I was recently contacted by The Stitch Fixer to see if I would answer a couple of short questions about my crochet history and about the benefits of crochet. My answers have now been included in a post that also includes answers from five other crochet bloggers whom I admire. I’m honored to see my answers rounded up with these crafters!
The Crochet Bloggers
In addition to myself, there were five other awesome crochet bloggers included in this interview:
- Stacey Trock of Fresh Stitches. I recently interviewed Stacey myself for a post about her upcoming vending and teaching planned for the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival.
- Kim Werker. I love the crafty business projects that Kim is involved with. I mentioned her on the blog this weekend in my link love post because she’s part of a team that’s created a new DIY online magazine called The Holocene, which looks awesome.
- Laurie Wheeler. Laurie of Hookey and Crochet Liberation Front has contributed so much to the crochet community over the years so it’s great to be included in a crochet chat that she’s a part of as well.
- Ellen Gormley of Go Crochet. I love following Ellen’s blog. She and I actually were also both participants in something else together recently; we were both stops on the blog tour for Andee Graves’ Texting Mitts crochet pattern book.
- Michael Sellick. Mikey of The Crochet Crowd shared his thoughts in The Stitch Fixer’s post as well. I mentioned Mikey here on Crochet Concupiscence not too long ago after coming across a video post he did years ago about the relationship between crochet and depression.
Crochet and Health
Speaking of crochet and depression, one of the questions that we were asked was how crochet has helped us in our physical, emotional and spiritual lives.
I’ll share my answer with you here:
“Crochet has helped me in my emotional, psychological and spiritual health in too many ways to count. It literally saved my life during that time of depression, providing me with the means to calm down, restore my self-esteem, re-experience hope and remember the value in the act of creating. That’s the story I share in my first book, Crochet Saved My Life.
Since then, crochet has come to play a subtler, but more integral goal in my total wellness. Taking the time to crochet every day serves a sort of period of daily meditation for me. It allows me to see into myself while experience the act of creation in a way that is deeply personal and therefore deeply spiritual.”
Laurie Wheeler was one of the women I interviewed for Crochet Saved My Life so I was familiar with her story of how crochet had helped her deal with trauma. It was interesting to read this again in a new space as well as to see the responses to this question from Michael, Kim and Ellen. We also discuss where we learned to crochet in the first place.