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Wool? Yarn? String? Whatever!

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.

35 thoughts on “Wool? Yarn? String? Whatever!

  • October 4, 2015 at 1:06 pm
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    I call it all yarn. All my yarn is my stash.

    My husband’s grandmother crocheted and called it “thread” and with her Polish accent, it sounded like “tread”. So he calls it “tread”, but I think just to irritate me. He also always refers to my crochet as knitting…also, irritating.

  • March 20, 2015 at 2:34 pm
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    Lol! We call it string at my house! I’ve found the difference in acrylic, wool, etc…but when I first started crocheting my oldest son would always say mom was doing “string”! The name stuck to all yarns!

    • October 8, 2015 at 7:44 pm
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      Ihave that problem too. Everyone comes up to me and say so what are you knitting. I say, it’s called crochet, not knitting!

  • March 19, 2015 at 1:58 pm
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    I have a lovely yarn stash. Lots and lots of yarn. Most is acrylic. I love the colors. I just need to spend my time crocheting and knitting. Did I mention I love the colors? I just refer to my stash as my yarn. Best therapy in the world for me.

  • March 17, 2015 at 2:40 am
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    I call it my yarn. My husband has hoarding disorder, and he calls his piles of paper “clutter.”

    I used to be very confused when UK vids or websites used the term “wool.” I actually thought that was all they had available, which would be a disaster for me, since I am very allergic. And I thought your use of the term “strings” was Canadian terminology.

    Ok, I’m easily confused, what can I say? 😉

  • March 10, 2015 at 10:51 pm
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    I’m a recent reader, and so far enjoy! This article made me laugh, as it reminded me of my great gram. I learned to crochet at a young age and learned quite quickly that I was not to call “store bought” wool… Great gram was still using her own spinning wheel 20 years ago, and to her there was nothing better than real wool.
    I sure wish I had gotten my hands on that wheel when she passed.. Someday I’ll own one!

  • March 10, 2015 at 4:21 pm
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    Wto call tend to call it yarn in the UK but like a previous hooker we do buy from ‘woolshops’,or online,or knitting and stitching exhibitions. Your tutorials and video clips are great.

  • March 10, 2015 at 4:15 pm
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    I’m from Belgium, so I use the Dutch words “draad” or “bollen”, wich translate to “thread” and “balls”. But I recently started on my very first project made in wool, so suddenly it’s wool wool wool wool all over the place. I am so happy I found this site, I learned a lot of things about crocheting (including the correct terms for all the needed supplies, though the English words don’t really help when I’m going to the store) and you allways put a smile on my face. I also found a ton of projects that I probably won’t be able to finish in this lifetime 😀

  • March 10, 2015 at 3:04 pm
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    I can’t help calling my yarn wool. Most of it is acrylic but I’m slowly moving towards cotton as I like the greater stitch definition. There seem to be more colours available in acrylic though, especially in my neck of the woods! Mari

  • March 10, 2015 at 10:21 am
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    This was a great article. I guess my name for “the stash” would be fiber. I usually use acrylic, or plant fibers. I am allergic to animal fibers.

    • March 10, 2015 at 7:21 pm
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      Same here crochetminvx!

  • March 10, 2015 at 9:26 am
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    I love this article, I always called it yarn and yes, I go for the sales, but when I can I explore with new fibers and be creative. I agree there are so many many projects that I want to accomplish; in fact I am working on three afghans at the same time, different patterns (crocodile stitch, entrelac and peek a boo (aka: wallpaper pattern). I love this website and the entire staff. You guys/gals ROCK!!!! Keep this articles coming, love learning, creating and sharing. HAPPY CROCHETING!!!!!

    Donna

  • March 10, 2015 at 8:35 am
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    I am new to the world of crochet. I’ve only been at it for a few months. I tend to use the word yarn unless I am talking about the really thin thread-like stuff (which I have never even used yet) then I call that string. So far I have only worked with cotton and acrylic and I have to say that I much prefer the acrylic. I don’t like the feel of cotton yarn. To me it feels almost sticky against my hook. It doesn’t glide quite as nicely as acrylic so for now, my preference is acrylic, but I reserve the right to change my mind as I continue to gain experience and try new things. 🙂

    • March 11, 2015 at 12:20 pm
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      I like the ‘love this cotton’ yarn from hobby lobby. Also bamboo yarns. Wool is nice but for afghans I use acrylic. It durabke and so much cheaper for large projects. I call my yarn yarn and crochet cotton (size 10, 20, and 30) thread. Loved the article and site.

  • March 10, 2015 at 7:34 am
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    I’m the same. I called the whole lot wool, just like my Mum and my Grandma. When I got older and started crocheting seriously I realised I didn’t feel right saying ‘oooh I love this wool’ when I knew it was acrylic so I switched to saying yarn.

    However, in the UK everyone I know goes to ‘the wool shop’ for more supplies and I can’t break that habit even if I know I’m only going to pick up some cheap and cheerful acrylic yarn.

  • March 10, 2015 at 4:13 am
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    I just say yarn, and I don’t call my collection of yarn anything, because I never have much of a backlog, so it’s just “my yarn.”

  • March 10, 2015 at 3:51 am
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    Enjoyed the article. Made me think. It’s was yarn to mom and grandma so it’s yarn to me. How thrilled they were when nice acrylics came out. Easy to care for and no moth balls. I love acrylics too and search out sales. if using a steel hook they and I call it thread. Thanks for the article.

  • March 10, 2015 at 3:27 am
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    Mine is called my fibers, because I have so many different fibers in the house, material, rags for rugs, yarns, threads, quilts, floss so I call myself a fiber artist and it is my fiber

  • March 10, 2015 at 2:07 am
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    I’ve always called my yarn “yarn”. When I hear it called “wool” I think it’s someone in the UK or Australia for some reason.
    My yarn “stash” doesn’t really have a name. I just say “my yarn”….possessively!!

  • March 10, 2015 at 12:39 am
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    My yarn and thread are my Hoarde…like a dragon’s hoarde, not like an episode of reality tv

    • March 10, 2015 at 8:47 am
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      Oooo, that’s good Wen Shire!! 🙂 I like that description!! 🙂

  • March 10, 2015 at 12:38 am
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    i used to call Yarn Wool up until i started watching Mikey’s videos. I watched so many of them and he said yarn so often that i picked it up. Saying wool now is foreign to me. i now call it Yarn and some people look at me funny when i do.

  • March 9, 2015 at 11:49 pm
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    For a girl who’s father use to raise sheep I still call my yarn wool so go figure!! Lol

  • March 9, 2015 at 11:34 pm
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    It’s all yarn to me, no matter what the content. Never string! Tend to use acrylic most often, but I have wool and cotton yarns in my STASH….

  • March 9, 2015 at 11:29 pm
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    My late husband called my yarn collection “insulation”. He said that if I ever used all the yarn I had stored he would have to reinsulate the house.

    • March 10, 2015 at 9:57 am
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      That is too funny!! You gotta love that sense of humor!!

  • March 9, 2015 at 10:30 pm
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    Hubby calls my basket of yarn, my “fuzz bucket”!

  • March 9, 2015 at 10:19 pm
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    As a Virginian born person, we call it yarn. Most of us work with acylic. I prefer to work with cotton but it is all called yarn. Now, if I can only get my family to start calling the crochet HOOKS by the word hook instead of needle. My two year old granddaughter loves to play with my crochet hooks. She calls them needles because he other grandmother knits and yes those are knitting needles. lol I loved your article.

  • March 9, 2015 at 10:08 pm
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    I don’t call it a stash, that sounds like something that I am trying to hide. I tell my grandkids they can’t play with it,(my yarn and hooks) it’s “Grandma’s Toys”. But it I had to give it a name it would be, “Never Enough”.

  • March 9, 2015 at 9:54 pm
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    Wow! What an interesting article!!!! I never knew there were other words for yarn than yarn!!!! I may have heard my grandmother ther call it string but I’m not sure. I have always called for t yarn cuz that’s what the package said!!! Lol. I liked this article, it was very informative. Oh and by the way I’m an acrylic queen!!!! Lol and when you find out if it comes with a crown let me know I want min with amythst jewels!!!!
    Blessings,
    Tera

  • March 9, 2015 at 9:30 pm
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    I’m call it all my yarn

  • March 9, 2015 at 9:26 pm
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    YUP! I usually buy my yarn at yard sales. We have good ones around here and I sometimes get an entire stash at an embarrassing low price. If it is too much (volume), then I donate it to a group I belong to, that makes things for charity, and teaches. Some of those people can’t afford yarn at all. If I have a “special” and specific project, then I might buy new yarn, but as cheap as I can find.

  • March 9, 2015 at 9:25 pm
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    My brother in law always calls it rope. So today, when my box from Spinrite came in the mail. I said my rope is here. When my husband got home from work he says “babe, your rope is here.” So we just call it rope around here. I got 2 of the monster balls & now I’m excited to use them. My husband said he wanted to see me roll that ball, as I always roll my rope into a ball before starting. Well, almost. Lately I have found the Caron One Pound to be easy to get the center pull started.

    • March 10, 2015 at 12:26 am
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      I feel so “Vanilla”

  • March 9, 2015 at 9:24 pm
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    My husband & kids encompass it all by calling it my “habit”. My daughter seems to think I have a problem. Yarn is cheaper than a therapist & crocheting is therapy for me. I use Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn almost exclusively. I know that some may cringe at that thought but it is a very soft acrylic yarn and not much more expensive than any other yarn. It’s cheaper if you use the 40% coupon from their website or app. I do call my it my stash because my kids jokingly but lovingly gave it that name. Therefore it stuck. My problem is that there are SO many projects that I want to do & so little time. If life would just leave me alone & let me crochet. Speaking of which, I’m going to get back to it. Happy needlework everyone.

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