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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478190450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478190455
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kathryn Vercillo is a San Francisco based freelance writer, blogger and crochet lover. She is the author of two previous books (Ghosts of San Francisco and Ghosts of Alcatraz) and has been a contributing author on other book projects. Her work has been published in magazines including Latina Magazine and Skope Music Magazine. Kathryn has worked as a professional blogger for numerous websites including PC World, Dial-a-phone, SF Travel, and Houzz. Her online articles about crochet have been published around the web on sites that include Crochetvolution, Crochet Liberation Front, SF Indie Fashion and Handmadeology. Her Crochet Concupiscence blog was voted one of the top 5 2012 craft blogs in Inside Crochet Magazine and was a 2011 runner-up for a Flamie award from the CLF. You can visit her crochet blog at www.crochetconcupiscence.com or learn more about the author at www.kathrynvercillo.com.

More About the Author

Kathryn Vercillo is a San Francisco based freelance writer, blogger, crochet artist and psychology student. Her most recent book, Cracked Wide Open, shares the journey of her first days in graduate school. Her previous book, Crochet Saved My Life, is a non-fiction account of her experience using crochet to heal through depression. Kathryn has also authored two other books (Ghosts of San Francisco and Ghosts of Alcatraz) and a booklet of articles called When Grandma Isn't Crocheting, She's Hunting Big Game. She has been a contributing author on additional book projects.

Kathryn's work has been published in magazines including Knit Edge, Interweave Crochet, Edibles, By Hand and Latina Magazine. She has worked as a professional blogger for numerous websites including Lion Brand Yarn, Crochet Today, Handmadeology, Crochetvolution, Financial Highway and MSN Money.

Kathryn was named the April 2014 Black Sheep Wools Blogger of the Month, made the list of Craftypod's "Top 5 Posts I Refer to Again and Again", and received the best curator and storyteller award in the Crochet Lounge Top 20 Heart-Centered Bloggers list. Her Crochet Concupiscence blog was voted one of the top 5 2012 craft blogs in Inside Crochet Magazine and was a 2011 runner-up for a Flamie award from the CLF. Her book Crochet Saved My Life has received more than 30 5-star reviews.

Kathryn writes from the heart of personal experience, using her own unique view of the world as a starting point to connect with others. She fervently believes that writing should not only be used as catharsis and confession but also worked as a tool to create connections between people. She shares, "I am a writer, a crafter, a daydreamer and a part of a community that starts in my San Francisco hometown and radiates out. I believe that self-expression is the key to self-realization and also the key to connecting communities."

You can visit her crochet blog at www.crochetconcupiscence.com or learn more about the author at www.kathrynvercillo.com.

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Every one of us knows someone that this book could help.
Boocoos aka Gale Cooney
This book weaves personal stories with scientific research in an easy-to-read style.
Anastasia
Thank you, Kathryn Vercillo, for writting such a pertinent book for women today!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Duggan on August 23, 2012
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Crochet Saved My Life starts out with Kathryn's history of depression and moves into the science of healing from mental illness. This book is filled with story after story of people healing from tragedies and illness all with a hook and yarn.

I saw myself in each story and I applaud the women for being brave enough to share in such a public way.

My preference was for the stories so I did gloss over the science of depression and other illnesses. That was a bit of a slower read for me. But I enjoyed it because it's great that science is taking notice of something crocheters have known for a long time, Crochet heals.

Stopping by to move my rating of 4 stars to 5 stars. Loved the book - have read it 3 times now and each time I love it more. A must read for anyone who crafts.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia on August 23, 2012
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This is a fabulous book detailing not just the author's, but many others', personal struggles with mental illness and highlighting how crochet (and crafting, more generally) served as a shining light.
This book weaves personal stories with scientific research in an easy-to-read style. And, let me say, her personal story is shocking and fascinating!
If you (or someone you know) struggles with a mental illness, you will instantly relate to the people featured in the book. And as a crocheter myself, I completely acknowledge the healing ability of the craft. However, the author's key point is that doing concrete, hands-on work is therapeutic, and therefore would apply to a wide number of crafts/skills: gardening, cooking, sewing, painting...
My only regret is the title of the book... I think having 'crochet' in the title limits the perceived audience of this book. It's much bigger than just crochet!
A wonderful read. I highly recommend it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Boocoos aka Gale Cooney on February 21, 2013
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Kathryn Vercillo is working on a second book on this subject that will, no doubt, be just as important as this one. Her collection of stories, including her own, are as real as it gets. I personally know some of the people who shared their experiences. They are real. The stories are real. True as truth ever gets, it is so uplifting when you realize you are not alone. However, you must participate in your own recovery. This could very nearly be looked upon as a medical manual because of the research behind it and the realization that it can help so many.
Crochet is being taught to people with Alzheimer's and children with behavioral problems. The rhythm and tactile comfort can help anyone with thought processing problems. It is self nurturing that can be taught simplistically.
Vercillo's suffering, findiing help and using everything she could find to help herself is not an uncommon story; people will do bizarre thing to end their pain. Her realization that she might be able to help others is the amazing part.
Every one of us knows someone that this book could help. It is profound.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary T Foster on March 29, 2013
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Frank story of a woman's climb out of severe depression with the help of crochet. I am suffering from severe depression right now and multiple medical problems. I am going to pick up my long dormant crochet hook and put itt to the test!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rozlynn Lippincott on February 26, 2013
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Everyone has problems - some more than others. It's good therapy to share but sometimes we tend to give too much away about ourselves. My personal journey has not been a erratic and tramatic as Ms. Vercillo's, but I can sympathize. I, to have used crochet, as therapy and have found it to be calming in this hectic world. I do appreciate her candor and bravery to put herself out there in print and hope she continues on her journey to mental wellness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandiewho on October 1, 2012
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I was most impressed with the thoughtful, compassionate sharing of such personal details in the articles relaying the situations of other people. I found the additional information interesting and informative. The author shares her own personal experiences, the experience of a select number of other individuals, and also research studies done by others.

In a section related to Alzheimer's, one line that popped out at me was "The great thing about crochet is that there is always something new that you can learn." My dad and two of my aunts had Alzheimer's so this is a subject close to my heart. The studies mentioned in the book note that keeping the brain active may be a way to delay onset of this terrible disease. Of course it's always a good idea to keep your brain active.

If you need something calming, however, the author notes that you can create beautiful projects with the repetition of one or two stitches as well. My takeaway was that crochet has something to offer which can aid everyone, no matter the skill level or the physical, mental, or emotional challenges he or she is facing.

I found the book to be thorough and honest in its coverage and would recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anita Darras on December 22, 2013
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The book spoke to me. Her description of what depression feels like is vivid and spot on. I, too, have taken the "crochet cure". I find comfort knowing others have as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on September 20, 2013
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I'm not sure how interesting the book would be if you don't have any personal investment in either crochet or mental health issues, but I enjoyed it.

I wanted to love it, because of its mission, but I found the structure really off putting. Mostly, I wish there was more. The individual vignettes were barely even glimpses into the stories of these people, and it would have been nice to just know more.

I did, however, very much enjoy reading the author's personal story. I think attempting to balance her own story and the stories of so many others overwhelms the book. If it had chosen one way or the other, it may have been more successful.
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