When my book, Crochet Saved My Life, first came out Rayela of TAFA did a post about it. I wanted to share an excerpt from that post today because I love what she had to say.

“I told Kathryn that the closest experience I have had to the experience of prayer or meditation is when I am engaged in the making of something. I enter this other place where I almost feel transported and the world falls away. Or, perhaps a particular part of the world becomes zoomed in on, as if in a strange focal lens. Others have also said the same, “Sewing saved my life.” or “If I don’t create, I will go insane.” I don’t think it matters if it’s crochet or another act of creation, for some of us there simply is no choice.

I once met a nun in Chicago who worked with mentally ill people at a clay studio. The pieces these people came up with were amazing! Faces with three eyes, bodies with two heads, twisted forms … There the work truly gave a language to what was experienced on the inside, but even the repetition of a needle and thread, of stitches on cloth, or baking and gardening – there is something important about working with your hands to release mental stress.”

Read Rayela’s full post here.

How does working with your hands help you in your life? What does it do for you?


San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!


  1. Oh, what a nice mention, Kathryn! And, I love that photo!

    I have so many memories of hands at work…. My father with a soldering iron, my mother darning a sock, my grandfather repairing the reed in an antique chair, my sister playing her oboe… flittering, smoothing, sanding, weaving, rolling…….. hands shaping the past, the present and the future. Mine spend most of their time on keyboards these days, but they are happiest when they are shaping fabric, covered in clay, or planting a seed.

    • CrochetBlogger Reply

      @rayela Oh those are such truly beautiful memories and thoughts! My father is a woodworker so that is what immediately comes to mind after reading what you wrote. Lovely.

      • @CrochetBlogger Hmmmm…. I bet we have more in common than we know! My Dad carved wood seriously for about five years and then he quit. I keep hoping he will get back to it, but something just turned off for him. I have one of his carvings hanging on my living room wall and love it!

        • CrochetBlogger Reply

          @rayela I have one of the things my dad made on my fireplace mantle in the living room :)

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