The Crochet Crowd Mikey
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The Crochet Crowd Mikey
The Crochet Crowd Mikey

What’s Happening Around Here?

Let’s face it, I’m addicted to The Crochet Crowd. I’m a self-created workaholic with always wanting to work. Honestly, being in a relationship with me a huge personal sacrifice as I am so distracted by many elements of my work.

While I am really good at flattening out the memory foam of my computer chair, a lot of stuff happens around the house and to me personally in being fully exposed on social media in being available to receive praise but also the ugly negative side of social media. Some days, I just think… What have I done to myself? 

MIkey & Diva Dan (Michael Sellick & Daniel Zondervan)
MIkey & Diva Dan (Michael Sellick & Daniel Zondervan)

So let’s talk about idiosyncrasies about my personality:

Usage of the word Hate 

Since the evolution of Facebook, I don’t like to use the word Hate. It’s such a strong word where my perception of the meaning has changed. Do I hate cheesecake or do I dislike it? Ah, I dislike it. Only a few things I can name where I truly hate something. Like who enjoys a colonoscopy?

A Phone and Me Don’t Belong Together

I used to work in a call centre for a time in my life. The constant ringing of the call centre. Most calls were okay, a few calls really great and definitely a handful of memorable calls where you could literally reach through the cord and snuff someone out. Chained, emotionally and through paycheck-wise to a desk for 9 hours a day was enough for me. It taught me to not want to use the phone for personal calls. Today, I don’t like to call people for personal reasons as I feel I am interrupting their daily lives and what I have to say is probably not important anyway. I’ll just toss them a message through email as they can answer on their own time.

Toilet Roll – Paper Goes Over ALWAYS

Someone in this house cannot change the damn toilet roll. Yet, he can get it out of the cupboard and use it and leave it on the counter. The garbage pail is right beside the dispenser, there are no excuses. If hell does freeze over and he decides to put it on, he does the paper going under. NO, NO, NO… I have to fix that!

I have many more… I won’t bore you with more today.

Puss Puss, in front. Binky Boo is in the back.
Puss Puss, in front. Binky Boo is in the back. This is not photo staging, they love their baskets.

Let’s Talk Cats

Binky Boo and Puss Puss are just two fun cats! Daniel insists he wants a dog! Maybe I should make a deal with him that if he can learn to change the damn toilet roll properly, he can consider a dog. With our travel, I feel having a dog isn’t fair to the creature.

Bothy kitties are really loveable. They are so affectionate and when they need extra love, they know exactly where to come. Binky Boo, oh that sassy cat, has got into the bad habit of being a purring machine at 5 am in the mornings. She sleeps on the bed but then wakes up and starts to purr and walk up to our faces. She noses us and head bops. If you ignore her, out comes her paw to wack you on the nose. Not happy campers but, of course, she is just looking for a few strokes but then she gets greedy and keeps begging for more.

Michael Sellick
Mikey, 3 1/2 Years Old, 1977. Pulling up PJs to the nipples was trendy… I am sure of it.

Watching History Unfold

While The Crochet Crowd and my personal Facebook Page is a political free zone. I am obsessed with what is happening in politics globally. Some things just really make me cringe and other things just make me drop my jaw. I’m not taking a position one way or another in politics. However, I am watching the political dramas unfold. I want to be a witness to major decisions and say, “I remember the day when…!” 

Remember where you were the day the USA experienced 9/11. I was working at the phone centre and our phones went dead. No one was calling in. Our dispatch was wondering what was going on. We turned on the radio as someone who called in mentioned that a plane flew into one of the buildings in NYC. From that moment, we sat quietly all day completely in the dark about what was going on. I worked on the international side of packages being shipped from Canada to the USA. All international shipping was cancelled. I went home. I had no TV but had the internet and started to put the pieces together. My friend and I went out to the bar for wings and a beer. The news was on and everyone is glued. My friend says to me, “I cannot believe this shit!” I had no TV or didn’t follow anything beyond headlines that I didn’t know how serious it was. I will never forget that week.

My obsession is based on what happens globally can eventually make its way to Canada. For the good and bad, it depends on what is happening globally.

Organic Keywords
Organic Keywords

Metrically Fanatical

People who know me well know that I am a statistical freak of nature. While some people follow the news or read the newspaper, I’m addicted to the following metrics. Our site on a specific day took a nosedive of 16,000 points. Right now, it’s starting to go back up.

What’s changed you might wonder? I’ll be damned if I know! Suddenly on a date, the website just took a decline without warning. Nothing has changed programming for us.

We see this from time to time and usually, it’s not that obvious with a slow decline but the floor fell out of the sky here. So guess what I am working on now?

  • Research to check for algorithmic changes to our website programming?
  • Research to check to see if programming is changing in search engines?
  • Research to see if consumer behaviour is changing but it’s usually not this sudden?

The Crochet Crowd is founded on the principle of teaching myself programming and analytics reviews but once in a while, like this one, it’s come out of nowhere and the answers aren’t so obvious.

So what happens when something like this happens! Something drastic, a complete overhaul. Usually, in a nosedive, it will take several months of re-programming to fix and adjust to the new changes that search engines are looking for. At this time, the problem isn’t obvious so it’s a crapshoot and guesses in the dark. Very frustrating indeed.

I know during times like this to expect sarcastic and side remarks about being unavailable. I have to fix what is wrong and cannot play on social media in a social sense as I am buried behind a monitor collecting a tan from microns.

Behind the Scenes at JOANN Fabrics & Crafts Before Live Broadcast
Behind the Scenes at JOANN Fabrics & Crafts Before Live Broadcast

Releasing Hurt & Frustration

This year has been very trying on my mental state, to put it mildly. It’s hard to be on when you feel like you are emotionally shutting down. Social media has been very difficult in the amount of fighting and spiteful comments that people leave behind.

Speaking bluntly, I think people forget there are real people behind the scenes that need to clean up after someone has entered a social media page and thrown the furniture about. My team and I are were at a loss several times this year on running out of paper towels and energy to clean up the social media messes left behind.

Before the last Crochet Cruise, I was an emotional mess. I would cry on a dime behind my computer. I would have to walk away from my computer and seeing it as an evil device that is ripping me apart. As much as humans claim they are civilized, sometimes, even with myself, I wonder if we truly are when we cannot even get along with each other.

The Crochet Cruise allowed me to reset myself. I laughed like I haven’t laughed in a very long time. I came back with a refreshed attitude and I am doing so much better than I had been in a long time. I just needed to be reminded that I am a person and not a personal punching bag that social media is convincing me to be.

Since coming back, I am letting things that would bother me just fly right over me instead of letting myself being bathed in hate and attacking comments. I had a comment this morning and before the cruise, I would have just walked away from my computer and just go crochet a sample I need to make. This morning, I know the problem isn’t my own and they are just projecting onto me. If I allow them to get to me, they will win but I don’t want to adopt their hateful feelings but allowing them into my heart. So I have had to reset myself.

The Crochet Crowd Christmas
The Crochet Crowd Christmas

Getting Ready for Christmas

Daniel and I are busy this year and have decided not to decorate the house for Christmas. We have a planned Christmas Party next week. We are excited about the social element to the party but not going to go all out for the festivities this year.

Mentally, I am already working on January / February time frame in my head and sample wise.

JOANN Stitch Along with The Crochet Crowd
JOANN Stitch Along with The Crochet Crowd

JOANN Sample for Spring Stitch Along

The designers of Yarnspirations design the JOANN Stitch Along each time. They have released preliminary concepts but not the actual project yet. Daniel saw the concept and first words out of his mouth! “Dear Gawd, how are you going to be able to teach that!?” 

I told him I don’t know but I am super excited about it. I had my weekly call an hour or so ago about the project. The concept is new, even to me, so Daniel and I were thinking that maybe a small practice sample could be done in advance as a separate project so that when it comes out people don’t assume the worst.

It’s out of my comfort zone which makes it a perfect Stitch Along. I did confirm it’s just a Crochet Along as usual for Spring. It’s just the fall that gets both Knit and Crochet Versions.

Fixing the Website

For now, I have to get back to fixing my website. I did an overhaul this morning to adjust for the dip to change up the programming. One of the tweaks isn’t seeming to take effect to the side you can see. I need to do more research.

The Crochet Crowd Website
The Crochet Crowd Website

I’m unsure if you care about what is happening behind the scenes or how I feel about certain topics. So I am just putting it out there. I have a lot going on right now.

I plan on writing a weekly update. I will update about the The Study of Christmas Afghan aka Jeanne and I’s Toss Toss Afghan.

99 thoughts on “Mikey – Introduction

  1. So glad you are doing much better. I remember how bad it was getting for you. I enjoy the human side of you. That is the key word you are human and people need to remember that. I think you and Daniel are beautiful souls and appreciate all you do for us. I have learned so much and have pushed myself out of my comfort zone with your skilled teaching knowing I can do it. Love you both.

  2. Love hearing about/from you. You offer us so much of yourself and your skill that I am so incredibly grateful. Happy holidays to you and Dan.

  3. People can be mean! I think it mostly comes from jealously. We can’t and shouldn’t expect to be favored by everyone, that would be a an unreal expectation.
    We have to take care of ourselves. You are doing what you love and you bring joy to so many. Maybe someone else should be in charge of the internet comments. Just a thought…
    Keep your chin up, you know in your heart what your soul needs❤️

  4. Mikey, I enjoy hearing your behind-the-scenes perspective. Your thoughts, your feelings, cuz you’re a real person just like the rest of us and I care about your mental and emotional health. I love your sense of humor and even your highs and lows. Please keep up the good work. And the writing. ?

  5. If I may be so bold to think I can speak on behalf of so many, of course we care. We care about you and your health – both physical and mental. We care about Daniel and how your upheavals might affect your relationship. We care about your relationship with Yarnspirations a the extended associates. For those who feel they are entitled to attack you for any reason – shame on them. Present your concerns civilly. For those who feel they can attack fellow members, also shame on them – take your battles outside of the group. We are all here to learn, be productive and work together. Take care of yourself, Mikey. Don’t let the craft that brings you pleasure also bring you pain. Love you.

  6. Hey Mikey,
    Thank you for everything you are doing. I am trying things I was always afraid to try in my crocheting. Your encouragement and teaching skills help me a bunch. Something you may want to consider about your dip in hits is Facebook changing their algorithm. Every so often your FB page is no longer in my feed and I have to got directly to your page to find out what you are up to. Thanks to your persistence you are back again. My grandson loves his planet crochet blanket.

  7. Mickey, thank you for sharing your thoughts. It’s brave to do that. As a bereavement educator, this time of the year is very difficult for many. Your inspiration to create something for someone struggling is a wonderful idea. With regard to social media, I believe that whether you are a faith based follower or do not practice a religion, you can’t deny LOVE. We need to share love and kindness often. Wishing you and Daniel loving holidays and a prosperous 2020.

  8. Hi, I just want to say thank you. To you Daniel and the team. Because of you I am sitting here with 3 wips, and loving every minute of it. I love that my 21 yr. old daughter is more excited for what I’m crocheting for her for Christmas than what I would buy. You and Daniel also share your laughter. My 2 favorite videos are you and Daniel showing the octopus and Daniel asking if if it wants acookie, and trying to spell certain sounds. Remember there are more of us that appreciate what you do. And nasty people are always going to be nasty no matter what. So when it gets to you stop go give Daniel a hug and think of something funny like trying to spell phew. Thank you. And God bless you both

  9. I really enjoy reading what you write!!!!! I’m sure you are a great person and as a person you have feelings! Just do nota pay attention to worthless people.
    Enjoy your life as it Is. Love Diva Dan, love your lovely cats, enjoy being the main part of the wonderful crowd you gather!!!!
    Thank you for everything you teach me!!!

  10. Dearest Mikey,
    Maybe it would do you good to stop reading all the nasty comments and let Daniel or someone else read them instead. Then let them give you a rundown of the highlights, don’t drive yourself crazy with the nasty folks in the world. You know it’s something in their makeup that makes them that way if they are hurting someone else it makes them feel superior.
    You are very loved and appreciated for your fiber art and creativity. Don’t give anyone the chance to steal your joy.
    A huge fan from South Carolina ?.

  11. Hi its good to meet you. I just did your pepoermint twist tutorial ftom start to finish. Thank you so much you made it so simple to follow. This was my intro to you and now this blog just popped up in my google feed. So now its nice to put more info to the face and great instructions. Its lovely to meet you.
    Cheers Sue

  12. Oh Mikey, sorry to hear about the behind the scene problems. It almost sounds as if you have depression. I hope that you will make a little effort to put out a few small Christmas decorations and perhaps listen to some Christmas music. You don’t need to go all out, perhaps a tiny, predecorated tabletop tree or a poinsettia. Holidays are hard on me and in bad years that’s what I do. Hoping things get better for you, Sharon

  13. I love The Crochet Crowd. I adore your and Dan’s antics even more. Thank you for the smiles, laughter and teachings. ((((HUGS)))))

    I, too, worked phones for over 30 years; Admin Asst and covering the front lobby of numerous companies. Today, I rarely call anyone unless it’s absolutely necessary, nor do I answer my phone on the first ring. You see my phone doesn’t ring, it vibrates so I never hear it – the ring, I mean. I adore quiet.

    Toilet paper roll always goes OVER…enough said. ROFLOL

    My 17 year old cat, Leo rules the house and me. We chat nightly about his arthritis pain and whether cannabis is truly helping, as well as whether he needs more wet food (at the moment). Then when ready for napping, he’ll loudly trill his need for quiet and rest. Of course I comply…fully…without question.

    Politics: Actually, I’m advocating term limits for those career politicians. Its time they had a reality check.

    Social media: UGH! It’s a necessary evil any more, social media and business marketing. As for those nasty people, I shoot raspberries at them. They never respond but I feel better.

    My websites: I’m updating all four of my sites so I know your struggles and achievements.

  14. I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed this “update.” I liked this brief peak into the life of Mikey. Thank you. I find you inspiring. I enjoy your tutorials and I think you and Dan are adorable. I often wish I could come up there and visit your studio, but well . . . Personal stuff. Maybe someday. In the meantime, I love this site. I think you are awesome. Thank you for being you! *hugs*

  15. You are a very special person and part of an awesome team. Sorry you have to put up with so much bad stuff. For each piece of rubbish there are multiple good things going on. All that you do keeps fellow strugglers going with the positivity. Keeping things crochet/knit/yarn related is definitely a positive. Somewhere to escape to away from the bad things in life

  16. Mikey, we love how transparent you are here and I got one have the exact same feelings about social media. I’m older than you (65) and do not like what it’s done to society as a whole. Yes it has its place- saved my life and creates a living for me even now, but I’ve been online since 1993 and I’ve seen it go from exciting and wonderful to turning those so inclined, into the beasts they cannot publicly be.
    I’m just a poor woman who spends what little I can on yarn now & then and is very grateful for all the work you do bringing us free patterns and tutorials. I love crochet, and I taught myself to knit, so I really appreciated the fact that you did the same a while back.
    It’s my dream to someday go on a crochet cruise but that’s only going to happen if it goes on the west coast and I can save enough for it. Right now I’m raising my grandson (who crochets a bit) and dreaming.
    You and I chatted years ago about where you and Dan met. I was also dating a Dan who’s since moved back to Michigan.
    You’ll never know how much we love you Michael. We love and appreciate you and Dan, and are grateful that you allow us into your lives behind the curtains as it were. As a life-long Veterinary Technician I love your love of cats and share the same.
    Thank you for all you do for us. All we can give back to you is our love and appreciation.
    Love you guys,
    Jana

  17. I just love what you are doing for all of us. But we can’t learn if you’re not there….so please do take care of yourself. Know that for every one creep there are hundreds of us loving you.

  18. I love getting to know who you are personally. It is like sitting down for a cup of coffee and learning new things about a friend that you never knew before. Keep writing these please. Looking forward to next week’s coffee get together. Here’s a question for you, Do you type traditionally like was taught in schools or do you type like most youngsters do with two fingers or some variation?

  19. Good morning Mikey! So glad you are feeling much better! Don’t let malicious and hateful people bring you down! I love your personal interactions and videos! Yours is my favorite FB page! I just love you guys!

  20. Thanks for the update. So sorry to learn that you were being bullied. You’ve helped so many of us over the years to learn new stitches and projects. There are more good people in the world than bad and you are among them. Bullies are sad souls, full of fear, angry at the world and themselves. They hurt inside so they lash out at others that are unlike themselves. You are a good, kind, loving person and your followers know that. Looking forward to your getting up and running soon. Have a Merry Christmas and a Joyful New Year.

  21. Hi Mikey!
    I’ve never emailed you before so thought I would this time. I like learning what goes on behind the scenes, it’s very interesting to me. I had noticed that you didnt seem to be leaving posts as often as you usually did so I figured something was up. I just figured you were very busy at this time of the year. 🙂
    I sure don’t envy all the computer work that you’ve been doing.

    I’m sure almost all of us in the Crochet Crowd are busy working on Christmas presents. I love seeing the pics of things people are making.

    Just wanted to say take care. You are appreciated. I’m looking forward to the new year and what’s in store!

    Kristen
    P.S. I agree with Dan on this one. I put my toilet paper on so it goes under! ??

  22. Yes, I am very grateful and thankful for your teaching and hope to learn even more. Thank you for the crochet crowd and yarn inspirations.
    Love & blessings, Sharon dial

  23. Well I haven’t followed your blog, but it frequently pops up in my news feed like now. And I will tell you when it does, it provides an answer to a crochet question I may be musing about.
    I want to thank you for the fingerless gloves pattern, done from the fingers to cuff. I tweaked it to include short fingers to the first knuckle, and my husband loves it. (I just made one to cut down on his hand bruising issue) now he wants a set, so I just wanted to say thank you for your insights. Good luck with all your endeavors

  24. I am grateful for all you do. I’m glad you were able to reset yourself. I have noticed a certain meanness in society. Not just in media. I’m not sure what is going on. It certainly isn’t anything you are doing wrong Michael.
    I enjoy your posts. I try to respond to the ones I see. For some reason the posts don’t pop up as much as they used to . I hope you continue to thrive and crochet for many years to come.

  25. I am not very familiar with Crochet Crowd. I am very familiar with the emotional “down” side, and can understand how negative messages do not help. What I don’t understand is why people feel they must write them. Maybe expressing them helps them somehow, a superior feeling or something. Don’t sweat them. Thank you for the “inside glimpse.” I appreciate it.