Winter Blues Got You Down?

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

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307 thoughts on “Winter Blues Got You Down?

  • July 9, 2014 at 3:22 pm
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    Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board and
    I find It truly useful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to
    give something back and aid others like you aided me.

  • March 30, 2014 at 1:41 pm
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    It is hard when things are not going right i had afew bad years due to deaths my son then my mother my best friend then my daughters boyfriend all close together my other children kept at me to go back to crochet which i did i started two clubs teaching others to crochet and pass on what my mam taught me we have such fun while learning from each other so keep positive in your great work because i have them all told to watch your vidoes if they not sure how to do stitches and dont forget the plesure you give to many we cant please everyone in this life

  • March 11, 2014 at 1:51 pm
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    I love your website. I read it from top to bottom. I laugh sometimes and love the insight you provide. Try deep breathing exercises when you are stressed. Breathe In through your nose for a count of five and breathe out through your mouth for a count of five. I do about five or more of these and it always helps. For all the negative comments you receive, I am sure there are five times as many people who love your site. When you can help others and bring joy to them, what more can you ask for? Keep up the terrific work!

  • March 11, 2014 at 1:37 pm
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    Focus on the positive! I’m sure you get so many reassuring email or posts than the negative ones. Focus on the ones that really make you happy or laugh. I love scrolling down on facebook and coming upon a beautiful creation that someone did and you posted it. You make so many people happy and you are able to reach so many. Be proud, be happy. My friend used to keep this email of a baby laughing every time he saw a little bear, and that would cheer her up. Do you have a favorite email or card that makes you smile. And don’t forget to take care of you

  • March 11, 2014 at 8:20 am
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    I have read many of the postings and I to would like to say you are an awesome person. I have been crocheting off and on since I was a teenager, many moons ago. Finding you online has brightened my days and opened up my imagination. I came across the video on the crocodile stitch that you did and after a quick swatch test I made a sweater for my bulldog grandson that is total made in the crocodile stitch. You’re amazing to watch and I love to hear you giggle, it puts a smile on my face. There’s a saying my mom taught me when someone would say or do something to hurt my feelings (Hold your head up high and let it go, just like water off a ducks back). We all love you, please remember that when you are feeling blue.

  • March 10, 2014 at 1:01 am
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    ,Mikey, I’m sorry to hear that you’re feeling down. First, accept that it’s natural to feel that way sometimes and that it’s temporary. Second, take a day for yourself and only do things that make you feel good. When I need a day, I take a long bubble bath, dress in something that always makes me feel good, take a walk in an arboretum or park (depending on the weather), read a good book, dine on whatever I feel like but with candlelight and music. I find that after spending a day alone, doing things just for me, I’m ready to face the world and all it’s problems again.
    This comes from a woman with frozen water and sewer pipes, and a pantry I’m disinfecting after mice moved in while I was gone for two weeks. So trust me, I know what I’m talking about. I really hope this helps you, and remember, you have a lot of people who care about you. Laurene

  • March 9, 2014 at 5:37 pm
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    When I feel like what you are feeling, I count my blessings. I am blessed to be creative, inspirational, & a friend. Thanks be to my form of spiritual inspiration!

  • March 8, 2014 at 8:56 pm
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    If you need a real mood “upper” rescue a cat or dog from a shelter. They have so much love to give and can change your mood so fast. If you sit and pet a cat or dog it lowers your blood pressure (proven scientifically) and calms your nerves. They have done studies that prove how much it helps people’s health and mental state. You feel good knowing you have saved a life and you get so much love in return. I know you travel quite a bit so a cat would probably be easier for you to find a caregiver for when you are away. Try it – it works!

  • March 8, 2014 at 8:39 pm
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    Mikey when you are down look at all the comments from the ones who love and appreciate you. I sell on eBay and after 5,000+ excellent feedbacks I received a negative from someone who didn’t know how to read a listing. I was devastated for a month but since the negative I have received so many wonderful feedback comments. We try to do our best and be perfect but no one is perfect, not even you….but you are as near perfect as you can be. Some people are just out to hurt others feelings and there will always be those few to ruin the day.

  • March 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm
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    Hey Mikey I am somewhat older than you and know exactly what you are talking about, when I get that feeling I put on an old movie like the Wizard of Oz or Murphy’s Romance you know something upbeat or my very favorite is Young Frankenstien. I can sit and watch and crochet or knit of just eat popcorn and it feels better . If I can get someone I love to do this with me it is even better. But if I cant watch a movie I like to put on some upbeat movie and dance around a little, actually if you can get out and walk with someone or even by yourself (it is always more enjoyable if you have a walking partner) just get moving , movement seems to really help lift the spirits and last but not least know that you impact many folks in a very good way! I am self taught to knit and crochet so have big gaps in my knowledge and was so excited when I found your instructional videos on Youtube ! They are excellent I downloaded them and play them back to learn things (many ) I do not know how to do.I love the differrent stitches you have taught me and hope you feel uplifted to know how many folks old and young you have helped. Keep it up and thank you so much.

  • March 8, 2014 at 12:52 pm
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    Mikey
    I am so glad I found your web site.I have been crocheting for 50 years give or take a few but always the same thing never expanded or challenged myself.I still can’t read a pattern but thanks to your videos I have learned so much. I feel like a kid again. It’s like when my Mom showed me the magical world of knitting and crocheting so many years ago. Thank you

  • March 8, 2014 at 9:38 am
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    I stumbled upon you, Mikey, while trying to learn a bobble stitch(?) and you so inspired me to keep crocheting that I now have 5 projects started ( and half-finished), so you can pat yourself on the back for being such a good teacher and a positive, uplifting spirit.
    Thank you.

  • March 7, 2014 at 4:14 pm
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    we have read and reread this blog to form appropriate comments and WOW! our Mikey is feeling down! that just cannot be – a good dose of sunshine, some nice tea, a good friend with whom to walk in the park, and some bright new springtime yarn should help with that. you should know that you (and company) have the classiest, most beautiful, most informative and most creative blog – and it gets better every day. sometimes we can only read/look at a bit at a time as the goodness can become overwhelming. you have no idea how much you(and your crew) are appreciated for all you do (and say). it’s difficult being a role model sometimes but in so many ways you are. thank you for being you. hang in there – it is almost spring! (or you could just come to the west coast of florida). karenb/fredw

  • March 6, 2014 at 10:07 pm
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    It has been a long, hard winter, but I am starting to feel spring is just around the corner. I’ve had a rough week at work, so I totally understand where you are coming from. People complain, it wears us down. There are people we’d all like to limit from our lives on certain days, so, everything your feeling happens to all of us from time to time. I want you to know, you have truly brought so much to my life. I learned to do a chain and maybe double crochet when I was like nine, but I did nothing with that. My aunt that taught me this much lived on the other side of the country, so crochet lessons were too few and far apart. A couple months ago I accidentally found this yarn that was so bright and cheerful, I knew I had to do something with it. I came home and search youtube, and landed on your video. I made my first afghan by watching you teach how triple crochet. It’s very basic and there are certainly imperfections (still struggle with tension (I think that’s the word)). But the bright cheerful colors of my first one make me smile. I accomplished something that was all mine. From there, I moved on to your corner to corner project. Finished an afghan for my son in his favorite colors. Now, I’m making one using the raspberry salad pattern that you shared. I have something relaxing to do in the evenings. I’ve got a feeling that everyone in my family will be getting afghans for Christmas this year. I cant wait to finish one so I can learn something new and start the next one. I’m not sure what people have to complain about in relation to your site or teaching….if they don’t like it, don’t watch, but whatever, there has to be a few in each group. Soooo, just know that I love you, you’ve added happiness to my life. I have no doubt, if we met in real life, we’d be great friends. Carry on with your good work it means so much!

    • March 7, 2014 at 8:07 pm
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      I had the chance to meet Mikey and Dan in person and they are all the warm fuzzies you imagine them to be 🙂

      • March 8, 2014 at 12:28 pm
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        I just knew it!

    • March 9, 2014 at 5:35 am
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      Love that you love the bright cheery colours. I started crochet a few weeks ago and made a very colourful capelet that makes me smile everytime I see it. Also a scarlet fleece cape with snow bunnies on cos I love to sew a well. Keep the colour flowing!
      Happygirlie

  • March 6, 2014 at 8:10 pm
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    Hi Mikey, I agree with Kathryn about the negative emails.

    Usually when I get the blues and feeling overwhelmed what I actually do is play time wasting games on the internet. But that makes me feel guilty and more overwhelmed, which doesn’t help.

    When I think about what I really need, I drink earl grey tea, put on uplifting classical music and burn aromatic candles. Burgamot, and orange are good ones that come to mind.

    I also try to get a dose of natural light on my skin, this can be hard to do in winter when daylight is quite dark for weeks. Even half an hour can make a difference to my mood. Fluorescent lighting is not adequate, normal light bulbs are better, so switch on all the lights. Can you sit in front of a real wood fire for a while, instead of gas or electric heating? There is no point plugging away at work when you can’t concentrate, take a break and take care of you.

    With love from Diane in Australia. (What would I know about a cold winter?) hehe

  • March 6, 2014 at 4:19 pm
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    When I start feeling down, I remember one of my worst days, look back at how far I have come. Sometimes it works. Or, I will throw myself into a project, try to learn/re-learn something new (which can leave one VERY frustrated) *laughs. But my Favorite thing to combat the winter blues, is to start planning my flower bed. 🙂

  • March 6, 2014 at 9:06 am
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    OMG… I can’t believe that you are getting such negative emails as to put your spirits down. You are WAY beyond that. But you are sensitive and see that it could hurt you.
    I say trash them all !!! You were not available for emails for a few weeks . Trash them. If they are important and people need to get a hold of you they will resend or find other means to get a hold of you. If not , they were the mean spirited, rude people you don’t need to hear from.
    I really hope you do this to the rest of them.

  • March 6, 2014 at 1:13 am
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    Mikey when I get too feeling low and depressed I start thinking about people who r cripple and the one who doesn’t have food to eat and I began to feel blessed. The thought c omes to me that that could have been me. Or I talk or visit the elderly people and think that one day this is gonna be me, so I start thanking God for who he has made me to be then I start feeling graceful and I come out of the depression

  • March 5, 2014 at 11:12 pm
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    Mikey, you have the right to feel down sometimes. You are one of the sunniest most uplifting, positive people I know. That makes it hard for you to accept that some people are not in the same place. Feeling down is sometimes needed to bring us back on track as to why we do what we do and to change the things we don’t like. So it will only make you a better person. I however think that people who are negative to what you do should find somewhere else to vent because I have never seen anything but positive vibes from you. Anyway. I think you should create a separate, special file for all the negative email, and give it a good name such as the negativity inferno. Then every email you get that is not nice you can flip into this file and say “out, damn spot, out!” It will make you feel better and you will see how small that file is compared to your “good” files. In the meantime, just take one day at a time. The weatherman says we only have a month of this left. haha!

    • March 10, 2014 at 10:11 am
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      I’m sorry but what gets me going and out of a RUT here in new jersey with all the snow ! is you Mikey watching your videos and reading the Blog and facebook keeps me going and happy with all the challenges and the beautiful things that one day i will hopefully make! people have such great imagination with color and style so beautiful!

  • March 5, 2014 at 10:46 pm
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    the thing that’s work for me is to listening Instrumental and easy listening music,the other thing is to watch funny movies ,read a good book or play with a jigsaw puzzle. 😉

  • March 5, 2014 at 8:17 pm
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    Hugggggg, not a cure but sure does help me feel better. OBTW,it’s just plain normal to be down when the weather is so damn cold. We all wanna be able to get out side and do stuff, even if it’s just to bitch about how hot it is. Things will get better!!!

  • March 5, 2014 at 7:15 pm
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    Ah Mikey, as always, you’re so beautifully open and candid. So sorry you’re feeling like this.

    Personally, I always try to look at the realities which might be impacting me as a first step, but only in a factual, not an emotive way. Based on what you’ve shared, I know these things about myself.
    1) I always have a hard time settling back into routine after I’ve been away
    2) Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder (SAD) is very real condition, and when we have very dark winters (though nothing like what you’ve experienced where you are!) I can feel quite tragic within
    3) It’s a daily exercise to ensure that my emotional Teflon-coating is intact, so that I can leave other people’s problems to them and respond as graciously as possible as needed.

    After dealing with the realities, I look for things around me to be thankful for, such as relationships, experiences, lessons learned, freedoms, etc.

    If extended thankfulness doesn’t work, I ask myself the harder questions. Is there something that needs to change? Am I pretending at something that looks real to others?

    Finally, I want to send you big hugs, and reassure you that you’ll be okay. We’ll all survive if you don’t keep up a punishing schedule – we just appreciate what you do provide for us. It’s okay not to be a marvel ALL the time. Be gentle with you. Play hooky for a day or two. Get Daniel to take you to a day spa and have a massage. Practice relaxation. You’re a good man, and we love you.

  • March 5, 2014 at 6:34 pm
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    sorry you’ve been feeling blah. i try to take a walk no matter what the weather…i have warm clothes. this lifts my spirits and breaks up my thought patterns. gets the circulation going. when i get home i might indulge in a hot cup of fragrant tea or hot chocolate…delicious! i try to appreciate winter: cozy longjohns, hot drinks and hot cereal in the morning, a chance to wear my handmade scarves, wristers etc….there is much to appreciate. wishing you happiness.

  • March 5, 2014 at 5:12 pm
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    I say turn up the heat, strip down to you favorite colorful sox and undies put on your favorite up-beat music and dance around for a while. The confined feel of too much clothes and not enough exercise gets me down in the winter too. Then again who am I to complain, I live in Southern California. By the way, you may want to close your curtains first! 😉

  • March 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm
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    Hi, Read up on Chi Gong or Reiki .Either is built around what you mention you need positive energy.In the meantime go on You tube and look up solfeggio frequencies.
    Put your headphones on and listen to mountain Mystic omsync 2. I guarantee you will relax. And always remember…be grateful.
    Happy Happy Hooking

  • March 5, 2014 at 3:58 pm
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    I read a book then switch back to crocheting. I try to move around after several hours straight. Sometimes I try to include housework projects so that I break up the day. I retired almost two years ago and I have to keep on a schedule to keep the blues away. Medical problems add to the blues too. I just take a deep breath and thankful to be alive.

  • March 5, 2014 at 3:05 pm
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    Mikey, how you are feeling is totally normal. I have depression and this winter has been brutal for that. I am trying to do little things, like stop and have a cup of tea, or maybe a treat that I really shouldn’t have, but I am treating myself! I even hit a slump with my crocheting and looming hats. Then I told myself, it is bitter cold out there, this is when they are needed more than ever! So little by little I am getting back into gear. It isn’t easy, but try to mentally filter those negative comments out and focus on the positive. I try to tell myself that people who say things that are really mean spirited and downright cruel must be unhappy and are having trouble themselves, and just lashing out in a way that means they don’t have to show their faces, they can just vent and move on. Not so nice for those of us on the receiving end. But summer is coming, the sun will shine and we will be complaining about the heat and humidity, lol! And so it goes…..we love you Mikey!

  • March 5, 2014 at 12:27 pm
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    Good news!! Spring is about 15 days away!! You are sunshine; don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. I don’t know why some folks leave negative comments. I say to myself when I get that, “personal problem, not my problem”.

    You are a natural-born teacher who can spread enthusiasm for your craft. You are one of two that I direct new crocheters to watch in learning crochet. I don’t do that light-heartedly.

    Keep shining!

  • March 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm
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    Count your blessings, which you have in abundance.

  • March 5, 2014 at 12:04 pm
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    My family does a lot of gardening….veggies, fruit, and natural flower gardens to attract wildlife. When the winter blues hit, I open one of the many plant catalogs we get. For a little piece of time, I am lost so deeply in the thoughts of spring that I can feel it, smell it and hear it. From the rustle of a soft breeze, to the mating calls of the Blue Jays to the smell of fresh mown grass. Since I do not get out often, I have also found that participating at a quilting missionary less then a block from my house helps immensely. While I may still be bottled up inside a building, the change of scenery and the visiting with others always lifts my spirits.

  • March 5, 2014 at 11:15 am
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    Hi Mikey:

    I feel your pain, I am in MN, so we are neighbors! What I have been doing besides hanging with a light box. I love to crochet for charity. It makes me feel so much better to be focusing on making someone else’s day a little brighter and I also find myself binge watching Netflix while crocheting (guilty pleasure). May not be much, but it takes my mind and focus off the dismal weather.

  • March 5, 2014 at 10:59 am
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    I’m working on a really brightly colored Spring ‘sweater/cover up’. I just thought it up-wasn’t even sure it would work. Its turning out really pretty. The only problem is everyone is telling me its too short, when I thought it was finished. I have it kind of bolero length, only its not a bolero. Its waist length. I guess it does look peculiar with my T shirt hanging below it. At least I”m finding this humorous-not. It has pink, lavender, yellow, orange, and green. I’m trying to decide if I do want to make it longer or not, and add evwn more colors.

  • March 5, 2014 at 10:32 am
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    So Sorry you are feeling blue. I got an Ott light for my birthday here in February. I find the “natural light” helps a lot. We had an Inversion here in the Treasure Valley in Idaho for about a month straight. No sun just complete gray and awfulness. The Ott light helped a lot. I fell asleep under it’s warmth. Maybe you and Dan could go get a new brand of tea or a new CD and just go away for a few minutes to recharge than come back. Have no fear the spring is coming., As I look out my window now the birds are gathering little sticks for nests. Winter will go away!!! I simply adore your patterns and web site. Hang in there. You are an inspiration!!

  • March 5, 2014 at 10:14 am
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    I’m starting a project for Spring! The flowered fabrics & Spring colors at JoAnn’s helped to lift my Spirit.
    The best part was to spend 3 hours chatting with a very dear friend.

    Getting away from “house bound” feeling & sharing time face to face with someone super special, I think I can make it until the grass is found again!

    PS, 5+ additional inches of snow this morning, & I don’t even care!!!

  • March 5, 2014 at 9:58 am
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    Mikey, your laugh brightens up my day

  • March 5, 2014 at 9:38 am
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    Hello Mikey, sorry to hear you got struck by the “Blue Meanies”. They are ornery little buggers and like to hang on and suck the joy out of everything. I know this winter has been brutal for everyone, even we in Texas have had some below 0 wind chill days (which is practically unheard of for us) but on the other side of that coin, this summer when there seem to be endless days of 100+ degree heat think of us, lol.

    I have a 4 step process that helps me beat the meanies at their own game!

    Step 1: Take a few minutes and write down all the positive things you can think of about your life (you might be amazed at how many there actually are) on individual slips of paper and put the papers in a beautiful jar, bowl, box or crochet basket. Don’t you feel better already?! Doesn’t just looking at something beautiful knowing something wonderful is inside help?! lol
    Step 2: Whenever the “Meanies” show up, go to your basket and pick one. Read it, contemplate on it,,,, still blue? grab another. Keep grabbing until your joy returns. Some days one will do it for me, other days, it takes more, do not despair, I think that is pretty typical. lol.
    Step 3: As often as you can, add new things to the basket! I am constantly amazed at how blessed I really am. One at a time or by the bunch does not matter, The point is you are seeing new and renewed blessing in you life all the time, ahhh joy!
    Step 4: Remember to give thanks and send positive thoughts and energy to all those people and things that would try to bring you down. Don’t let them bring you down, you bring them UP!!!!

    Please remember, for every negative thought someone is sending your way trying to drag you down, there are 100 positive ones lifting you up! We love you Mikey, keep up the good work and kick those “BLUE MEANIES” to the CURB!!!

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      Wonderful thought. I will try this myself.

  • March 5, 2014 at 8:38 am
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    Hi Mikey, I love getting your news letters and reading about the projects on the ‘other side of the pond’ here in the UK we have had some appalling weather and many people have lost so much of their lives with their homes flooded for months on end. The ‘moaners and groaners’ need to appreciate what they have and how blessed they are to have someone like you prepared to give enormous amounts of time and energy to enable the less gifted – me included – to create wonderful things. If they don’t like what you do then for goodness sake don’t log on!!! Simple really. Keep positive, your energy and enthusiasm is felt and appreciated over here.

  • March 5, 2014 at 8:29 am
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    Please try to not let the negative people get you down. There are SOOOO many of us here who love this group and appreciate all you do, Mikey. We are the majority, the ‘haters’ are a small and insignificant minority.
    Again, thank you for this group and for YOU, being the great and giving person you are, Mikey. You, this group and all the positive people here helped save my sanity and helped me reclaim part of my life.

  • March 5, 2014 at 7:58 am
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    Hi Mikey, winter has been long and wet here in shropshire uk. I get my mobility scooter out and take my dogs for a long run through the woods, its a joy to feel the fresh air and see the crocus peeping out. And the tea and hot toast when we get back would cheer the glumest heart…just the sligt matter of the muddy pawprints to clean up!positive vibes on the way to you from Happy Girlie.

  • March 5, 2014 at 7:26 am
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    If I am out and about I smile at everyone with whom I make eye contact. With each return smile I feel the day getting happier. Because I live in the country I don’t get to just go for a walk around the block, so, I take those smile that I have received when I have been out and file them away for future “need a smile days”. Then I start thinking about the kind things that people have said and done for me. I still have my days when I cannot concentrate and I just bounce around from one thing to another, but I wonder if, in the bigger picture, this is some kind of test. If all else fails I take a mental trip to a quiet deserted beach somewhere with soft breezes and warm sunshine. I listen to the rushing sound of the surf.and think about the things that are closest to my heart. Sometimes…I just take a nap.

  • March 5, 2014 at 7:06 am
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    I live in Corfu, Greece and have to admit that it hasn’t been a bad winter weather wise, however, I’ve been laid up with a broken leg for the last 4 weeks and am going a bit stir crazy myself as I can’t get out to buy supplies to finish off the projects I have on the go.

    I love seeing what everyone else is doing and reading your newsletter, it keeps me smiling so just ignore those negative comments, they don’t count. If people don’t like what you’re doing why are they bothering to read it ?? Some people are never happy unless they’re miserable.

  • March 5, 2014 at 5:04 am
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    yes the cold temps are getting to everyone here in Maine! I sometimes have to force myself to bundle up to take a quick walk around the block,the fresh air does wonders.Think about Daylight savings time this weekend,the warmth of the sunshine that we can actually start to feel now…..and the flowers that will be pushing their way through the ground after the long cold winter…I feel better already!! (Crocheting helps,looking at patterns,,writing letters and postcards to friends and my newest addiction…Zentangle….it does wonders to improve your creativity!!!)

  • March 5, 2014 at 5:00 am
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    Mikey, my advice re the joy-leeches – scrape ’em off! You will never please them; they will only continue to drag you down if you try. Focus instead on those who accept and take joy in who you are; you are funny, generous, creative, talented, colourful, hard-working, gifted, sensitive, caring, joyful. You might not be perfect, but that doesn’t matter – We Love You!

    Though we have never met, you taught me to crochet – a gift for which I will be eternally grateful, as I am housebound from various medical conditions. “Thank You” seems inadequate but I mean it from the bottom of my heart. I have gone on to teach my daughter, who, as an occupational therapist, will go on to give the gift of crochet to her patients – just look at what you started!

  • March 5, 2014 at 4:21 am
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    ok, i just can’t picture you ‘down’….so, get one of those photos of us “top hat ladies” and you from the crochet and knit show this past summer and get a good laugh at the one lady in the pink hat!! now if that doesn’t make you get a good giggle then you better get busy hookin away that crappy weather blues!!:)) hugzzz and hope you think positive about what comes off your hook and dont let the negativity in the air whether it be winter or anything else tarnish your smile and the happiness you give others!:))

  • March 5, 2014 at 4:12 am
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    Do you know the principle of Eros and Thanatos? I always try to apply that to myself. For everything negative, do something positive. You have to purge your body and soul from negative energy by creating and giving life, and give your brain something totally different that you’re doing all year long. Planting seed with both hands buried in soil is giving life. Changing craft and doing something completely different than the usual stimulate your brain and give positive energy. Try something that you know nothing about or just a little but find yourself usually too busy to do the rest of the year, like patchwork, painting, papier maché, mosaic, the list is infinite. Take your loved one and go somewhere you both interested in but never find the time to go, take a journey off and leave everything behind, just you and him, some quality time and intimacy for your couple.Usually when you have a solid relationship, you always recharge by basking in the love you share with your partner. It’s a mutual benefice.
    Make love!!!

  • March 5, 2014 at 2:22 am
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    Up lifting music, a good book, funny videos, there’s lots of different things I do but when nothing is working, I PRAY!

  • March 5, 2014 at 12:44 am
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    Hello Mikey,
    This really has been the longest winter that I can remember. This time last year i had just come home from a vacation in Hawaii with my daughter. She told me to save my pennies because I was going with her to a hospital convention. What a treat this was. Never in my life did I expect this. You see, I was recovering from a bilaterall mastectomy only 3months earlier. So back on track, i brought with me my yarn,pattern,and hooks. I am always looking for the perfect pattern and yarns. I have just about filled our spare bedroom with patterns, yarn, and crochet hooks. My favorite hooks use to be Susan Bates, that was till i joined this group, now my favorite isthe Tulip hooks. I have been hooking off and on for about 66 years. When I feel down and out or just planed bored I get out my books or files, look online at all the sights I have marked and look for thepattern that will bring me out of that foul mood.
    So thank you Mikey for all the posts, emails and patterns that you post. You made my recovery go so much faster and kept me from going down that rabbit hole that would have kept me from never rising out of it.

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    Listen to religious music and pray for others gets me out of my negative mood.

  • March 5, 2014 at 12:02 am
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    I appreciate all your hard work and also for looking for ways to include our participation, although I often don’t because my skill level is not as high as those who usually win. I’m new to crochet and have only completed 5 projects so far. But I enjoy seeing all the great work that others including yourself inspire me with. Having said that, I guess I have completed 12 projects b/c I forgot i made 7 crochet ornament balls that you posted a tutorial on before Christmas. They were great and I gave them out as gifts.

    Thank so much and keep smiling. Sometimes our smiles are the only ones people get to to feel. 😀

    p.s where is the crochet crowd forum as I usually never see a place where people make comments?

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      ..but I saw this one as it came in an email. 🙂

  • March 5, 2014 at 12:00 am
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    First of all my friend, it was your energy and joy for the craft that got me hooked on you! I ran into a video of yours when the Sashay scarves were so popular; and you not only helped me out, but you made me feel good as well. I have crocheted, knitted, tatted, broomstick, hairpin, embroidery all my life and with all that going, I can still find myself in a rut. What I do to get out it, is to find a pattern that is new and challenging. One that will take some brain power. Last time I was in a rut, I bought a book on Portuguese Knitting. Which was “fabulous” by the way. Then double knitting, chicken scratch and then recently the arm knitting. Can’t get enough of it. So go find yourself a challenge Michael and go to your crafty happy place. You are wonderful human being and should be very proud of yourself.

    Tomi Ann
    Wyoming

  • March 4, 2014 at 11:50 pm
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    Hello good friend I have never met. I call you good friend because the things that you have brought to my life, all good! Good information, good patterns, good stories, pretty pictures, and I like making friends. If you ever need someone to pray with or someone to remind you that God can make a way where there is no way, or someone to remind you that while this world can really beat you down sometimes, with God, a decision to be our best, and a vision of what we want for a day, week or a lifetime, we are unstoppable! We are victorious!! We are freakin amazing no matter what time of year or what stage of life! Let not the negatives get to you! Let your beautiful vision of sharing knowledge, inspiration, and a great tradition of working with our hands to produce things that bless others, that warm others, that make others realize the piece of historic heritage was a gift to them!! How can one feel anything but gratitude for being a part of all that love and goodness!! You are positive and you are positively stronger than any negative!!!

  • March 4, 2014 at 11:47 pm
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    Take a quiet moment and just be thankful, for whatever. Once you get started, you’ll be amazed at how many things (or people) you are thankful for! Being a secret pal is another great mood-lifter. If you notice someone else that needs an attitude “boost,” give a small gift, take on a responsibility, pack a special lunch – all anonymously. Focusing on someone else’s happiness will definitely make you happier!

  • March 4, 2014 at 11:12 pm
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    The winter has gotten to everyone of late, up here in Ontario has been especially nasty this year. Woke up at 4:00am to my two cats having a full on fight on top of me in bed. The morning deteriorated from there with the grumpy teenager taking forever to get ready for school and the gas light on in my car with my fingers crossed I’ll make it to work. These kind of days I am very thankful for where I work which is a nursing home. You would think that could be, and a lot of times is, a sad place but I take comfort sitting down and talking with someone who has been here a lot longer on this earth than I. Their stories and good morning hugs can turn any down day into one of gratitude. So I guess my advice for you is take comfort from those around you no matter the age, ask how they are, share a funny story. You will be surprised just having that human contact and the effect it can have on you. Hang in there!

  • March 4, 2014 at 11:09 pm
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    I am really sorry that the few in the Community have no where else to vent but to you Mikey. What I do is I get on my treadmill and push myself. I make a goal to reach, for example, my latest goal is the walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes without stopping. And when I do reach my goals on the treadmill, it’s a real booster! My pick-me-ups come from exercising. I sure hope we don’t lose you forever because of the demanding few.

  • March 4, 2014 at 11:07 pm
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    You know that I suffer in the winter. I actually find this winter less depressing. The snow helps believe it or not. It makes things brighter, not dull brown and gray. Today was a great day thanks to you indirectly. I was able to meet up with three other crowd members here in Niagara for a yarn swap, lunch and fellowship! Keep on mind for every negative person you hear from there are hundreds more who are great flu for what you do! Luv ya, Lori Dawn.

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      Grateful not great flu.

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        Lori. I am in NOTL, close by. I’d love to meet up with your group if you ever care to.

  • March 4, 2014 at 10:57 pm
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    We’re even sick of the cold down here in Texas! But on those days when it’s not freezing here, I love to get outside and ride my bicycle or work in the garden. The sunshine does me more good than anything! Guess those vitamins that the sunshine gives are are pretty important… Maybe you need some sun lamp therapy? Maybe a tanning bed would work?

  • March 4, 2014 at 10:23 pm
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    I just finished a crocheted black and white fleece poncho to use in bed for patients. I made this with sparkle black yarn and white. Cute pom poms and mickey mouse appliqué. Gave it to my dear friend today in ICU at our local hospital. She won’t be with us very much longer and I wanted to wrap her in love. I Will Miss Her so much. God bless Joycie. I have learned alot from your tutorials and Creating is therapy. Hugs

  • March 4, 2014 at 10:16 pm
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    What’s on your wish list? Make a plan to make it happen. Nothing like burying yourself in a new project!

  • March 4, 2014 at 10:03 pm
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    Hi everyone:

    I am battling cancer again for the third time, my energy level is low and I tire easily. However, I have a few things that keep me going.

    1. staying as positive as possible. Not allowing myself to get caught up in the drama or the chaos…Recognize, express and accept my feelings/emotions then let them go. They are valid but once accepted, move on.

    2. remembering that we are like magnets. What we send out into the universe, we attract back to ourselves. Emit negativity, and you attract negativity back. Radiate positive thoughts and love, then you attract that same positive energy back to yourself. The Universe always works to a BALANCE.

    3. Humour – The physical act of smiling, whether you feel happy or not, creates physical enzymes in the brain that activate the “feel good” part of our brain..”fake it til you make it” – you will be amazed how this works.

    4. Giving back- to your family, friends, community and even to strangers. Drop a few quarters in someone’s parking meter if they are close to0 running out of time..leave a note on the windshield ” I added a few quarters for you…have a great day. Pass it on”
    Smile at strangers, compliment a lady on her smile, the pretty cheerful colour she is wearing, thank people for holding the door for you or hold the door for someone following you. Pay for coffee for the next car behind you at the drive-thru.It doesn’t have to cost anything at all but a few seconds of your time. Give a hot coffee and a cookie to a homeless person in the cold or knit warm toques or scarves and hand them out to the needy for free.

    5. Stop wasting valuable time worrying about what MIGHT happen.Worrying about tomorrow wastes your TODAY.

    6. When going thru challenges, look back only to see how far you have come (not how far you still have to go)

    7..No matter how bad we think we have it, there’s always someone in a worse situation.I am diagnosed with cancer. I do not have cancer nor does it have me.

    8. Be grateful- grateful for that red light(might have saved you from an accident), grateful for that easy parking spot, grateful for a rainbow to enjoy, grateful for strawberry tea and a piece of dark chocolate, grateful for that naughty kitten who steals a ball of wool from your crochet bag (constantly), winds it around the kitchen table legs and all the chair legs then drops the ball, at the end, into his water dish- hence his new name DemonSeed.

    Laugh, breathe, gratitude is the attitude.

    And, best of all, I am still waking up on the GREEN side of the grass. I spent 44 years with hubby and I’m not letting him off THAT easy, he is STUCK with me for a long time yet. Besides, I am too darned stubborn to give up and I am so busy doing community service work that I do not have TIME to die yet!

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      What wonderful advice for everyone! I have printed your words of wisdom and have framed them on my office wall! Thank you so much! I truly needed these words today 🙂

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      You go Nancy! You are an inspiration to me and to many others. Thank you for constantly reminding us to see the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! You are my favourite Earth Mother!

      Kim

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      Hi Nanct, just got through reading your blog and am amazed by your positive attitude. I have been one of the people whose glass is 1/2 empty and always so “woe is me”. After reading your thoughts and attitudes, I thought “who in the world wants to listen to a “doubting Thomasina?” Thank you so much for YOU!! yOUR HUSBAND IS ONE LUCKY PERSON!!!

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      Hi Nancy, It was so great to read your blog, if that doesn’t lighten Mickey up I don’t know what will. You are so positive and inspiring, I know many people in your shoes and perhaps your words today helped them face another tomorrow. I know they were an inspiration to me

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        Keep up the good fight Karla! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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      Thank you for putting things in perspective. My prayers are with you for a complete recovery and with your husband that he will be STUCK with you for another 44 years.

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    Try to look at some pictures of snowy mountains and see the beauty on all of God’s seasons. I grew up around a lot of snow so the trick is to learn to enjoy the snow not try to hide from it. As an artist (of fiber) try to see the patterns in the winter landscapes. 🙂

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    Hey Mikey,
    I think that with winter a lot of people have that issue. This winter in the states has been crazy as I am sure yours has as well. I suffer from depression and anxiety severely I have found watching your video’s and reading your newsletter along with crocheting has helped me. I do still have my moments however they have gotten a lot less since finding you on Youtube and Facebook. So thank you for all you do.
    Amber

  • March 4, 2014 at 9:26 pm
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    Who in blue blazes is sending you complaint e-mail?! That is just wrong. Or maybe they have the wrong address?

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    Hi, Mikey,
    Here’s a cure for the winter blahs. Do the kind of lace work where you really have to concentrate. This will take you away from your troubles. Or, you could come and visit me in San Diego. I had lunch on a patio by the beach today. Or just make a plan to come and visit me.
    Julie

  • March 4, 2014 at 8:53 pm
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    Chin up Mikey. This too will find an end. When I’m in a creative rut, I look for a project that may have no rhyme or reason, but interests me. Lately, I’ve been making themed baby outfits, which will eventually be donated to charity, but for now, keep me motivated. Since I don’t do a lot of work for boys, I just finished a little football uniform complete with helmet and football and I’m now on to a camo uniform that will come complete with a bottle quiver (since I don’t like bullets but needed the detail). These sets are worked in small pieces that can be finished in a few days, but the detail is the fun part. combining patterns, finding the perfect buttons, creating embelishments (or finding them). I get excited about these and so they get me going and keep me engaged.

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    When things seem to be closing in on me I like to get out in nature. Something about being outside, being there centers
    me. Whatever I am worried about takes a back seat . Another thing I like to do is get busy with a project, like one you’ve been putting off, maybe cleaning out a closet, getting rid things you don’t need that clutter your life, or just cleaning, pushing the vacuum around (the noise drowns out my thoughts)
    Sometimes I just give myself a day off from everything, eat what I want and when I want, plop myself on the sofa with a bunch of movies I love, sleep if I feel like it, stay in my pj’s all day. Giving myself that time to just be usually helps.

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    We all have our bad moments, you are just normal! Each of us has had sad or heartwrenching moments in our lives. I try to remember each day to be grateful for what I have, as opposed to the bad times in my past. I try to keep things in perspective. Thank you for being who you are Mikey. You are a bright spot in my and many other people’s day!

  • March 4, 2014 at 8:47 pm
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    I refer to this poem that I learned many years ago.
    Problems come and problems go.
    The ones that bugged us years ago,
    Have suddenly just slipped away,
    Replaced by different ones today.

    Life’s too short. You can’t make everyone happy.

  • March 4, 2014 at 8:17 pm
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    Mikey, my dawlin’….this has been a MOST unusual and depressing winter. Yes, I now live in New Orleans…where it is SUPPOSED to be warmer (but it ain’t),…I was raised in NW Nebraska and lived in Cleveland, Ohio for 23 years…so I have done my “turn” with the cold and snow.
    The shortened hours of daylight can cause clinical depression along with other ailments…yes, I am a retired registered nurse. Pray is always a good thing…to whatever higher being you believe in. (Sending one of those lovely Red Heart yarn bags to an old geezer in New Orleans…is another good thing :)))))…lol.) Being around loved ones, whether they be 2 legged or 4 legged is important….yes, “family” is important…no matter how unconventional it may be. AND a well developed sense of humor is helpful….or is that “humour” for you?…hehehe.
    I had a very dear friend (now deceased) that used to do “drag.” He always said about his “drag”…”when it stops being fun, it stops being done.” You only go thru live once, so you better enjoy it.
    If you should need an older person to chat with…not that I am wise…but I do listen real good :), I am here….contact me, if I can help in any way. 🙂

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      Hi Kenneth, Not sure about the “older” person but I retired at 62 and fill my days with FB, crocheting, tv, my church family, and my kids. I had a 4 legged buddy but she got hit bya P U. so basically I am alone. I live in Central North Texas and it has been colder this year than any winters I can remember. I am so ready for the warm days. Do you crochet also? I found that really awesome to find an old geezer who likes to crochet!!
      I hope the weather changes for you and the depression. I, too, listen very well if you need to vent or Praise.

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        I am 65 and retired as well. Reading, crocheting, treadmill, Amazon Prime and some TV have been filling my “Cabin Fever” days here in the Midwest! I cannot wait for these Winter doldrums to clear and yearn for the fresh air and warmer temps! I enjoy walking so much, but all this snow and dangerous cold has kept me inside. Come on Spring!!

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    I put on some Bob Marley, organize my yarn collection then rifle through some patterns and sometimes bring out bit of bread onto my deck and watch the sparrows have a field day

  • March 4, 2014 at 8:05 pm
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    You are so tremendously loved! Just the number of responses alone lift my spirits! Sometimes when I’m down I have to admit I tend to look to the internet for something different, whether it be a good word, a great blog, a new activity, or just a shout out from a friend. AND there are days when there’s nothing and nobody to be found. So, I go shopping 🙂 Usually I will go to the local thrift stores. I can safely shop there and not spend a fortune 🙂 I have been known to spend a couple of hours there scouring every shelf and item that they have, always looking for something new and inspiring. Yes, our winter has been beastly and cruel but I have learned to get out and enjoy the lowly “walking of the dog” 🙂 Play with Riverstone. I’m sure your kitty can get you out of a slump. 🙂

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    Mikey, GODS YES!!!!! I love Spring, Summer and Some of Fall. Even the beginning of Winter. BUT I just want to SCREEEM, But instead I just spend time with Happy People or I try to be that for other People. LOL! You should see their faces when I put my Happy, Perky face on. BAHAHAHAH! You can see on their faces. Don’t know what to do to me smile or smack me. Giggle. I’ve been putting on that face alot lately. I like it. I like being Happy and Perky. So I try to spread the Happy, Rainbows, Sparkly feelings all round. I like making people smile. And I hope it makes there day better or brighter. And if I can’t keep that up. Then I find one of your videos with all your HAPPY, Perky, FABULOUS Self and makes me feel better. Or I turn on a Movie with my Favorite Comedian! Or you can try the song ” I Love to Laugh” song from Mary Poppins. That has to make you feel better. So in the long rambling of this Find something that makes you Happy then spread it around! Happy Crafting!!! Bunches to you and Diva Dan!!!

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    I love your web site. I have been crocheting most of my adult life. My mother-in law gave me the basics and the rest self taught. You give such good demonstrations I’m a visual learner and you present everything so well. Thank you and keep up the good work. Don,t let negative people get you down.Your smile is contagious
    ,Anna

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    This has been such a long winter for me. I am in remission from stage IV breast cancer, but still have health issues caused by the cancer. This year I have cabin fever worse than I’ve ever had it, and was starting to feel pretty bummed out last week. I’m still fairly new in this area and know few people outside the doctor’s office. The once a month oncology appointments and weekends doing errands with my daughter are not cutting it any longer. I talk with one friend on the phone almost every day; but I am a people person and the majority of my friends work, like I did until last year. I knit or crochet every day, and am happy I have the freedom to do that now. I read. I surf the net, and play games. I write, although the last few months I have had little motivation to do so. Today it was above zero, and I went out. I can’t walk too far, but I took the dog for a walk. I did a couple of errands without my daughter because she was at work. Tonight I will call one or two of my friends and chat with them while drinking a cup of hot tea. And I will keep on reminding myself that spring is almost here, and I finished an afghan today! It will get better. Hang in there, Mikey!

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    Hi Mikey,

    Boy, can I relate! You just described how I’ve been feeling! When the days are really hard, I just look into the eyes of my granddaughters and remember why we moved back to NY from Wilmington NC-for those little ones. I don’t have an much time to crochet as I did before, but sometimes my 3 year old grdtr will sit beside me with a ball of yarn and a crochet hook. She just wraps the yarn ’round and ’round, puts the hook in and out of the ball… having a ball! One day soon I’ll be able to teach her, but for now, it really puts a smile on my face.

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    Irish coffee fireplace and a big warm sweater ;->

  • March 4, 2014 at 7:07 pm
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    Hi, Mikey, WInter Blues? I’m so sorry you are suffering this. Here in Wales the Blackthorn and the Flowering Cherry trees are in full bloom today so spring is on the way. However, I recommend that you enjoy your WB for 30 minutes each day then do 30 minutes of exercise (walk, dance, swim or whatever you fancy) then smile or if you can – giggle that cheeky giggle of yours. Acknowledging, confronting and defeating. Give youself a pat on the back and be assured that .you are valued.

  • March 4, 2014 at 6:42 pm
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    Mikey, you bring such joy to everyone. The way you’re feeling right now is completely normal because it has been such a long, hard winter. Everyone is feeling the strain of too much snow, ice, freezing cold temperatures and not enough sunlight. Give yourself permission to feel how you feel and know that we are all here to support you. I look forward to watching your tutorials and videos because you are wonderful. Things that can help are thinking of all the blessings in your life before your feet even hit the floor in the morning. It really sets your mental state of mind for the day. Also, plenty of healthy foods, a little exercise, lots of water, even crocheting with brightly colored yarns (always boosts my mood to see happy colors). Now this one may sound silly, but it works. Buy yourself some flowers. 3 or 4 bunches….and put them all over office or studio. The fragrance and colors that come from them really can boost a mood. It also reminds you that nature will be in full bloom soon! Flower scented candles work well, too. Aroma therapy is a wonderful thing. Hang in there and just keep being the wonderful you that we all love. Ignore the bad comments and realize that whoever wrote them are probably going through some sort of a hard time too. Much love!

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    Just remember more ppl are happy with what you do than those that aren’t. Your following has becomes so large now there’s always going to be a few in the crowd that are negative. Don’t take it to heart, because you can’t change it. You are kind so it really hurts when others are not. I know I’m the same way. Love Ya and appreciate you!

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    I drink a hot cup of tea, have a talk with myself, and get lost in a book.

  • March 4, 2014 at 6:08 pm
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    Hi Mikey. I am sorry you are in a funk. Just start a chain and see what happens. Even if you don’t end up with a masterpiece you will feel better. lindy

  • March 4, 2014 at 6:08 pm
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    I love getting your emails. To get out of the blues rut I challenge myself to learn a new stitch or tackle a new project that I have to really concentrate on. I smile and remember that God is my strength. I have survived cancer so I can survive anything with friends like you,the Crochet Crowd , my family and above all God. Smile and know you are loved for who you are. A loyal fan.

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    Hi Mikey,

    I play with my dogs or watch animal videos to give me a laugh. I might re-read a favorite book. sing along with my favorite song. Spring forward this weekend the extra sunshine helps too

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    it’s easy to get down in the dumps; this happens to me and it’s affected my creativity and desire to make anything new. I hold my cats to distress, look for inspiration online with new patterns, take a deep breath of cold fresh winter air…and sing loudly when I’m in the car…it’s hard to not be happy singing ‘HAPPY’ as loud as you can!!!

  • March 4, 2014 at 5:54 pm
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    Love getting your posts on Facebook everyday and cannot for the life of me understand what people have to complain about. It’s autumn here in Australia after a very hot summer. Looking forward the the cool days ahead, makes crocheting so much more comfortable 🙂 Take a deep breath and look around you at all the small things that make you happy. Pets, friends, nature, food.

  • March 4, 2014 at 5:46 pm
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    I usually watch TV or listen to music. Anything to take my mind off things for a while.

  • March 4, 2014 at 5:40 pm
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    Retail therapy! That & a massage usually work.

  • March 4, 2014 at 5:37 pm
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    Hi Mikey,
    Yes, we have all had a loooong winter and it’s time for spring.
    Several years ago my daughter gave me a book called Simple Abundance, which is about mindful gratitude. This had a profound affect on me that has lasted all this time.
    Every day at some point take a minute and think about three things you are grateful for: a hot cup of tea , cardinals at my feeder, a new pattern from The Crochet Crowd, not having cancer, fuzzy socks, surviving heart surgery, caramel, grandkids, cats, dogs .You get the idea. The key is in the mindfulness. Just stop and really look around!!
    Thank you for all you do and for how hard you try, always. We all appreciate you so much. SPRING IS COMING.Notice the difference in the air already. Go out and take a deep breath.

  • March 4, 2014 at 5:29 pm
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    Its a beautiful day extremely cold but beautiful! Its time to inventory all the beautiful people and all the gifts of creativity, and I see Mikie has many. Allow yourself 20 to 30 mins. Validate your feelings of negativity and the common blah, then suck it up buttercup because here comes the new invigorated and creative Mikie. Take time to be thankful for all the people who you know loves you and whom you love, then go get em.

  • March 4, 2014 at 5:27 pm
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    I sit down in a quiet place, look around myself and thank God for everything. I begin to feel truly grateful for every little thing. I have fibromyalgia so I find I’m extremely grateful for a comfy bed and an electric blanket. The smallest things that most people take for granted are usually the things I’m most grateful for. I can’t be bummed out and grateful at the same time!

  • March 4, 2014 at 5:26 pm
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    I just sent off a baby blanket to a family member and now I’m going to finish up another one. Busy hands, busy mind! And the snow ALWAYS goes away, eventually.

  • March 4, 2014 at 5:23 pm
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    Yesterday I saw a picture of a hummingbird sitting in a petunia blossom. The colors were wonderful with lilac and a bit of iridescence on the bird. It was stunning and every time I start to think a negative thought, I just grab that picture and put it front and center. Sometimes it’s a mental view of my family or even playing in the snow, but I love visualizations to help in many areas. Soon you’ll have a whole bunch of new spring pictures to enjoy, too!

  • March 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm
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    Sometimes, gasp, I knit or play music. I try to keep in touch with people on the phone and not just social media. I do crochet a lot though. My hubby and I go out to the odd Movie, but this winter has been brutal and it has been difficult to venture out. I purchased from pencil crayons and graph paper and plan to create something awesome.

  • March 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm
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    Mikey, I feel blessed to share with you how much I truly love you site. I am amazed and thankful just being able to know that there are so many crocheters out there. Your site and blogs are very uplifting for me. I enjoy reading and looking at projects by other crocheters. I love some of the patterns, and I try making some of the projects. You really inspire me to work harder at my crocheting. Thank you for inspiring and challenging me. Don’t be blue, Take the advise of Edna, put on some bouncy music and dance. Go out to the stores and just walk and look……or buy if that’s what you feel like doing. But don’t sit home being down. There is a saying “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Look and anticipate the joy. Have a blessed day.

  • March 4, 2014 at 5:11 pm
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    Mikey, absolutely yes, herein the USA our winter has been extra long this year & I have been blue, aggravated, moody, sad & sometimes down right angry at everything & everybody! However I try not to put this out on social media sites, because I feel if I’m having a bad day, why make everyone else feel bad…problem is I hold it all in, then my poor hubby gets the most of it! All I can say is I feel horrible afterwards, I apologize, and luckily he always forgives me ! Bless his sweet little heart! I’ve started hiding my tongue, crocheting on multiple projects, starting a new project just to be busy and not be mean!! It does help, but I am so ready for Spring! Good luck Mikey!

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    Exercise, then relax in a hot tub/sauna
    Go shopping, it’s amazing how an hour or two in a mall can help( you don’t even have to buy anything)
    I also like to sit with a cuppa and watch a couple of my favorite movies back to back, block out the grey world for a while
    I also have a light over my chair that simulates natural lighting, it really does help

  • March 4, 2014 at 5:02 pm
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    Count your blessings, instead of focusing on the negative. You can Never please everyone, and the good far outweigh the bad. Hang in there!

  • March 4, 2014 at 4:53 pm
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    I always look forward to your emails. Please dwell on the positive emails. It has to be the winter blues making some sending negative notes, also some people are just nasty, mean, and jealous… have found that out the hard way. This week I have taken a crochet break, getting some long overdue work done and feeling good about the accomplishments. Thank you so much for your hard work, videos, patterns, all you do. You are the best! Love the post from Edna Jones saying put on some bouncy music etc. Walk etc. Take care, you are LOVED by many, many crocheters, knitters etc.

  • March 4, 2014 at 4:53 pm
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    Hi Mikey, First of all Big ((((((Hugs)))))) to you. I look so forward to the great things you share with us. So chin up and before you know it those summer hot days are going to be here. I know that winter blues are bad but think positive and surround yourself around positive people. We care about you Mikey, so stay warm and be happy. 🙂

    Denise M.
    Houston,Tx

  • March 4, 2014 at 4:51 pm
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    I am relatively new to Crochet Crowd, but I look forward to seeing it in my inbox! To all those who are bringing you down with their negativity, I say, “:P!” (Insert “raspberry” noise.) Karma is an interesting phenomenon. Let the Universe handle these people. You keep doing what you do best!!!!
    Now to beat the winter blues I say play hookey from work, go to a movie or get one you have been dying to see, turn off ALL electronic devices and enjoy the moment for what it is. Or, if you prefer to read, find a book that is just plain fun to read. “Dime store novel” type of deal no War and Peace. Find a comfy spot to read with a hot beverage of choice and enjoy.
    Do what makes you happy and take advantage of time to yourself.

  • March 4, 2014 at 4:50 pm
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    Hi Mikey. I am new to Crochet crowd…but not new to crochet. I read your article…I have some thoughts to share…negativity is one of those things..you really can’t please all the people all of the time. In your line of work, there will be a fair amount of it…
    Remember this, for every negative letter or comment, there are double or triple positive thoughts and people. When you have some nay sayer sharing with you, think of all the people you help each day by sharing your craft and your great attitude.
    Need to shrug off some negativity, teach something to a child or an adult. Your skill is a gift and that will always bring joy to your heart.
    A kindred spirit.

  • March 4, 2014 at 4:47 pm
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    Hey there Mikey! I go to the Psalms. Some of my favorites are Psalm 139, 37, 23 and 51. Then I go to the joy book, Philippians! I usually turn on some worship music and make myself sing! Seems like singing just takes the blues away — as long as you stay away from those sad songs! 🙂 And, then I pray and I thank God for everything — even the things that seem to be getting me down!
    I’m saying a little prayer for you right now. Hope your blues soon disappear!
    Your friend,
    Teri Caswell

  • March 4, 2014 at 4:45 pm
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    Sometimes I detach from the normal,laundry,cleaning,projects errands,shopping from what you are suppose to be doing. Grab a coat call your best friend and go have a dinner or lunch talk about something else than the suppose too topic. Go to a movie, hell have a sleep over never to old for that…Have a mani pedi…You have to have a ME day once a month,every 2 weeks however often you need. Take a break find your happy place every once in awhile. Makes you a better rounded you.

  • March 4, 2014 at 4:41 pm
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    Your E Mails are great. People get a little crazy on all the web sites and say things they never would in person. I try to limit the time I spend on certain sites because I found myself getting mad at all the personal opinions on everything ,(I also felt compelled to put mine out there too) now I go on once or twice a week instead of every day. I have found myself much calmer . Sometimes I think all the 24 hour access of all the technology doesn’t really make our lives that much better.

  • March 4, 2014 at 4:36 pm
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    Say thank you for the day and move on . Put on bouncy music and dance around. Bundle up and take a walk, breathing deeply. Sometimes I just open the back door and take a deep breath. Take a crochet break 🙂 and sometimes that means I am exploring patterns on line. Thank you, Mikey for being a part of the Crochet Crowd. And it is so nice knowing there are so many crocheters out there! Smile

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      I agree. Dancing music and fresh air are great. I do the “open the kitchen for fresh air” Quick projects that show a job well done is helpful. Thanks for all you do!!

  • March 4, 2014 at 4:32 pm
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    I have read MANY great suggestions in the replies. I have a concern because this isn’t the first time you’ve expressed distress over people who are whining, grouchy, or are just plain mean.

    Please realize that they are bullies (even the whiners) and we should avoid them…so as mentioned by others earlier, remove the offenders from your circle of influence.

    Technology allows people to fire-off complaints anonymously and not feel the consequences of their actions. A short reply that simply states “I am sorry that you are unhappy, but directing your anger/frustration at me is unfair and so I must remove you from the group. I hope you will think twice before you lash out at other people because it is unhealthy for everyone around you.”

    For yourself, seriously consider seeing a counselor and/or a physician to manage your feelings because this appears to me to be an ongoing or cyclical case of the Blues. Combined with healthy living suggestions you’ve rec’d today a consultation with a professional should increase your ability to break out of the blues.

    Feel better!

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    Crocheting is my main go to source when I’m down. It’s like a great meditative exercise for me. Vitamin D3 is amazing (it’s literally sunshine in a bottle) and extremely good for all sorts of things especially anxiety and the blues. Also try to surround yourself with who are positive. I know that is easier said than done. There will always be negativity in the world, you just have to not let it surround you and swallow you up. You scan always find a positive in a negative situation, sometimes it just takes extra effort. Hang in there buddy, you bring a lot of joy to a lot of people.

  • March 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm
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    The way I get myself out of a rut is to throw myself into a fun project. Since September 2012 that has been creating things by watching your videos on Youtube. Before I became a “Happy Hooker” I used to make sure I only surrounded myself with positive people, sometimes that meant being a little mean and telling people that if they didn’t have anything nice to say go talk to someone else!!

  • March 4, 2014 at 4:27 pm
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    Oh Mikey, I really hate to hear your feeling this way.
    Your newsletters and video’s are part of what help’s cheer me up when I’m feeling blue and I really hate the thought of anyone ever saying anything negative to you ,your such a happy guy.
    Don’t let anyone burst your bubble.
    Take-care and have a happy day!

  • March 4, 2014 at 4:23 pm
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    Mikey,
    I love reading your post! Thank for sharing your crochet talent and your wonderful sense of humor. In life there will always be those who are negative about everything but please don’t let comments or others negativity get you down. One of the ways I’m getting out my winter blues is marking off on the calendar the days until SPRING!!! It really helps!

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    I am okay if the sun is shining, I go about my daily work and then I can get on my computer to make sure my Family and Friends are okay. After that I can Crochet to Heart’s content.

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    Mikey, as a lifelong depressive (someone who suffers chronic depression), I have the utmost respect for you (had it even before your posting today) because you made public how you feel, especially since you are not blaming others for it (they just aggrevate the condition). I have had a really difficult time this winter, as well, and one of the things that has really helped me is that the dr. added another antidepressant that helps me sleep and has kicked up the result of the antidepressant that I have been on for years. I have tried, over the years, to stop taking antidepressants and have found that I DO have a chemical imbalance and need to take them.

    All of the suggestions above are great ones, especially the funny ones. I really giggled at the fleas in the crotch and arms too short to scratch and the octopus slapping the negativity out of people with all 8 arms.

    One thing that has really helped me this winter (and at one point I thought I would have to sign myself into the nearest mental facility) is that I taught my 44-year-old daughter to crochet so now, I look up from my current project and see her diligently working on her own project and that gives me all kinds of great feelings that seem to help me out of the blues. So when you get down, think of all the people who have watched and followed your basic crochet tutorials who would not be busily creating their latest projects if you hadn’t been there to teach them and to encourage them!

    As far as periodic blues feelings are concerned, I think they are just part of the “human” condition. The Crowd is awesome and thank God we don’t all feel blue at the same time–can you even imagine how awful that would be?

    Take care, Mikey, this is a temporary condition and it, too, will pass! Love you and the rest of “The Crowd”!

  • March 4, 2014 at 4:11 pm
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    Mikey,
    I am new to the Crochet Crowd but have been watching all your youtube videos. You are so giving with all your knowledge and I can not thank you enough for all the I have learned from you. Cheer up and know that you are doing an amazing job and I am sure that there are many more people like me who are very grateful to you!

  • March 4, 2014 at 4:06 pm
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    I love your e-mails, I have not been getting many lately. I enjoy seeing what others are crocheting. It is so much fun to see what others can do.

  • March 4, 2014 at 3:59 pm
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    Dear Mikey,
    I am new to crochet crowd.com. Let me tell you, what you have done for me. My mother crocheted, she sat me down and put a crochet hook in my hand, she said it would give me something to do while I was trying to raise two boys on my own. Life got in the way. I picked up crocheting after I was disabled, my mother is gone and I had to fine away to learn more. I got on the computer and started hunting for new afghans to crochet ” because that was all I knew how to do” and the granny square was all I knew how to do. I found Crochet Crowd.com and my life has changed. My sister was the one who could do anything not me. what you have done for me is open up a line of communication between my sister and I.I found The Garden Gate Afghan, it took me a year to get the yarn, it was discontinued, and one customer service person at Red Heart Yarn helped me find what I needed. My sister and I are both crocheting and Skypping each other. My sister and I are all that is left of our mediate family. I have learned to make hats, scarfs, dresses, and flowers. My mother started me on this craft, it is you and your love of sharing that has opened up a new world for my sister and I. You shared your knowledge of crocheting and you make videos to help people like me who have trouble reading patterns. You take all the extra words in a pattern away so it makes since. I followed you and Diva Dan on your cruises, that made me happy. I got in on your shimmer heart scarf challenge along this my sister. We are looking forward to the next challenge. Now the project I am working on is the Garden Gate Afghan. I could have never done this without your videos and knowledge. I so love the fact that someone like you took the time to start Crochet Crowd.com, to help others create gifts and make lasting memories to be passed on to their children and grand-children. When I get the winter blues and I am stuck in the house. I get on my computer on Crochet crowd.com and find something new to do. I sit down and I’m happy because I know that there is someone out there who cares enough to help people to learn new and exciting crocheting. I would like to Thank You and Crochet Crowd.com for giving me a lifeline. My grand-daughter is crocheting, I would like to think that was because I made her an afghan for her birthday. Thank You and your wonderful staff for caring and making new worlds open up for old and new people alike.

    Your forever crochet friend
    Janisraye Casey
    PS I have shorten what I had to say so I would not bore anyone, I hope it makes since.

  • March 4, 2014 at 3:52 pm
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    Crocheting is a form of meditation for me. Nasty is something i don’t have time for. My mother said if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all. Also does it need to be said, Does it need to be said by me, and Does it need to be said right now. Ask these questions before you comment. I know am very new at crocheting infact let me take this forum to thank Miky you were the one who taught me how and continue to teach me just by watching you on YouTube. So i digress it feels super good when someone complements you on a job well done. Sorry for you all in cold weather places i can not relate but still sorry, i think you all are better crochier. Be kind to each other doesn’t hurt to be nice.

  • March 4, 2014 at 3:48 pm
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    Mikey, I do so enjoy your tutorials and posts on FB. I have noticed an increase in negative comments on FB too. Please don’t allow these people to drag you down to their level. Keep note of where these negative comments are coming from. If you find they are repeatedly from the same source hide them or block them. You don’t need to see it. You have inspired countless people, like me, to take up our hooks again! If you know anything about knitting, tutorials on that would be great. To fight the blahs, try taking up a new hobby yourself. Learn a new skill like cross stitch, tatting, whatever. Read a good book. Remember there are people that are only “happy” being negative……just want everyone down in their pit. I know your job requires you to be online a lot but you don’t have to read every single comment written. Hide and delete! Be happy in yourself!

  • March 4, 2014 at 3:42 pm
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    1) Huge bear hug…squish!
    2) Me? I go to your YouTube and learn how to make a new project! So you need to read our love letters to you and see all the gifts you have taught us to make and give.

    Make some newborn and premie hats for a hospital. They need to be at least half purple or lavender to remind baby care givers not to harm them. Hospitals give out the hats & information.

    Count your many blessings…how many followers do you have? You actually get to have a yarn stash AND add to it!

    HUGE HUG from a popsicle in Kansas.

  • March 4, 2014 at 3:30 pm
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    I really enjoy your site and all the videos. Keep up the good work. I am having a really hard time with winter because I have SAD but am hanging in there and crocheting all the time. One thing I do is listen to uplifting music.

  • March 4, 2014 at 3:28 pm
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    don’t let other peoples negativity get you down! examine the source they are probably feeling more miserable than their words. mikey your positive outlook and crochet videos are amazing! my teenager with reading disorders gets inspired to create after watching one. I have 12 children and after a long day we sit down to do mommy bonding time watching mikey and learning. cant thank you enough!

  • March 4, 2014 at 3:28 pm
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    Mikey
    Oh my gosh!! I wrote the longest note to you and because I was not logged in … it’s gone! GAK.
    I think it’s stressful when you are doing such creative work and part of it involves having to deal with complaints. It’s okay if they are constructive and, well, SHORT. But some folks seem to major in complaining. And even if the comments are constructive but there’s a lot of them, it’s pretty daunting. I know coming from Southern California and relocating outside of Washington DC I discovered there was such a thing as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD which can be helped with use of a light box. Who knew? And I work with clinicians who swear by it.
    But on a positive note, dear Mikey, I have been having some serious issues I’ve been dealing with since September and it’s been really hard on my emotions. Somehow I stumbled into your Facebook presence and discovered your charming personality through reading a couple posts and then your fun videos pulled me right in. I have been crocheting since I was a kid in the late ’70s, but as with all my crafts it’s something I pick up and put down because I’m very busy professionally. Because of you, since mid-January to the end of February I completed the Happy Hearts competition-size afghan, a baby size Happy Hearts afghan, the filet crochet heart scarf and three USA color Olympic hats that we wore while watching the Olympics in Sochi. I seem to do better when planning a new project or in the process. Because I’ve posted my work on Facebook, friends either are requesting something be made for them or to learn to crochet. It’s a domino effect. Thank you for all your hard work, coming up with such creative ideas and making videos.
    xoxo
    Beverly Early

  • March 4, 2014 at 3:21 pm
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    Hard to believe people would send you negative emails or post. I for one appreciate all that you do for the crochet crowd community. Keep your head up and ignore the haters.

  • March 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm
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    Hi Mikey! Whenever I’m in a rut, I remind myself how blessed I really am and do something nice for someone else. I’m a stay at home mom of two toddlers and a two month old and being inside all winter has been tough! I think it’s the perfect time for spring cleaning and donating. There’s many places to donate crocheted items to as well! There’s hospitals, nursing homes and websites to crochet items for veterans. It’s a great feeling to help out! 🙂

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    dearest Mikey, my favourite feature on FB is the hide button. I too can be deeply affected by negativity. It’s why I stopped focusing on world news and got rid of cable TV. I just click on I do not want to see this and I don’t even feel compelled to explain why. It’s nobody’s business why. I do it to those I’ve considered dear friends and even my own family at times. It gives such a feeling of relief to no longer see “sour grapes” or content I don’t want to see. Then “poof” it is gone. You don’t have to explain why. I will also block if I think it’s necessary. I do this daily if necessary. All I see is what I want to be surrounded by. I have “chosen” only the things and people I love. I am a praying person, so I might even say a prayer for the negative person. But I refuse to let it/them control my mood! What a sense of freedom! Keep your joy and your love of what you do. You are too precious and lovely and generous a man, and we don’t want to lose you. xoxo Donna Feica

  • March 4, 2014 at 3:08 pm
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    Mikey, I hope you feel better soon. Your posts and videos are such an inspiration~thank you for sharing your knowledge and creativity. With your help I’m learning something I never thought I’d be able to do. I just watch a video over and over until I understand what you are showing, and finally am learning to crochet. Still a beginner, but am determined to keep at it until it becomes comfortable. 😉

  • March 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm
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    The best way I find to get myself out of a rut is to walk away. Just stop everything. Stop trying to do, and walk away. Stay away until I find peace, either through meditation or some other medium. But you have to find what works for you. You can do it, I know it! I have faith in you!

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:52 pm
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    GO LOOK OUT THE WINDOW!!!!!!
    That ought to depress you more- NOW LOOK AROUND YOU!
    You have to feel warmth, look at your treasures you’re collecting in Life,
    Look at some old treasure you’ve inherited!!!
    LIFE IS GOOD!!!!!
    YOU have a crochet skill that has inspired many people! Maybe take a break today! Take a breath!!
    Feel the SUN on your face by the window!!!!

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    Just remember… you cannot be all things to all people… complaint emails need to be deleted and ignored.. if they are being obstreperous, they don’t deserve an answer… after having followed you these past years, I know that you want to keep everyone happy. Guess what? Ain’t gonna happen.. There are a lot of needy, unhappy people in the world.. you can’t be responsible for their happiness. Concentrate on the good ones… Now go open the door and breathe in some of the fresh air, cold as it is then go have a cup of tea.. this too shall pass

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:50 pm
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    You have my complete sympathy (I have chronic depression and take negative comments VERY personally) but I’m sure the haters are outnumbered by LOADS of people that love ya!
    Things I find that help: bouncy music, getting out with friends, fave food, a quick easy project (never underestimate that ‘I finished it’ buzz!), something super easy to make in front of a DVD, or any combination of the above!
    Failing that, just look at how many of us happy (harpy?) hookers got back to you on this topic hun!
    Stick with it, the cold and dark can’t last forever (and there’s always the happy pills!)
    *hugs*

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:49 pm
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    First celebrate that you are human, that your heart is able to feel those negatives that others obviously don’t understand (they may be “less” human in terms of compassion, love, honor and respect). You are doing a good work and many, yes, many folks truly appreciate it. When I feel down, I turn my attention to God, the Father who loves me (you too) with no reservations. And I understand that feeling of restlessness,,,it means that change is coming. If winter come…you know…can spring be far behind? I am praying for you. I rarely write, but today I want to encourage you!! Look up!! Your smile will brighten the day and help your heart rejoice in the life God has given you.

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    Mikey, I have 2 things that may help you, or I hope they do. If someone upsets you, just say to yourself, “It’s their loss”.

    The other one is – I have a box of crayons and it has a new color in it. The name of the color is Gone. When someone upsets me or says negative things to me, I get out my crayons, get the new color Gone and color them with it! Yea!! They are GONE!

    Have a great and happy day. I’m getting ready to start making those cute little baby booties that were posted on FB this morning. That makes me happy because they are for a good cause.

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:46 pm
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    When I am in a rut and just don’t know what to do, I find that is when I need to do something for others. What??? you say??? Yep, I find that if I volunteer my time and energy where I can actually meet and help people (soup kitchen, homeless shelter, etc), then my spirits are lifted. No amount of self-medicating (knitting, crocheting, quilting, shopping) ever lifts my spirits the way seeing my actions help others does. Sounds odd, but give it a try. You realize then that the pettiness of the online world just doesn’t seem to matter as much. It makes you feel good to see your actions help others. Give it a try. Let me know if you do and how it goes!

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:45 pm
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    Mikey – you are a breath of fresh air. I love watching your videos and really appreciate your sense of humor.

    Don’t let others’ negativity get you down. This has been a long, hard winter for a lot of people, and the stress is getting to everyone. One thing to remember is that YOUR mood affects how you interpret someone else’s comments. Unless they include an emoticon, a simple statement can mean many things, especially if you try to read between the lines.

    If I could, I’d send you some Arizona sunshine. We’re having an early spring here, and the wildflowers are blooming already. So, there’s hope yet for all of you in snow country. 🙂

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:44 pm
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    Dearest Mikey,

    Greetings from the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. We have had a rougher winter than usual also, though not as bad as y’all have had. And my family in Cleveland, Ohio has been hammered this winter also. There are times that the cabin fever has gotten to everyone. I have been less affected, as I am an introvert and prefer to stay in my treehouse on the mountain and not have to deal with people.

    What you need is this: Mikey, you make a difference in my life. I so enjoy seeing what the Crowd is working on and the awesome variations that different folks are making. You are leading a really fun, mostly supportive community of crafters. There are trolls in every aspect of social media these days. I suggest crocheting a troll and 3 billy goats, then on days when if feels like the trolls are winning, put the goats on top of the troll and let them kick the snot out of the troll for you. And it is ok to let the blues come to tea, just don’t let them stay for dinner.

    With kindest regards,
    Deb

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:42 pm
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    Hi Mikey 🙂 Well today is a not so good day for me either. For a few reasons, one-I’m from MS and it’s Fat Tuesday and I’m missing Mardi Gras yet again because of money constraints but I’ll get over that. Hubby is USNavy so we are in San Diego, CA. Two-we were in VA Beach, VA for 7 years and call that home and I’m very homesick. Three-I have arthritis, fibro and I had a spinal fusion that causes me pain daily and today I can barely walk and the worst part of today is that 9 years ago today my sweet 3year old nephew was called home to heaven and that’s the hardest part of today but I have to remind myself that I’m here, I’m alive and I am SO blessed 🙂 My children are healthy and happy and even if I can barely walk later I can still play and color with them and just watch them and be in awe of my little miracles 🙂 I have great support here at home and I can crochet in the meantime 🙂 Just keep your head up and ‘Count Your Blessings’ I love to listen to Bing Crosbys so g from White Christmas to cheer me up or watch a Holiday movie 🙂 I choose to be happy 🙂 I love this group 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration and beautiful patterns 🙂 Have a Happy Day 🙂

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm
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    Ha when I am stressed I bake something. But seriously take time to just stop and breathe deeply. Candle light bubble baths are amazing. Do something for you instead of all of us. Don’t count the complaints and negative comments. Count how many people post something nice or a project they were able to finish because of your site. The blessings far outweigh the bad things I know. There are several things I could never have made without your help. I love looking at all the projects people post and I love that there are so many nice comments when I post one. It’s a great community and we are all blessed because of you. Winter will soon disappear (I hope as we are snowed in at the moment). I have a retreat room and when i stress I go in there and mess with my yarn or my computer. Just me time. That’s really important for all of us to do. Hang in there and know how many of us love and count on you!

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:40 pm
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    To anyone who dares upset our Mikey: May the fleas of a thousand camels descend on your crotch and may your arms be too short to scratch. Sign as a North Carolina follower.

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        now, don,t you feel better? just keep that thought!

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:37 pm
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    Mikey, you are such a wonderful giver to so many people. Maybe you need to find some interest where you can be on the receiving end. See if you can find a group in books, music, dance, home design, gardening, auto repair – anything where you can sit back and let someone else give you the same feelings we get when you share with us.

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    My quickest way to raise my spirits is to listen to upbeat music. Usually something I can dance to! Also reading funny comics like BC and Pickles from Arcamax.com on-line. It’s hard to really believe others have it worse than I do so I don’t “go there”. It’s easier to just listen to fun music and distance myself from whatever I pulling me down.

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      I am officially breaking up with old man winter! I’m tired of his icy persona, besides summer is just hot and I’m ready for some hotness! I suffer from the dark days of winter blahs as well and sometimes I wish I was an octopus so I could smack the you know what out of some people with all my arms! I try to get outside no matter how bad the weather to get fresh air and day light. I have learned as I age to stay away from the drama and the folks that cause it. I surround myself with like minded, positive people that make me smile. We can’t always do that at work I realize that but with the trouble makers I use visualization (like me being an octopus and smacking the taste out of mouths (only in the nicest way possible of course!). I understand where you’re coming from with feeling tired of the people that constantly finding fault. Instead of zeroing in on what they have to say, pay close attention to the folks that love what you’re doing and lift you up. You really do A LOT for The Crochet Crowd I for one am very aware and the rude people that have had absolutely NO upbringing should be tossed aside because they are probably miserable human beings to begin with. Zero in on all the good you do because you do way more than your fair share! Love ya to pieces and appreciate all you do!

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:34 pm
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    I do different things at different times to get out of different kinds of ruts … or as I called them … a funk. Winter has been tough in Massachusetts as well though I’m sure further North has been worse so lately I’ve fallen into a blue mood as well. Plus I recently made a life changing decision and going back to school full time … leaving a job of over 16 years. It’s been a bit of a change … plus being stuck indoors thanks to the cold … it’s been been a real change. So I can understand how you’re feeling Mikey. Funny that your blog post comes along when it did because I’d already decided enough was enough and time to get out of this rut! So for this one … it’s Spring cleaning time! I clean when I get in these modes … a deep down in the cabinets, fridge, windows etc. I’m not waiting for Spring to get here … I’m bringing in the Spring to my house first! I’m gonna shake out the cobwebs … clear out closets of things I don’t need and get my house ready for the warmer weather. My point .. I focus on something positive that I know is coming up ahead (Spring for example) and even though we don’t know when for sure the weather will get better … I can at least have a jump start on being ready for it. By the way, I keep working on crochet projects too!! They make me happy especially when completed!! Take care and I know things will get better!

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:33 pm
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    I am sorry that sometimes we all feel a bit neglected and blah in the winter. But what I do first of all have a little good dark chocolate and then I count my blessings and pick up my crochet projects and before I know it I all is right with the world again. We can not solve all the worlds problems even if we want to. Mikey I hope this helps and I wish you better days ahead. Hilde

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:31 pm
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    Hey

    Its really tough the way the weather is being-its enough to make anyone down-we are having, not snow and cold, but Rain-and not the usual thundershowers, but incessant, drizzling, rain rain rain-my garden loves it, but I am tired of wet feet-and wet dog-and wet clothes-so I have been making things (a poncho), and making sure I am warm, but most importantly, listening to music, and, when no-one is watching, dancing and singing-it helps me feel less oppressed by the weather-because, we get to have a voice, and move, and also, because we get to change our surroundings-so-firstly-Allow yourself a real, solid, cathartic temper tantrum-shout, kick the wall, be cross-and then allow yourself the luxury of being YOURSELF-because too often we are expected to behave impeccably when others do not-so, while you do have to consider others, because of your work, and your calling, d Also consider yourself-you are so lovely, and you do so much, and bring happiness, and care about happiness, and if others are bringing you down, well, I am sorry-lots of love and power to you=you need to listen to LOUD MUSIC and be Warm

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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    Mikey, Try not to personalize the grumpy emails. I like the suggestions of other people’s suggestions. I have one more. Close your eyes and imagine your favorite place and how it makes you feel hold that feeling when reading the emails and remember they are not about you. I’ve started using some guided imagery with is helping me to relax (second son just left home, older one in AK with new grand-baby, I’ve been off on disability and recovering from surgery, and more damn snow in VA). I can relate to the winter blues.Take care and sending you warm loving thoughts.

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:28 pm
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    I get the winter blues too Mikey. When I start getting those feelings and even my crocheting doesn’t bring me out of the funk. I try to take on a project that I have to teach myself something new. This year I ventured into the art of that wiggly crochet and made a beautiful hot pad. Now my brain is thinking of designs and such for another one. Last year I tried to learn tating. Sad to say I didn’t master that one, but I might have another go at it some other time. That is what helps me. I hope you find something to excite you and keep your days interesting. If all else fails you can always read a good book:) Thank-you for all you do. You have helped me learn a lot of new crochet skills.

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:27 pm
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    Mikey! You have such a kind soul. You are going to have to try really hard not to let people shred you up like that. I have sewn for people for almost thirty years and there were times when I would feel like you do now. Having someone say,”You can’t please everyone”, just doesn’t help because you almost have a hell bent need to please everyone or you feel like you failed. You didn’t fail, they did. There is something or someone in their life that makes them miserable, you’re just the dumping ground. Just remember that for every ONE pain in the rear, there are HUNDREDS of us out there that look to you, and love you. Pick yourself up, dust off you’re butt, and crochet on! Love you, Patti B

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:16 pm
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    here is the plan Stan, I take a walk..Stan, go dancing…Stan, call a friend…. Stan, read my FB posts…Stan, look up a video by Mike he always cheers me up… Stan, Make a new Ploy Roy… And set your self free….

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:15 pm
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    One way to help me get out of a funk as I call it is I take time for ME!!! I’ll watch movies that I own that I enjoy. Drink tea or hot cocoa, curl up on the couch and hit play. I’ll read books that I have been wanting to read. I’ll go to the library, a used bookstore and just wander looking at books. I also write down what I’m feeling, whatever it may be and I will burn the paper in the kitchen sink! For me its a way to acknowledge, those thoughts and feelings. When I burn that paper I’m releasing them to the universe so better energy and thoughts can fill what I released. If all else fails cuddle time with my cats!

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:13 pm
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    I feel the same way, Mikey. For me, it’s faith in God that gets me through. I just read and meditate on a favorite scripture. Also, friends who don’t comesorate definitely help. Someone who sees the happy in everything can help pull me out 🙂 and, of course, a cup of coffee, a ball of yarn, and a hook!

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm
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    Mikey, don’t let them get to you! I wouldn’t know how to crochet at all if it weren’t for you. In fact, I’m doing a scarf for the Boston Marathon runners scarf project right now in the ripple pattern I learned from your YouTube tutorial this morning! For every cranky, negative person there’s five people like me. And thanks to you, I can crochet well and make all types of things that bring people happiness. So you create a lot of happiness!

  • March 4, 2014 at 12:47 pm
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    I go into my craft room (my husband calls it my cave) and play. It has been a brutal winter and I have had the worst cold and flu season of my life, but, at the end of the day those things go away. All I have to think about is a friend of mine who has had cancer return, or another who recently passed from terminal cancer.. I have a loving family, wonderful friends, a warm home and able hands. I am truly blessed.

  • March 4, 2014 at 12:33 pm
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    Sorry to hear that Mikey. Happens to the best of us. My solution has always been music. It lifts my spirits right away. Hope you have a great day!

  • March 4, 2014 at 12:25 pm
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    Take a leisurely walk n enjoy the things around that u don’t normally notice n give a lil prayer of thanks to our creator. Deep breathing along the way will help clear u inside. Relax even if its only a few short minutes. It will refresh ya. Hope you’re feeling better (:

  • March 4, 2014 at 12:03 pm
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    1) Count your blessings – that may not sound like a very good plan as you may be having a hard time to even be thankful FOR when you are down. But, this is a lesson my dad taught me when I was about 12. My dad died when I was 18, and he was in and out of the hospital my entire life – just wasn’t a very healthy person. Once, when I was about 12, he was in the hospital the entire month of July! He told me that whenever he thought he was really bad off, he could always look around and find someone who was worse off than he was and that helped him to keep things in perspective. It was a good lesson for me to learn because I was sure that NOBODY had it worse off than my Daddy. But, he saw it, and it helped him to keep things in perspective. I think it also helped him to thank God for the positive things in his life. He might have to search for them, but those positive things were there, and he chose to concentrate on them when he could.

    2) Exercise – that might be difficult to do, but remember that you’ll release endorphin naturally in your body when you exercise and that will help you feel better.

    3) Diet – no, don’t GO on a diet, but review your diet. Are you eating/drinking things that are bringing you down? If you’re depressed or blue, don’t drown it in booze (I’m not accusing you of doing that – I’m making this point for all of us reading this blog). Alcoholic beverages are a natural depressant and will just bring you down more. Are you eating foods (carbs) that are causing you to get a “sugar high” and then crash? I’m bad about this because I love “comfort food” and then I pay the price later when I crash from the sudden drop in my blood sugar, or I pay with the extra pounds. Are you getting enough Vitamin D? Are you getting enough Vitamin C? Just review your diet. You may be fine with it, but by reviewing it you are taking a step to access your situation, and frankly that would make me feel a little better because I was taking a positive step toward trying to improve how I feel overall.

    4) Give yourself permission from time to time to have a “down” day. Sometimes, it is your body’s way of trying to get you to slow down.

    5) But, give someone you trust permission to hold you accountable for not staying in the doldrums for too long! You shouldn’t be “blue” for more than a couple of weeks. If you are, proceed to #6.

    6) If you cannot break out of the depression, then please seek some assistance from your physician. I have family members (husband and daughter) who have clinical depression. They literally have a chemical imbalance in their brains that causes the depression. They are easily and effectively treated with medication. Yes, they’ll have to take it for the rest of their lives, but when they take it they are fine. We need to lose the negative connotations associated with clinical depression – nobody expects an insulin-dependent diabetic to control his/her diabetes just by willing it to get better; we understand this person must have his/her insulin shots to survive because there’s a medical reason (a malfunction, if you will) of the pancreas that cannot just be “controlled” because “I said so.” So, why on earth do we expect people with chemical imbalances to just “snap out of it!” That isn’t possible or even logical. All of us have “down days” from time to time. They are a normal part of life. But, if any of us is chronically depressed for more than about 2 weeks, we need to see a physician to see if there’s something physically wrong with us.

    7) ALWAYS remember that there are countless THOUSANDS of people whom you have helped! You’ve encouraged us to learn, or learn more, or try a new stitch, or try a different color combination, or break out of our rut, or learned to read a pattern or a chart, You’ve helped us. You’ve brightened our day. And, if all else fails go look again at all of those photos in the Gallery of the happy hearts afghans – BEAUTIFUL creations, many of which would NEVER have been created if you hadn’t lit the spark for us! Every time I look at those beautiful afghans, I smile! Love you, dear! Hang in there, and you’ll snap out of this!

    • March 4, 2014 at 2:34 pm
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      All great ideas.

  • March 4, 2014 at 10:02 am
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    I agree with you. I think we have to get some exercise. This should help to get out of the rut. The weather will get better so let’s make a plan to become more physically active. i’m even running out of ideas at knitting and crocheting. It’s called cabin fever. The sun is shining today and it should help us all to be happier. Have a great day Mickey.

  • March 4, 2014 at 9:46 am
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    Oh Mikey, You’ve done SO much for us I hate to hear you are feeling frustrated & down!
    Negative people SUCK!! Literally, they suck the joy & happiness right out of you..IF you let them! I REFUSE to allow negative people to ruin my day! Life is too short to waste on moaning & misery! Sure I get down too but I try like he** not to bug other people when I am in one of those moods!
    One thing I have been doing is Easter crochet projects, Baskets, Eggs, Bunnies, Chicks. Working with all those Spring colors is a GREAT way to lift my spirits and the spirits of those who will receive them!
    I’m mailing out a big box of crocheted Easter baskets, eggs & bunnies to my sister and niece who are stuck in Chicago’s never ending winter. I enjoyed making them and enjoy thinking of how excited my niece will be to open her box!
    Want me to send you some too?? 🙂

  • March 4, 2014 at 9:16 am
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    Spend time talking and doing things with someone you know you are always happy around. Just talking about a problem & getting it off your chest makes things just a little better. Being with someone that you have a good time with and makes you smile will makes things easier. Doing something you enjoy can also help. Good luck. Will keep you in my prayers.

  • March 4, 2014 at 9:16 am
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    There are people who never have a positive comment or attitude about anything. If they want to post something negative don’t focus on that, that’s what they want, to upset you. If you let them they’ve succeeded. Don’t acknowledge them and sooner or later they’ll go away. They just want attention and make your day as lousy as their lives.

  • March 4, 2014 at 8:20 am
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    As soon as you read a negative comment, delete it and say a little prayer for the person who wrote it.Maybe they are having the blahs and would not normally leave a comment like that. I would make a note of the name and if he continue to be negative, delete them. I love The Crowd!

  • March 4, 2014 at 8:17 am
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    I recently hit my breaking point with negative content on facebook- I noticed it was pulling my mood down and down and down. So I ‘fought back’ and posted 10 videos in quick succession of upbeat songs that turn my mood around. Some were “Walking on Sunshine”, “Your Love is Lifting Me Higher”, “Splish Splash”, “Purple People Eater”. It sure made me feel better, and I felt like I was fighting those blues out there. Just needed a little infusion of good vibes!

  • March 4, 2014 at 8:15 am
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    Dear Mikey,

    So sorry that you’re feeling down! My good friend Theresa and I were talking on this subject yesterday morning while we worked on our Mad Hatter Hats! They should be ready soon for shipping! We came to the conclusion that the only thing that kept us from going crazy this winter was “Alice Hooks in Wonderland” along with the planning and anticipation of our weekend away at the Creative Festival in April 🙂 I’m quite confident that I speak for both of us when I say THANK YOU! for providing us with an opportunity to experience some winter joy! We look forward to meeting you at the festival.

    Kim
    (from Windsor, ON)

  • March 4, 2014 at 7:44 am
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    I have sent you a colorful photo to cheer you up, play Happy and dance, think of all your fans, we need you:) I know how you feel, I have been there, too many times, one of these days you will wake up and feel the sun shining, even if it is raining outside❤️

  • March 4, 2014 at 7:33 am
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    Probably your body is asking for a break! Take a few days off, no cell phone, no computers; just a few good books and of course some crocheting projects that you started but never finished. Break the cycle! Blessings to you!

  • March 4, 2014 at 7:08 am
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    Hi Mikey , I totally understand where you are coming from with the winter blues , we have had so many bitterly cold days that even I am ready for a little bit warmer weather , I Love winter though because I am one of those people that definately prefer cooler weather . I do not like the heat , but I have tried to stay positive , because my job is stressing me out a lot also , but I am happy to tell you that you and the Crochet Crowd have helped me with that , The Happy hearts afghan was my stress reliever for the last couple of weeks because when I was stressed at work, on my break I would get it out and work on it , and the colors I chose were so cheerful and happy , so I thank you a lot , and just remember when you are stressed to take some time for a project that is for you and not a have to project . I know as busy as you are that might be hard but you need to do it for yourself. Have a great day , and remember spring is just around the corner. ,

  • March 4, 2014 at 6:39 am
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    Two girlfriends and I have been crocheting baby hats this winter, and we give them to our local hospital, gifts for the new babies who are born there. We three ladies found you on You Tube, and now subscribe to The Crochet Crowd online and on Facebook. We also bring you to our weekly “stitch and bitch”, via laptop, I-phone and I-pad! BTW, a local brewpub hosts us and our weekly stitch and bitch! So, please know how much you have inspired us and encouraged us and helped brush up our skills this winter!! Hugs!!

  • March 4, 2014 at 6:07 am
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    Mikey, do you have a daylight lamp to use when you are working? Using one of these can help your mood, plus keeping as warm as you possibly can. I know that if I get cold, I become really depressed. Apart from that, I just want to say I am so glad I found The Crochet Crowd. It’s like having an extended family on the other side of the world.

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      I was going to suggest the same thing. Not only can a daylight lamp improve your mood, but it’s much better than regular lightbulbs for working with yarn or reading. The daylight lightbulbs emit a much more white light, similar to sunlight. Regular bulbs are more yellow, with can actually make reading or working with yarn more difficult.

  • March 4, 2014 at 3:01 am
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    You really need to step away from the technology and do something creative.if you see something negative don’t react right away step back and think of something else . Maybe you have to get a daylight lamp and use it while you crochet? Perhaps you are suffering from the lack of light? Or maybe it’s a downturn after all the adrenaline preparing for, and then working on, the cruises? Anyway we all love you and we know how hard it is for you that everyone does’t! But hey thats life! All the best Mikey . Love and hugs from Scotland Fiona

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:44 am
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    Tonight I was direct with my family… I’m not proud of it but I told everyone I just wanted to be alone. I cooked dinner, served myself some Ice cream with Magic Shell, went to my room, told my husband I was not in The mood to care about everyone else’s problems tonight. Whatever was out there would unfortunately still be there tomorrow because nobody knows how to fix their own lives anyway. I turned on Amazon Prime movies and I’m still ignoring the world
    When I poked my head out earlier they all looked like they were in shock. I got more water then came back to my cave 🙂 Enjoy! Lol

  • March 4, 2014 at 1:57 am
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    There is too much negativity out in the world at the moment. If I’m having a bad day I spend 1/2hr just looking at beautiful crochet pictures. The more I look at the more ideas I get and the more it takes me away from the negativity.
    On the winter note I have a sad lamp. I suffer from m.e. and I’m worse in the winter. The lamp just gives me a little boost. It doesn’t cure my disability but it makes me feel like I can cope a little better. In the UK it’s been raining for the last 5 months at least. I can count on one hand the amount of times we’ve seen the sun. I hope we see it a lot more soon.

    Doing some beautiful spring and easter projects helps.

  • March 4, 2014 at 1:23 am
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    Hang in there Mikey, spring will come soon. The sun will come out and tensions will hopefully ease.

    Here’s a few suggestions for you.

    This time of year I always get spring fever and March is a very rainy month here in Oregon. Since it’s hard to work in my yard, I crochet or quilt flowers and create my garden indoors. It helps.

    Take some time to make some fun projects that you can finish in a short period of time so you feel their sense of accomplishment.

    Take Vitamin D!! It helps the winter blahhs.

    Find something funny to think about all the people who send you grouchy comments. Like – “who gave them a wedgie this morning?” snicker, snicker. I’m sure you can come up with something much more creative than that.

    And dido what someone said about vacation let down. I find “after event let-down” very difficult to deal with. I usually have an “all-fall-me-down” day after a big event. I just take a break from the world; nap, watch movies, rest, read, relax for one whole day. It usually gets me back on my feet.

    Look through some of the magazines, websites and books that most inspire you. Get a bunch of projects spinning in your head, colors, new ideas, yarns you want to use, anything to get your creative juices flowing. It will give you a boost of energy.

    Make a tally of positive and negative comments one day. I’ll bet the good ones far out number the bad, but it only takes one to pull us down sometimes. Tear up that bad column, stomp on it, burn it, release it and then go back and re-read the best of the best nice ones.

    I’m very sorry that you are getting negative feedback. I’m sure it makes it hard to enjoy the job you love so much. But always remember that an awful lot of people, myself included, love the job you do.

    Feel the love from your friends on Crochet Crowd Mikey.

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      Every single one of these suggestions from Diane are great, exactly what i would have said – be happy Mikey all is good as long as you have crochet in your hands 🙂

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        Diane! Marvelous suggestions! Many of these i do too! And the last comment of feelin’ the crowd crochet love.. Mikey, wrap your self in our cyber love! Mayb make a wrap that signifies that and wrap yourself and snap a selfie and share it with all those who love you and diva dan! HUGS comin at ya!

    • March 4, 2014 at 2:25 pm
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      I agree completely with everything said in this post. Just remember we all love you, Mikey. 🙂

    • March 4, 2014 at 11:56 pm
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      I appreciate all your hard work and also for looking for ways to include our participation, although I often don’t because my skill level is not as high as those who usually win. I’m new to crochet and have only completed 5 projects so far. But I enjoy seeing all the great work that others including yourself inspire me with. Having said that, I guess I have completed 12 projects b/c I forgot i made 7 crochet ornament balls that you posted a tutorial on before Christmas. They were great and I gave them out as gifts.
      Thank so much and keep smiling. Sometimes our smiles are the only ones people get to to feel. 😀

      p.s where is the crochet crowd forum as I usually never see a place where people make comments?

  • March 4, 2014 at 1:04 am
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    No matter how bad things are for you, there are many people who have it ten times worse. Don’t let other people get you down, some people are only happy when making others sad. Be happy with everything that you have and all the wonderful people in your life and only concentrate on good things, like crocheting, knitting, reading, anything that will make you happy, we’re only here for a short time and that time should be spent happy and thankful for all the good in our life..

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      I certainly agree with Marian. Concentrate on good things!

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        I don’t know what that means……

    • March 4, 2014 at 4:11 pm
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      Mickey, I want to thank you for all your creative patterns. When I look for a new pattern, I always turn to Crochet Crowd. When I am down, I do a few things to help myself. I get dressed to my lace up shoes. I know that sounds really silly, but it does help me. Also, I crochet something for me. Crocheters are usually givers. We give, but seldom take for ourselves. Remember you are worth the same time and effort as anyone else. Finally, if the sun is shining, I take my crochet outside and try to get a little vitamin D from the sun. Hoping you are feeling better soon. A wise man once told me, this to shall pass. If the blues don’t go away, please seek professional help. Thank you for your yarnspirations. You inspire me and thousands of others.

  • March 4, 2014 at 12:41 am
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    I would not be able to crochet without your video’s at all mike. I was taught in person a few pieces but then moved and needed to do it on my own. So now I have your app, im liking the facebook page and I could easily and 10 views per crocheting day to quite a few of your video’s on you tube. Im a visual learner so need to see the videos to progress. Please dont stop as there are far too many people like me who rely on your work.
    To see how many people you help every day look at the view counter for all your videos. Look at the likes on your pages and how many people have downloaded your app.
    Now look at the complaints…….

    Not many complainers now in the grand scheme of things eh?

    But each one is 70% less sad for writing a complaint just for getting it off their chest. Please dont add it to yours.

  • March 3, 2014 at 11:14 pm
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    I have been struggling this winter also. What I am trying to do is to take a step back and look at the “big picture” of my life. Enjoy the simple things that I often take for granted; a nice cup of tea while crocheting, my dog climbing up in my lap looking for attention, a favorite song on the radio… Wishing you the best always. Please don’t get discouraged, because you add a ray of sunshine to my life and I am glad you are here.

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      I agree totally!

  • March 3, 2014 at 11:07 pm
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    Oh, we recently sprawled out on the floor in front of the window where the sun was shining in, bright and warm, and pretended we were on the beach. We reminisced about some of our favorite times from last summer and started making plans for the summer that will be here soon. For sure this has been a long and difficult winter and you are not alone at all in feeling down. I’ve been feeling the same lately. In the midst of those times, I try to focus on being grateful for all that I do have. Sometimes even saying it out loud helps too.

  • March 3, 2014 at 10:32 pm
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    Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery, do something for yourself, whether take the time to take a walk, yeah, yeah I know cold outside, but even walking up and down the stairs will change your perception. go to a bookstore where there are easy chairs and look thru whatever catches your eye. Go to an antique store,flea market, fabric store and just roam. Contrary to my husbands opinion, you don’t have to have money to shop! When I worked writing policy in my states Medicaid program , the stress level would at times be compounded by my physical problems, so taking a time out that was completely different then what I had to do, helped immensely!

  • March 3, 2014 at 10:29 pm
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    I really do not get into ruts because I crochet most of my days. You cannot let things or people get you down just because they are feeling low. If you see a negative word in a comment sent to you, delete it right away. Sometimes I just get on my computer and go to your site for a smile or just to listen to you talk about something. I and so many others appreciate you. Don’t hang your head so low for someone to stomp on it. We all love you Mikey. Especially me.

    • March 3, 2014 at 11:10 pm
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      That is such a sweet thing to say!
      I bet that will put a smile in Mikey’s heart.

  • March 3, 2014 at 10:22 pm
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    Make sure you are getting enough sunshine! I know you just came from the cruises but I find that if I don’t get enough sun, I feel down in the dumps. I have a nice South facing window, and that is where my glider rocker is, and where I sit to eat my lunch and read, every day. The best days, are the sunny ones. Some of us have a vitamin D deficiency and sitting in the sun helps.

  • March 3, 2014 at 10:18 pm
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    I just spent all day Saturday scrapbooking at a meet with a group of girlfriends and it really brought my mood up, which I desperately needed. I can’t wait for this winter to be over. Hoping the sunshine will brighten things up soon.

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:55 pm
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    That’s where an assistant can really help. They read those emails, print out those that have something positive to say and/or have constructive criticism, and then just delete the rest. That way, someone is still reading the emails, but you don’t have the burden of reading correspondence that is only petty, insensitive or negative. Over time, that can sap away at one’s creativity. To those folks who make uncalled for comments, they are most likely taking out the negativity in their life on you. There are many, many more of us who look forward to your new videos, your newest project, and your sense of humor.

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      I totally agree with you Holly. I’ll bet Mikey wouldn’t have any trouble finding a volunteer or two to pre-read the e-mails and pass on what is appropriate to him.
      Mikey we need your creative energy to be fresh and fun to move us forward, not to be bogged down in reading all these comments and e-mails.

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        Kudos to Holly! Reading negative mail can be depressing. Some people cannot bring themselves up unless they bring others down. Feel sorry for them and move on.

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        I’ll do it! Seriously, I am willing and thick-skinned, so those nasty words won’t bother me at all. Mikey, you are a treasure. In just a few months, I have come from being afraid to crochet anything beyond a very simple dishcloth to creating clothing, large afghans, crochet food (adorable) and I can read a pattern now. That is monumental! I picked up several crochet books from the library and guess what- I made something from one of the pages. AND IT TURNED OUT RIGHT! Your videos are inspiring, and your words are so down-to-earth and genuine. I would never have tried most of the projects I’ve finished lately without your encouragement. Anyway, if you want someone to “filter” your media, please do let me know. It’s the least I can do!

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:51 pm
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    I spend more time with my pets!! they make me laugh!! I wish I could give you a great big hug and thank you for all you do. You and your vids have taught me so much, and have me feeling like, yes, I really CAN crochet something pretty!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!! You have given me so much!!!!

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:27 pm
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    As a sufferer of FMS/CFS and S.A.D., living in the Northern hemisphere, Winter is one long slog for me… just getting through a day is an achievement! Many days, I can’t even crochet because I am in so much pain and so tired, but….. after suffering this for years, one thing I do know is this…. head down, keep going, this will pass! Seriously, Winter is hard for many people for so many reasons, and the few weeks between Christmas and Spring are notoriously hard for people to handle, Keep looking forward though, Mikey, keep your head down, and your chin up (yes that is possible, metaphorically!), and you know what? Spring will soon be here. Start focusing on all the pretty lighter things you’re going to start making and pretty soon, this all will have passed by for another Winter!

    As for negative comments – I just look on those as other people having their own struggles too, and try to respond myself with a bit of lightness and positivity. Not always easy, but every little helps the situation, for sure.You’ve been bogged down with bad weather too – that doesn’t help.

    Today I had to go out, and saw a huge bank of snowdrops as I passed by on the road. It was freezing cold, but those snowdrops gave me hope. Hope the thought of them gives you hope too.

    Chin up – my favourite phrase this time of year? “This too will pass”!!! 🙂 🙂

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:08 pm
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    I feel that most of the negative comments and complaints are from a bigger picture, rather than about crochet. So much is happening in our world today, including war, financial crisis, poor employment opportunities, and bad weather. So many if not all of these things are out of our control. More and more I see people lashing out about the small stuff. They struggle against the oncoming blitz of bad news bombarding us each and every day. Instead I hope and pray that we will all come to treasure the peaceful countenance the “crochet crowd” community provides. It is an oasis in the maelstrom. I leave you with two famous quotes: “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few – or the one” (Spock). And, ” Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Jesus).

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:06 pm
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    I am usually a very optimistic person and can always find something to smile about or the words to encourage someone. However, last week I had something happen that just totally blindsided me and turned me upside down. I couldn’t get it out of my mind and couldn’t sleep and couldn’t find positive and encouraging words for anyone else, let alone me. Then I had someone – a stranger – put my world right side up and everything in perspective again. Sometimes you just need someone else to do that for you because you can’t do it yourself all the time. One of the the things he said to me was to make sure I started everything and every day with a smile – no matter how I felt or what was going on. Simple? Yes. Effective – Yes. It makes everything different. Your perspective changes. Those upsetting posts or unfinished projects take on a different perspective. Try it. It is working for me 🙂

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:04 pm
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    In addition to ice cream (see earlier comment) I stay away from all screens for as long as possible. Most importantly though, I spend time reading my Bible and praying for others.

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:59 pm
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    I put on music or a movie that makes me smile and/or laugh. I try to work on projects outside of work that bring me pleasure or make me concentrate on something unrelated to what I am going through.

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:58 pm
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    Ben & Jerry’s has a new ice cream that has a ‘core’ of yumminess. Think vanilla ice cream on one side and raspberry on the other. Then a ‘core’ of raspberry jelly and choc chips down the middle. Amazing cure for the winter blues.

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:56 pm
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    Go for a walk….outside….even if only for 10 or 15 minutes. You need some sunshine and being in a northern climate, in winter we never get enough Vitamin D! Which brings me to my next point…..vitamin D drops 🙂 They work wonders!! I have two drops every morning in my coffee…lol. Seriously though, they do help with your energy level and your sleep cycle. Just make sure you don’t take it after lunch or it will be hard to fall asleep. Hope it helps and chin up, winter can’t last forever 🙂

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:54 pm
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    Dear Mikey,

    So sorry that you’re feeling down! My good friend Theresa and I were talking on this subject this very morning while we worked on our Mad Hatter Hats! They should be ready soon for shipping! We came to the conclusion that the only thing that kept us from going crazy this winter was “Alice Hooks in Wonderland” along with the planning and anticipation of our weekend away at the Creative Festival in April 🙂 I’m quite confident that I speak for both of us when I say THANK YOU! for providing us with an opportunity to experience some winter joy! We look forward to meeting you at the festival.

    Kim
    (from Windsor, ON)

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:52 pm
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    Dear Mikey,

    So sorry that you’re feeling down! My good friend Theresa and I were talking on this subject this very morning while we worked on our Mad Hatter Hats! They should be ready soon for shipping! We came to the conclusion that the only thing that kept us from going crazy this winter was “Alice Hooks in Wonderland” along with the planning and anticipation of our weekend away at the Creative Festival in April 🙂 I’m quite confident that I speak for both of us when I say THANK YOU! for providing us with an opportunity to experience some winter joy! We look forward to meeting you at the festival.

    Kim
    (from Windsor, ON)

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:46 pm
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    I think also you are mentally drained from the cruises – even though it was a nice time in paradise, you were working too. Coming back from to nasty weather is not very helpful either. I think maybe you and Diva Dan can have a mini vacation day to yourselves. Put a little effort make it themed like watching goofy summer fun movies? Drinks and munchies? And stay off line for one whole day, maybe 2? Cathy is awesome at taking care of things. Anyway that’s what I think you should do, apart from the gloom of winter you have been working tirelessly – and you need a break. I love you guys and the crowd and I appreciate all you do. Sometimes you just need time for you. And don’t forget Spring is coming and I will be here soon! Hang in there and don’t let some grumpy people bring you down.

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:33 pm
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    I look around at all I have-it may not be a lot but it’s mine-I can walk, talk and do what I need to do and I am thankful for every day I have-I crochet-a lot-get to rip out mistakes-now that relieves stress-lol-I look foreword to sunshine days-like a gift-I am thankful for other people who share their projects for me to look at-like having friends visit.

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:31 pm
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    I have figured out (no doc would help me) that I have SAD Seasonal Affected Disorder. Along with ‘Yarn Therapy’ I take Vitamin D 3, and get out in the sun as much as possible. LED lights (which are also good if you are choosing colors for your next project) help too. Keep warm and use lots of light and it should help. I also see a chiropractor so any muscle pain from slipping in snow and ice is reduced so I get enough sleep. Hang in there everyone the warm weather has to be just around the corner.

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:26 pm
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    There are so many ways to lift your spirits. My favorites tend to revolve around music. Put some smooth jazz on while you make a fantabulous special dinner, complete with flowers on the table and a bottle of good wine. Or play some rockin’ dance tunes and dance and sing like a little kid. Curl up with the fur baby, an afghan and a book and listen to ‘meditation’ music. I’ve just gotten into yoga so I’m not an expert, but I felt a difference after the first class.
    Remember, you’re not alone. You’ve got fans who adore you. Try to leave the energy vampires to their own misery, don’t let them suck all the joy out of your life.

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:24 pm
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    You wherever ON during your cruise. I live in Buffalo so I do understand. Take a sabbatical from . the web. Take a Mikey day. Do what brings,you hoy. For me it is cooking or just going old patterns I had forgotten.

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:15 pm
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    I live in Alberta and we have had a cold snap! When I get in a rut I look at my bright colours of yarn and make a project or two to give people as a gift and I sit on my bed and crochet and let the sun shine in!

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:06 pm
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    recognize you are having a case of the “blue meanies” and work on something YOU want to for a while. I don’t work on deadline items but for a bit of time just work on something I LIKE. Even if I can only dedicate a few moments to it, I use it as a “go to” project where I pour all my emotions into it. If our projects could talk, what stories they would tell !!! hang in there, nothing stays the same!

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:06 pm
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    There will always be people who will be negative no matter how much you do. You have done so much for this community and for individuals, and unfortunately you will never know how you have touched everyone’s lives. My mother passed away just before Christmas and my last gift to her was the everlasting crocheted wreath. It meant the world to her even though she only saw it in a picture. After she passed, crocheting had been one of the few things that helped me to hurt just a little bit less . She was so proud of all that I learned from your videos. Through your posts, videos, and this community I am healing a little more each day. You are an amazing teacher and an inspiration to me. Thank you Michael Sellick for helping me to give my mother one last gift from my heart. It means the world’s to me.

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:01 pm
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    As someone that has trouble with this year round, sometimes it helps to surround yourself with color. Wear it, work with it and through in a plant or two. Fix a meal that you would have in the spring or summer. Use the dishes and things that you would use outside. Picnic on a blanket . Try to expose yourself to at least 10 minutes a day of sun, even if it is through a window. How this helps some!

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm
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    Remember that you have people that love you. Get a good night sleep. Then a good laugh and keep busy. Be around the ones you love.And know that life is good!

    Slow down with “work” stuff.

    Love ya

  • March 3, 2014 at 7:52 pm
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    I SING! I CROCHET! I PHONE A FRIEND! It’s not easy when you live in the Lake Erie “lake effect” snow belt and see the sun three times from November through April – and
    I was given a terminal cancer diagnosis in October…Yeesh!
    It it all begins with a thought.
    If it’s a negative thought, change it up and get busy doing something you love!! Count your blessings and give thanks to God that you have what you have – then let the rest go!!

  • March 3, 2014 at 7:49 pm
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    Easier said than done but – don’t take all the comments personally. They are often more about the writer than you!

  • March 3, 2014 at 7:47 pm
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    I bury myself in a yarn project! And if that doesn’t work, there’s always chocolate! And if neither of those work, I make a mean watermelon margarita. Sounds like you need to get away from the emails for a while. There are always people out there trying to bring everyone down with them. As a friend of mine says,”Kick them out of your sandbox!” Life is too short to tolerate toxic people!

  • March 3, 2014 at 7:45 pm
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    I also will be glad for spring to arrive . When I have winter blues, I get bright colored flowers. I wear bright rainbow colors at home and when I go out. Funny hats help. If I have the money getting a professional rub down feels great. I for one love your blog and thank you for all your hard work

  • March 3, 2014 at 7:43 pm
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    I found this on the back of a bookmark and it is written by Elizabeth Andrew. I hope this will help “Some people are like butterflies. They go through life performing miracles daily without boasting and without ever purposely drawing attention to themselves. They are the reason those around them find work easier or life better. Just like butterflies, their contribution rises to hero proportions as they tirelessly help others yet ask for nothing extra in return. These tireless wonders go wherever they please and please wherever they go. They are beautiful. They are beneficial. They are modest. Indeed…..they are butterflies. <3

  • March 3, 2014 at 7:42 pm
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    I like to day dream about things that make me happy like going swimming on a hot day and floating on a tub in sunning. I like to look at pictures of my kids and grandkids also. But I love to wrestle with my English Bull dog Norck. He makes me laugh and he loves to pull my hubby’s pj paints off of him. Next time he goes after hubby I will try to get a video for you, it will make you laugh. Hope that helps.

  • March 3, 2014 at 7:42 pm
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    Do something for someone else unexpectedly. It will make them happy and that will bounce back to you repeat until you feel better.. Then relax in a spa or with a movie and good friend, etc.

  • March 3, 2014 at 7:38 pm
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    You are correct Mickey that what we read into people’s writing is dependent on our moods. When you have come off a high from being on vacation . What a wonderful one you had. I always tell people I need a vacation from my vacation. We have all dealt with the negative nellys on FB. People think they can say what they want with no consequences. Problem is consequence is that they are in pain, or angry with their own lives. Has nothing to do with you. They just take it out on you or whomever brush there hands but still feel the same inside themselves. I love old movies. So here is a song for you that picks me up. Hope you listen to it http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=fZUmAbi0Vm4. Accentuate the Positive with Bing Crosby

  • March 3, 2014 at 7:25 pm
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    Mikey, I can certainly see how this weather may have gotten you in a rut. I can’t even image how you do all the things you do involving the Crochet Crowd, (tutorials, and coming up with new and interesting ideas for challenges). I know it’s your job and you enjoy it very much, but you might just need to get away from all that is involved the crocheting once and awhile and not think about it at all. However, for me, the way I stay out of a rut is: I have three grandchildren which I help with along with a paint design business (murals, faux finishes). Plus, I make and decorate cakes, and along with knitting and crocheting at home, I have a wonderful group of ladies that I meet with at our Senior Center where we share patterns and make chemo hats, shawls, and scarves. I also volunteer at the Senior Center where I theme decorate the rooms for each month. It’s very rewarding and I never get bored, to say the least.

  • March 3, 2014 at 7:20 pm
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    Please don’t get discouraged! You do so much good for so many! When you feel over over work. Just take a big breath lay down rest and read a good book!

  • March 3, 2014 at 7:17 pm
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    Count your blessings, That is what I do and normally that makes me smile and think better thoughts I believe that this is the hardest part of the year, for everyone, the sun doesn’t shine as much, days are shorter lots of things.. So I also think about that affecting the other person, but that is no excuse for people to be mean or saying all bad things. If they don’t like it, why do they feel the need to screw up the lives of others, I don’t know, but I think all of us BELIEVERS have to get together and let the naysayers just say Nay to themselves, because what they are really showing everyone, is that their lives are a mess and BAD!! so I say ignore them and let them wallow in their own self pity.. You and your whole team are wonderful and I do count you as a blessing, you help all of the rest of us smile each and everyday..So Just remember YOU ARE LOVED BY ALL OF US and WE CAN FEEL YOUR LOVE in everything you do

    WE ARE FAMILY !!!

    Angel hugs and love
    Sandi

  • March 3, 2014 at 7:04 pm
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    Mikey, unfortunately when you are successful people will be negative , you are a success! In a vey short time,since January of this year, your videos and tutorials have made it possible for me to successfully and beautifully create several crochet projects . I am very thankful for your constant input into the crochet world. Don’t allow the negative Ned’s to defeat you. You are of great value. If it helps any I am from the Deep South and Alabama has hard winter I’m ready for spring we need to retake our flip flops and slap winter outta here !!!!!!!

  • March 3, 2014 at 7:01 pm
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    If you have Netflix I would recommend binge watching Frasier. You will just laugh and laugh, that show is so damn hilarious. My boyfriend and I watch it as a night cap every night and I love it! I drink wine and work on a project and laugh my butt off. We also watch The Office (US version) for a laugh but Frasier is consistently funnier!

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:58 pm
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    Hi Mikey,
    I know exactly how you feel. I don’t live far from you and I understand because not only is winter kicking us in the butt, we live in a rural area where there isn’t much to do. I’m also a rather shy person ( I came to see you at spin rite & chicken out to say hi lol ), so it gets down right depressing at times. Here’s what I do. I always have a special stash of yarn that I have saved for special projects. I put everything else away, put on some music that makes my head do the bop bop bop, put the phone on mute pick up my crochet hook and start that special project and forget the world around me. If I put down the project it’s to stand up and do a few dance moves lol. Try it!! Get Diva Dan to dance with you!!!

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm
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    I think I would let someone else on your staff deal with negative emails for now. Don’t let those miserable people steal your joy. Just don’t let them. You do a great job with the crochet crowd and I feel your passion for the yarn arts in every post. You can’t please everybody so stop trying. Do your thing Mikey! We love you and I am looking forward to some great new videos and projects. Chin up!!

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:55 pm
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    I agree with many of the above responses. Even though you were on a cruise you were working before, during, and afterwards. Build more down time into your week. As a nurse I wonder if you have taken time for an annual physical to make sure all is well? Do you get physical exercise, get sunlight light, and time with your family? You work so quickly and pack so much into a day that you could be on overdrive and stressing yourself. I enjoy your work and love the inspiration you bring to your craft.

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:42 pm
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    Mikey, when I feel down, and I have spent the last 2 years on sick leave so I know something about it, I play with my fur creatures. I have 2 cats and a dog. They love me unconditionally and are not usually moody, well princess Pistache, our main coon can be, but that’s funny too.

    Latelely I’ve been coming here to find inspiration and positive learning experiences. You’ve had a great and positive impact on me, so much so that my daughter wants to learn too.

    I’ve learned during my time off to focus on what’s important, and that’s not the negative nellies out there, and take it a moment at a time, and if that’s too long, take it a minute at a time, and if that’s too long, call a friend! We’re here for you Mikey and you are the best!

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:41 pm
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    Mikey, To get out of a rut, I take out my lastest crochet project out and start working on it.

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:37 pm
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    I went out this weekend and blew a big pile of money on luxury yarn. Now I’m meeting things with it. I’m still short tempered but when I get bad, I just touch the yarn and I feel lifted. Winter sucks for sure but we’re almost through it. Hang tight!

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:35 pm
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    When you live in the north and winter lasts this long it can get hard to be positive. A few things I do are surround myself with my favorite music, positive people, and spring colors. I just bought a fushia colored pair of tennis shoes that make me smile. I call them my happy shoes which makes my friends smile. Also as much as is safe get outside when the sun is shining. I hope this helps but like you, I’m longing for spring!

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      How do I turn off getting comments on this blog via email? I got over 100 in one day. I love Mikey and the Crochet Crowd but I cannot keep getting email like that all day.

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:33 pm
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    I agree with Catherine. (except for liking snow) I am also from Iowa. The one thing I do like about winter is all the time i get to spend inside crocheting. I don’t know we we say this enough, but Thank you so much for everything you do. I enjoy watching your how to videos. I love the pictures that get posted on you facebook of all the different thing that people make. So don’t let the negative people get you down. Think of all the people you help with every min of the day. And if all else fails. Go out and buy some yarn!! That always makes me feel better. Thank you again!!!

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:32 pm
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    If we think we have it rough and are feeling low watch the news. We should be thankful that we actually have the time to feel low, many people don’t have that option. They need to save their energy just to survive. We are very Blessed. We don’t have bombs falling on our head, guns shooting at us, is there mass disease ? NO we are truly Blessed. I have found when I am feeling out of sorts all I have to think about is what nature gives us, a soft rain, cherry blossoms, a beautiful lake, a meadow, an Old Oak Tree, a beautiful wild creature, all bring a smile to my face and then I can laugh at myself for having those low feelings. SMILE there is always someone out there who has it worse than we do and if we utilize the power of positive thinking we help them indirectly be producing powerful positive vibes. Have a wonderful day.

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:23 pm
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    Mikey, you work so hard, and even though you recently had some downtime with Daniel, you need to give yourself a little break each day. Winter blues has something to do with it, but also, Mercury is in retrograde, and it tends to slow us down. As others have suggested, go out for a little sunshine each day. Even though it is cloudy, the sun is out, and you will benefit from it. You can spare 10 minutes after breakfast, and 10 minutes after lunch, and you will feel better and be more productive. Hang in there – you have so many supporters pulling for you!

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:15 pm
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    When I’m upset, this is usually what helps me:

    I crochet. 😀 Also, blasting your favorite up-beat music and dancing it out works too.

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:14 pm
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    I moved to northern Ontario in August of this year from southern Alberta. Winters in Alberta are not as brutal, snowy or cold as they are here this year but I do get the winter blues every day. I soak up as much sunshine as I can get, and when I can’t get it, I turn on a sun lamp, one of those blue lights. Today I wound up my leftover yarn into yarn cakes which made me feel a little less blue

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:09 pm
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    I live in Eastern Iowa, right on the Mississippi River. We broke a record this year for snowfall. I appear to be the only one around here happy about it. It was my birthday yesterday and my son called me from San Diego, he had just gotten back from spending a month in Thailand, I told him we got six more inches of snow and how happy I was. He started to laugh and I said you know everybody knows I love the snow, but nobody ever asks me why…so he asked me, “Mom, why do you love the snow?”…My reply…”because there is absolutely nothing I can do about it, I can’t make it stop, neither can anyone else, so I choose to love it! ” He says well that can be applied to anything in life, and I said exactly my point!
    Choose to love your life Mikey, you have created a wonderful crochet world for all of us and I am sure it can get overwhelming with the responsibility that entails. Ignore the the negativity that swirls around. There is so much to be positive about, so much to be grateful for…all of that has to outweigh the naysayers. Thanks for all you do, it is very much appreciated!

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:04 pm
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    I work in retail. I am a manager, so the complaint level is through the roof. I have been doing my job for 18 years so I understand exactly what you are feeling. I was given a great tip a long time ago by an old district manager. He used to grab a Qtip from the beauty Dept and tell us to carry it in our pocket. Reach for it on particularly trying days as a reminder to Quit taking it personally ( Qtip). It worked for me. I leave everything inside the building when I leave. Hopefully something in here helps lol

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm
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    I like to remind myself that “This, too, shall pass.” It helps me enjoy the good times more and endure the yuck stuff a bit better.

    Also, don’t let your generosity wear you out. General email from everyone who follows you can easily wear you out. And especially since we can communicate with you here and on FB, is it really necessary to be easily contacted by email? If your email is reserved for uploading pictures, then everything else could easily be deleted, by you or someone else, A lot of people get their jollies by spewing unpleasantness but they might be a bit less apt to do so if they had to do it publicly.

    Also, it is way easier to prevent burnout than it is to recover from it. (Been there–done that. I still can’t bring myself to do what I used to love. 🙁 )

    These are just some thoughts. I hope they are helpful, but if not, please don’t give them a second thought.

    All the best to you now, and in the future.

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm
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    My mother, daughter, and myself all experience the ‘winter blues’ badly!! We’re like different people! I am trying a SAD light, music therapy, and crocheting! Music therapy is listening to the ‘oldies’ stations and dancing around to the ones I can! LOL..hard to move at 60! I’ve noticed, though, a lot of negativity and meanness on quite a few crochet boards lately. Have left some because of it. You are an awesome person, Mikey! You are part of what helps to make me smile on these winter days. You bring a lot of us some joy and laughter constantly! So look past the negativity (after all, it’s in the minority when you really think about it!!!) and think about how much you mean to so many of us! I love your tutorials, especially! I’ll turn on the youtube channel on the Wii and watch you on the big screen!!

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    Hi Mikey! Just want to add a bit of advice. Since I found out the cause of my agitation, slight depression, etc, I really think people need to know this: I was severly low in…VITAMIN D! And it makes sense with the winter and being indoors for long periods of time and the bad weather and lack of sun. Just add a Vitamin D3, between 2-5000mgs every day, and you’ll notice a difference in your outlook, I guarantee it! It worked wonders for me 🙂 And thanks to you, I’m learning and making things with crochet that I only dreamed of! Thank you Mikey and the rest of the Crochet Crowd! Love you guys, and hoping you feel better 🙂

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    Mikey I to am in that rut and taking a few days and just immersing yourself in a project might be just the ticket you need, but keep in mind negativity can only effect you if you allow it to, be like a duck and waddle away and let it run off your ruffled feathers, we love you and appreciate all you do let the bulk of the community be the positive emotions you need to get through this and hopefully Spring will come soon because I’ve about had it with the snow and ice. LOVE ANNY FROM WV

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    Unfortunately, I have no words of wisdom. When I felt trapped and depressed at work, I’d get very quiet and just pray the darkness would pass quickly. Sometimes “quickly” lasted for a few weeks

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    Simplify everything, strip it back, find out what is important, and pleasant in every task you have to do and stick to those only, the rest, get rid of, make sure your work space has only beautiful and functional things in it, make sure your kitchen and bedroom are the same. Cut your internet time and get moving, even if it is only dancing to your favourite songs in the kitchen or sliding on the lino or tiles in your socks. Smile more, when you hear a joke, purposely smile before the punchline – it makes it funnier, before you watch a funny movie, smile and laugh outloud at the movie, I dont mean you have to laugh more than the movie is funny but if you feel a little amused smile and let out a giggle…. trust me it helps. When you speak on the phone, or face to face to a friend or to your significant other, smile and really think of them, notice the things you love about them as you converse and tell them. Do something for someone else, remember a birthday, take chicken soup to someone who is sick, send someone flowers, anything to spread good to others. it’s so much more uplifting than you would ever imagine 🙂

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    Oh yes! I hear you! My dear friend and I, Theresa, spent the day finishing up and assembling our Mad Hatter hats! I can speak for both of us when I say that what has saved us from a complete winter breakdown is “Alice Hooks in Wonderland” and planning our weekend away at Creative Festival!

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    I have really picked up on my crocheting even though I am not sure what to do with my projects after I finish them. I watch ever video I can find of yours and try out new stitches ..not complete up to following a pattern yet. I am a visual person. We have the winter blues even in North Carolina

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:46 pm
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    I have been feeling similar lately and I just started a new project that I am both excited and fearful about because I am not sure if it is going to turn out how I want. So what I did was I found a way to escape and get away just me nothing else, No matter how busy you are you deserve you time… I went to the laundromat instead of doing laundry at home… I got me a treat drink (Iced vanilla latte with whipped cream), a yummy snack (white cheddar popcorn, pistachios and peanut m&ms … surprisingly yummy). I brought the project that I had the best feeling about. After putting my laundry to wash I sat down with my drink my snack and music playing from my phone… I belted out every song and crocheted and just enjoyed myself alone! My advice find a few songs the take you to happy memories and go somewhere you can have uninterrupted you time! It makes me sad to know you are feeling this way when you seem to be a generally happy person and I truly hope this works… I often get like that when I am feeling overwhelmed so taking time out for just me really helps me…

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    Chin up Mikey, and remember that the ones that are complaining don’t participate and for sure don’t do anywhere near the work that you do. You can not please everyone and most of us appreciate the work you do.

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    I was thinking that today, I am looking for a new project and can’t seem too settle on anything….. I made 10 pieces too the happy hearts afghan and said naa I started the 5 point star afghan did the something ……. need a pick me up! sometimes just going out getting some fresh air even though its cold can help , Otherwise yes things can get too you , that normally wouldn’t

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:44 pm
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    What I been doing to deal with the cold snowing weather is : if I see the Sun out and a Blue sky, even if it’s cold. It’s a nice day. Another is to be postive, think about the project I am doing. Looking for my next Crochet project. Also, I am looking forward to the next Challenge, from Crochet Crowd. Crocheting makes me Happy, finishing a project. Thanks for all the Help and for Crochet Crowd Community.

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:42 pm
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    A hot soak, a good wine, and making something for charity. Given anonymously. Sending happy thoughts your way, Mikey and Dan!

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:41 pm
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    Mikey, when I feel defeated with my illness, I go to your page and watch your tutorials. You have one of the most infectious laughs (or dare I say it: Giggles!) I have ever heard! Even when I am not crocheting along with you, I watch your videos, they take me away from where I am and how I feel to a better place. I have The Crochet Crowd app on all my electronics and even my cat recognizes your voice and comes to rub on the edge of my speakers! So in answer to your question of what I do? I turn to you! Feel better, sending sunshine thoughts and unending yarns prayers your way!

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:40 pm
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    I blast Bon Jovi Living on a Prayer, it always does the trick for me 🙂

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:37 pm
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    I am lucky to have 4 beautiful grandchildren that I can spend time with that always lift my mood. I love my hobbies,too. My older grandchildren love to do crafts and projects and so we are always looking for different projects or experiments to try, always keeps my spirits up.

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:36 pm
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    I got a puppy! While I would not recommend doing this on a whim, I’ve been wanting one for a while. When a friend posted pics of several that needed homes I fell in love with an animal for the first time since I lost my boxer more than 6 years ago. Animals are the best therapy!!!! I’ve been really down, feeling like the winter would never end. Go offline for the evening and get some unconditional love from your furry friends.(I’m thinking the four legged variety, but whatever works!) 😉

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:33 pm
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    More like post cruise blues, it happens to me all the time when I come back from a holiday. Take a few days to re~adjust spring will be here soon? Also Mikey I did read the piece you wrote about your life before the crochet crowd and I wonder if you’re finding the pressure just to much for the small number of people trying to run it? the Crochet Crowd has got so big it is almost impossible for just the three of you to deal with all the e-Mail ect that you get. Dial back a bit. We all love you

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:32 pm
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    I find my mood is a lot better when I get more sunlight. Which is a big reason I’m a mess in the winter months: I’m a born and bred Southerner, now living in Ohio and I get much less winter sunlight than I used to do. Even through the windows would help but oh no, the days are shorter. *sigh*

    (For those who don’t know, days are shorter up north than down south anyway, and you REALLY notice it in the winter months.)

    Something else that I’m finding helps is bright colors. You have already got that one down. 🙂

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:30 pm
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    Even though you’ve just gotten back from vacation, you’ve still been busy. Take a couple of days for yourself, wind down, do some things just for you and pamper yourself.

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:30 pm
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    You are lacking in vitamin D3. It gives you serotonin to lift your mood. You had sunshine to give it to you and now it is missing. A sun lamp,massage, bright colors to wear and even a walk outside helps. I know it is snowy and cold, cold, cold up there but it does get you invigorated. Even a short walk. Quiets the soul and clears the head. Gets you off the computer too. We tend to tunnel on this internet and not our bodies. It is crying out for you to give it fresh air. Eat veggies too, fresh if you can. Remember, there are plenty around you that are not negative but the others tend to stand out since they yell loudly. Hush them with good food, good friends and good rest. Love ya and hope that Spring will be here soon also. Far away in Texas but we got cold too yesterday and today but we are lucky, the sun is out and warm weather is following the cold by the weekend. I used to live in Michigan and know what you are going through.

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:27 pm
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    I listen to the yarn harlot’s audio books or read her blog, put on my parka, crank the heat blowing on my feet and open the car windows part way then sing along to my playlist at full volume, only knit or crochet with bright colors, spend hours in my favorite yarn shops…..

    27 days until opening day of baseball 🙂 Go Boston!

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:26 pm
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    Seasonal Affective Disorder- yeah, it sucks. For me the only things that help is taking my antidepressant and getting as much sunlight as possible. Ok, I guess they are the 2 biggies but staying busy, social and exercising helps some.

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:25 pm
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    Out out of the house and do something fun, like ice skating, shopping or something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t tried yet. that may just snap you out of that feeling.

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:21 pm
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    This morning as I was walking in the door to work I was looking on my FB and found out the my dad had a heart attack yesterday not a phone call from any family. I live on the east coast they on the west. Did I turn around and go home and feel sorry for myself no I have always pick myself up look on the bright side of life. My father will be 90 in April has had a full happy life five children lots of grandchildren and great grandchildren. So I went in and laugh and joke fix about eighty omelets to order in front of the customers. Life is what you make of it.

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:20 pm
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    Yarn therapy is my answer to the winter blues.lol I live in Ontario too so I know what you mean about the weather. I have chosen this winter to have a different attitude….snowy and very cold days I now see as opportunities to shut out the world and sink into a new project or try a new technique. I dye my own yarn sometimes so that offers hours of fun in both the dying process and then working up a project with my very own yarn.

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:20 pm
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    I curl up and watch a great musical on TV..Sunday I feeling bad..so GiGi and the King and I won..great movies

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:20 pm
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    I get over the blues by doing quick finish projects that give me a sense of accomplishment. If I can whip out some nice looking things quickly, I feel good about myself. Or I tackle a chore that has been put on the back burner for too long, and get it out of the way. Finishing something is a good way to make me feel useful, worthy, capable. Happy. Even if it is something as gross as cleaning out old forgotten take-out containers from the fridge, or as boring as sorting socks. I just need to finish a few projects or tasks, and I feel better. Maybe this is why I have a LOT of WIP’s just nearing completion, so I can look at that big project and do maybe twenty rows or worked-in-ends, and be done, and look at the big picture and feel like I did SO much more just by getting that last stretch done.

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:19 pm
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    Oh Mikey, I’m right there with you! This winter has been ROUGH. I took on my first afghan less then a month ago just so I could “bury my head in it” as you said. I’m nearly done with it and ready to start another- that’s how much I’ve been trying to ignore/deny/avoid/distract myself from this winter. Today I had to pull myself up by the bootstraps and get it together. A long shower complete with, facial, hair mask, shaving, a really thorough flossing and brushing, mani, pedi, hair styling, cute coordinated clothes and underthings and a new-to-me pair of boots from consignment. I don’t know if any of that would do anything for you but it sure helped me feel a little more human today. I don’t know where you live but here we’re shifting our clocks ahead by 1hr on Sunday which means the sun will start going down “later”- I’m really hopeful that will help pull me out of the winter funk too!

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:19 pm
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    Vitamin D and the use of a SAD light daily can really help when you live this far north. Winter Blues is a REAL thing and can be helped with these simple tools. I also like an evening of Improv Comedy to lighten my mood – lots of big belly laughs helps. 🙂

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:19 pm
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    I take a hot bath in lavender scented Epsom salt.

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:19 pm
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    Hi Mikey,
    Are you getting enough rest? I know if I’m not sleeping enough I get irritable, and can’t concentrate, and generally get overwhelmed. I also know that during the winter if there’s no sun, I get depressed. There is a daylite light that can be purchased that helps with all of that.
    As I said in a previous comment, I just don’t know how you do all that you do. Perhaps a REAL rest away from “work” even though you don’t consider it work, would do you a world of good.

    Best of luck to you and I’ll be thinking of you.

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:17 pm
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    Count your blessings!! ( you have yarn, crochet hooks, roof over head, food to eat, friends, family etc,) see how many you can list!!!

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:17 pm
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    I go through my yarn stash and dig out something I’d forgotten about. Then search for a new idea!

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:16 pm
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    don’t let other people’s misery get to you. its a hard one but essential to your own peace of mind. there are very unhappy people in the world that can’t see why others should be happy. give them a smile and a good word and move on. i work in retail, i know.

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:16 pm
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    Mikey, I surround myself with my favorite things and favorite people. I watch my favorite movies while crocheting a particularly lovely gift or project (nothing that frustrates me….just a yummy yarn and a pretty pattern) and I share, share, share with people who love me. I fix favorite foods as well. And smile even when you don’t feel like it. There is something in smiling that raises endorphins in your body. Get LOTS of HUGS as well. Oh and don’t forget Chocolate.

    Keep you head up Mikey! You and Dan have a HUGE support system. Don’t let a few people ruin it for you. Luv ya, Debbie McNeice

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:14 pm
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    For me the first step is realizing I am in a blue funk. Once I realize I am getting a bit snippy and snarky I try to think positively and about others. I crochet/knit with bright yarns and break out the bright fabrics to quilt with. Living in Florida we don’t get the Winter blues like Northerners do but we get something similar during the hot hot Summers. I like to rearrange my craft area/bedroom or the kitchen. Usually a clean bright area brings my mood up.

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:14 pm
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    Sorry you feel that way. I’m a teacher and I know about getting more negativity than positive feedback. We in the south have had a brutal winter, too. Our idea of brutal is probably different than yours. Here’s the post I just put on facebook: I sorted a big basket of yarn, finished a potholder from a long time ago, finished a shawl (a recent project), finished a bright purple hat (an old project), finished a hat for the Honduras Mission Trip (a recent project), now I’m almost finished with the Parent Defense project to go with the birthday presents needed for April. I think I can count that as cleaning. I hope you can find some joy even in the snow and cold.

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:14 pm
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    I bury myself in my sewing/craft room and make something for someone else! And watch old Dick VanDyke shows!

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:14 pm
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    Mickey, I am going thru the same thing, I know what would help me right now is a good massage and a relaxing day of doing nothing…… being pampered and waited on. A visit to a spa, that is it….. when do you want me to come and pick you up, we can go together…. LOL…. It would take me a while to get there …. but, it is something to think about, Love you, it has been a super long winter, but spring is just around the corner I hope.

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:12 pm
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    I think about the positive things that have happened in my life and then focus on those. Sometimes I turn on some music really loud and start dancing like no ones watching and then I have a good laugh at myself. Cheer up Mikey …things can only get better!

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:12 pm
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    Get off the internet grab a blankie and snuggle with your significant other and watch a feel-good movie. Browse your vacation photos together and reminisce.

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:11 pm
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    I turn on MY favorite tunes and open my stash my cabinets, spread out all the yarn on the floor and roll around in it waiting for inspiration…. that last bit is truly a lie, but wanted to make you laugh 😀 Have a great Mikey, you are a good person with a super personality, ignore the bad and relish the good. <3

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:10 pm
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    I buy new underwear or socks! A pair of colourful, fun undies or socks make me smile every time I see or think of them. 🙂

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