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Mission A Go… Turns to Mission A No

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Thanks for visiting my website, TheCrochetCrowd.com. I've been crocheting since I was 14 years old and genuinely excited by yarn and projects to crochet. Serving the globe has it's challenges in reaching audiences of difference languages and cultures but it's remarkable all the same. One of the best elements of crochet is that yarn and project ideas know no borders. Join our learning channel on YouTube, look up "How to Crochet with The Crochet Crowd" and our entire free library of tutorials is waiting for you to enjoy. Subscribe to our channel to be the first to know when new projects are released.

23 thoughts on “Mission A Go… Turns to Mission A No

  • August 15, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    thank u Mikey for being real and raw. i am learning to be real and raw.

    thank u so much for sharing and getting people like me to think outside the box. really enjoy when u come up with those wild ideas and awesome patterns.

    in Christ,

  • August 12, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Beautifully stated. Yes, I was going to make dozens of afghans for Project Linus. I made one…so beautiful. It is now lost somewhere in the house. I just want to find that one…and finish afghan number two.

    Good enough.

  • August 11, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    I have never been a goal setter. I crotchet because I like to. I like small projects, because they travel well. Before we moved I gave lapgans to a prayer shawl group. I was suddenly in possion of a lot of baby yard. Next thing I know I had about ten baby covers and no pending baby showers. A home for expectent mom’s opened and my blankets were given to new blessings from God.

    As you realize 5 is better than 0. I just crocheted my first hat, for a friend’s mom. I have already searched my yard for more pretty hats, because they travel well.

  • August 11, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Thank you, you are a gem ?.
    I would help, it may not 50 hats or scarves.
    I miss the news letter, I am not on Facebook a lot, so I would miss your requests.
    I am willing to help, let me know. I have collected some nice yarn I can use to make some.
    Mickey & Dan you both are wonderful, lovely and inspiring people, I would hope to meet someday.

  • August 10, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Agree! I’ve been making slippers for domestic violence victims -Pink Slipper Project. At first I pledged then hooked like mad. Now I hook when I have extra time and then pledge when I am finished with a pair or two. I feel so so much better doing it this way. ?

  • August 10, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    All I can say is “stop beating yourself up”. Your mission of introducing and encouraging a love of fibre arts has been an overwhelming worldwide success. Many of your students are quietly participating in stitch it forward projects and literally “making” a difference within the constraints of their abilities, time commitments and wallets. Have a look at your gallery of Linus blankets completed under your guidance on the cruises, and smile. I call the items I gift or donate “pieces of heART” and there is an international army of like minded people, many of whom learned from you. I was fortunate to have an exceptional patient and talented mom teach me the joys of creating something from yarn. Most of your fans were not so fortunate. Life is too short for regrets and unwarranted guilt. Kindest regards and a huge thank you for all you do.

  • August 10, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    You always encourage from the heart; that’s what I like about you.

  • August 10, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Hi Mikey,
    I find that I do not like to set myself goals with my crochet, whether I am making gifts for friends and family or making hat, scarves or laprobes to donate to a worthy cause. Every time I have, I’ve just made my list longer and longer and my crochet then becomes like work, and I don’t want to do it at all! That’s no fun! So, if I only make a few crocheted gifts one year and then donate 30 laprobes to a nursing home the next, I feel accomplished, because I know that I am not the only one out there who likes to donate and also I am not the only one that can knit or crochet. There are lots of us, doing our own thing, to make a difference, big or small, it all matters! I like to donate anonymously anyway!!

  • August 10, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Mike – don’t come down too hard on yourself – when I started to crochet – now teaching myself to knit – love crochet – I had soooo many plans that I wanted to get involved in with my crocheting gifts – well joined a group of ladies at my church – basically to give to those Moms and Babes in dire need to keep warm – sure am glad we ladies got involved do the same charity as I could never have made all they needed BUT you keep working at it – others with good hearts will also join in – even some new ideas – and your charities will thank you for alls kind generous hearts and fingers – Don’t despair – I’ve come to realize it takes a village to help all those we want to. You have a very good heart.

  • August 10, 2017 at 10:45 am

    This is a great article. I crochet scarves to help people trapped in human trafficking. I have set a time goal & not a piece goal. It helps me feel better about my work rather than defeated at low production numbers.

  • August 10, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Thank you for sharing this article Mikey.. it really put things into perspective for me who was also of the mindset that if I didn’t do 100 baby hats, the 15 I had done were useless…you are soooooo right, those 15 will help 15 babies and that means more than simply meeting a personal and perhaps unrealistic goal

  • August 10, 2017 at 4:40 am

    I’ve rallied a group to send blankets to deployed military. It is a huge bite to chew but it’s been manageable so far(fingers crossed). It has been well worth my time when I get those excited thank you messages from the recipients and share those messages with my dedicated crocheters!

  • August 10, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Good on you Mikey for keeping it real. I tried to knit/crochet beanies to send to a desert Aboriginal community and quickly realised it was going to take me ages! I swallowed my pride and went opshopping for good quality ones, ended up sending off about 90 which the community was stoked to receive. Every effort however small can make a big difference not only to the receiver but to the giver as well. xx

  • August 10, 2017 at 1:19 am

    Maybe we should all send you as many hats as we can. Is there a deadline? Where would we send them? I’m in!

    • Jeanne - The Crochet Crowd
      August 12, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      No, no, Mikey is not looking for anyone to send in hats. He is just using this as an example as we having been seeing others with these types of frustrations.

  • August 10, 2017 at 12:34 am

    I don’t crochet for charity. Instead I make what I want and then give it away to people who can use it. I’m happy because I’m doing interesting projects on my own schedule and they’re happy because they receive something special. I don’t make hats and scarves because I don’t enjoy making them. I figure there’s others who do and why steal their opportunity to contribute.

  • August 9, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    I have been involved with school fundraising and charities for many years. My eldest son is a day or two older than you Mikey.
    I have done the unrealistic goals too. Yes we are told to “aim high”, but that can be the downfall. Many just don’t try again because they failed. By aiming for a smaller goal and passing it is better than aiming high and not reaching it.
    The community craft group I belong to has an average of 100 members attending per month, in 5 locations. We donate handmade items to a charity that makes up packages of clothes, toys and school items for children in foster care and crisis in Queensland, Australia. We don’t set goals for donations each month, each member makes what they like. Be it crochet, knitted, sewn or covering writing books with wrapping paper. Most of our ladies are over 50 and our oldest is 94 years old.

  • August 9, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Every donation helps. Because of you posting a hat pattern that you were using for charity I made 5 hate to donate to a charity this winter. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • August 9, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Thank you I have scarves going to the homeless I have set a small goal thought was too small but with your words I feel better now.

  • August 9, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Hi Mikey,
    I do charity work all year .I don’t put a number on how any things would like make (hats ,scarves, lap blankets) I crochet 2-3 hours a day I usually work on 2 to 5 projects at a time . My goal is to finish one thing a week . some things take 1 hour some 6 hours . When finished I put the item in a box when full I donate to a local charity. (Church, Meals on wheels, low income areas to name a few.
    There is always a need no matter how large or small. Just enjoy the yarn and hook and the rest will follow.Have a great day hooking.

  • August 9, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Been there, done that, I just want to say “Thank You” for your sincerity.

  • August 9, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Thank you for your post (and all that you do) I had set 1 of my own (goals), and am not going to be able to get there and was not feeling so good about it I had seen a story about a lady that had had cancer and made a tone of scarfs and tied the to trees with a note for anyone that needed them I wanted to do as she did I wasn’t sure about the tree’s with vandalism so I was going to do for the homeless and take to the shelter, but I think I only have about 14 done I like to make them extra long so they can rap around to keep warmer So again thank you I know that 14 are better the 0 I couldn’t find the story, but this is 1 of them Thank you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYy5xG14hBI

  • August 9, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Im antsy when I watch TV, am in the car as a passenger (which is always), visiting family etc.. SOOO as I like to crochet I’m making scarves in yarn cakes from Joanns..Each cake is 1 long scarf or a scarf that can be doubled up when colder. so far I’v made 4. By Christmas Ill have enough to donate to a nursing home..The next year there will be more and maybe another destination.

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