Teaching Knitting Behind Bars: A Remarkable Story

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.

7 thoughts on “Teaching Knitting Behind Bars: A Remarkable Story

  • March 11, 2014 at 5:12 pm
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    back in the 80’s I used to teach prisoners to crochet. They loved the patterns I brought in and they were very happy to have someone show them how to do all the stitches.

  • March 7, 2014 at 6:33 pm
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    I have a son in jail also and to a stupid life mistake he was framed cause they told him he would get life , well he was scared and he didn’t know life didn’t always mean life. he has never been in trouble with the law, he always worked with them, he was a vol.firefighter, he was on the crime watch , he directed traffic for the police and firefighters,anyway, he said where he is at in ohio he dose sewing, so I don’t know if he remembers that I tought him how to knit, I did all my kids, if he did he could start a program like this cause where he is at its not a high risk jail.

  • March 7, 2014 at 10:00 am
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    I know of a lady that has brought quilting to the prison she works at. The finished quilts are all donated to places in the community. And the men are loving it. And the guards say that the men use the quilting as a release of emotions. Good and bad. I have given her fabric and a sewing machine. She uses her own $$ for the batting and etc. They might be getting a grant soon. The inmates like the quilting and radio better than t.v. Keep it up ladies.

  • March 6, 2014 at 1:44 pm
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    I think this is an absolute WONDERFUL thing to do! I have a grandson that is in prison, through a stupid life mistake. Wonderful young man but had a car accident that took 2 lives. His blood alcohol was just 1 point above legal but the family of the 2 that died wanted him to pay dearly so he is doing just that. He has 2 little boys 4 and 3 weeks old. He is in a place that doesn’t even have college programs! Nothing outside of work, TV and reading! Something like this program would be so wonderful! I wish someone would start this program where my Joe is.

    • March 7, 2014 at 3:34 am
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      Lynda, Have you thought about doing a search and contacting local yarn shops if they would be willing to do an outreach program? You could send them a link to the article so they could see what it is, and I’m sure if they contacted the folks doing this, they would share information. If that doesn’t work, try churches, prayer shawl organizations, etc. I hope you find something that works.

  • March 6, 2014 at 12:34 pm
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    Wonderful, heartfelt story. God bless her!!

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