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When ProCraftination Takes Over Your Life

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.

33 thoughts on “When ProCraftination Takes Over Your Life

  • February 4, 2016 at 7:10 pm
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    I won’t even go there!!! LOL!!! I am like you… Unfortunately I don’t have anyone to help me clean but my husband, which I will say he is a lot of good help!! I tend to start projects and let my self go on them, and “forget” to clean up haha (not funny). I do a lot of spot cleaning but since we don’t have much company ether, so, who cares! I need to really make a bottom to top cleaning in my home… aaghhh!! 😛

  • January 29, 2016 at 6:16 pm
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    My mother was an artist and she often said, “You can tell a woodsman by his chips.” In other words, someone who doesn’t create probably has a neat and tidy house. Those who create produce “chips” that might appear messy, but are the chips are the by-product of hard work, or in your case Mikey, creativity. My mother is gone now and I am grateful I have her paintings to remember her by. The occasional mess we had in the house? I never give it a thought.

  • January 28, 2016 at 10:04 pm
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    I have always thought they can create a self cleaning oven why not a house- you leave lock it for three hours and it burns the dirt away! Lol

  • January 26, 2016 at 12:07 am
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    I’m 72years old, so I say, “Who cares, let the dust settle. Do what you love…it’s stress that kills you, and crafting is very therapeutic”. I knit, crochet and scrapbook, so I have several projects going. Then, I see something I just have to try(like monoprinting), so I get a Geliplate and make more art. Cleaning is important to keep organized and as a good form of exercise, but, can you love it like an afghan?

  • January 25, 2016 at 11:57 pm
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    I am the same way about house work. My crocheting tends to get in the way
    Then when it gets really bad, I have to beg everyone else in the hoisrcit help
    We have a large 3 bedroom house house. It takes at least 8 hours or more to really clean it from to to bottom. We never have anyone over as our friends live far away.

  • January 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm
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    I love it. My sister has her “no no room”, named because no one is allowed in there, for her craft hoarding – keeps the rest of the house pretty clean. Unfortunately, my family lives in a 1000 square foot house, so I don’t have that luxury. My husband bought me a large cabinet. If the cabinet and hall closet are full, I have to finish something. I lost my job (health reasons) over a year ago – no more yarn money! I learned to appreciate what I have and have finished a lot of projects, because its either that or no crochet.
    Now, my extended family gives me craft and yarn store gift certificates for Christmas and birthdays. Occasionally, someone at church will ask me to make something on consignment. Your star baby afghan is popular! I ask for the price of the yarn, tell them the hours it takes, and then its between them and God what to pay me. One lady gave me a week’s worth a home cooked meals for payment! I discipline myself to craft only in the evenings unless I have an order to do.

  • January 25, 2016 at 11:30 am
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    You are so funny…………..Get up, clean and then you will feel happy and ready to crochet………..I am opposite of you…..my house has to be clean or I cannot do anything else. 🙂

  • January 25, 2016 at 11:18 am
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    I force myself to clean until noon then it is “no holds barred” for crocheting, cooking, counted cross stitch, and cats (I have 3).

  • January 25, 2016 at 7:01 am
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    I feel your pain Mikey. I work full time and do my own housework so I have to juggle my cleaning an crocheting into evenings and weekends. When I’m really focused on a crochet project cleaning often takes second place.

  • January 24, 2016 at 11:30 pm
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    Yep, my boys have been wearing clothes out of the baskets for 3 weeks b/c I get it washed but not folded and put away. I work full time, so I veg out watching TV and crafting when I get home.

  • January 24, 2016 at 9:51 pm
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    Yes, this winter has found me procraftinating more than usual but I have made some nice things. A hooded cape that goes to your knees, hats, slippers, jacket, knee warmers and more. Crochet soothes my mind and helps distract from my fibromyalgia pain. Have to use ergo hooks and rests. Come up for air every couple of days to straighten up.

  • January 24, 2016 at 8:50 pm
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    My house also looks lived in. You can walk through the house without difficulty, everybody has clean clothes and food to eat. Not as neat as others houses, but that’s okay. I have a table in my living room that I clean off at least every 2 weeks and I am not sure how it happens, but the pile builds up again! When I pass away I cannot believe someone would comment on my house cleaning!

  • January 24, 2016 at 8:17 pm
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    Bang on! I’ve tried to meet with APA [Apathetic Procrastinators Anonymous], but no one cares to set a meeting time or stick with it. 🙂 I LOVE order, cleanliness, and minimalism at home; unfortunately, I don’t love it enough to give up my crocheting (YOU taught me SO much with your tutorials and helpful hints! I’m fulfilling one my retirement dreams in learning to crochet! finally. Thanks to YOU!) Between my personal library (1st retirement goal achieved: ceiling-to-floor book shelves around three sides of the living room–ex-teacher of English/French) and my yarn stash loft (I could open a Michael’s or JoAnn’s Fabrics yarn department all on my own) which has now overflowed downstairs into HUGE Walmart storage tubs of To Do AND Finished projects, I’m happy as a messy bug in an unvacuumed rug. I’ve actually turned visitors away from the door (modestly embarrassed by the mess). But, life is too short not to be doing what makes us happy (AND helps others once donated). March to your own drummers, fellow crafters, and let the haters be jealous. <3 🙂

  • January 24, 2016 at 8:10 pm
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    Great, fun article and photos!

  • January 24, 2016 at 8:07 pm
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    Don’t be so hard on yourself, for some of us cleaning is just not our thing, and for others it is what drives them. Here’s an idea for you so you can keep your multiple projects under control. Depending on the size of the project why don’t you have a totebag or crate that will encompass all the components while you’re working on it, so then you can organize your WIP on a shelf while your working on another WIP.

  • January 24, 2016 at 7:05 pm
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    I have a spare bedroom in my condo that the door is closed and no one goes into, I have a bad addiction (buying “good deal” yarn for whatever ?? ) I have trouble even putting it on the shelves or in the cupboard, If the doorbell rings I grab my projects (2 or more) I’m working on and throw it in my hoarding room

  • January 24, 2016 at 6:59 pm
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    I was raised with the mentality “work first, then you can play”. I can’t ever get it out of my head no matter how hard I try. (which was really hard when I was an art student…). But, you shouldn’t worry too much about your occasional visitors. I wouldn’t care about craft mess, or would my husband. We see that as “work in motion”. Although we wouldn’t allow it in our house, we would be so interested to see what you were working on, and know that you were happy doing it. aj

  • January 24, 2016 at 6:55 pm
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    I have a 20 minute theory, if I spend 20 minutes in the morning picking up that’s all it takes to keep a clean house and it works, the rest is playtime for me. hush don’t tell hubby.

  • January 24, 2016 at 5:51 pm
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    I love this blog! You two are the best. If I lived anywhere near you I’d come and clean up for you just so I can watch you craft at the same time!!! A win-win situation for us all 🙂

  • January 24, 2016 at 5:37 pm
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    If you get a cleaning staff in, they’ll only mess up all your craft projects. Forget about it and happy hooking

  • January 24, 2016 at 4:55 pm
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    I’m same way. Need to sweep and mop as I’m typing. Just finished baby beard and hat for future step grand baby.

  • January 24, 2016 at 4:39 pm
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    I too have the same problem. My thinking is I worked all day now time to crochet. Oh and I’m in love with my cockpot dinners done. So no time out to cook.
    I was wondering if you could do a video on how to crochet to see long over the knee socks with flowers going up the sides. Please please please I’m a hands on person. So I cherish all the videos. Thanks

  • January 24, 2016 at 4:34 pm
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    Oh, Dear Mikey – What an honest and heart felt blog. I love the proCRAFTination concept. I move from room to room “to neat and tidy” then back to the clean room to make a mess. Love my life. I crochet, needle felt, draw, and wood carve. Yes, I know what a mess crafts can make.

  • January 24, 2016 at 4:21 pm
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    Oh, no I am not. lol I Clean something every day and keep things organized. That is just my way. I hate things building up. Yes, around my chair does get out of hand with yarn. So I keep in a basket so it does not look so bad and then put away things when I am done. Everyone is different and have figure out what works for them. You are to funny and had me laughing with your post. 🙂

  • January 24, 2016 at 4:14 pm
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    You are not alone! Once a year I invite a bunch of people over, other than that I rarely have unexpected guest. I tell my husband its because I don’t like people. Now I can tell him that there is a word to describe me not cleaning all the time. Procraftination! I would rather craft at home with my dogs than go out.

  • January 24, 2016 at 4:12 pm
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    I’m right there with you! Not many visit here, so I do tend to let things slide. However, today I did a bit and went grocery shopping so we can have something to eat in between my projects and work. Now I get to start on a baby blanket as my reward!

  • January 24, 2016 at 4:11 pm
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    I can’t stand clutter but I also love to craft, so I use my craft as a reward. If I clean the kitchen, I get to crochet, one whole load of laundry done, I get to crochet, bills paid….and so on and so on!

  • January 24, 2016 at 4:03 pm
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    Loved the article…I am the same way… it is so much more relaxing when I am crocheting then cleaning…When the kids were home our hose was spotless, now that I am a great grand mother I can slide a bit …Keep on Hooking…

  • January 24, 2016 at 3:43 pm
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    There just never seems to be enough time does there? Especially when there crocheting to do. I have found myself doing just as you do. Sometimes I’ll tell myself ok, two more rows and then I’ll stop but that rarely ever happens. Then other times I say.. Okay, you’re not going to pick up your hook until you… Do the dishes, vacuum, clean the bathroom or whatever chore it is that really should be done. You are not alone in your procraftination… But we wouldn’t want it any other way except maybe having a housekeeper lol.

  • January 24, 2016 at 3:17 pm
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    You are so right on it is scarey. When I moved to Ireland I was promised one of the spare bedrooms that was filled with “stuff”. Need less to say almost two years later I do not have the room. My bedroom has exploded with a sewing machine and fabric, several areas of yarn, driftwood pile, and so much more! I am really bad about taking yarn off the shelf and not putting it back where it should be after using a bit. I would so rather have a separate room but what’s a girl to do?? Love your magazine, tutorials, patterns, blog and just every thing you both do! Thank you

  • January 24, 2016 at 3:05 pm
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    yep! i procrastinate lots. in fact, my front bath is not fully functional. been that way since thanksgiving 2015. not only that, but my kitchen is a mess cuz i have no cabinet space. will prolly finish it when hubby decides it’s time to finally finish all projects. who knows how long that will be. it took 4 yrs to finish master bath.

  • January 24, 2016 at 2:59 pm
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    Oh, Mikey, I’m glad I live in a home where visitors are rare. Public areas of my home are acceptable, but I jokingly say that some areas are one trip to the yarn store away from getting me nominated for an episode of Hoarders, Buried Alive. I’m working in it and hope to be more organized soon……oh look! YARN!!

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