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 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.
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.
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.