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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (1 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478190450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478190455
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.8 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sandra DELEMARE on 9 Aug. 2012
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This is an excellent book.
Kathryn tells her story of how crochet helped her out of suicidal depression - how she replaced a knife with a crochet hook and gradually came out of a very dark place.
She then found others who had been helped by crochet: those with both mental and physical health problems.
Kathryn researched reasons for this - giving references to scientific research which explains some of the brain mechanisms that crochet acts on to produce a feeling of well-being. She also goes into the psychology of how crochet helps build self-esteem and avoid negative rumination.
I've given only 4 stars as I have a kindle edition which is difficult to navigate - I'd like to be able to move back and forth from the text, to the references, and the many individual stories. That's a shame, because this is such an excellent book and a valuable resource. Kathryn has put a lot of hard work into this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anna on 14 Jun. 2013
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As someone studying the role of knitting and crochet in the promotion of mental wellbeing , I have found this book incredibly helpful . It is insightful , factual and covers a lot of key issues . As someone who also has experience of a parent suffering bipolar disorder , I think this book is very well written , truthful and touches on many themes that are often ignored. Plus , it's an incredibly easy to read book that doesn't get lost in facts and figures but portrays people's real life experiences alongside them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pammy on 16 Nov. 2013
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Even for those who have no experience of the craft, its still an interesting read. Finding out how other people coped in terrible circumstances or those who battled illness and depression have found this hobby literally a life saver. Awe inspiring chronicle. So many people from different walks of life have crocheted their way out of their troubles and Kathryn Vercillo has documented their journey in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J on 29 Dec. 2012
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Excellent book on unusual topic. Very interesting and inspiring, well written. Recommended as a self-help book and as an uplifting read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 Jan. 2013
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This really is an amazing book with so many heartwarming stories. Thank you so much for providing such an inspirational book!
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This is a spectacular book because it so clearly explains what I sort of intuitively knew but was unable to put words around. It has helped my family to understand me and my anxiety and depression far better than my explanations ever could. Thank you!
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