The Crochet Crowd: Inspire, Create & Celebrate Book

The Crochet Crowd: Inspire, Create & Celebrate Book

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Masstown, Nova Scotia. Daniel Zondervan & PuppiDawg

Masstown, Nova Scotia. Daniel Zondervan & PuppiDawg

On the horizon is our very first book called The Crochet Crowd: Inspire, Create & Celebrate. Expected in late September 2021, from us, Michael Sellick and Daniel Zondervan with guest designers Jeanne Steinhilber, Anita Grover, Megan McHugh and Kathleen Nolen.

I will share a backstory below but for those that what the juice immediately. I felt I couldn’t do the book alone as our company, The Crochet Crowd, was not formed or created alone in the journey. It took a community of people to assist and trust in our platform. So it’s been a journey for everyone behind the scenes, including the digital and testing team.

The book is like our communities, diverse in interests and projects. Our first book has an eclectic collection that is stand-alone projects. The only theme of the book is “The Journey”.

Amazon is now accepting pre-orders if you wish to secure a copy as soon as it’s ready to go. Just look up Michael Sellick or Daniel Zondervan on Amazon and it will up pop up. 

The summation of the bio for the book is being revised to better reflect the storyline. While it’s true I was bullied in school for being unique, the actual story is the realization of being unique and motivated created something extraordinary.


The Backstory

The Crochet Crowd

The Crochet Crowd. Home.

Over the years, as early as 2011, I have been approached by several publishers to write a book. I took a workshop in 2011 about writing a book and low and behold, it’s an eye-opening experience. I left the conference at the end of the day and immediately told Daniel, we have to be crazy to write a book. 

It’s a minimum of a year process and the hours of dedication to planning and writing it are astounding. So over the years, when a publisher reaches out. I decline without much thought. I have a unique situation on my shoulders. I have to run a significant digital footprint in crochet in between doing the book work. Content always has to flow, so my time cannot stand still on anything for long without being noticed.


Michael Sellick & Daniel Zondervan

Michael Sellick & Daniel Zondervan

The writer for Jonah’s Book contacted me for quotes for Jonah’s Book and to secure male hand photos for her. This is about 5 months before it’s ready to go. She suggested that we write a book. However, it planted a seed. If Jonah could find a writer for his book, maybe we can get help to write our book too?

Interestingly enough, another publisher happened to contact me while this was going on. John MacIntyre from MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc. here in Nova Scotia. He just wants to talk to me on the phone and because Jonah’s writer had been talking to me, I was open to a discussion with John.

Mikey's Pergola

Building My Pergola as a get offline project for better life balance.

Long story short, we have an opportunity to write a book about any topic we wish. An associate of John had been watching us since our move to Nova Scotia.

So I figured, I’ll try to write our story. But there is a problem.

  1. I am too detailed.
  2. I get into the minor details that have little significance in the grand scheme of the story.
  3. The book has a negative perspective as I am writing about things that upset me. Not about the focus of the joys as well to keep a good story balance. 

My story isn’t a straight line. While I may be having success in the public eye, my life behind the scenes can be falling apart. How do you write a story with multiple sub-plots at the same time? It’s confusing and is it necessary? 

I gave it a couple of months. I contacted John to tell him I cannot do a book. I cannot balance my time and I am not a great writer. So that’s that. Done. Opportunity on the table then slid off the table and I am back to that opinion of a book is too hard to do. 


Daniel on the Beach

Daniel on the Beach. The Quarterdeck.

A year goes by and I still on John’s contact list. He’s persistent. He wants to meet with us for the first time and present his idea and get a sense of where we are.

We meet in person and I share with him that I cannot write a book. I can do great status updates but to formulate a story and stick to a narrative, I’m lost. So John, found Rick Conrad, here from Nova Scotia. His partner is actually a crocheter and knew of us from our online community. So that greased the wheels for an easy working relationship. Rick helped me formulate the story and stick to a sequential balance. He’s essentially a ghostwriter but truth is, I couldn’t have done it without him. So he’s really not a ghost in my own perspective and I ensured attention is called to him in the acknowledgements of the book. This journey has never been about me, but about us which means the community of those who participate to make it all work.

The Quarterdeck

The Quarterdeck. taking each chapter, piece by piece to make sure it works.

We decided that if we are going to have a factual storybook, we need to pair it with patterns. Why would you buy the book of a crochet host without patterns? I know I wouldn’t. So that kick-started the journey for coming up with patterns.

The first pattern right out of the gate would be another signature textured afghan. I sat for a weekend at the dining room table trying to get the first 2 feet of it done. One section of just 5 rounds took me honest to gawd 8 hours to figure out the math so it would sit flat. Four months on and off designing. How many roadblocks I don’t really know. Three blankets later, the testing team with another 4 blankets. It was completed in a 4-month time frame. Picking it up, putting it down. Doing the Summer SAL for JOANN and other content to keep the ball rolling. It was never a straight shot at trying to get this done.

In one of the projects I did, the yarn got discontinued and so it had to be redone but I had the original already written but tweaked it going through it again a second time.

Quarterdeck Book Planning

Quarterdeck Book Planning

Jeanne originally had 2 patterns in the book but she did this incredible version called Into the Light Afghan that was extremely personal. The attention to detail and texture are second to none. Soon as Daniel saw it, get that ready for the book. I think you are going to love this afghan, truly.

Kathleen has an amazing hat pattern and she specializes in craft show. Anita worked out two unique patterns with so much yarn play, I think her hands may have been raw with so much play! haha. Megan worked with Daniel on a combination series together. Daniel has a beautiful scarf he actually crocheted all by himself. haha.

A week before the deadline, Daniel booked us a resort for a few days here locally. Have you been to a resort where there is no one there? Creepy! The Quarterdeck allowed us to use their conference space at no charge. Honestly, we all by ourselves in the complex building where our room was. We sprawled out over 3 days and went through all of the content, yet again.

The Quarterdeck

The Quarterdeck. Conference Space.

In the end, we had a working dinner with our publisher to discuss the name of the book.

I was set on the idea of the book being called The Journey. However, John thought that our company name is highly searched that the book should be called exactly what it’s meant to be, The Crochet Crowd. However, we needed a second byline. Daniel created the name of The Crochet Crowd back in 2010, two years after I had started this journey but it was me that did the byline. Inspire, Create & Celebrate. It’s the crocheter’s journey from the inspirational process of online and friend recommendations to creating the idea and then taking a few moments in time to celebrate it. I shared with John our slogan and he was immediately said, “That’s it… that’s the right addition”. He was pretty excited by it. We had been racking our brain for weeks trying to think of the byline and yet it’s been our slogan all along! Who knew!?


Since December 2020

The first manuscript was completed and then scrapped. It was too safe. Meaning, my voice in narrating isn’t real. Where’s the sarcasm and the nuggets of innuendo I am known for? I was too scared to write as myself for fear of offending people for what makes me laugh or how I tell a story.

The second manuscript was completed and the humour and sly witty comments and inner voice narrative is being shared. Even reading it, I laughed out loud! I felt the pain of the hurt but smiled with the joys of sharing what I was truly thinking. It was a narrative of both Daniel and I sharing between each other stories. It was also not approved. It’s hard to know when I am talking and when Daniel is.

The third manuscript is now in the works with removing out a second voice and just myself sharing the stories. The second manuscript is authentically us. The martini sipper at the bar sharing stories but it gets confusing in the dialogue. So the manuscript is pulling this back to my own voice, so the reader can best follow along with the yarn-play sort of speak.


What You Can Expect

The Quarterdeck

The Quarterdeck. Book Planning.

The book is written in a way that you are standing in the room as a fly on the wall. You should expect a bit of language to be dropped in the storytelling and raw sarcasm that is my natural self. Most of you know that as when I start to roll on a live video, it comes out in the humour or slip of the tongue. In videotaping tutorials, if I drop it, which is rare, I can edit it out. To some that’s offensive, to others it’s normal everyday dialogue.

You will see real-life situations play themselves out. I think people want to see what the seat looks like from my perspective. The book isn’t a coming-out story, though it’s part of it, you will learn how naive I really can be. It’s a story of finding myself through a community connection of the yarn arts. Flailing in the wind trying to find life’s balance. Realizing, nothing in life is ever perfect, nor is perfection should ever be the goal.

Being in an industry where I didn’t initially fit in and cried in a restaurant over a beer after a trade show that I was completely rejected. I still don’t fit in today but I have come to embrace that. What makes me unique is what works but you couldn’t have told me that in the beginning.


Currently

Journey Afghan Making

Journey Afghan Making

The book is now in the design process itself. Book layout, colouring, visual feel and all these big fancy words that I don’t know about. Honestly, I had no idea it was already listed on Amazon as a pre-order.

The patterns are going through a run-through yet again. Just to ensure it is paired down as much as possible.

The entire book has to stay within a price point that keeps it affordable. So we are given only so many pages. The less wording, the more pictures and photography of the journey can be shared in this book.

At this time, we still don’t know what the front cover looks like. There is talk about a third photoshoot to try it again. I don’t feel attention needy for the camera, so I prefer to be behind the scenes as much as possible. So we both feel a bit awkward in doing the photos. However, we have to suck it up buttercups.


Pre-order Book Now

The Study of the Journey Lighthouse

The Study of the Journey Lighthouse

You can order the book now if you wish. It’s on Amazon already with no book cover.

As we get closer to the launch on Amazon, details will be updated and even some preview pictures.

By purchasing a book, you are investing in us. Thank you in advance for considering this as an option. 

We look forward to completing this book. The publisher is now doing all the fancy stuff as the content is pretty much determined. We are super excited to see a finished copy when the publisher is through.

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Mikey, aka Michael Sellick, of The Crochet Crowd, started this online journey back in 2008. A mere hobby in trying to reach out to others as he was mentally struggling with his own issues. His goal was simple, find others in the yarn communities, like him, that have a common interest.

The journey and main baby of the whole idea started with a YouTube Channel and then in 2011, an official website was developed. Michael is not only the face of The Crochet Crowd but also the working engine behind the crowd in self-taught programming, social media and so much more.

Enjoy the stitching journey. Life is short, enjoy this wonderful hobby and all of the learning opportunities that come with it.

28 thoughts on “The Crochet Crowd: Inspire, Create & Celebrate Book”

  1. Janet Lewis says:

    I tried to preorder and a note popped up that it could not be delivered to my address. I get things from Amazon all the time so was really puzzled by this. Will try again, if not today, later. I really want to support this as I have loved the you tube tutorials and patterns that I use in my Prayer Shawl Group at church. I am so happy that my sister taught me to crochet a few years ago and Crochet Crowd helped me so much with diagrams and clear instructions. Love and hugs and thanks for sharing your talent with us!

    1. Wendy Maruna says:

      If you bring up Amazon in a browser window, then do a search for The Crochet Crowd or Michael Sellick or Daniel Zondervan, it should return the result for the book you can preorder for your location.
      We have found that the links in our article do not work for everyone and get similar error messages. So it is best if you bring up Amazon as you normally would (and we suggest a browser window as the app was having issues for some people as well) and try searching to see if the results are fruitful. So sorry for the trouble and not having a link to make it easy.

  2. Christine Audsley says:

    Hi Mikey,
    I am recently new at the Crochet Crowd, accidently discovered this while browsing. I’m also an avid book reader. I know some simple crochet. Mixing all these together, I can’t wait for your book and just be yourself, don’t sweat the small stuff, do what comes natural, and let the experts condense what you want in the book. I’ve already pre-ordered the book! Can’t wait to see it. As for crocheting, I’m discovering a whole new world of this due to your tutorials…. and omg!!! there are so many to choose from. It’s wonderful! I have many crochet books and I’m sure anyone who crochets has their favourites as well. I luv your truthfulness. It’s what you believe in that attracts people. I’m personally from Ontario, but been to east coast many times, just love the charm of it, not to mention friends who live there.
    You asked for opinions, and these are a few of mine… keep doing what you do, the rest will fall in naturally 🙂

  3. Dorothy says:

    I’m 72 and just started crocheting seriously a couple of years ago. I bought some learn to crochet books and fumbled around for a while trying to learn some basic stitches. I was at a craft fair a couple of years ago and there was a young woman there selling hats and scarves that she had made and I just fell in love with them. I told her how talented she was and how I had dreamed of being able to create something so beautiful myself. She said if I wanted to learn I might want to try YouTube. I had no idea this even existed. I came home and logged on and voila!, there you were. Crochet has opened up a whole new world for me. I started off making hats and scarves and everyone I knew got a set for Christmas. Then I graduated to simple blankets and I’ve made all nine of my grandchildren a blanket, thinking it was something to remember me by when I’m no longer here. You have been my inspiration and I can’t thank you enough for what you do. I am now trying to read a chart for the first time and am having difficulty, but I know if I keep at it, it will click. I can finally sort of read a pattern and it usually only takes me about two or three times of frogging it to finally get it right, ha ha. I learn the best by watching someone so the tutorials are so important to me. That being said, I think if that wonderful young woman at the craft fair had not told me about the tutorials, I might have just given up the idea of ever creating something bigger than a swatch.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  4. Carroll says:

    I am heartbroken. Amazon Canada will not ship to the US. I guess I wait to see if Amazon US will be selling it.
    I love your work!!

    1. Wendy Maruna says:

      Please bring Amazon up in a browser window (not using the link in our article). You can search The Crochet Crowd and you will be able to find it on the American Amazon. We have found that it is not working in the Amazon App for many Americans, so that is why we suggest the use of a browser window.

      Hope that helps

  5. John MacIntyre says:

    Just want to say I’m very proud to Michael and Daniel’s publisher. They are a treat to work with and a joy to be around. We hope we can make the book as original as they are.

    1. Mikey says:

      Thanks John! Get’er done! 😀

      1. Lori says:

        Have you done an entrelac C2C? Looked several times and nothing. Love your tutorials and need one that is easily understood and yours are the best.

        Thank you
        Lori

  6. Barbara Walch says:

    My birthday 3-12! Best birthday present I’ve given myself yet! Can’t wait to get this book, thank you for all your hard work Mikey and Daniel.

  7. david olson says:

    hi Mickey. Don’t worry your book will be a great success. I have great faith in you and dan.

  8. Anne Marie Fiordalisi says:

    TY TYVM Mikey and Daffy Dan for this great book. I pre=ordered it on Amazon.US. I am going to love your crochet book. I know its going to be a big seller with our crochet crowd so that is why I pre-ordered it.
    TY TYVM AGAIN
    XXXOOO BE SAFE BE HEATHY
    On with the S A L 2021. TYVM also for helping me with being a lefty

    1. Mikey says:

      Thank you for the vote of confidence. I’m nervous! 😀

  9. Dianne Larson Ward says:

    I just ordered the book and am thrilled you decided to do this! You two are both so very special to all of who have followed your adventures, shared your joys and your fears, wanted to hug you both and at times give you a stern talking to about self confidence and how very much you DO for us to develop OUR skills and how WE have grown because of of you. Yes, and we’ve laughed aloud and sometimes spewed coffee at the computer screen. God bless you both and THANK YOU for all of it!

  10. Patricia Reitz says:

    Michael,
    Your book sounds fantastic. Each new manuscript was clearly an improvement. Your narrating the story makes sense, with you giving your voice for Daniel. Isn’t that how it is when you are doing Crochet Crowd events. And you should celebrate your differences because that is what we love about you. And your picture and Daniel’s should definitely be on the front although not big. Your book will be a sensation!
    Peppermint

  11. Patricia Reitz says:

    Michael,
    I’ve been looking for your book since you asked for title suggestions. I am excited to get your book and I know it will be a success. As I read about each manuscript, I thought you made great choices in each revision. I know you don’t like to be put first, but the narration by you is a good choice. I am sure we will feel Daniel’s presence through you. I don’t think you ( Daniel, and The Crochet Crowd) realize how much your fans appreciate your differences and we love you just the way you are!
    Peppermint

  12. Sue Griffin says:

    Just pre-ordered the book from Amazon. I have learned a great deal from you both. You are very caring, helpful and kind beyond words. Wishing you much success with your future and this book. Can’t wait to see you and Daniel again on a cruise!

    1. Mikey says:

      Thank you Sue. I think you will enjoy the humour in the book. Even with that award-winning pig you made with wings! 😀

  13. Eleanor says:

    Congrats Mikey! The book sounds great.
    The title on Amazon says, “The Crochet Crowd: Inspire, Created, Celebrate.”
    Could I be your proofreader?
    😉

  14. Jerilyn Kellogg Fidler says:

    Congratulations!! I’m sure your book will be fantastic, like all of your videos and instructions….you and your crochet friends have helped me so much…in so many ways ….. in my own crochet journey….my heart-felt thankx to you!! And keep on your journey …..you’re not done yet!!

  15. Lisa says:

    Congratulations! I’m excited for you both!! Can’t wait to get it 🤗

  16. Martha F. says:

    I am so happy you are doing the book. I appreciate the things you have done for the crocheting community over the years, since you started your journey! I’ve been crocheting for almost 69 years, but have learned some things from you that have made some crocheting so much easier.
    I chuckle too, when I find you have learned some things, shortcuts, that I have done for years!
    I learned to crochet as a child form my mother, but she passed away when I was 9, and I had not yet learned the names of the stitches, nor how to read a pattern. I learned crocheting with THREADS, as yarns were not so handy yet in the early 1950’s. So, I continued to learn by “READING” the doilies my mother made and looking at pictures, blown up large enough I could see the stitches. To this day, I can do something from a large picture if I can not find a pattern. That has come in very handy over the years. (I did finally learn the names of stitches and how to read a pattern.)
    I can do some charts, but not all, as these old eyes can not read some of the small charts, and enlarging them makes them too blurry!
    So, Mikey, many thanks for all you do for us “Hookers”! May God bless syou and Dan on this book journey, as it will be rewarding, not only to you two, but the crocheting community that follows you so faithfully!

    1. Joan Vernal says:

      A A great move Mikey the book is a good move. I am hoping I can get a copy, I am from Jamaica👍👍

  17. PansyRose Parsons says:

    So excited! I have pre-ordered and can’t wait. Thank you!

  18. Shelly Zentz says:

    I love you both. I have followed you for so long, since the beginning. I’m a middle aged mom of 2, but you two are the reason I felt comfortable crocheting in public, after reading about a trip you took and just being yourselves. I nearly died when Daniel had his heart problems. Thank you from the bottom of my ❤️ for being such wonderful people. I’m definitely getting this book. 💚

    1. Mikey says:

      I’m glad you found your self-confidence. Life is short.

  19. Patty Krekeler says:

    Just pre-ordered your book! Can’t wait for it to come out.

    Congratulations!!!!

    1. Mikey says:

      Thank you Patty. I appreciate your support.

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