Whatever craft you love most, chances are that you consider it to be a pretty big part of your happiness. Is it also part of your overall health? I don’t think too many of us would argue that making things is pretty important to our well-being. Well, for my guest today, craft was a path back from a severe depression.
Kathryn Vercillo suffered from undiagnosed depression for a large part of her life. And when this illness reached a crisis point, she sought treatment and began searching for things to re-awaken her enjoyment in life. Almost on a whim, she tried crochet. And it just clicked. The feel of the yarn, the calming level of focus, the soothing, repetitive motions – she found great comfort in it all.
Recently, she undertook to write a book, not only about her experiences with crochet as a healing tool, but collecting stories from other crocheters who’ve used the craft to cope with illness, anxiety, and pain. Crochet Saved My Life is a very compelling read, and a testament to how important making things can be for mental health.
• Enjoy Kathryn’s blog (and safe space), Crochet Concupiscence.
• Here’s the book, Crochet Saved My Life.