12 Questions with Bethany Johnson About Crochet

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Bethany Johnson learned crochet a few years ago and has been enjoying the craft ever since. She shares her story here.

Tell us a bit about yourself …

I am 28 years old from Perth, Western Australia and I LOVE to crochet!

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When did you learn to crochet?

I learned to crochet in July 2014. I had tried to do it earlier but I just couldn’t get the hang of it. Then one day O wanted to make a Minnie mouse beanie. I couldn’t knit, but I thought I could finally learn to crochet, so I went on YouTube and practiced until I got it right.

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How has crochet helped you?

At first I didn’t think crochet did very much for my health until someone commented on how happy I was. They asked what I had been doing. Shortly after that I was crocheting one night and I realized that I was smiling, and I was not thinking of everything bad that was happening around me. I was calm and happy and noticed that concentrating on my project was what was making me this way.

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So then you began to see it as healing?

Yes, crochet helps with my stress and my depression, anxiety, and sleep insomnia. After every project I always look for something more challenging as I like a project that gets my brain off of everything else in life. If it weren’t for teaching myself crochet, I’m not sure what I would do with my time. How one hook and a bit of wool can change a mood is amazing.

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Where do you crochet?

I usually crochet while watching tv shows, either on the television or on the computer. I tend to do it at night and during the day whilst looking after two of my three children.

Have you gotten support from others for your crafting?

The support I get is from my friends and family when they ask me to make them things and they give me encouraging words and help. The main support I get is from my husband who will get me anything that I need. It helps with the healing benefit for me as it keeps me calm and happy; I don’t upset anyone with what I’m doing.

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Have you ever taught anyone else to crochet?

Yes, I taught my niece to single crochet.

What types of crochet projects do you find most healing and why?

I find blankets the most helpful as they are long projects they can be repetitive but I also like projects that are complicated and keep my mind on task so I can un-busy my thoughts.

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Who do you typically crochet for?

My family; it keeps me happy seeing the way they react and are so appreciative of what I have made.

What is one special item that you have crocheted?

I have made a cross bookmark for my niece’s first holy communion. It was her best gift as it was the cross and it was handmade. It was a split second decision make that no one knew about.

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What do you do in addition to crochet to stay healthy?

I walk to clear my mind and I try to keep myself fit.

What is the number one reason that you crochet?

It is something that I have found I can do. It has pulled me out of a dark place and now I am seeing that the things I am making are making other people happy. I also find it fun and only I know how to do it at the moment so it’s something special for me.

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Kathryn

San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!

One Comment:

  1. What pattern is the pink and white blanket in the first picture? I love it and would love to make one. Thank you!!!

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