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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.

30 thoughts on “Knitting in Public

  • December 16, 2016 at 8:40 am
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    Mickey, I love the Crochet Crowd website and especially your tutorial videos. Your story is so touching and I wanted to say Thank you for sharing it!

    My Mama and Omi (I grew up in Germany) taught me how to crochet and knit. I also learned it in school. As a teenager I was so busy I had no time for either. Today, I am a mama of 3 young and busy children and they always ask for a hat, gloves, scarf, or poncho. Their classmates often ask if I can make something for them. Each friend who is welcoming a new baby gets a blanket. Last year, I had the privilege to make a hat and small booties for my friend’s baby we knew would not make it. She asked me to make the items and he looked so handsome in his outfit and pictures.

    I enjoy crocheting more than knitting and tend to take it with me. Since we have 2 rare genetic disorders, most of my time is spend in the hospital or at the doctor’s office and I take the time to work on my projects. I also have chronic pain and crocheting helps me to forget about it for a short time. It’s kind of my healing treatment and while I am working I often have memories of my Omi and Mama sitting together and each of us working on a project while chatting.

    Thank you for the Crochet Crowd. I think sometimes you and your wonderful team have no idea how much you mean to some of us!

    You have a wonderful holiday season and a great start into the new year!

    ~Kim

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  • December 15, 2016 at 10:40 am
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    Good for you, Mikey, for doing ANYTHING with yarn in public! People are not used to seeing anyone do something except playing Candy Crush or sitting idly. It is them I don’t understand, those who can sit without as much as a magazine to read.

    It’s not a competition. We don’t have to declare we are only crocheters or only knitters. We love creating and the magic synthesis that happens with a few clever, small repetitive motions of our hands and a bit of colored string. Never mind that the string, also part of our obsession, can be lusciously dyed wool or friendly, serviceable acrylic.

    Imagine our crafts as ambassadors: how else would we learn anyone’s life stories? Opening minds, opening hearts.

  • December 15, 2016 at 10:40 am
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    My mom taught me to always keep my hands busy so I’ve taken crochet, knitting, counted cross stitch and tatting with me everywhere. It really is a great conversation started. Before you know it, you’ll be knitting as fast as anyone!

  • December 15, 2016 at 10:29 am
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    I am never knowingly without either knitting or crochet in my bag and quite happy to do either in public – anywhere!

  • December 15, 2016 at 10:19 am
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    My mom tried to teach me to crochet when I was a teen but it never quite clicked… but my grandmother taught me basic knitting (English cast on and a garter stitch) when I was 17 and I was off. A wonderful older lady I worked with at the time taught me how to hold the yarn so I could knit contential… most everything else came from books and youtube…

    As I get older I think I may give crochet another try… good luck with your efforts…

  • December 15, 2016 at 10:03 am
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    What a wonderful story. I so enjoyed reading it. I am a member of both of your groups – bless you! Jealous that you can do this full time! I teach Kindergarten and usually so tired at the end if the day. Yes there is nothing better than a hook/needle in your hand. My mom taught me to crochet at 9 so I am proficient with that. Like you love learning things new. Knitting was a struggle! Cast on was so tight couldn’t get the stitches off the hook! About 10 years ago I found a knit shop and I learned how. So thrilled. My instructor said “when the student is ready, the teacher will come”. Loved that. So I made scarves and made a pair of socks. Then life got in the way and I haven’t knitted for over 8 years. Wish I could find a local knit group to relearn and advance to beautiful patterned sweaters. Your knit group amazes me with their gorgeous work. Keep on doing what you are doing – you are bringing joy and a lot of sweet/loving people together. Yes crocheting/knitting in public brings curiosity and draws people out that know how. Definitely is a great way to unite and bring people together – walls disappear! Nice chatting with you and look forward to hearing more about your knitting journey and hope I can get mine back in gear!

  • December 15, 2016 at 12:20 am
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    Once again a great story told by a young man I admire. What a wonderful experience hearing the old man’s tale of when he was a boy! I plan to join your Knit Crowd group after the holidays have passed and I have more time to concentrate on learning. Keep your stories coming and by all means keep sharing what you are learning! Thank you, Mikey, for being you. <3

  • December 15, 2016 at 12:08 am
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    Mikey, my Dad was the youngest of five children. He was born in 1931 and at the age of 3 he got sick…long story short he had 3 brothers and a sister and being as frail as he was my grandparents thought he should learn to do household chores etc. He learned to cook, bake (his bread and biscuits were to die for!) He also learned to knit and sat with my grandma making stuff. He was proud to share his stories.
    Good for you for sticking to learning to knit.
    All the best.
    Merry Christmas to you and Dan

  • December 15, 2016 at 12:05 am
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    Mikey, I’m proud of you and all you do. I’ve tried knitting so many times but just can’t seem to get the hang of it. I’m also left handed so that makes it interesting. I love taking my crochet out in public. The looks I get sometimes makes my day.

  • December 14, 2016 at 11:06 pm
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    My trying to knit days are in the past for me. But I wish you great enjoyment on your knitting journey! As far as crocheting in public…Anytime I can. I used to do deposits for the place I worked at so I would crochet while waiting for the deposit to be completed. Made a new friend with the teller who was also a crocheter. When I fly i work on something on the plane crochet or embroidery. If I think I can work on it without disrupting or being rude it goes with me.

  • December 14, 2016 at 9:35 pm
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    I used to be one of the folks that scoffed at knitting as waaay too hard. I didn’t realize there was more than one way to knit. After years of crochet, English style feels exactly backward and awkward. Continental style is holding the yarn in your left hand and knitting to the left- which feels natural.

    Turns out Continental is a lot faster too. So I knit and crochet in public. I knit and crochet on my breaks at work. I get strange looks from everyone. People that knit try to figure out why it looks odd. I love using the reverse single crochet to finish my knit projects- which is awkward for everyone.

  • December 14, 2016 at 8:34 pm
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    Mikey, I have learned so much from you over the years and have made some beautiful things from your patterns and videos. I so love crochet and have since my grandmother taught me at the age of 7!!! I drive a cab for a living, and while I am waiting, I crochet. Having my crochet with me brings up a lot of conversations with my passengers. Many have stories to tell of learning to crochet at a young age….these things are not shared or made a part of the learning and growing process as they once were…and I am hoping to change that. I have quite a few granddaghters, and I am hoping that they will get interested in learning and being creative from the things I do. I also sew and make crafts. I have tried to learn to knit several times, not with any success….but I am hoping as you learn, I will be able to learn from you as I have over the years. God Bless and keep up the great work…you are an inspiration to me and so many others.

  • December 14, 2016 at 7:40 pm
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    Mikey,
    I’m one of those people who lives by the credo “If I can’t take my knitting, I’m not going!” I carry a large purse (my sister calls it my Mary Poppins purse) and inside is always a small project bag with a pair of socks on my needles. I also carry another bag with a pair of #8 el cheapo plastic knitting needles and a ball of worsted weight yarn (usually leftover from a project). When I meet people like your elderly gentleman or people who say they could never knit, I pull out that second bag and offer it to the former knitter or to teach the person who says they never could. I’ve been known to offer to teach a child who silently stares in fascination watching me knit. Knitting is my passion and I’m always eager to share.

    There is a wonderful book called “No Idle Hands: a social history of knitting in America” (or something like that) that you would enjoy if you enjoyed the gentleman’s story. It’s available in both audiobook format and e-reader format.

    I love what you do and the ways you do it. Knit on my friend!

    Layne

  • December 14, 2016 at 7:21 pm
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    Brilliant blog , I never leave home with out either my crochet hook or a pair of knitting needles, on my last flight to Canada which is 7 1/2 hours I crocheted a lace baby afghan for the entire flight, what a great way to pass the hours.

  • December 14, 2016 at 6:47 pm
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    I have considered myself a really good crocheter for a long time now and always have a project in a bag in the car for any down time I have waiting on kids in the car line to waiting for my turn in the dr office. I always had people come to me when crocheting in public and ask what Im knitting or say they know how to crochet or that they know someone who can. Recently I took up knitting and I am a complete beginner at it. I have made several pairs of socks but all have mistakes and while I love them, I’d never give them as a gift LOL. I do feel like I am getting better and faster as well though. I am determined to be able to knit and knit as good as I crochet. Good luck to you on your journey and I think you’ll do fine once you get used to the feel of the needles. It is something you do have to get used to. I always thought knitting was harder than crochet, but in my experiences in “knitting in public” I have come to find out through conversations started with the question “what are you knitting?” that knitters feel the same about crochet!!! I don’t know why, but I feel like crochet is SO easy. I can’t wait to feel like that about knitting LOL

  • December 14, 2016 at 6:31 pm
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    Mikey,

    I love your observations. Don’t know how many times I’ve been crocheting at at a doctor’s office or elsewhere waiting and someone asked me what I’m knitting. Because I love crochet, I always say I’m crocheting xyz. I want people to know that not everyone knits.

    Also, I know that far more people knit than crochet, but I crochet because it doesn’t stress me and I can create so many different looks. My sister in law says she knits because she likes the look better, but I see so many garments that are knitted. Why would want to do the same? I want to be different. And that’s why I love you and Dan. You’re special to the max!!
    JC

  • December 14, 2016 at 5:47 pm
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    GREAT post, Mickey, Thank you ! I’d LOVE crocheting, or knitting on the plane… yet I’ve always doubted they would allow me to pass the controls (with all those necessary restrictions we have now) with a crochet hook, not to mention knitting needles ?? (Once, I was not even allowed to bring a needle and very small scissors to work on my patchwork project !)…

    In stitches, and wishing you a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year, full of new projects !

    Nadine (Belgium)

  • December 14, 2016 at 5:45 pm
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    Iam still learning to knit been trying for five years… But still go back to crochet

  • December 14, 2016 at 5:43 pm
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    Me and 8 gals crochet and knit every week at our local mall in the food court… Some of the mall walkers try on our shawls and things and sometimes we let them have the items for free … It’s fun to see who we will meet each week.

  • December 14, 2016 at 4:57 pm
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    I always crochet on the bus. I’ve done it for years, as it’s often the only time I have to do it. I’ve never had a comment, but what is there to comment on anyway? I started with an afghan for my mother in her nursing home, and scarves and shawls have gone to friends all over the world. I was a quick learner and I see no reason to stop, as it’s so enjoyable.

  • December 14, 2016 at 4:41 pm
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    I was one working on a crochet blanket while in the waiting room for a walk-in clinic. A teenager came and sat beside me, and once he noticed what I was making (small blanket for my daughter) he was very talkative. He told me all about his favourite aunt that used to crochet stuff when he was a little boy and he had a big smile on his face. We must have chatted for a good 30 minutes and others joined in also, it made a long wait not feel so long. 🙂

  • December 14, 2016 at 4:16 pm
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    You should try knitting the continental way, if you have not already. You carry your yarn in your left hand, as you naturally would in crochet. I crochet or knit in public no matter where I am.
    By the way, Thank You for teaching me how to crochet back in 2008. Love seeing how far you have come with your videos. ❤

  • December 14, 2016 at 4:08 pm
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    Oh, I wish I could say I like knitting…….I am not wonderful at crochet, but I CAN do it. I am pretty convinced I am not coordinated enough to knit. The needles fall, the yarn drops and my blood pressure goes up :). I tried, but seriously I cannot get past the casting on to knitting. I tried everything but stand on my head and I think knitting
    hates me. I bought shorter needles because the one pair I had were two feet long (that is what they felt like). Naw, that was not the problem. So, Mikey, please give us updates as to how you are doing and IF YOU REALLY LOVE IT 🙂 God Bless.

  • December 14, 2016 at 4:02 pm
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    I knit and crochet in the bars I go to for karaoke, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked what I’m making, if I do commissions, and the comments about how much patience I have and how it’s so good to see a young person doing these things (I’m 24), or how it brings back memories of their parents and grandparents knitting or crocheting. Those are the best times for me, even if I do lose my stitch count sometimes. I like to think seeing creative things makes people want to be creative themselves, and I encourage that whenever I can.

  • December 14, 2016 at 3:32 pm
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    Thank you Mikey, I am going to try my hand at knitting again, thanks to you. I haven’t tried since before carpal tunnel surgeries. My 11 yr old granddaughter can knit and crochet. I taught her mom to crochet and she taught my granddaughter and the school which she attends taught her how to knit. I love all yarn craft and I am a loud and proud member of The Crochet Crowd community. I would love to meet you and Diva Dan someday – one of the things on my bucket list for sure! Thank you again for all that you two do for us!!!!! Love and hugs..Happy Holidays!!!!

  • December 14, 2016 at 3:15 pm
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    I am thrilled for you, I also knit and crochet, and I also don’t like to sit with hands idle it also stops me munching on nibbles in between meals, sadly many international flights do not allow knitting or crochet as the needle/hook could be used as a weapon, when crossing the Atlantic I always pack my WIP in my hold luggage, a good friend experienced the horrific confiscation of all her beading tools, small pliers, side cutters, needles and the pouch they were in, it really is not worth the risk of loosing familiar and much loved tools. Keep up the good work Mikey. Hugs from Pru.

  • December 14, 2016 at 2:57 pm
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    I think that knitting/crocheting in public will also stir up the creativeness in people that see you doing it. There have been times that people have seen me crocheting in public and they would say “I used to do that when I was younger. I need to get back into it.” That would usually lead me to strongly encourage them and tell them that there are so many things on the internet these days that the projects are endless and there is always someone that can help if they get stuck. I would see them again later and they would tell me that they had picked it back up again and thanked me for encouraging them to do it. It’s also fun when it encourages someone who has never done it to research it online and start doing it because they see me doing it.

  • December 14, 2016 at 2:44 pm
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    What a fantastic story. I love this so much!

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