Emma S. has an as-yet-undiagnosed chronic pain condition that limits her daily activities, leaving crafting one of the only things that regularly brings her joy. She has found that even though it doesn’t fix her physical problems, it can take her focus off of them for long periods of time. And even though crafting doesn’t offer the kind of physical activity she would love to be doing, it does provide a positive alternative.
Lori Christensen crochets to help her through the difficulty of living with chronic pain. In this interview, she tells us more about what she’s going through and how crochet helps her cope.
Katrina, who operates Cameos by Katrina, has suffered from Graves diseases off and on since the age of 17. Crochet helps her through the tough times.
Loved seeing this video by Soham Craft Creations in which kids share the benefits of learning crochet
Cynthia Maddox was a multicrafter for many years. She learned to crochet in her twenties but focused mostly on sewing. Then after her husband died she rediscovered crochet and found that it helped her with the grief she was going through. She has also found that crochet helps her with the pain, brain fog and other difficult symptoms of fibromyalgia and RA. She shares her story in this interview.
Donna shares, “I think all of my handmade gifts have a spirituality about them. I put so much into them. Having undergone psychiatric and psychological counseling, mindfulness has been a big part of my treatment. I found the times I crocheted were a natural vehicle for mindfulness.”
In this video, Rev. Ian W. Riddell talks about the benefits of yarn crafting and how knitting is a form of prayer for him.