The Secret Behind the Yarn Ball Bath

The Secret Behind the Yarn Ball Bath

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Mikey Yarn Bath

Mikey Yarn Bath. After broadcast.

Behind the Scenes Secrets Yarn Bath

40 minutes prior to going live with Yarnspirations, I thought randomly as I was sipping my tea, “Wouldn’t it be fun to do something different on camera today?” 

I just got an order in from Yarnspirations and the balls were still in the box. I thought it’s already in a box, I can drag it up to my living space and do a video from the bath. From that, Daniel says, “You can do it, but you have to clean up after yourself!” 

I cleaned the tub and then waited until 10 minutes prior to the broadcast.

Was the bathtub actually full of balls?

The bathtub bottom layers, except where I was sitting was lined with pillows. This would mean there would be fewer yarn balls needed. So the entire tub is not 100% yarn.

How many balls are actually in the tub? 

There were 87 balls of yarn. It’s a large tub.

Was this at a studio?

No, just our home.

Why didn’t you guys remove the ball bands? 

I need to know the barcodes as this is my tutorial and sample yarn. If I remove the labels, I won’t know what the yarn colours are. Truth is, after the photoshoot, the yarn gets re-organized back to its box so I keep all of my yarn in one spot. My yarn is sacred!

Did you load the tub full of yarn first and then get in? 

I didn’t want paper cuts from the ball bands or to ruin the shape of any of the balls by filling the tub first. Once the bottom was lined with pillows, I sat in the tub and Daniel dumped 2 huge boxes of yarn into the tub. It’s why the yarn labels are in every direction and not strategically placed.

How did your hair get wet?

Once I was in, Daniel suggested my hair be wet to go with it more after the tub was loaded. He gave me a cup of water and I dipped my hand inside and ran the water through my hair.

Did the yarn ball actually touch my armpit? 

Absolutely not. Strategic camera angle shows it did but I didn’t. I love my arm too much!

How did the bird come into this?

I thought about Ernie from Sesame Street with his rubber duck. As I was loading up the idea in my head, I passed by Drumstick (my bird) and thought, there’s my bath bird and grabbed him for the shot. He is called the Bird Boss Rooster. The pattern is free.


Free Pattern: Bird Boss Rooster

Final Thoughts

  • The weight of the yarn was heavier than I anticipated. My butt was numb by the end of the broadcast.
  • I am self-conscious about my body. It’s one of the reasons why Daniel and I don’t have any personal pictures up in our home. It’s also the other reason why I don’t do many selfies or readily volunteer myself to have my picture taken with others.
  • When I did get out of the tub after the broadcast, the balls went down in height… Talk about yarn ball displacement!

The truth is, I’ve always wanted to do a photo like this but I wanted the timing to be right.

Mikey Yarn Bath

Mikey Yarn Bath

Mikey Yarn Bath

Mikey Yarn Bath

Mikey Yarn Bath

Mikey Yarn Bath


Mikey Yarn Bath

Mikey Yarn Bath

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.