When you picture in your head what someone who crochet’s looks like, I’m sure the image of a grandmother comes to mind and while I’m sure that’s a large part of the population of crocheters, people need to change their minds about who is picking up a hook and yarn.
Luckily, I had an experience early on in my crocheting career that lead me to realize that the people behind the hats and baby blankets aren’t who you think they might be.
For instance, Michael Sellick, the founder of The Crochet Crowd, was a 18 wheel truck driver when he first started “mikey’s mail”, the pre-crochet crowd version of what they are now. There would be videos on his YouTube channel of him teaching crochet sticthes and then every once in a while he’d post from the road and tell people about his life. Hiis YouTube channel now is one of the ultimate stops, in my mind, of my “Crochet University” and The Crochet Crowd’s Facebook page hit 900,000 likes recently!
I credit Michael with being the reason I learned to crochet so well. He’s amazing when it comes to being able to teach you to do a certain pattern or stitch and has remained humble enough through it all showing you that he still makes mistakes and he still is learning himself. His ability to build up the crowd into a loving community is like no other!
I’m no dummy when it comes to the internet and the people who are sitting online watching these videos and I can assure you that 900,000 grandma’s aren’t the ones who are liking his material.
For my own history, I started knitting because of my grandmother, but I started crocheting when I was pregnant with my daughter. I can’t remember exactly WHY I picked crochet, but I’m sure that it was a bit of “nesting” that brought it on. Before that I was a basketball player, soccer player and all around busy person. Crochet gave me a chance to sit still for a minute and now, as I chase after two children and a husband has given me an immediate sense of accomplishment when I finish a project that I will only feel about my children 40 years from now.
So following in Michael’s footsteps, I’ve got my own Etsy shop ( Third Floor Yarn Works ) and this blog and hopefully a long future making items for sale, for charity, and for gifts for friends and family.
Who do you know that crochets? Do they look like the picture or are they someone you’d never expect to be a “hooker”? Comment and let me know about them and I might just feature them in a future blog post!