Inspired by reading Love in Every Stitch, I decided to go through my archives and review all of the articles I’ve written over the years about how crochet has helped people. Of course, I love the personal stories the most but I like anytime I can share about the mental and physical health benefits of crochet. Then I got to wondering – why haven’t I collected all of these articles in one place? Well, I ask that no longer – here is the archive of crochet health stories to date.
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.
Did you know that the world has been celebrating Earth Day for over 40 years? It’s a good day to take a minute and think about ways to practice more eco-friendly crochet. I thought I’d share some links if that’s something that interests you.
If you enjoy learning about crochet straight from the mouths of designers and makers then these interviews should interest you. Some are links to podcast interviews (by folks like Marly Bird) and others are written interviews (like those from my favorite interviewer, Underground Crafter).
Every person who crochets has a story. Every story is unique and special. Here are eleven of those crochet stories from people who crochet – young and old, famous and unknown. They are healing themselves and others with their craft.