So I’ve spent the past ten days celebrating the release of my new book, Crochet Saved My Life, with a series of related posts about crochet and health. I hope that you’ve enjoyed learning a few of the things that I uncovered in my research. It still amazes me how many different ways crochet can help heal people who are dealing with so many different health conditions.
That series has now come to its end and I’ll resume my normal posts next week about crochet art, fashion, design, etc. (with the occasional crochet health post now and then just like before). To wrap it up I thought I’d share with you some of the support that the book’s gotten so far. I have been so touched by everyone’s kindness!
Crochetville shared about the book in the forums and also in a Facebook post. The comments that people left on the Facebook post were really touching. They included:
- “I would rather not get personal here, but crochet (and knitting) has really helped me get through some tough times, even recently.”
- “So true. I crochet to get my mind off whatever is bothering me. It really helps me, too.”
- “That is one book I am going to have to read!”
- “I’m reading the book now and wow does it ring true for me. I will share after I finish the book. Thanks Kathryn!!!”
- “Until I read about your book and many of the moving stories in the comments I never thought about crochet’s therapeutic value. Wow!!”
Sue from SIBOL mentioned the book in her Ravelry forum. She said, “I would very much like to wish Kathryn all the very best with her new book” and also shared, “In all the time I have been collecting squares for ‘SIBOL’ I have met such a lot of lovely Ladies from all walks of life and they have told me how Crocheting relaxes them and helps them through really difficult times.”
In the Comments
If you missed them, here were just a few of the awesome comments left on this blog:
- “As I read the stories in your book, more than a few hit me so hard that I began to cry. Although I did not write them, I suddenly realized that I was reading my own story. This is a transformative experience. It lets a person who is isolated and in pain know that no matter how difficult their life is there is someone else who suffered as they are suffering and came through on the other side.” – Sacredcrocheter
- “I just got your book in the mail. The second paragraph of your intro that started ‘Prior to this terrible period’ was ME! All except it had gone on for over 50 years. I bless you with all my heart. Big Hug” –nowvoyager05
- “This speaks to my heart and soul! I was struck by transverse myelitis in 2006 and left paralyzed, wheelchair dependent, jobless and away from home. I returned to crocheting, began to design and teach crochet to the other residents of HUD, special-needs highrise. Crocheting gave me a new community when I had lost several others because of this devastating disability. Though impoverished, I could still create useful gifts of beauty, dolls, sculptures. As I lost my other artforms – glass and large scale paper — I took refuge in crochet, and began to learn more, and find a path. So I look forward to reading about others’ journeys. Thank you for gathering and presenting these experiences.” -Akua
- “I’m so glad a book on this exact topic has finally been written.” – VashtiBraha
On some Blogs
Many wonderful bloggers have shared the news about the book’s release. Here were a few really nice things to read:
- Rayela Art said: “Her blog is a wonderful treasure trove of crochet links and features and this book promises to take a serious and interesting look at how crochet, specifically, heals the mind.”
- MomWithaHook said, “Thank you Kathryn for a much needed book. I just purchased my copy and will read it through first chance I get.”
- Squidoo’s So Crafty said, “According to Vercillo, studies have shown that crochet has been proven to help people from all walks of life and of all ages. And the women who share their true stories through Vercillo are living proof of it.”
- JD @CraftGossip said, “I look forward to getting my hands on Kathryn’s book. I’m sure she has deep insights that I can use dealing with the patients and students I deal with on a regular basis. Every crocheter has a story about how crochet has benefited her/his life.”
- CrochetKitten says: “Kathryn Vercillo gives many accounts in Crochet Saved My Life of how crochet has helped others, from empowering a woman who was a victim of rape, to helping a woman who suffers from hallucinations keep her grip on reality, to comforting a woman who is going blind. This book is a must-read for any crocheter who has ever felt alone or like no one else understands. If you only have time to read one book this year, make it this one.”
I want to thank everyone who has shown support for this book. It’s an entirely self-published, self-funded work that was a true labor of love. I’m very proud of it and I am so happy that other people are feeling touched by it.