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Crochet Saved My Life: The Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Crochet Paperback – July 1, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
The book is a bit repetitive, but that's to be expected I suppose since she discusses the people she's writing about then says "read more about so-and-so later on under the title so-and-so's story." Plus the purpose of the book is to imply strongly that crochet is helpful for dealing with several medical and physical disorders, so it's to expected that there would be some repetition as the author talks about how crochet helps with each of those disorders.
Despite the nature of the writing though, I still think this is a powerful book. I've recommended it to several friends of mine, and they've found it to be very inspiring. I'm sure they've also passed on the recommendation to their friends.
I'm only giving it the third star because of the effort and the honesty.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have found crochet to be an invaluable tool to make both good and bad times better. In this book Kathryn Vercillo explains the reasons why crochet can be helpful for those who... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maryann W.
It is nice to know I am not the only one that feels this way.
Thank goodness for my crafts - keeps me sane!
I really like the delicate way the author has brought together the various women that all have a common thread no pun intended.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Agree with the premise but the book became repetitive. I have used crafting as a stress reliever and as a mind cleaner when my mind becomes clutter. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sabra
Insightful reading for anyone who crochet, knits or does handiwork. Multiple interviews about how crochet was the main factor in turning these women's life around.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book will speak to a lot of people. Whether the sufferer is a loved one or yourself, I think it's is a useful read and reinforces my thought that a creative goal to work... Read morePublished 9 months ago by jewel
This book was written with so much honesty, I was saddened to learn that of Kathryn's passing.Published 10 months ago by Krystle