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Crochet Saved My Life: The Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Crochet Paperback – July 1, 2012
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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.
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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.
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.
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It is nice to know I am not the only one that feels this way.
Thank goodness for my crafts - keeps me sane!