Need Your Opinion… Should we Cut Back on Giveaways and Challenges?


Michael Sellick

Michael Sellick, Creative Director and Video Host for The Crochet Crowd

In reviewing our inbox and reviewing comments… We need to review our challenges and giveaways? We’ve had a few complaints that we are running too many challenges / giveaways at one time… Most of the comments is that people don’t know what is happening as there are too many going on at one time.

So let’s put this to vote. I welcome your feedback by leaving a comment on our blog here.

Unfortunately, due to people loving to bend rules or try to break the rules… our guidelines and rule policies are long in written format because of that. We have learned in 2013 that we have to be clear on guidelines as some people love to find a loop hole in the rules and try to bully Cathy and I.

We have tried hard to simplify our challenge entries but with having to do so many guidelines and try to answer all questions within our guidelines… it can become long and most people prefer not to read it. Unfortunately, we have to cover our basis.

I have put a poll together for your to share. Though we cannot satisfy everyone, as some people prefer we not give anything away to others feeling like we aren’t doing enough giveaways. We need to find the balance.

What do you think as a community?

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About Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Mikey, owner of The Crochet Crowd Blog. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet. I am from Ontario Canada and teach how to crochet online through YouTube Video Tutorials. From a simple idea and being at the right place and time in my life back in 2008, the concept of The Crochet Crowd was developed. I'm here to hook and share. Come follow my crochet journey and share yours with comments here and you are most welcome to share your creativity within our Facebook page.
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112 Responses to Need Your Opinion… Should we Cut Back on Giveaways and Challenges?

  1. GiGi King says:

    I just recently discovered your FaceBook page and don’t always read my email, so I haven’t been really keeping up with all of the challenges and giveaways, but I think the rules are easy to understand and the challenges seem varied for all levels. I had a brain injury that makes it hard for me to understand certain spacial patterns so I’ve tried at filet and failed in the past, but I decided to try the shimmering hearts scarf challenge and was so proud of myself for finishing it. I was definitely encouraged by all of the different pics of the scarves made. I work at home as a volunteer, but I work long hours (and money is tight) and so I can’t finish the bigger challenges in the allotted time.I imagine many people may have the same issues of limited funds or time. I think it’s great that there are so many options. I do like the idea of maybe a block a month type of challenge. It would be helpful for those with limited time or resources. Keep up the good work and thanks for asking our opinions. You guys rock!

  2. Sharon says:

    I don’t do all of the challenges but I like the option of whether i want to do them or not. I think you guys are doing an awesome job, keep it up. For those who are always complaining about what you do, there are other websites out there, maybe they should find one the like.

  3. Carla says:

    I personally like more than one challenge going on at once giving me a choice of projects, or a personal “challenge” to do all of them. Keep up the good work!!! My grandmother taught me to crochet somewhere around the age of 7 and I’ve been crocheting and knitting for 40 + years. Even though “life” got in the way several different times in my life, I’ve always picked it back up and really enjoy the stress relief it brings me. Kudos to all the folks at The Crochet Crowd!!!

  4. Tiana Marrie says:

    Id suggest keeping the challenges and giveaways separate. No prizes for challenges and simply have the challenges as a personal thing for people to do, Giveaways should be completely random. People submit thier name and email/phone number and a random generator pick the winner(s). then there is no cheating in giveaways and the people who cheat in the challenges are only cheating themselves.

  5. Doris C. says:

    Having several choices is a good thing. I don’t love every pattern given so it allows folks to have options. What you are doing is fine. Sometimes we need a big project and sometimes not. Knowing there are several to choose from keeps people coming back. And really, someone is complaining about the giveaways? When did having the chance to get something for free become a problem? Geeees…. Make a note somewhere if you are afraid you have already entered and don’t want to send in another. The keeping track part falls on us. Not the ones giving the opportunities. …….Keep up the goog work..

  6. I was just getting started here and you can’t stop the challenges or giveaways, I haven’t got to win yet. LOL

  7. denise tribble says:

    I think the way you do it now is fine, some people need to realize that they dont have to do any or all of the challenges or giveaways that are offered on this blog. It’s up to the individual to choose which challenge they think they want to do…IT IS NOT MANDATORY!!, I personally have chosen to do several of the challenges but for some I dont enter or I will begin and realize that I dont really care for the item or I am too busy. The challenges are a great way to help you complete projects and give you ideas for things to make for gifts. I think you should try a block afghan challenge also, doing maybe 1 or 2 blocks a month for those of us who may be too busy for the regular challenges

  8. jean russell says:

    you need to have them continue it is to easy to slip into the “same old thing” so the callenges and give aways keep us involved and growing!

  9. Alethia Douglass says:

    I can’t do them all because I already have WIPs. I try to do the small projects challenges or just save the patterns for later. The fingerless glove challenge was so much fun that I made over 15+ pairs during the timeframe. I am trying to complete an afghan this week to have enough time to do the heart afghan. Keeps me going!!

  10. Barbara Wall says:

    What ever you want to do, do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Maevemist says:

    I would like to see a return of one afghan challenge on even months and one Cathy’s hook club challenge on odd months. Big project – Small project. Small projects don’t have to something an experienced crochetter can whip up in an hour or so either. Simplify! If people don’t like the challenge they just wait til the next one. This is just my opinion and I very much doubt you will listen to me anyway since I can see I am very much in the minority here LOL

  12. Nancy Brown says:

    I love this crowd!! If I see a challenge I like and for some reason or tuther can’t do it right then, I bookmark it! I have lots to choose from when my situation allows.. I may not win a contest but I’m blessed to have projects for giving or keeping. Thanks for the time and effort everyone puts into this group. Naysayers can go somewhere else where there really is a need for such. Love the helpdesk guys. There’s always a quick reply to my pleas, no matter how goofy I may feel for having to ask…and your tuitorials are blessings in disguise. Thank you Thank you Thank you!! Keep going the way you are! Keeps me busy.

  13. brenda shiley says:

    just like looking at other folk’s work; like to try interesting patterns that challenge me; have learned a lot from other people’s comments….do not know how to send in pictures of my work so don’t worry about it. just wish there was someone close by to visit with who would understand my passion for crochet…..that’s life; but there is facebook and Mikey’s group. thankful for that

  14. Denise Royal says:

    I think the challenges and giveaways are great. My only thing is sometimes the challenge/giveaway is not long enough to finish the item. Working people may need more time. Just a thought.

  15. Sandy Quinn says:

    Mikey, Cathy and Diva Dan, you guys are the best. You put in long hour to make these challenges happen. And your tuitorials are very helpful. Don’t let one bad apple ruine every thing. We all love your work. So keep on with the challenges so we can keep on hookin. You guys are the best. Have a wonderful crochet day.

    From windy, snowy Bernard, Iowa

  16. Cathy Kenny says:

    As long as you are getting enough entries to make the challenges & contests & CALs worth your time I think it is great. Yes, at first I was a bit puzzled with the current round of events…but after taking a few minutes to sort them out by READING what you took your time to write I got them all straight. I can’t believe people are complaining that you are doing too much! Oh well, takes all kinds. Thanks for all you do!

  17. Bren says:

    Being quite blunt….people cannot be responsible for other people’s choices. If people choose to go on site once a week or once a month and miss everything in between, simply it is their choice. I am unable to do these challenges due to lack of ability to get yarn in a timely manner but I you know, I sure love looking at and watching all these beautiful items that are being made and presented and can only hope that one day I can develop such a talent and be able to create such wonderful items. Your challenges and contests include everyone and do not exclude anyone. So frankly, if they are unwilling to pay heed to what is coming up, they should not hold anyone other than themselves at fault for this. It is not hard to find any of your sites and links. It is not hard to click “like” button and have your emails tagged to go to their facebook page. Your contests and challenges are definitely enjoyed and your generousity is overwhelming. I don’t think there is nothing wrong or at fault with your system. I would hate to see it be cut back because of some inconsiderate person or individuals. But that is my opinion…..lol

  18. Ginger says:

    I love what you do. I do the challenges that I know I have time for. I have all ready learned sooo much and that being said, I have been crocheting for 25 years. Sadly, rules come about due to people who feel the need to not respect the basic rules so they become burdensome. Honest people abide by the guidelines and go with the flo. It is your page and you need to do what you feel is right for you. I am sure you will get a lot of support either way. You guys are amazing!

  19. Ann Dennis says:

    No one is forced out of the group for skipping a challenge. I’m sure most of us pick and choose according to what we are interesting in. Personally, Mikey, Cathy, and Dan I think anyone that tries to bully you should be blocked from the group. I would love to see a list too so I can block them myself. I don’t like discourteous people that don’t appreciate “Free” help. They should be thanking you. I vote for leaving it the way it is.

  20. Nanci says:

    I love the challenges and giveaways! I learn something new and the deadlines have taught me to FINISH the project in a timely fashion. I have also learned just how fast I can complete a project. The challenges have truly been challenges and they are so much fun to do. The fact that I may win some yarn at the end of it is a total bonus. I also think that you give plenty of time to complete the challenges. Thank you for all your hard work. I totally appreciate it!

  21. I love the energy and vibe of the Crochet Crowd, there is always something going on, something interesting to see, and everyone can participate as much or as little as the like. I am inspired by your hard work and dedication to the network, and don’t have time to try all your projects, but who says we have to? You put a variety of tutorials and contests out which makes it more likely that there will be something for everyone. Love it just the way it is…thank you for asking our opinion!

  22. leave it the way it is, people dont have to do all the challenges, if youre like me you figure out timing so you can do what you choose too… for example, I know I have to crochet 4 hats by feb 13, the hearts afghan has to be done by the 28th and the top hat postmarked by latest march 30… its about keeping a timeline for me so if I dont I can still do the challenges and have for the intended recipient in the end

  23. Pamela Donovan says:

    I feel that if you don’t want to do the challenge don’t. I enjoy seeing ally he entry’s.

  24. Kathi Moore says:

    Mikey, I can’t do all the challenges, but I love that you offer them. If I can’t do them, I don’t; it’s that simple!

    Stay the course and go with the flow!

  25. Maryelizabeth Payne says:

    Keep it the way it is! Although I cannot do all of the challenges and contests, they are fun to keep up with. I may not win the ones I enter, but entering is the best part as it gets the motivation flowing to complete a project. It is a sad thing that you and Cathy feel the need to rethink things because of some folks being bullies. You all do so much great work for us and you keep the fun level high. Thank you!!!!

  26. Gayle Jones says:

    Don’t cut back. I like it just the way it is.

  27. Kelly says:

    I think the frequency of the challenges is just fine. I partake when I can, and skip when I cannot, simple as that. I don’t have a need for baby items, so I skip those. I’d be upset if the challenges were spaced further apart because that would mean if I were to skip a project there would be an extra long wait time before the next one begins.

    Also, I think the crochet crowd does a great job of giving a variety of projects. I don’t think there needs to be any separate beginner/advanced project levels. That’s too much work for them. Through YouTube and FB Mikey gives you everything you need to do the projects. I hate that him and Cathy feel they need to constantly adjust things to please complainers. Read the guidelines, watch the tutorials, look to FB for help, and be grateful there is a free group that gives so much to its members.

  28. ChristinaRae says:

    Do as many challenges as you have the time and energy to do. You all do a fantastic job, and I truly appreciate the effort you go to in spreading your love of the art. I’ve learned so much.

    Just because it’s there, doesn’t mean you have to do it people!

  29. Regina says:

    I think the multiple challenges and giveaways are great! It gives more people chances to win! I don’t enter every challenge only the ones I want to do! If you take them away it’s not fair to the others that want to do them! You are not going to make every body happy and this is your page so have it your way! You are awesome Mikey, Diva Dan & Cathy! Thank you very much for the opportunity to win amazing prizes!! ❤

    • Della says:

      Agreed. You are not greedy just because you like to do more. If you have the time, go for it, wish I had more time for it. I would do them all. It is, after all, a challenge and a learning experience. I like the idea that more people can win things. I would love to win a skein of yarn I can’t afford right now. Also you can pick and choose. If they were further apart, I would be doing less and it wouldn’t be as fun. I am advanced but my daughter is new to crochet and we work with each other and it makes it more fun. Please don’t criticize just do what you like and let others have fun doing what they are doing. Now if the same person won over and over, then maybe you might have a right to complain a little (if you entered the challenges and giveaways) To answer the free patterns thing, who didn’t go to YouTube and check Mikey out? You are missing out, have you seen his outtakes video with the frog? Come on lighten up and if you are behind, the time you took to complain, you could have been happily hookin, your WIP! 😛

  30. steadmanjamie22 says:

    I learn so much from this group and I have never had a problem understanding any of the rules and guidelines that are posted by Mikey and the rest of the gang. The challenges are great and I don’t do all of the challenges, I do the ones that are interesting to me. Sometimes I don’t enter my work I just do it for the fun of it. If you have a pound bag of M&M’s you don’t eat all of the M&M’s at once. Its like that with the challenges you do not have to do every single challenge.

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