I stayed up way too late last night hooking in bed. I’m listening/watching to House MD on Netflix and I am enjoying the moment. The creativity is sparking off in my head and suddenly minutes turn into 3 episodes and I am ready for more.
I was thinking this morning, as my heavy eyes are looking at my monitors, about the addicted nature of crochet. “What has me so hooked I want to live, eat and breathe crochet!”
I messed up brain make a joke to myself!
Mommy says, “Mikey, what do you want to be when you grow up?”
Mikey says, “I wanna be a hooker just like you!”
Who would have ever thought when I was a kid that I would be doing what I am doing today? More importantly, who would have thought doing what I am doing is so rewarding to help others that happiness and job satisfaction are the side affects. It’s like a dream job.
Putting away my ‘Mikey Hat’ at the end of the day for ‘me time’ usually involves yarn and a crochet hook. I hook because I love it. I am addicted because it brings me joy and I continue to be creative because I know others around me are inspired and we share inspiration back and forth… That person may be you.
When I share about The Crochet Crowd to people who are in awe for what I have achieved, my basic answer comes down to a simple concept. As a person who lives in a country town that sometimes feels isolated from reality, I get lonely and I use my crochet hook to keep me entertained. It keeps my brain exercised and, lord knows, I can count stitches like a pro. Wooohooo for me!
My story isn’t unique, there are literally 10’s of thousands, potentially millions of people in today’s society that feel disconnected. Crochet is cheaper than a therapist. The Crochet Crowd is a hub for myself, plus nearly 300,000 followers on Facebook for us to come and share. We love to hook, we are addicted to hook and The Crochet Crowd is a safe forum to do so. As much as others need The Crochet Crowd, I need it more than anyone for my own personal sanity.
My mother used to cut my hair as a kid. This is a picture of me in Grade 1, 6 years old. Show N Tell was my most favourite thing in Grade 1. I would find a rock, pick a flower, and I remember clearly standing up one day saying, “My mother cut my hair!” with being all proud. I bet the teacher was like, “No Kidding Sherlock!” BUT… she didn’t, she was graceful and encouraging and made me feel good on the inside.
The importance of acknowledgement is underestimated in today’s society. I remember when The Crochet Crowd had less than 1,000 fans and I would comment and encourage on every post. Today, due to the outreach and enormous following we have developed, it’s not possible to comment and like everything. Some days I feel extremely guilty because I know how important that is. What lifts my heart is seeing others taking the time to comment.
Yarn for me is addictive because of the creative elements it releases within my brain. It gives me an outlet instead of going stir crazy and finally, it’s a great way to encourage others to be creative when I am practicing the same creativity here at home.