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The Disagreement: Mikey Verses Diva Dan

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.

24 thoughts on “The Disagreement: Mikey Verses Diva Dan

  • July 14, 2015 at 5:27 pm
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    Interesting article. I like even rows and all one piece designs. I don’t have patience for motifs or granny squares. I love seeing what everyone else is doing and sometimes will use a pattern in a different way.

  • July 12, 2015 at 11:00 am
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    I enjoy all aspects of the “crochet crowd” and I can not hold a candle to most works. I however, find myself enjoying and preferring the symmetrical themes. I guess i have a right = left mentality, but that’s okay.

  • July 12, 2015 at 10:51 am
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    When I first saw this afghan I really figured it wasn’t one that was to my taste. I wasn’t sure why, but something kept drawing me back to it. It is the randomness that gives me pause, but now seeing the other version, I LOVE it! I love Crochet Crowd because you all constantly challenge me to learn new things and keep crochet fun, interesting and a little crazy :). Thanks to Mikey, Dan, Cathy and everyone who posts!

  • July 8, 2015 at 11:24 am
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    I think the colorful, crazy one is great b/c it steps out if the norms of a “regular” afghan. I’m sure there are more traditional people who have never done something that looks so random, & that’s ok. But I’m sure a lot of people (incl me) were thrilled to finally see something colorful, fun, & disorganized (like me!). Don’t worry if people don’t like it. They can go back in your archives & find something they DO like or take a break for a while & enjoy their summer! I know you’ll have somethkng else up your sleeve soon! I love this site b/c you DO encourage creativity & for each of us to take your projects & make them our own! I’m attempting the bag CAL & picked wild colors to do it in b/c they aren’t “traditional” crochet colors (whatever that means!). Just keep being different & stand out from The Crowd! πŸ˜‰

  • July 7, 2015 at 11:26 pm
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    Waiting on my yarn to get here so I can start. May not finish on time but I plan on making two and putting them together depending on the length and hanging it as a Curtin for my patio door. It will let the light in but still provide privacy. This way I can get rid of the cheep blinds that break every time the door is opened or closed. And it will provide color to my apartment that can’t be painted. What do ya’ll think of the idea? Thanks Mikey and Deva Dan for this and everyone there I have learned so much from ya’ll. Keep fingers crossed that I can make it work.

  • July 7, 2015 at 10:13 am
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    You two are no different that most couples..that left brain right brain thing going on. I am retired law enforcement, my husband is a musician..talk about a dichotomy! I don’t like to “color outside the box” and he delights in breaking the rules..we agree to disagree and respect each other.There is nothing wrong with two different point of views and different crochet projects.Some people are bored with repetitive patters (ie rows or squares) others delight in the challenge of every step being different.I love Diva Dan’s color combinations,they have been a great help to me; I love Mikey’s tutorials because I learn better visually rather than just reading a pattern. Viva la Difference!

  • July 6, 2015 at 9:03 pm
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    I appreciate all the effort you went to explaining how this wonderful project was presented for all of us to take advantage of. So sad that some can be so critical of things that they do not have to participate in and are not paying a penny for. I think we have to learn to not let the negative comments get us down. I sure hope you know that the majority of your followers love everything you offer to us. We appreciate you SO MUCH. The world is a better place because we are all unique. Conformity does not equal creativity.

  • July 6, 2015 at 8:32 pm
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    I thought, as a Grannie, I was going to have to separate you kids…
    Unless I missed something, where is Dan’s Afghan??
    I honestly believe THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG, UNLESS IT’S A SPECIFICALLY WRITTEN PATTERN…Mickey you taught me that Amy years ago…
    Just sit back and love what you are crocheting….HUGS!!!
    Grannie Beth

    • July 6, 2015 at 9:37 pm
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      Loved it Mikey… &it is a personal preference. .to how each one likes to put them together…love reading everything u put out there… i find it interesting I love seeing how creative every one can be…& I think wwe all get ideas from each other..&it also shows me what I can do with the help of ” the crochet crowd”…thank you…..

    • July 7, 2015 at 2:49 pm
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      I appreciate that you showed 2 different colorways- I am very close-minded on a project if the colors are not to my liking simply because I am unsure then what to use. The motif “moving” reminds me of quilting really, where the same pattern can be made so many ways. Maybe you can inspire us grumpies by showing different examples for us to see and be inspired by. I thank you both for all of your hard work and obvious care and concern you have for this site and its members. Keep up the fantastic work! aj

  • July 6, 2015 at 5:29 pm
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    I loved this article. It reminded me of when I did the Challenge in January. When it first started I wasn’t sure I’d like it. I ended up doing 2. One I absolutely loved the color scheme I picked out and the 2nd one I wasn’t real excited about. However, my husband loved it. I’m not a big granny square fan and almost stopped after the first clue, but I kept plugging along. I’m glad I did because I learned so much, ended up with a really cool border book and 2 beautiful afghans that each of the recipients love. Who could ask for more?? I’m not so sure about this challenge, but I figure I’m going to give it my best shot and I figure I’ll learn a lot from this challenge as well.

  • July 6, 2015 at 4:39 pm
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    That was a great explanation of how you came up with the project. I don’t mind asymmetry but I’m really a right = left person. While beautiful, making the sta-cation project would put me in a rubber room. I look forward to seeing all the beautiful works of art that will be created.

  • July 6, 2015 at 2:39 pm
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    I absolutely love this community that you have created here. I love the random at times & at other times I love the order. But I am 59 years old & I have no problem wearing my crazy badge proudly! I personally love this afghan. I love that it has both aspects to it. Random, yet order. And I love this article! You guys work so hard on Crochet Crowd & have such a positive spirit. That is what draws people to you. I think you bring a wonderful array of choices to the table for a lot of people. And I will be evn happier when I have completely recovered from this huge surgery I had so that I can join in & do the projects along with the Crowd! In the mean time, I am enjoying the creativity, the personality & the great job that you guys do with The Crochet Crowd!

  • July 6, 2015 at 2:23 pm
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    Science vs. Creativity is the perfect compliment, both in the world of yarn and of life. Think of music, instruments each battling to take the foreground and in doing so resulting in perfect harmony.

  • July 6, 2015 at 2:22 pm
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    You sure have a way of explaining things in writing. When is the first real book due to hit the book stands?

  • July 6, 2015 at 1:56 pm
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    I loved this post especially! Thank you for sharing and the insight! You’re both awesome πŸ™‚

  • July 6, 2015 at 1:41 pm
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    Your stitch-cation afghlooks like a sunfilled flower garden. I love it.

  • July 6, 2015 at 1:22 pm
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    Awesome article on the uniqueness of individual eye-candy: color preferences and design uniformity (or none at all = chaos).

    I’ve been an artist all my life (music, drawing, painting, crafts, etc = creativity), but adapted to the business world (entrepreneurship, drafting, construction, computers and engineering = analytical). I live in 2 worlds, and sometimes they don’t mesh. However both offer creativity, whether crocheting an afghan or developing a spreadsheet – its taking nothing and turning it into something. πŸ™‚

  • July 6, 2015 at 1:20 pm
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    I totally agree with your sympnosis of the pattern. I’m one who doesn’t like busy or so many colors to the pattern. This is another one I’ll sit out. I did make the shawl that was similiar to this a while back and many other of your projects. Thanks for all you do for us. You’re right you can please us all and the one’s not please should stand by quitely. I agree with your post though.

  • July 6, 2015 at 1:09 pm
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    I love symmetry. Thanks for providing us an example of both.

  • July 6, 2015 at 12:38 pm
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    Well, not everyone likes to have the same menu for lunch. But I would go out to lunch with you both any day. How about some bangers on mash? Thanks for the insight into your creativity. If folks want to go another path, that is fine. I enjoy seeing all the ways one pattern can be varied, the one request is a little clue on what they chose in fiber, brand, and color. Oh, yes I liked the article.

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