When I wrote my book, Crochet Saved My Life, just a few short years ago it was difficult to find anyone talking about the topic of how needlework heals people. I’m so happy to say that’s changed a lot in the intervening years and people now widely recognize the mental and physical health benefits of crochet. I was especially excited to see a new book released this year with stories about how yarncrafting heals. Although the title suggests that it’s all about knitting, there are both knitting and crochet stories in Lee Gant’s Love in Every Stitch: Stories of Knitting and Healing.
I shared this baby bereavement hat photo by Instagram’s amimami10 as one of the top ten photos of the week in yesterday’s crochet photo roundup. I’ve been so touched by the comments people have left on my Instagram share.
I have a monthly column in Happily Hooked digital online magazine where I share interviews with people who crochet to heal in a variety of ways. The newest issue, #13, has my interview with Akua Lezli Hope.
Linda D. is a 40-something mother, crochet designer and woman with Asperger Syndrome. In this interview, she shares what her life has like, how crochet has been therapeutic for her and why she didn’t learn the craft until just a few years ago.
Karen Thompson is the author of the wonderful kids’ crochet book Crocheting with Lucy Loop. She is also a lifelong crocheter who has been dealt some tough blows and used the craft to help her get through them. She learned to crochet from her mother and the craft helped her to feel connected to mom even after she had passed away. When her own son was murdered, Karen was numb to crochet for a long time but eventually found her way back to it and has used yarn bombing to honor her son.
Inside of the February 2015 issue of Happily Hooked magazine, you’ll find my crochet health interview with Rod Hardin who uses crochet to cope with PTSD sustained as a result of his experiences in the Vietnam War.
Today I’m thrilled to share a guest post from Cari Nadeau of Good Fortune Girl. Cari has been a generous volunteer moderator for the Crochet Saved My Life Ravelry Group where people can connect around their journeys of crafting to heal. In this post, Cari shares her own story about how chronic illness and depression brought her down and crochet brought her back up, giving her the confidence to be creative again in ways that help herself and others.