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Been Thinking A Lot about Reality TV and Crochet

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

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42 thoughts on “Been Thinking A Lot about Reality TV and Crochet

  • August 9, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    I agree that it would be difficult and heart wrenching to portray fellow hookers as negatively as they do in such reality TV shows as “Hoarders” and the like… But, that said, I think you’re on to something there! Why not a reality TV crochet show? I think it could work if you did it in segment driven show, in the style of “Bizarre Foods”, (showcasing various styles and unique purposes for crocheting) “Antique Road Show “, (where people are awarded prizes and monetary value to their craft, inspiring others to bring their hobbies to a whole new level), ” Chopped”, (maybe a contest winner for ability to excel above others at a certain project utilizing various yarn material and techniques, and incorporating, say amigurami, free style, graphgans, or Irish crochet techniques? Oh, time crunched of course), or a “Hoarders” segment with the emphasis on winning an organizational system to house our jumbled stashes & maybe a “Duck Dynasty” type of flavor to give us a small view into your world as the show hosts. I’m sure it would be a hit! Keep toying with the idea Of sounds fabulous to me! Good luck!

  • August 8, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    I love to crochet this is a great post

  • August 8, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Mikey

    What a thoughtful post. I admire how you are upfront and transparent about your goals and philosophy for the Crochet Crowd.

    In reference to your discussion about crochet reality shows… I do think it’s possible to have the drama and “drawing in” aspect to reality tv for fibre arts… Just not in the style of Dr Phil or Hell’s Kitchen. I would look to our European counterparts for inspiration for a reality tv show that uplifts our spirits, in the style tle of The Great British Bakeoff or The Great Knit Off. Have you seen The Great Knit Off (Den Store Strikkedyst) a knitting reality show filmed in Denmark? Here is an ep:

    It’s fantastic. I hope you enjoy it. I loved how the stories of the individual knitters come out as the challenges occur and yes there are judges but everyone has to be an amazing artist to get there.

  • August 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    I am not much into reality TV except for the dancing and singing competition ones. Reality TV is a magnet for negativity and drama. Let’s face it there’s too much of that in the world already. I enjoy watching your videos that you post occasionally and think that doing a reality show will be too stressful and will ruin the good thing you guys have now. Take care Michael and Dan.

  • August 8, 2017 at 8:46 am

    I agree with you as well. Personally, I am not a fan of ‘reality’ television. I have my own life with it’s ups and downs, why do I need to take ‘pleasure’ out of watching other people and the struggles they endure? Crochet is a great source of enjoyment for me. I love creating something for someone special in my life. The journey of deciding what to make, picking out the yarn and than making the gift is a thrill. With each stitch I think of the person and remember all the times we’ve had together – and I hope my gift will make them smile for a long time. Keep up the great work – and stay true to your convictions!!

  • August 8, 2017 at 6:48 am

    I enjoy watching your videos. I learn a lot about crocheting and some of it is easier than I thought–so thank you so much for that. Sometimes I will get this idea of making something without a pattern and sometimes it works out & sometimes it doesn’t. Please don’t stop doing these videos and teaching us all about talking to people & caring and sharing. We love you.

  • August 8, 2017 at 5:43 am

    There are not enough words or emoticons to express just how much I love this post. <3

  • August 8, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Or it could be a team style competition. You mentoring one or more people on a budget buster project. Your partner mentoring one or more people using fancy pants yarn on a similar project. Is it Daniel? Sorry! I joined Crochet Crowd literally 15 minutes before you shut it down so I don’t know you guys very well yet. I got teased on other forums for being the one that broke Crochet Crowd! 🙂

  • August 8, 2017 at 4:56 am

    I could not care less about people’s stashes and craft rooms and yarn storage and what they put in their shopping carts. I hate those types of posts on all the various crochet forums. (And oh my god the 543 daily photos of cakes sitting on the endcaps at stores! I know what a freakin’ yarn cake sitting on a shelf looks like people!) But I would watch you working with someone one on one, to get past their personal crochet roadblock. How many times a day do I see someone write that they’ve never been able to read a pattern, or gave up on a project because they couldn’t master a stitch? That would be your glory! People who’ve crocheted for 397 years but have never made a clothing item for themselves because they can’t find nice things in larger sizes? Mikey to the rescue! Cue soaring music at the end as the person is shown displaying a couple of items made from written patterns, or wearing something beautiful that you showed them how to alter the size, or finished that item that has sat in the closet for a decade because they gave up! Go get ’em!

  • August 8, 2017 at 2:17 am

    I love the fact that you only want to build people up. The Crochet Crowd started me back on a love of Crochet that I had and has taken me out of my comfort zone but in a good way by making me stretch and try new things. I don’t always get the positive feed back I would like but I keep trying. It has helped me start my own crafting site for all kinds of crafts not just crochet. I hope people get the positive feeling from MY Craft Planet that I get from The Crochet Crowd.

  • August 7, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    This post really hit home with me because I spend much of my free time with a hook or needles in my hand and the crochet and knit crowd are my entertainment. Thats not to say I don’t watch TV but I watch fantasy programs mostly the closest I get is the cooking competition shows like master-chef and chopped mostly because I love watching and learning new techniques. I don’t watch things like The Bachelor or Survivor because it brings out the worst in Humanity and there is already enough problems in this world without that kind of fabrication.
    I honestly get so upset when I am scrolling through my feed and I see one hooker berating another. A good example was there was a picture posted of a Blanket it was of a political nature and while I do not agree with the politics involved with the theme of the blanket the craftsmanship was absolutely stunning but people were arguing politics because of it. Honestly I would love to see a program that helps develop the beauty of the world through crafting. I am sure it would not be very popular but something where there is an exhibition of some kind where hookers and knitters can bring their work to show off or get tips and learn new things I realize that that is what you do every day but you could feature some of these charities that are all over where people make things for the needy or perhaps the host can travel to a place and get people to come out and stitch and bitch for a cause. I agree that reality tv is not really reality but maybe Crochet TV can be actual reality. Helping cancer patients through your stitching or something like that. leave the drama out and let us see the good works. I
    I have to say I would not watch a program where the host is only critical of someone’s technique or skill level or color choices to me that is mean and I know that is not you. Thanks for always being an inspiration to me. I wish I could come to your bbq but your so far away I can’t make it. Thanks Again

  • August 7, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    If the format of the show that is being pitched requires people to feel inadequate or belittled, then that show is not for you!! You are the best type of teacher, the kind that wants to build others up, give them confidence and help them grow in the craft. I guess I don’t know why you can’t have that kind of show(I really do know….that doesn’t SELL.) It could show people each making their personal choices for a particular project and you teaching new things and helping people through trouble spots they are having. There are just SO many things that could be taught. There have been other craft shows, but most only have the teacher and no interaction with those they teach. It would be unique and wonderful if it could be kept positive. I do also get how the yarn(or any potential sponsor) could be a block. It would be difficult to say something negative about any product because they could become a potential sponsor. You can smile through that one…LOL. It’s selling a producer on a show that is positive, uplifting and fun that’s the hard part. You could do it and be great at it, but if it were me, I wouldn’t want that stress!! Besides….we like having you here!! Good luck in whatever you and Dan decide!

  • August 7, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    I have never cared for reality tv but could not put my finger on what bothered me. You nailed it! I love your passion for the craft of crochet and for the people who crochet. Ridicule has no place in any group and that is the beauty of this group and you and Dan.
    Thank you!

  • August 7, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    It’s bad enough people think crocheting is for old people…..or just for girls….or for lazy people….”cool” people just don’t crochet. This is what I have came across all my life.
    In some ways, us crocheters are already targeted without a reality TV series !!
    I feel with THe Crochet Crowd on social media, crocheting is more accepted. …(thanks Mikey and Daniel) !! I have to admit…..I have a yarn collection which would blow your socks off !! I truly cannot imagine even 1 ball of yarn taken away for a TV show !! I have spent a lot of personal time, money, and love on every single ball I have accumulated !! This doesn’t include Grandma’s collection I now have and cherish !!
    I 100%agree with you Mikey….why turn our true passion into a circus show to get mocked and targeted by unhappy people who probably already sub-groups us anyways ?? Hey….what about a segment of the Crochet Crowd visiting other’s yarn collections (on a positive level) ?! You guys have your act together….love you guys !!

  • August 7, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I was at Michael’s Saturday scooping up some clearance yarn, both happy and disturbed that it was baby cakes when a woman asked me about it. I started to mention I had seen it on the crochet crowd, and she said she had seen it as well. I said I like Mikey to which she replied he was the one that taught her how to do corner to corner (putting her hands into a heart shape “I could understand the instructions, when he explained”). This started a 30 minute conversation on crochet, yarns and techniques. That’s the reality of what you do. You touch people in positive ways that are much, much better than any reality show.

  • August 7, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    I feel much the same way about “reality” TV as you do. In truth there is very little real about it and yes, they manipulate the situations or even the editing to heighten the drama. The only shows like that I have enjoyed were The Great British Bakeoff. And The Great British Sewing Bee. They may have added a bit of drama of the Wiil this work? Variety and some contestants get emotional, but I found those shows more about skills and helping each other. You guys are about as real as it gets, and your viewers appreciate that. Follow your heart and follow your bliss. It never leads you wrong.

  • August 7, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Love your comparison to “What not to wear”. I would not want to ridicule someone about their craft either. But Stashbusters might be something. Helping all those who have lost their Cro-jo or are afraid to try new stitches and patterns. Project runway of crochet, maybe. But no drama.

  • August 7, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Mikey, I applaud your choice to take the higher ground and keep crochet for crocheters. The ones who really, truly love the craft and want to keep learning.

    Reality TV is akin to watching a train wreck happen. Every. Single. Time. The hardest part how these shows are engineered way to showcase the worst of human nature or the most unbelievable personal values…are these really “real people”??

    I am suckered into shows from time to time, but now only like the cooking and history shows because I can actually learn something! Crochet to me has been a lifesaver—for stress relief from a crazy busy career in advertising; for bonding time with my sister who is, and always will be, my crochet hero (see her work on the Planned Pooling with Crochet FB page, look up Isa Eleosida); for expressing my creativity in a different way that’s sometimes more satisfying than my real world work as a copywriter.

    You’ve been a great guide through all this, I’ve tried so many new techniques because of your tutorials, have laughed out loud with your posts, have become an honest-to-goodness fan girl! You are already a star/celebrity in my book.

    Thanks for all you do for the community!
    West Orange, NJ

  • August 7, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    I used to “live” for any craft, DIY, sewing, needlework shows and would watch you and Dan, if you had a show. But with today’s access to The Crochet Crowd and all your fabulous videos, on demand, you are reality and achieving fame among all the crocheted, you reach around the world. My biggest fear would be that it would rob you (and us), of precious time to continue your creativity. Prayers, for you and Dan, as you discern what is right for your future.

  • August 7, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    You are one talented writer!

  • August 7, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    WOW! Talk about reality, you told it like it is. How Real you and Daniel are with everyone is why this community thrives the way it does. Your tutorials and the giggles included, patterns, trips to the store that you include us in, walks around your yard so we can envision what a wonderful place that would be to crochet or just “hang out”, Michaels visits and people you meet along the way… that my friend is a true reality show. You are honest with us, kind, loving, giving… oh so giving!! You “drop in on us” some days to shoot the shit as we say in Kentucky…lol. You are REAL and that’s what we love about you so much. Thank you for all you and your team give us. My hope is we give just a little of that back to make your day as rewarding as you make ours. Much Love and Hugs!! 💜❤

  • August 7, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    First let me say that I like many enjoy watching your videos and the instruction you’ve provided to me and many is invaluable. I can certainly respect your desire to never want to harm others by creating drama in the form of a reality show.
    That being said, I think you could create a show where the crochet world itself is the drama. And I would certainly watch such a show. Let me explain. I just watched a PBS show called ” Destination Craft With Jim West”. Perhaps you’ve seen it. The show takes a small group of travelers to different countries with the purpose of learning about and even trying out certain crafts particular to that country. The show is hosted by Jim West. It is fascinating.
    So, one idea might be that you and Daniel travel either to different countries to visit crocheters or crochet groups, or visit ones in the US and Canada to see their approach to crochet. The idea being that everyone approaches crochet, yarn, hooks, etc., differently. I would be interested in watching such a show. And I bet others would be interested too.
    This is only one idea.
    Please don’t give up on the idea of a “reality show” yet. You’d be fantastic at it. You just need to find the right format.

    • August 12, 2017 at 1:07 am

      joyce, thanks so much for your support of my show. it has been great fun filming master artisans around the world and highlighting their crafts. crochet is a craft we will hit heavily in season two so be sure you stay tuned.
      I appreciate the mention….. xx

      jim west
      destination craft with jim west

  • August 7, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    I think you might be surprised how many people are ready for something new on tv. I personally would love a show of stories…peoples journeys with crochet. I am tired of the reality tv we are offered and would love a show that helped us connect on a personal level to others that share our passion of crochet and fibre arts.

  • August 7, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Mikey, you are truly a ‘breath of fresh air’ in this sad world 😊 Thank you for all you do to encourage and help everyone. Loved reading your blog, and agree with all you say, and so enjoy watching your tutorials. We need more people like you and Dan, and fewer of those who just want to exploit and hurt others, long may you continue.
    Bless you and Dan, with love ❤️

  • August 7, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Your message is awesome! That is why I love to watch your vidios and read your post. You and Diva Dan bring so much joy to the crochet world. Thank you so very much.

  • August 7, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    It is so good to know that there are still people in the world who care more about our feelings than “making a buck”. I personally think “reality TV” is one of the most destructive trends in our society, do not watch and have never watched any of that (expletive deleted). Thanks for all you at Crochet Crowd do, you have been an inspiration to me.

  • August 7, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    What a wonderful article, Mikey. It is your love and enthusiasm for the ART of crochet that we love about you. Keep doing what you’re doing and be true to yourself. It’s why we love you.

  • August 7, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Mikey, you’re already a star in my eyes! Thank you for who you are, what you do and above else, for always keeping it real. The Crochet Crowd is always a bright spot in some of my not so bright days. Stay true to you!

  • August 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Thank you Mikey! You have perfectly described what reality TV does, and I agree with you 100%. Your integrity would be challenged every day, and eventually your joy in crochet would be lessened. That would be a huge disservice to yourself and Daniel, not mention how it would erode the community that you have poured so much of yourselves into. We know you are special. The Crochet Crowd doesn’t need a TV show to reinforce that.

  • August 7, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I could only imagine a crochet reality show being like a Bob Ross show. It’s not sensational, it’s not for mainstream TV. I don’t even know if it would fly in today’s TV world. What it is, though, is a quiet (or not so quiet) craft time to learn new techniques, work on a project, etc. Kind of like what your YouTube tutorials are like…

  • August 7, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Very well said, sir, and I applaud you for coming to that conclusion. I couldn’t agree more.

  • August 7, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Miley, I love your analysis of reality shows. I have never forgiven the Screenwriters Guild for their walkout. That’s when “reality tv” began. I do not watch it myself for the reasons that it is not reality! Please keep doing what you do! It’s beautiful, entertaining, caring & uplifting to crocheters! So much more than teaching. I teach in a public library forum called Unraveled. It’s where like minded crocheters, knitters & loom knitters all meet once to twice a month. I find most stitchers are kind, generous, & are inclusive. I am sorry that there are crude/cruel people in this world. I saw so much of that as a nurse. I refer to your videos often to my students. Keep up the good work. Sincerely

  • August 7, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Mikey you are the sweetest most considerate man I have had the pleasure to associate with. You are a very special person and I am glad to know you even if it is just through The Crochet Crowd. You can always count on this group to support you and Dan no matter what endeavor you want to undertake. Hugs and love!!!!!

  • August 7, 2017 at 11:22 am

    You are men of exceptionally fine character! Thanks not only for your creativity and generosity in sharing your gifts, but also for your leadership and integrity.

  • August 7, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Wow. Mikey when you said this:

    “When a crocheter buys yarn, and this is my own opinion, I believe the crocheter is making a very personal choice. You see it on social media. Someone will claim they hate a certain colour or brand. Others will quickly defend the brand or colour. It’s personal. The choice of moving the yarn from the shelf to the cart is based on personal desires.”

    ….I have to say AMEN to that, and I have reasons for the AMEN. Too long to get into here. Just know this observation is spot-on.

    As I read this post, I thought about the “What Not To Wear” TV show. I remember when Mayim Bialik was on that show; she is known for not giving two *bleeps* about fashion, and they brought her on the show and, so far as I saw, demeaned and shamed her for her at-home/personal sartorial style. Yes, it’s what most people would call “frumpy” and totally uncoordinated etc, but it’s what she likes and feels comfortable in – and not only that, she is known for pushing girls and women to exercise their minds, not be so concerned about “shallow” stuff like fashion. When Mayim needs to look sharp for the red carpet or a tv interview, etc, she has a stylist that can help her with that and that’s fine. She doesn’t need that for when she isn’t doing publicity, etc.

    So yeah, I totally agree that the reality show thing is just not a good direction to go in. There’s no need for shaming people just to build up yourself and your brand. So keep doing your thing.

    Also, with regards to this: “Crochet has the ability to lift spirits. It gives us goals. It has a sense of accomplishment. It can be a charity builder. It can be learning that lasts a lifetime. For others, it’s just filling in time enjoying something they are passionate about. So crochet has a full spectrum of people.”

    Yeah, I’m one of the “fill in time” people. I have no outlet for my crochet. I live in Florida; it’s too hot for blankets, scarves, hats, etc. Not only that but I had a falling out with pretty much everyone I socialized with here, so I have no friends here to gift things to. Both of my parents have died – can’t gift anything to them. I’m not in touch with my sister any more. I have seriously considered giving up crochet because I’m just pouring money into it and it goes nowhere and sometimes I think it is a waste of my time.

    But then my husband steps in and says “if it makes YOU happy, it’s NOT a waste of time OR money.” To him, MY happiness counts as much as that of anyone else. I often forget that part…

  • August 7, 2017 at 11:19 am

    You are a fantastic human my dear! I totally agree with your view on Reality TV. It is hype and horror to me. I love how you and Daniel present your ideas, classes and thoughts. You are far more and above the “reality tv” trash. The least common denominator is their drive, what ever makes a “buck” no matter who is trashed. When I was a kid I remember, that TV was called a waste land. It has grown more so over the years. Be true to your heart and to your love. God be with you both. Love and Thank you again for all you do .

  • August 7, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I totally agree with you – creating with yarn, be it by crocheting, knitting, spinning, whatever you prefer, is supposed to be uplifting, freeing and soul-feeding FUN! Nothing has taught me as clearly that taste, preference and choices differ as the yarn community has. Just because I dislike an item or colour or yarn does not mean someone who does like it is wrong. it simply means that we are different. Why would I support a show that belittles someone else simply because they are different than me? Great decision, Mikey and Dan!

  • August 7, 2017 at 10:56 am

    I’m with you, we need to build up, not tear down. Not just in crochet, but in all of life.

    I watched a reality show from Europe (Sweden, I think) about knitting. It was much less degrating than our reality shows. I can’t remebet the name. But, like “The British Baking Show”, is much more about the contestants ‘ skill and not false drama.

    We need to stop the “reality” madness. Because, we all know, “reality tv” is no where near reality.

    Keep up the good work!

  • August 7, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Mikey, I agree with you about reality tv, I watched the first two seasons of Survivor before I realized “these people are mean!”. I have a suggestion for you. There is one “reality” series that’s completely different, and may give you some ideas that aren’t negative. “American Pickers” is on the History Channel, also some episodes are on Youtube. “Picking” is basically what we used to call “junkin”. Mike and Frank grew up together, travel the US together looking for antique items that most people would throw away. They are kind to each other and everyone they meet. The show has a good dose of education and history. A little like Antiques Roadshow. Take a look and see if it inspires some ideas about how you could structure a format that would be comfortable with. Good luck!

  • August 7, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Thank-you, Mikey, for these words.

  • August 7, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Mikey, I agree with you as far as hurting peoples feelings and losing what it’s all about.
    I love to see you laugh and giggle and just have a great time. Kudos for recognizing that
    some people can’t buy the high end yarns and such. You are such a people person and
    someone I would love to meet some day. I love crochet for the enjoyment of doing it for others,
    and myself, hey who am I kidding lol. It relaxes me and I get to make something with it. Keep
    on doing what you are doing. It’s wonderful that you give of yourself like you do. As long as
    you are here doing this, I will be watching and learning. thank you for giving of yourself.

    Dianna Rountree

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