I am so thrilled, proud, excited to announce that the book that I’ve been working on for nearly three years is now complete and ready for purchase on Createspace, Amazon and Kindle!!!
Make sure you check out Issue 19 of digital crochet magazine Happily Hooked to read Susanne’s touching interview about how crochet has helped her.
The awareness might be relatively new but crocheting to heal isn’t new at all and I’m always excited when I see references to it in articles from the past. For example, I learned about crocheter Merril Hawkins from a 1974 article in the Ocala Star-Banner.
E. shares her story about how she experienced PTSD after a stalking incident at her home and work and how crochet and CBT together have helped her to get through the worst of it.
First of all, thank you to every single person who has contributed already to the Mandalas for Marinke collaborative crochet art project, designed to raise awareness about depression and mental health issues while celebrating the creative work of Wink who succumbed to suicide earlier this summer.
This issue also includes my monthly column on crochet health, featuring an interview with Maggie Bausola. Maggie worked as a nurse, which she had to stop doing after she developed hospital-acquired pneumonia and treatment-resistant asthma that left her debilitated.
As most of you know, Wink and I first “met” when she shared her story with me for Crochet Saved My Life. That was several years ago and we stayed in touch periodically online since that time. I’ve been deeply impacted by her suicide and hope that the Mandalas For Marinke remembrance project will continue to honor her through sharing her work and raising awareness about depression. Today I thought I’d share her story as it was printed in Crochet Saved My Life.