Life Before The Crochet Crowd: Mikey The Trucker!

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.

58 thoughts on “Life Before The Crochet Crowd: Mikey The Trucker!

  • October 12, 2014 at 8:31 am
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    Mikey, your generousity of spirit and skills of communication, make a big difference to peoples lives. Be healthy and happy always, and as I keep telling my sons have fun.

  • June 27, 2013 at 9:56 am
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    Love that story. I’m currently unemployed and want to seek my own dream. Maybe you can give me a few pointers.

  • June 27, 2013 at 8:30 am
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    Hey there, Driver! I’m a local/line haul driver – not quite the SuperTrucker like you were, but almost – and can TOTALLY relate to all of the time allotted for daydreaming while on the road. Also like you, I dream of one day having a family business that will get me off the road and keep me around loved ones. Not too many years from now I hope to make this happen. Please keep sharing little stories like these. They’re so encouraging!

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  • June 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm
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    Mikey, I enjoy your postings and info very much. I had previously done a lot of crochet, but let it fall aside over the years. Got started again recently via a group that makes scarves, hats, etc. for soldiers stationed in mountains of Afghanistan. After they come home, we are switching to items for homeless vets. Your site is giving me ideas for “fun” things I can make as well. keep up the good work.

  • June 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm
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    Great story. Glad you can live your dream.

  • June 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm
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    Michael as always you help motivate me and have helped me through some very serious depression, whether you knew it or not. I have been blessed to know you and to have spent time with you. I come away from time with you and look at things in a very different way. You have helped me to feel comfortable in being creative and allowing myself to try something that I would never have even considered before. I thank you for challenging me and teaching me to trust myself. You rock and are a wonderful person. I am happy that your passion has taught me to crochet and that I have taught others. It is a fantastic feeling when I see someone I have helped crocheting and enjoying themselves. Thank you for everything!!!!!!

  • June 22, 2013 at 2:03 pm
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    I just stumbled upon your work a few months ago while looking for crochet help. You have helped me so much without even knowing me. Thank you for being you and sharing parts of your life with all of us. You are definitely a person I would like to meet and know more about.

  • June 22, 2013 at 11:39 am
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    That’s quite a switch! I’m glad to have come across crochet crowd , you are definitely an inspiration πŸ™‚ it was refreshing to see a new twist to make crocheting fun.

  • June 22, 2013 at 11:09 am
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    Mikey, thanks for sharing your story. I’m so happy you found the road that was right for you. Thank you for sharing your talent with us and I wish you much more success in the future. I’m a big fan.

  • June 22, 2013 at 11:09 am
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    I’m so glad you are on crochet crowd , I discovered you when I was home recuperating from a total knee replacement. I was a CNA and worked very hard taking care of our elderly patients but it took it’s toll on my body, I’m now retired and love coming to see you. Just want to let you know I really enjoy learning new stitches helps keep my mind active for you see I worked on the alszhiemer unit so it’s very important to me to keep my mind active. Thanks for everything you have taught me you are the best.

  • June 22, 2013 at 10:41 am
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    Mikey…..you’re a brave, gentle soul…..love your story…..then and now! Every journey leads us to where we were meant to be. Some parts of the journey are difficult, some are not, but it’s the journey that is the reward…….always continue your journey. We never know what the Lord has in store for us!

  • June 22, 2013 at 6:42 am
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    I want to thank you for all your hard work. Thanks to you I have help many of my friends different styles of knitting. One of my friends could not crochet or knit. Then I showed her how to loom which I learn from you and know she is looming like crazy. It does not hurt her hands. AGAIN MANY THANKS AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!! Plus I do better with VIDEOS, so keep then going.

    Julieta
    The Happy Hookers Club

  • June 22, 2013 at 5:23 am
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    Wow, this had to be hard for you to tells us your story. I think, you starting the Crochet Crowd Club is the best thing that ever happen to you. For your health and we in the Crochet World would have miss out in learning amazing projects or just learning to crochet. This Club has also help a lot of us in our lives. Like me, I have a lot of medical problems and joining the Crochet Crowd Club is the best to happen to me. So, thank you

  • June 22, 2013 at 5:10 am
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    I am glad you are who you are ;)… keep it up and thank you for all the help and inspiration – greetings from Iceland
    Anna

  • June 22, 2013 at 3:19 am
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    What a waste!! Sitting behind the wheel of a truck all day when here we were waiting for you to teach so many of us, all around the world, to crochet. What a beautiful person you are Mikey… such an inspiration to so many people.

  • June 22, 2013 at 2:34 am
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    Thanks Mikey I needed that. U made me smile and cry in second. Truck driver huh, “who knew”… but a crochet guru, YES… I love u’r giggle, I love this group and it keeps me going too. My mother knitted and crocheted and did needlework which would make u weep. Being from Hungary she was taught these skills at a very young age. She crocheted tablecloths, curtains, etc. I mean the intricate stuff u see on Pinterest from the girls from the Ukraine etc. She made herself a beautiful crocheted dress and one for sister and then me. I loved wearing that dress at 7, my sister was 18 and my mother 37, wish I could find that picture. She never taught me to do any of it as she was taught left handed even tho she is right handed and European style so it was too difficult for me. I learned to crochet in school in grade 7 Home Ec and of course stopped it many years ago. My mother has since passed and when we moved last year I packed up my house and threw out, yes threw out tons of those crocheted tablecloths and told my husband, “nobody want’s this crap anymore, it’s too old fashioned”, well 6 months, depressed and feeling like a failure, (haven’t worked for years because of illness – MS and other things) I thought I’d start up doing something with my hands as I kept dropping things. I bought a needlepoint kit, but unfortunately I couldn’t do it, it was just too small and well my eyesight sucks to see those tiny holes, lol… so I thought well I’d crochet something just to see if I could. I couldn’t even read a pattern, I was stumped. I logged on to YouTube and found a lady doing a shrug and followed it. I was then hooked. I’ve been crocheting non stop for 6 months. I’ve found your blog, then your YouTube videos and then the Crochet Crowd and I’m just crocheting along every day. You inspire me and your story of that woman made me think about my mom and her beautiful work and how stupid I was to have thrown out certain items. I still have a few, so she is right her legacy will live on in her works of art, just like I hope mine will as well. Being almost 52 and no kids, I crochet for me and my friends and for the joy of it, so needless to say, you inspire me and a ton of people and I wish to one day meet u, u’r my new hero… Keep truckin along in the crochet world, that is your destiny to help us and motivate us and keep us going. With much love always… sunny in St. Petersburg – Jewels

  • June 22, 2013 at 1:33 am
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    Thank you so much for sharing Mikey, your story was touching, You look like a whole other person in those pics, but then again, I find truck drivers facinating and what the bring to the world and each place they stop..where would we be without them. I love that afghan behind you in your bunk. But re: crocheting or any other needlework , I always envision where my project will end up, what kind of use it will get, If it is a gift how the person receiving it might remember me, or what they might tell others about it. And I always tell them that they have my DNA should they ever need it as I manage to crochet some of my hairs into everything I make. not purposely of course, but I don’t realize how many till I’m done sometimes…I have a thyroid problem and tend to loose hair on a regular basis.But we discuss it in a light somewhat comical manner..I bet now that if you had to drive a truck even just one more time that it would be packed full of a new yarn stash in all your favorites..

  • June 22, 2013 at 1:30 am
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    Hi Mickey, I often wondered what you did before. I work with the Ambulance Service I UK helping sick people. I used to be a teacher in further education teaching first aid, sewing and other handicrafts. When my husband died 16 years ago I was left with a 12 year old daughter and also foster children plus teaching part time. That’s how I ended up working full time on the ambulances. Bills and house had to be paid and all my family lived in Denmark. I’m danish and was a widow at 41. πŸ™ I’ve continued to teach other people how to sew, knit and crochet free in my spare time ever since. I make many afghans and shawls etc.. using some of your patterns too. When I sell them it helps me to raise money for our local hospice. My parents and husband a died of cancer. I also had breast cancer when I was very young. The way I think is that there’s always someone else worse of than yourself. I thank god that I’m fit and healthy and able to help others. I would love to email picture of some of my shawls and afghans but at the moment I don’t know how. Take care. Birgit. πŸ˜‰

  • June 22, 2013 at 12:05 am
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    Your story is truly beautiful. I have Stage 4 melanoma and cannot work anymore. I started crocheting to keep me busy. I love your videos. You are special. Thank you!

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  • June 21, 2013 at 11:02 pm
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    Nope, never would have thought you were a trucker. The day I had to wait for 2 days in my truck at Walmart is the day I would have driven home or gotten a cab and flew home. Walmart is just horrible! Well, glad you gave up the trucking because you’ve already helped me figure out things I would never have known in crocheting. Thank the crochet Gods for Mikey!

  • June 21, 2013 at 10:42 pm
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    Reading the replies to your article, it struck me how much one person can change and enrich so many others. Something so basic as hooking a piece of yarn brought us all together into a community. Thanks Mikey

  • June 21, 2013 at 10:41 pm
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    What an inspiration you are Mikey and your kindness leaves me speechless <3

  • June 21, 2013 at 10:39 pm
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    To quote a friend, “now that’s a wow!” Never would have guessed you were a trucker. I’m glad you found your happiness. I discovered you on You-tube several months ago when I decided to start crocheting again after a four year hiatus and have been a fan ever since. Thank you so much for sharing your story and your talent, God bless!

  • June 21, 2013 at 10:01 pm
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    What a beautiful story and yes it brought tears to my eyes also. I’m happy to say you have made the right choice . I love The Crochet Crowd and I’m very thankful for all that you do for us!

  • June 21, 2013 at 9:55 pm
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    You made me cry, my heart goes out to her & her family. I lost my beautiful mom to cancer. It’s a horrible disease. Thanks for sharing your story…I can relate to the truck driver job….my husband is a trucker and it’s a very hard job! I’m thankful that he has a local driving job today and is home every day. You are such an inspiration! Thank you! <3

  • June 21, 2013 at 9:52 pm
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    mikey you are so inspiring,im so happy you are who you are,and thats why all of us on the crochet crowd loves you.

  • June 21, 2013 at 9:50 pm
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    I would not have guessed either, thank god for you and the crochet crowd. Before I found you my life was lying in bed watching tv but not taking it in because the pain was all I could concentrate on, since I have found the crowd u have given me new meaning and I love doing crochet. I am not fast by any means I have only done the one project the afghan waves and have just started my second one the gorgeous shawl that u did in midnight by red heart, I have chosen a similar colour and won’t be finished by the dead line due to pain in my hands I can only do a small amount each day but I am enjoying what I do now and tv ********* what tv lol.
    Thank you so so much for ur help and free tuition u don’t know what it means to me.
    God bless you and Daniel of course, much love to you both.
    From Ros xxxx

  • June 21, 2013 at 9:48 pm
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    Hi Mikey, thank you so much for sharing your humor, your crafting (crochet) talents and especially your kindness and heart. And, thank you for reminding us how very precious life is by sharing your friends’ story. She sounds like an amazing person!

  • June 21, 2013 at 9:40 pm
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    Thank you so much for sharing this, Mikey. I was touched.

  • June 21, 2013 at 9:36 pm
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    Mikey, you make a very big difference in a lot of lives and that is why we love you so much. I will be retiring from working by the end of this year and I hope to be able to make a difference in someones life by my making items for charity. I will be using many of the things that you have taught me through your videos and you patterns. Thank you so much for being such a great inspiration. Meeting you in October of 2012 at the retreat in Texas was what has got me to thinking about helping others.

  • June 21, 2013 at 9:35 pm
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    Thank you so much for sharing your story Mikey! It really brought tears to my eyes. You are such an inspiration to me and so many countless others. I honestly believe if it wasn’t for me stumbling upon one of your tutorials on YouTube back in September I would have never found my love of crochet. My mom tried to teach me years ago but it was frustrating because my mom is left handed so I gave up. I really don’t know what I ever did before you taught me how to crochet!!!

  • June 21, 2013 at 9:35 pm
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    Mikey, it is the good and bad things in life that make us the beautiful, complex people we are. You taught me to knit on the knifty knitter and eventually taught me to crochet. I believe sharing our struggles and successes brings us all closer. You minister to the creative soul…take direction only from those who love you.

  • June 21, 2013 at 9:32 pm
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    Im glad you made the change. Your and awesome person!

  • June 21, 2013 at 9:12 pm
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    I love you, Mikely. Truly. I can’t wait to meet you in February. And I envy you finding your bliss with this whole thing. I hope to find mine.

  • June 21, 2013 at 9:11 pm
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    Thanks for sharing Mikey. I, too, was in trucking – the office side. I did the accounting for an independent firm for more than two years before anxiety and other issues caused me to leave. I no longer work now, except on my crocheting. To find you was a gem and a god-send. I use your videos and tutorials to help me understand better what I am doing. I have been crocheting for more than 40 years, but not very seriously until the last couple. Changed my world and my outlook by allowing me to make “heirlooms” for others! Hugs to you and Daniel.

  • June 21, 2013 at 9:11 pm
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    Mikey, I know exactly how it is to be on the road in a semi. People treat truck drivers like dirt ! Stores won’t let you park and take a break without filling up your tank, or pulling into their lot out of the way, even in a tornado ! Paying $8 for a shower? Highway robbery !! My husband was a truck driver and I went on the road with him for the summer to help him with directions and cooking while he drove. People forget that those truckers are lonely and give up a LOT to get them the goods that they enjoy every single day of their lives and take for granted that it will be there tomorrow when they wake up. If every single trucker driver took a week off, people would see just how much they own to those truck drivers and the families that they leave behind.
    On another note. I told someone just today that living has nothing to do with owning a home, or a nice car, or having a credit card to use any time you want. It’s about living within your means, being happy and being able to have fun. We can’t take anything on this Earth with us when we die, why kill yourself over “things”. Find something you like and be happy at doing it. I’m so glad you found your happiness and calling. I couldn’t imagine you driving a truck and not crocheting on my computer screen ! This is right where you belong Mikey ! I’m so glad I met you back a few years ago.

  • June 21, 2013 at 9:09 pm
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    You brought tears to my eyes. I can relate in a way. I have arthritis in my hands and my daughter told me to make baby things for her and my son’s future babies…just in case I wasn’t able to do it when they finally got here. So I have and we will add to or exchange things as I get more proficient and/or find a cuter pattern or yarn. Once again – thanks for your time and effort – and your insight!

  • June 21, 2013 at 9:08 pm
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    Twenty-five years ago, I learned how to crochet from a friend. We had a great time together, but life happened and I put it on a shelf after her untimely death. When I was 59, I was told that kidney cancer was going to take my life within 6-20 months. At the end of July it will be 24 months since my original diagnosis! While I still fight the battle every day, I have been blessed. When my doctor told me I would be unable to return to work, I started feeling really down. What was I going to do? With no income from a job, things were difficult.
    I looked around and found my yarn stash and crocheted some scarves as Christmas gifts. Then I made my first hat! Since then I have made hats and blankets as gifts for my family. This kept me busy for a while, but I still had a feeling I wasn’t doing enough! I have now found my passion! I crochet hats and scarves and donate all of them to cancer patients! I love the never-ending afghan and have used that pattern for a couple of lap blankets. While I cannot know how things play out, I believe that there is a reason for everything. I was meant to stick around and crochet! I am blessed!

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      Im sending you hugs and good thoughts

      • June 22, 2013 at 9:38 am
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        Thank you, Anne!

  • June 21, 2013 at 9:05 pm
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    Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents with us!! I’ve learned a ton from your tutorial videos, and love learning techniques for free. Your talents and work are amazing! Thank you!! πŸ™‚

  • June 21, 2013 at 9:05 pm
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    You’re Awesome Mikey ! Thank you for all of your Tutorials .. you’re an Inspiration to everyone ,, God Bless you ..

  • June 21, 2013 at 9:03 pm
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    ((((Mikey)))) Your friend is in my heart and thoughts, as are you, Daniel and Cathy.

  • June 21, 2013 at 9:01 pm
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    Thank you for sharing Mikey. I’m pretty new to Crochet Crowd, but it was your personality and passion for crocheting that drew me to your site. Thank you for being here for us, every time. You are a sweetheart. <3

  • June 21, 2013 at 8:57 pm
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    Thanks for sharing. FYI my friends and I do not look down on truck drivers. That is a very hard job! And it is really important cause we wouldn’t have all that we have in the stores without those people. But I am glad you are doing what makes you happy! Maybe if you need a part time job you should try driving school bus. I bet all the kids would like you!

  • June 21, 2013 at 8:43 pm
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    Mikey you are an amazing individual, I can’t tell you the amount of inspiration you provide to me. Thanks for all you do. Carin

  • June 21, 2013 at 8:36 pm
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    Amazing story, you were c meant too be doing what your doing today, you found your calling so too speak, sometimes , you gotta go through allot too get there , but you did it, and we are all sure glad you did!

  • June 21, 2013 at 8:29 pm
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    I am glad to hear about the gal you mentioned. I think it will a wonderful gift that she is leaving. When one of her loved ones wants a hug from her they can wrap up in one of her creations. It also gives her a goal for each day.
    I am with Chantal, being a trucker would be the last thing I would have thought of as your prior career.

  • June 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm
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    I’m so glad you left trucking! You are a God send for all of us people who love to crochet but don’t know all the stitches, or understand the patterns. It’s because of you and your videos that I have gotten so much better. I still consider myself a newbie because the world of crochet is so vast and I don’t think I can wrap my head around all the incredible things you can create. I do in fact, try hard patterns only because the colors catch my eye and I must have one. May not finish it until I’m a little more knowledgeable, but I will finish it. Thank you Mikey, you are a Crochet God to me!! I am honored to learn from you.

  • June 21, 2013 at 8:24 pm
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    Thanks for sharing…if you ever need help with anything let me know I’m home all day…

  • June 21, 2013 at 8:15 pm
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    Thank you for sharing with us, Mikey…..for all your ‘celebrity’ status in the crochet community, you are such a down-to-earth, funny, kind, and generous person…..you inspire others just as you have been inspired!

  • June 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm
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    Thanks for letting us get to know you a little better Mikey. God bless you for the inspiration you give to so many on a daily basis.

  • June 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm
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    You are such a BEAUTIFUL person!!! Thank you for doing what you do! I am inspired by you and I have learned SOOOOO much from you! I am eternally in your debt. I am so happy crocheting! It is a source of peace and calmness for me….I am an artist and crocheting is another beautiful way that allows me to express my creativity, design and create beautiful things to give, to sell and to share! Thank you Mikey!! God bless!!!!

  • June 21, 2013 at 8:06 pm
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    If you hadn’t told me about it, trucking would be my last guess as to what you did before The Crochet Crowd LOL I’m glad you switched! πŸ™‚

  • June 21, 2013 at 8:03 pm
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    Mikey, we are blessed to have you share your creativity with us. It’s the least we can do to help you and help each other. Thank you for what you do and teaching us along the way. Like the lady in your story, what you teach us could possibly last for generations, in our work and teaching younger family members. Much love to you and Daniel

  • June 21, 2013 at 8:01 pm
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    You are such an inspiration, thank you for telling your story. You keep my crocheting passion alive and I’m so glad you get to do what you love.

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