how you should do it. Like others said, crochet is not an exact science, and I think that tips and tricks helps us get better, improve our skills, and be more creative. I don’t think I would have been able to reach the level I am at today if I had just followed patterns like a robot. What matters is the end result, not how you achieve it.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:11 pm
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    I think you do a great job!! That is her opinion, NOT OURS!! Thank you for caring about the craft. Thank you for doing it in new different ways! It is a creative craft that you are great at! Keep on what you are doing, we are blessed for it! I appreciate all you do. God bless

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    We love you Mike!!!!!! Dont change a thing!β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:10 pm
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    I teach classes at my local craft store and one of the things I stress is your individual creativity. It’s the backbone of humanity to be creative. She must have been raised in a closet and shut off from the rest of the world! I love you guys and everyone on here. Don’t change a thing about you or how you teach!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm
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    I don’t think there is anything wrong with teaching tips and cheats! Crochet is about creativity and sometimes you have to improvise to solve a problem. I like to think of patterns as a guideline and not an absolute. If there is a way to do it easier then I say go for it! Also, you can’t make everyone happy all the time. I wouldn’t worry about trying to either or you will make yourself crazy!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm
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    Please!!! She must have been off her meds…and if not she needs to have meds!! That was a riddiculus rant by the women about not variating from the pattern! Where does she think new patterns come from? Duh!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm
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    In any form of art (crochet IS an art), Creativity plays a major part of what we do. Teaching us, tutoring us, and most importantly encouraging us to think “outside of the box” or change the pattern into something a crocheter with a lesser degree of experience than the person who created the pattern has, so that the less inexperienced crocheter can try something new and different and increase their skill is Wonderful.
    Please ignore the naysayers and keep doing what you’re doing.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:08 pm
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    She has no right to tell anyone to follow a pattern, short cuts are always helpful. Being left handed tips are always helpful. So keep on doing what you do. We continue to learn all the time.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:08 pm
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    Grrrrrrr @#%$# &*(^%$ How else do we learn? We make things. We can’t always follow the patterns. We find a way of making it work. I defy any crocheter to say they haven’t done this to at least one project. Oooohhhh this woman makes me angry. You, Mikey, do not deserve any of her comments. I say BAH!!! to her. and <3 <3 to you!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:08 pm
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    There is absolutely nothing wrong with shortcuts or changing a patterns. This proves you know what you are doing. I do both all the time to improve a pattern. I have learned some of my best tricks from you. This woman needs to relax and leave you alone.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:07 pm
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    Mikey, by watching you and seeing that someone with your ability still makes mistakes now and then I feel a lot better about myself. If this lady is so perfect then she should start her own blog for perfect people, I won’t be visiting it as I am far from perfect. I need to know that I am not so far and away from the norm, that is what inspires me to keep trying new things and to challenge myself to learn new methods. Thank you so very much for the inspiration you provide and the encouragement. I for one am eternally grateful.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:07 pm
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    I find your tutorials so enlightening as well as your personal help in emailing me when I had trouble with a particular pattern. Gee I wonder if she is picking apart all the other tutorials that people put on of teaching a certain crochet pattern? I have watched other teaching tutorials as well. If she has a problem with what you are doing then so be it just don’t watch your tutorials anymore and let her make her own teaching tutorials. You are doing a great job and are very much appreciated. Thank you Crochet Crowd. I have no problem with your work and I have been crocheting for 40 years.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:07 pm
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    I’m so sorry there are so many people that like to ruin a good thing,Keep doing what you are doing, It helps me so much in understanding the directions! I could have used your direction many years ago when I gave up crocheting. Thank you so much, now I can crochet with ease.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:06 pm
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    Some people just don’t get it. Patterns are written by humans and there is absolutely no guarantee that what is described in the pattern is the only way or the best way or even the right way. Ingnore this lady – not worth your time.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm
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    Personally I love The Crochet Crowd videos and I do not consider your tips “cheating” at all! I modify patterns all the time because I may love the pattern but the size, yarn, or hook recommendations may not fit what I need. I just learned how to do a corner-2-corner afghan because I could not figure it out just by reading the pattern.I am so grateful to you and your team for what you do. Just be like a duck..lol…let it run off your back and carry on!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm
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    If you try to be a “people pleaser”, you will go batty….never mind what she says…art is art and people in crafting world can be frigid at times…I know quilters who are just like that lady you describe…I love coloring outside the lines and improvising on my crochet and sewing…to each his own…be your “authentic self” and don’t worry about the “Nay Sayers”, there’s always one bad apple in the bunch that will try to bring you down but successful people don’t let it bother them….

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm
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    To tell you the truth I do not crochet, I knit, but I love your blog and videos. In fact, I’m thinking of learning to crochet because of you. I don’t think you are going to find anyone agreeing with her.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:03 pm
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    Mikey, there will always be disgruntled people in your life. Do not pay any attention, please. She sounds jealous. She sounds threatened that someone is better than her. Your teaching is wonderful. Do not stop. There are no cut and dried ways to do anything. If she is so “professional” and mired in technique then let her do her work that way. Who cares?
    You are both creative (very) and professional. Have fun and keep being you own good self.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:03 pm
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    Umm, according to her, since the pattern must be followed EXACTLY, if the yarn is no longer available, you can’t use the pattern. If your gauge doesn’t match EXACTLY, you can’t use the pattern. If you want a different color, YOU CAN’T USE THE PATTERN. Her world must be very narrow, and I feel sorry for her.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:02 pm
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    Holy lifting, that woman is batcrap crazy. I thought the act of creating art is poetic license. I hope the crochet police throw her in jail and take away her yarn.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:02 pm
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    Mike..
    First I would like you to shred that stupid entertaining then erase it from your mind. I teach crochet for Michaels Craft stores and I tell all my students that patterns can be a jumping off point. Crochet is an art where you can express yourself, whether it’s changing the color of a pattern or tweaking it by adding or substituting stitches, length, etc…
    I also pass onto my students some of the tips and tricks that you have taught me. I show them the way the syllabus yells me too and them pass on the trick
    Most of you time the tip makes it easier for my students to work.
    You are a great teacher and I will often watch a tutorial first to see what your interpretation of the pattern is. I then use the pattern and start creating. I don’t think that I have ever completed a pattern without making at least one change and the tips you pass on o c ten make my project better. (I personally love the top you gave us about weaving in the ends as your way never slips whee the traditional and proper way always unravels after a time.)
    I say keep doing what you are doing and forget the naysayers. I don’t know what her damage is but as far as this subscriber is concerned you need to keep doing the fantastic job your doing! Thank you for taking the time to pass your knowledge on.

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:02 pm
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    Are you kidding… That woman (and I use the term “woman” very loosely) is completely crazy. You are right, crochet is an art and in art there are many different forms… I love your teaching and continually refer beginners to you… If she doesn’t approve of your teaching style, move on, or better yet maybe she would want to create her own training videos… πŸ™‚ Keep on doing what you do! I love the Crochet Crowd!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:01 pm
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    I’m not sure where this person gets off on telling you that there is only one right way to crochet and that the patterns notes need to be followed to a T, without fail. Good God, aren’t we all allowed to improvise? I’ve done that more than a few times. Why should there be anything wrong with that? And why get so darn irate about it? Life is too short and she is just way too over the top with her critique. I say – get a life!

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:01 pm
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    She sounds like a control freeeeek

  • January 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm
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    I support those that HELP and not hinder the creativity of others.
    Hold your head up, you’ve done no wrong.

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:59 pm
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    All of your thoughts are entirely valid. That woman needs to get a life. She obviously has too much time on her hands and should work for the military since she is so rule-adherent. What a joke. And for her to get irate over THIS? Geez… there are far more worthy causes to waste all of that energy on. How very sad for her. Troll.

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:58 pm
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    Oh Mikey….we all love you… just keep doing all of the wonderful things you do for anyone that wants to crochet…. There is always one bad apple in the bushel .. Love ya.. β™₯

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:58 pm
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    you are doing what you love! you are helping others to believe in themselves and you are causing…..beautiful creations. that is a good thing. she isnt able to be free yet, maybe someday. but you just keep doin what you love and those that love you will keep following you. thank you for what you do

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    Reblogged this on exiefire's Blog and commented:
    The nerve of some astounds me!
    Being creative and helping others find their creativity is now being called “unprofessional”???
    I support Mikey, just being clear.

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    Since when has an alternative method been ‘cheating’? I have a fair few crochet books, always scouring Amazon and have never found a book called ‘Hard and Fast Rules of Crochet’. Plus I’m pretty certain art is personal and subjective but most if all enjoyable. Silly woman!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:57 pm
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    Like with a recipe, a pattern is just the jumping off point! You are fabulous in what you do and teach, and how you do it and teach it! My grandmother (who would have been in her 90s by now) taught me to crochet when I was 6. Years later, before she passed, I spoke to her about following a pattern, told her I wanted to change from one stitch to another and see what it looked like. She told me in no uncertain terms and language, “Child, are you making it for the pattern people or for yourself? No one can tell you how to do things for yourself, just do it.” I have taken that to heart and applied it to my life. You should too!! Love you Mikey, you rock!

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:57 pm
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    Mikey, you are amazingly creative…I have the perfect retort for you..I am working on a picture (instead of video) tutorial of a crocheted, recycled material, easter basket. I can send it to you and you can send it to her…literally thousands of creative so called “cheats
    ” to change the outcome…it will blow her mind !! Love The Crochet Crowd !! …picking my knickers out of my bum now

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:57 pm
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    Mikey – continue to do what you do best – and that is to make crochet real, achievable, and fun for the rest of us mere mortals! Ignore the criticism – we all improvise once in a while, sometimes more than once in a while! That’s what makes hand-crafted items unique. I had a teacher like that once – put me off her particular skill for much of my adult life – only when I met another teacher many years later who taught it totally differently (like you do!) did I have the courage to try again, and the enjoyment of the art to continue learning. You have brought so many back to crocheting, and expressing themselves, their way, because you give them confidence to be themselves. Thank you for all you have achieved and helped us to achieve so far! πŸ™‚

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:57 pm
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    I learned to crochet as a child and have been doing it for over 30 years… but I have never enjoyed it more or learnt more until you came along. I have attempted pattern that I would never even thought of before because I knew you were there to help my understand it and what to do when I got it wrong. Please do not stop what you are doing… it has brought so much joy and a sense of accomplishment to me and to so many others. Thank you!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:57 pm
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    Someone needs to take a chill pill! My mother taught both my sister and I to crochet about 10 yrs apart…she taught us differently because she had changed herself. We grow , we adapt , we find what works for us and if we are wonderful like you we share it with others. You keep doing what you do and leave stupid in the deleted bin!

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:56 pm
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    She had better hope and pray that her surgeon knows how to improvise when her body isn’t textbook perfect!
    That said, one of the joys of hand made items is the uniqueness of each artist and each work… and that goes for both technique and design.

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:56 pm
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    I think that the person who left you that message, should do three things. 1. . . Stop doing crafts if they are expecting perfection, and absolutely has no sense of creativity, or interest in experimenting in many many ways with yarn. 2. . . Leave the group and start their own site, if they think that they can do better!!! Yet, in the meantime Don’t trash other sites where thousands of people not only enjoy the hard working people dedicated and devoted to providing us the help and information, but the tips and suggestions, so that we can carry on with a craft on a day to day basis that we all love so much. 3. . .POUND SALT!!! No one likes rude, and insulting people!!! I think they should be banned from The Crochet Crowd all together! I have met Mikey in person, and he is a very nice guy!!! He is bubbly, happy go lucky, and shows daily that obviously he loves what he does. He puts ALOT of work into his tutorials and his crafts. Not to mention answering thousands of emails a year as well. In the long run, The Crochet Crowd staff help all of us out. So for that, Mikey and his staff should be applauded, not dragged under the carpet!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:56 pm
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    I agree with you. It’s your project so why not make it own by using what you like. I am fairly new at crocheting and have tried to do the chain up three and use it as a DC stitch but mine comes out too loose and makes the joining position too loose so I use the chain up two (and don’t use my chain as a stitch) which makes my seams less visible and my over all project come out looking better. My project still looks the same, holds up the same as the other way and from what I’ve learnt they r both proper crochet technics so why would me substituting one technic for another be wrong. It’s not. No one does things the same way. And not one way is better than another. Some r easier for people to do or to understand how to do. If u feel u have to stick to every detail of a pattern then that’s fine but if u see something u want to change then change because that’s fine too.

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:56 pm
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    I love everything you teach. I have tried several other websites and some are very confusing or lack the ability to hold my attention. You are not only informative but you make it fun.
    Keep doing what you are doing and for those who don’t agree with you..well..let them go to another site and be bored and confused.
    Be creative. .after all..isn’t that what it’s all about.

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:56 pm
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    She is completely wrong. How are new techniques discovered unless people stray from instructions.

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:55 pm
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    My name is Caleb, I’m 28 years old and I have been crocheting since I was about 16. I tought myself because I had no one to teach me. The neddle arts always fascinated me and I wanted to learn. So I bought some yarn and hooks and just started playing around. I was discourage because this was the time before YouTube and brilliant people like you to help the “closet hooker” (lol) like me. It wasn’t untill I bought a book a few year ago and your and others blogs and videos that helped me enjoy the ART of working with yarns. As far as following the patterns there are times that I wish they went stitch by stitch. I have made mistakes and instead of pulling out rows and rows I got creative and made some cheats so to speak and in the end the finish product turned out just like its suppose to. It’s one of a kind. Just like the person who made it. On the plus side having been able to see/fix/cover up my mistakes I have been able to examine other works and see how they were made and copy them. As for the lady who sent you the email like the Miranda Lambert songs goes it takes all kinds of kinds.

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:55 pm
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    I don’t know who this Perfect Person is. Frankly I’m happy she isn’t teaching me. I can honestly tell you Mikey if I hadn’t found you on line, I wouldn’t know I could actually crochet.
    You are for real, you care, and teach very well making it fun to learn. I’m sorry someone had to come along with ” do it perfect” or stop teaching. Please keep teaching , keep doing what you do. Love you and thank you for making this fun. Maybe this person will crawl back in the hole she came out of.

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:54 pm
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    I DO WHAT I WANT WHEN I AM DOING A CRAFT I LIKE TO HAVE IT BE MT OWN

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:54 pm
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    Crochet is not an exact science. The more tips and tricks being taught, the better! It gives the person learning more options.

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:54 pm
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    I am just Wowed ! Too think a person’s personal preference for Crochet techniques can be manged at that level is like stating
    ” MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY ” !!
    Our WORLD has evolved from all people learning to grasp onto NEW IDEAS. Please do not allow someone as such to bother you.
    That individual needs too be slightly more open too DIFFERENT IDEAS instead of shoving their brains in a closet. I kinda feel sorry for someone with the inability to be SPONTAINIOUS and ENJOY CROCHET as all of us gather in a place for sharing.
    Victoria Toler

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm
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    I have been “cheating & improvising” for years. I follow the directions & if I think I can improve on the pattern I’m using, I do. I love the tutorials because if I can’t figure out the pattern, I have someone who can show me how its done instead of getting frustrated & putting it aside. Saves on getting headaches. lol You can’t hate & crochet because then you’ll mess up, not focused. I will continue to take shortcuts, cheat & improvise until I can no longer crochet. I guess she’s not an avid crocheter or she wouldn’t be making such a stupid accusation. Also, why was she looking at the tutorials, did she need help on a pattern? Just saying.

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm
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    is this where us southern people say well bless her little heart? she needs to get a life.

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    Firstly mikey, I want you to imagine that woman (you said it was a FB message so she must have had a picture). Imagine her as a piece of crochet work. her eyes and hair and face in whatever colours you like least. all mashed together in the most perfect of stitch you are able to crochet. Look at your finished work – it is hideous and ugly and not something you are happy with. So now lets just rip that bugger apart and make some granny squares with its remains…. proceed to set those granny squares by your toilet and use at your leisure for whatever you wish to use them for. *CAUTION ~ if using as bum wipes they may be a bit abrasive. consider them as toilet cleaners instead. πŸ™‚ YOu rOCk MikEY.!!!
    I have been crocheting since i was 11. I am 40 now. I consider myself pretty skilled, and I look to your tutorials for some help and tricks. Thank you for your hard work! Regards DawnedOnMeCrochet ~ Dawn Arrowsmith https://www.facebook.com/DawnedOnMeCrochet?ref=hl

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm
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    I am speechless. Does she not know what TEACHING is? According to her ‘rules, words can’t be pronounced differently than they were originally, because only the person who ‘invented’ the word can decide how it’s pronounced. Not to mention that unless she goes by the original derivation and language her NAME is from, she is guilty of not ‘following the pattern 100%’ on her very own name!
    Mikey, I wouldn’t even take her seriously. Her argument is so flawed, I would LOVE to hear her try and support it! That would be priceless.

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm
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    Mikey, you are talented. You are a wonderful teacher. The said woman was probably taught the same way she is telling you to crochet. She sounds completely miserable and should be ignored. My Mom and I have learned so many techniques and patterns from you since we found you on Youtube. Your tutorials are easy to follow and unlike so many NOT BORING! lol I pity that poor woman because she must live such a concise and “in the lines” life. Please ignore someone’s critic because in this world there are so many. You are doing a wonderful job and I appreciate it.

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:52 pm
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    What a twit! She appears to be very small minded crafter- no mark that out she can’t be a crafter because that requires an open mind. I’m so sorry she attacked you personally, but I have a feeling other issues are in play here and she just decided to attack your art because no one has the right to say anything unless they are author of the pattern that your video is referencing. But I imagine you know the pattern makers quite well in most situations. Do not let her lack of understanding the need to adjust how things are crafted because everyone has different capabilities and skills and your explanations help them. All I can finish with is your supporters far outweigh one measley woman’s nasty attitude. Let us all remember crocheting and knitting allow each of us to express ourselves how each seems fit through patterns, colors, size and yarns. Art is the freedom of expression – is the person who uses his feet or teeth to craft wrong because that is what they have? Nope just doing it different to accommodate abilities.

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:52 pm
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    Oh my lord! Words cannot express my dismay at people like this who seem to enjoy their misery and want to inflict it on others. First off, I don’t think “cheating” is the correct term here. Is this a test? Shortcuts, tips, different techniques to obtain the same result is a part of any art form. We are all taught and go about our crafts in a different way. That certainly doesn’t mean our teachers are wrong (some of us taught ourselves) or that we are wrong. I guess if I hold my hook differently than she does or used different colors than the example of the pattern would also be cause for alarm to this woman. Almost every pattern I crochet I modify in some way to suit my taste (unless it is for one of the challenges). I thought I had heard it all, but this ranks at the top of my list as the dumbest reason for a complaint as I have ever heard. DON’T LISTEN TO THE NAY SAYERS! What you do is an inspiration to the masses. Love you!

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    Just smile and crochet on!

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    Huh. I guess since I rarely follow a pattern exactly everything I’ve made over the years is fake. Just wait until I tell hubby he’s been wearing a fake cap! Seriously, though, Mikey….this woman has issues that have nothing to do with crochet OR with you. Don’t let her steal your peace another second!

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:51 pm
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    Wow! Just wow! If I went by patterns and the “correct” technique, I would never get any crocheting done. I’m sure I don’t hold my hook the “right way”, I’ve learned so much in the past year (from you and other sites I look at) from ways to crochet more quickly, how to keep ends from popping out and just making my work look so much better and neater. I’ve been crocheting since I was around 8 when my mother taught me – I’m now almost 41 and love to learn new stitches, tips and tricks and pretty much anything I can find about crochet. Keep up the great work you do and don’t let the haters get to you.

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:50 pm
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    And I Bet she is perfect cook too? Not allowed to substitute ingredients if you don’t have correct ones? Oh let’s throw away what we started ( wasteful) and make something different. Ugh people. Realize she is probably lonely, bored with nothing else to do. I love your ideas! The only perfect one I know is Jesus and when I’m him, I’ll judge!

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:50 pm
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    What a sad angry woman … I feel bad for her in her stiff, rule driven, unforgiving world without joy. You are exactly right – we don’t all learn the same way and if one technique doesn’t work, of course you have to explore other options to achieve the result you want – that isn’t cheating, it’s called “creativity”. And there are no “laws of crochet” – there are no penalties for development of the craft or for sharing hints and tips for others to work something out that otherwise may forever elude them. Rest assured – no-one will be hammering your door down, with a warrant to haul you off for violations of incomprehensible crochet patterns.

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    She’s clearly not a knitter or she would never say anything like that. Knitting IS a lot more exact–there are only so many ways you can fudge it before you start dropping stitches or making something look completely wrong. Crochet just naturally has the potential for more improvisation and still being able to make the finished object look right. It’s one of the things I appreciate about the craft.

    (I still love knitting, especially the fabrics it produces, which is why I do both!)

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    There’s no such thing as “cheating” in crochet…..it’s creativity.

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    That poor poor lady must be the most miserable lady in the world. I am glad I do not have to be around her and her complete perfect self!! There is nothing wrong with sticking to a pattern if that is what you prefer yo do but there is NOTHING wrong with improvising and using your owned creative juices either!! Maybe it is too confusing to her to hear about shortcuts or different ways of crocheting . Maybe she is straight to the pattern only because that is the way she prefers !! So be it for her! Mickey you keep on teaching and doing tutorials just as you have been. You always give the pattern site so she could go to it and crochet her little heart out ( if she had one!!!!) we love your site and your tutorials have been such a help and inspiration to many, myself included!! I say PLEASE keep up the good work Michey!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:49 pm
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    Mikey, keep doin’ what you’re doin’ dude! She can just get off her high horse and walk the panites out of her crack… she’s a moron. We all see what we like, what we think can be changed and just go for it. That’s the artist in all of us. I have been crocheting for YEARS and still have learned good things from you and your tutorials. Keep calm and crochet on!

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:49 pm
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    Mikey…sorry that you have to contend with someone else’s negative opinions and critical behaviour. There are always cole note versions to just about anything…crochet is no exception. Myself, I appreciate that there are alternative ways to be creative. I do not have patterns for the yarn that I produce on my farm, I rely on other patterns that can substitue my yarn, and there are times you need to cheat or think outside the box.
    Keep doing what you do, there are much more people in this world who appreciates your skills and the ability to teach. Neigh sayers need to focus on another site, not yours.
    We love you Mikey…
    xoxo Nancy-The Alpaca Lady

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    That woman is a complete idiot! Who is she to say how something should be done. Some of the patterns are difficult to follow and certain steps don’t make sense. I’m appreciative that you show people how to work the pattern on a way that makes more sense. Further had you not done techniques or videos for the Christmas stockings.( I know it’s loom knitting but still an example.). I would have never completed the first one. Just delete that email and ignore her stupidity. Please feel free to share my comment before you do! Keep calm and crochet on!

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:48 pm
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    You cannot change your personality and neither can she! Be glad you are who you are and that you have thousands of people, like me, who enjoy your tutorials and your talent.Do not let someone’s bad mood make you question yourself or your success. Crochet on, Mikey!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:47 pm
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    You ARE NOT WRONG! She is! She obviously lacks the creativity to improvise and put her own spin on something. DO NOT CHANGE how you do anything, Mikey. We LOVE you and everything you do! We APPRECIATE everything you do. Disregard her and her comments. Art is Art! Everybody have their own opinion and entitled to it. WE don’t have to confirm to ANYONE about what we like to create. If they don’t like it then she can Un-Like The Crochet Crowd. Otherwise she just needs to be quiet!
    I love you Mikey and Diva Dan. You guys are the best!! I’m. Always excited to see what you are up to next. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you both in Charlotte at the Knit and Crochet Show. Hope to get to again!!
    Keep on hook in’ on!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:47 pm
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    I think that it is part of your creative ability to be able to adapt. There are some patterns that you may what to change just a little to fit with your taste or if it’s clothing you may need to change it to fit your body. Maybe there is a stitch that you just can’t seem to catch onto and there are times that you just want a different yarn to make a different look. If you have to follow a pattern 100% why not just but it from a store. It would be easier and probably cheaper but they are all going to be the same.

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:47 pm
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    The history of crochet itself will prove that techniques have changed over time. Yarns and threads have changed, the was patterns are written has changed. Our crochet projects have changed. Following a pattern is nice, if you can do it, but alot of times just making the piece “your way” will give you the same results. There are no crochet police standing there watching you to make sure you do it the proper way. Crochet is a craft that is to bring pleasure to you, not stress you out, because you are not doing things correctly. If you are doing them wrong, you will know soon enough, when your project takes on an entirely different look. Just like cooking, using an old cookbook might not yield the best tasting food, because ingredients have changed, so have the old crochet patterns. If is so refreshing to find The Crochet Crowd branching out and offering alternative ways to do things. Who knew you could use your arm to crochet!?! Keep up the outstanding job you are doing spreading the word and encouraging all of us to crochet like crazy!!!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:46 pm
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    First of all the word cheating to me implies something sneaky or underhanded which is far from the truth. I think what you and others show us is more like improvisation. I understand that not strictly adhering to a pattern may upset the designer (or the purist) but like it or not people will use patterns as inspiration for their own creativity. I find that a delightful side effect which is encouraging innovation in a very traditional craft. If all we as crocheters (or what ever avenue you explore) do is blindly follow the patterns, we loose so much from those imaginative people looking for new ideas. We run the risk of our chosen craft becoming stale. I say let your imagination run riot, allow your creativity to blossom, let there be no taboos and keep our craft fresh and vibrant. Let’s us all enjoy the diversity of yarn crafts and not limit our potential.

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    BTW – Mikey and Diva Dan and Cathy. I love ‘The Crochet Crowd’ VERY much and your postings brighten my day. Also, I have learned so much from your techniques, ideas and just your ‘freshness’ – your approach to what was becoming a rather ‘tired’ form of creating to me and brought renewed life to it! Thank you!
    I love you all and the people here (most). I love your style, your sense of fashion, your ‘fun’, your new ideas. KEEP IT UP please!
    Never let a nay-saying stand in your way of progress. Brush them aside and take a step forward, leaving them behind!

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:46 pm
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    Keep teaching! You’re following proves to show how many of us like your teaching! Nothing at all “wrong” with giving tips, tricks or any other ideas! Take a look at the “neverending granny throw” you worked up the “idea” to create that and I’m sure I’m not the only one that loves “your” idea! Keep teaching!!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:45 pm
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    My grandmother taught me to crochet over 40 years ago and she told me that you always make it your own. Make adjustments as needed whether that be to the pattern right down to the way you hold your hook. I think it is great that with all the tutorials and videos that so many more people are learning to crochet. It was a dying art and now it has been revived. Why is that woman even watching videos and tutorials if she is so blasted perfect anyway. She needs to get off her pedestal before she falls off and hurts herself! How dare anyone exalt themselves so high that they feel it within their right to pass judgment on others. There are no boundaries to art and crochet is an art!

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:45 pm
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    This is a very sick and unhappy person. It is not normal to watch people you don’t like and she certainly watched enough of your videos to know the content well enough to comment on it. No reason to even be upset – bless her and block her contact as needed. I personally have known how to crochet for 65 years but had stopped doing it for a long time before I found your videos and got back into this craft with your help to relearn as well as learn and apply new techniques and ideas. I thank you – and my family thanks you – for the gift of yourself, Dan and Cathy to bring fun and beauty into our lives. You have shown us how to give our gifts too. You have created community – what a blessing in our world!

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      Amen Jan. Same thing with me except I’ve been crocheing for 40 years.

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:44 pm
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    It is crazy what some people have going on in the minds!!!!!!! PLEASE DO NOT LISTEN TO A WORD OF WHAT THAT CRAZY LADY WROTE!!!!! There are so many of us who love what you do, how you teach, how you inspire us, etc….The CRAZY LADY has the right to NOT follow you…and that is just what she should do!

    • January 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm
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      I agree ~ if she doesn’t like it she doesn’t need to watch. And, no one is interested in her opinions even though we have free speech

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:44 pm
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    AlI have to say is I am happy for her that she is perfect and never makes any mistakes. And I am also very happy for the fact that the rest of us who are not have you and your tutorials with their cheats, fixes and ideas that help make our lives more enjoyable. keep up the great work and I will keep referring my friends to your videos.

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:43 pm
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    Oh wow. Hmmmm…what to say that doesn’t involve profanity? Still thinking…. Ok, instead of cursing like a sailor and calling the aforementioned lady a nutjob, I will play devil’s advocate and list the circumstances where I think her arguments could be considered “valid”. *giggle-snort*

    1. IF you had done a video of a pattern that SHE created, and went on and on in said video about ways to make the pattern better because the original pattern was horrendous and childlike….I could acknowledge that she deserves to be a little pissy.

    2. IF she grew up working in a sweat shop, where she was beaten within an inch of her life for deviating from the pattern, and, not realizing that most of the free world doesn’t operate that way, is simply trying to rescue others from suffering the same fate…I could see how she might be upset.

    3. IF she has severe OCD, and just the thought of deviating from a pattern makes her break out in hives, do 300 jumping jacks, stand on her head and touch a doorknob 25 times before brushing her teeth for exactly 3.5 hours….I could see how that would justify her being a bit perturbed.

    However, none of these arguments validates her behavior. If she doesn’t like your style of crocheting or teaching, then she should simply find someone else’s videos to watch. It is never necessary to put down another’s craft and abilities in order to feel better about your own. I’m sure it is nothing more than a case of her being jealous that the work she does, doing things the hard way, doesn’t look anywhere near as good as your work. Jealousy makes people do crazy things…just let her rude comments slide off your back and know that there are many of us out here who appreciate you for you. <3

    P.S. I mean no disrespect to anyone who may be in any of the above scenarios….I'm just a sarcastic smartass and an evil genius hooker who doesn't take kindly to bullies. πŸ™‚

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      rainy79,I love love love your comment!!!!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:43 pm
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    Who cares what she thinks…does she have a blog and a YouTube channel and a website with thousands of fans? Hmm no….then if she doesn’t like what you teach, she doesn’t have to look at your pages. Is there a hint of jealousy there in her rant? Maybe she has always wanted what you have built up in a few short years. I have crocheted since I was 7 years old (44 now) and I have learned new things from you. I try to learn something new every day. There’s no right or wrong way for anything artistic! Don’t let her live in your head rent free :). You are an awesome teacher and you are very caring…otherwise this wouldn’t bother you. Keep doing what you are doing. I love what you have added to my life πŸ™‚

    Your neighbour in Ajax,
    Debbie

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:42 pm
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    Be thankful that people like her are in the minority. Otherwise we’d all be driving Ford’s, wearing the same clothes and eating the same food. The sincerest praise is when someone finds your creation worthy not only of their time, but makes it their own by adding a personal touch to it.

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:42 pm
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    From my husband…keep up the good work! You are doing everything right! If someone is too stupid to understand the creative process they should refrain from commenting on the work of people who do. Again, my thanks.

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:42 pm
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    People need to let others do and be who they are. People should mind their own business and stop being a negative , bossy and judgemental. People choose to follow you they are not forced. She sounds miserable and jealous! I would ignore rude people and know your fans are loyal nd love you as you are. I find what you teach very helpful. Thank you.

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:42 pm
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    Mikey..just sending you a need HUG..NEVER mind narrow minded..over opinionated, asinine people of the world..YOU dear are beautiful, talented, creative and a wonderful person for sharing it with all of us. So yes, vent this and move on..don’t let one person dampen your spirit and derail your creative train!

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    This is unbelievable to me! I have learned several methods of crochet, and have needed to improvise 99% of the time – because I am left-handed and taught only by right-handed people. YOUR tutorials have helped me tremendously, also! I can’t believe she can be so rude and judgmental about this. We all learn differently, see things differently and produce our final product differently. If not for creativity, this world would be one gigantic boring place!

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    I personally love you guys, and all that you do. You have helped and inspired me in more ways that you could ever dream. To me, crochet is art. Not science. Here is an idea for her. If she does not like what you say or do….don’t look. XOXOXOXOX @theoldgreyhooker.

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:41 pm
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    Ah she is just jealous! Keep up the good work that you’re doing! Keep teaching us all that you know about crocheting. A fan from Belgium!

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:41 pm
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    Any person who feels that strongly agains what you do should simply just quit watching your videos and do their own thing. What you are doing is helping a great many people who would have put away their projects when they got stuck and maybe never completed them. I love your videos and have been helped many times by your cheats. Keep up the good work.

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    First of all, there is no “cheating” in crochet, or in any other creative art. There are short-cuts, tips and tricks, and creative ways of doing things. Cheating implies doing something wrong to get a better result, and I don’t think there is a wrong way to crochet! Everyone does it a little differently and that’s ok! If no one was ever creative with a stitch, changed a pattern a bit, or tried something completely new we would not have crochet at all except for the basic granny square! Don’t get me wrong, I love the granny square, I’m just saying that someone somewhere had to do something a little differently to get a new stitch or beautiful new pattern! You are doing a FANTASTIC job Mikey, please don’t get discouraged!! You are blessing so many people with a new skill that they never thought they could do, and may God Bless you for that!!
    Angela L.
    from Missouri
    πŸ™‚

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:41 pm
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    Who made her the Crochet police? That’s just crazy her to say that stuff.just teach on and i know there’s alot of people that know you can teach great and I always recommend your site and tutorials to beginners and anyone else that needs to learn something about crochet ,knit.I’m finishing a crocdile stitch purse that you taught me how to do and my brother loved his c2c afghan I made him for Christmas this I also learned on your channel so that lady can stuff it:)lol

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:41 pm
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    I can believe someone would write that to you, she must not have a life. I have been crocheting and knitting for years. I love all the videos and all the tips you give. Must be she doesn’t know how to crochet or knit without a pattern. Those of us that are crafty and make things without patterns and imprivise out patterns. You keep up the good work. Easy tip for her don’t watch the show!!!

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:41 pm
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    The different choices we each make when decide ding on a pattern is what makes crochet, knitting, quilting, sewing, etc. something that is satisfying to each of us. I rarely use the yarn recommended in a pattern becuase usually I can’t afford it. I may not like a certain way the border is added and modify it to the way I like and know. That’s called creative license and evidently this lady has no creativity whatsoever! Haters gonna hate! DELETE! Move on!

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:40 pm
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    I wonder if she has ever looked up the word “anal”.

  • January 19, 2014 at 1:40 pm
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    The lady is an idiot. I learned to crochet when I was 5yrs old. It was Many years before I learned to read patterns and I’m still not great at it. But I can generally look at something and make it. Crochet is all about expression. How does she think a pattern is made? It’s ‘created’ by some talented individual. Keep doing what you are doing and ignore the idiots. Cause haters gonna hate, but the rest of us adore ya!

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    So she has decided to be the guardian of crochet ………. ignore her, she’s nuts. Misused of the word cheat. She’s got her bloomers all in knots for what? We are all unique. Even snowflakes are each unique and different. She has a choice of not listening, following or having anything to do with your persona. Block her and be done with it. You have an happy and adoring following of hookers ……….. that speaks for itself. Smile and be proud darling, you’ve earned it.