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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 think this book offers great insight on the ability of any hobbie to contribute to the healing process, without dismissing or trashing the need for sustained support, medication, and therapy. For many of the issues discussed there is no cure, but there are positive coping strategies, one of which is crochet. I also commend Verccillo for the tone which remains positive despite the difficult and dark nature of some of the narratives.
I'm definitely going to keep this book in my stable. I highly recommend this book to caretakers, family members of affected individuals and medical professionals as well due the unflinching insight it provides and for the compassion with which these topics are addressed.
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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It is nice to know I am not the only one that feels this way.
Thank goodness for my crafts - keeps me sane!