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Crochet Saved My Life: The Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Crochet [Paperback]

Kathryn Vercillo , Julie Michelle
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1 July 2012
Crochet saves lives. It saved mine. In the worst throes of depression I found myself sobbing on the bathroom floor, the tip of a kitchen knife pointed into my wrist. I was aching to break the flesh and bring the pain to an end. Through sheer force of will, I pried my own desperate hands open and replaced the knife with a crochet hook. Then I crocheted to save my life. In this book, you will get to know me through my story of depression and healing. And you will get to know other women as well. You will meet Aurore who crochets to stay in touch with reality as she deals with ongoing psychiatric hallucinations. You will meet Laurie who made a new life with crochet after years of a life filled with abuse. You will meet Tammy whose crochet helps her with the ups and downs of living with Chronic Lyme Disease. You will meet Liza who crochets through the anxiety of having temporary bouts of blindness caused by an undiagnosed health condition. Here are some of the things you will hear them say: “When I crochet I don’t think about how my body is now broken; I think about how I can create something beautiful and useful with my hook and either yarn or thread.” -Vicki “When I'm anxious, I feel like a hollow hull. Crocheting helps fill up the void.” - Aurore “I couldn’t pay for therapy, but a few balls of crochet thread cost less than $20 and provided me with many hours of crochet.” – M.K. “The feeling of the yarn and the rhythmic motions produced by crocheting are very quieting and help me regroup, recharge and become reconnected to my inner self amidst turmoil and confusion.” – Aimee “Crochet helps me put my pain on the back burner for a while. It takes my focus away from how I'm feeling and puts it in a more productive place”. - Shelli The two dozen women whose stories are shared in this book are the women who hook to heal. We are not alone. Studies shows that crocheters are numerous; research and anecdotal evidence show that people of all ages, from all walks of life, with all types of health conditions may find healing through their hooks and yarn. Join us on our journey.

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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: 24.4 x 17 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,580 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 or learn more about the author at

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars crochet saves lives! 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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By M. Reid
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on unusual topic 29 Dec 2012
By J
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly a very good read 16 Nov 2013
By Pammy
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars informative 16 Sep 2013
By Laura
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Very interesting. As a sufferer of depression myself with crochet as a hobby it is really helpful to be able to see how the two can work together as a way of improving your mood & giving you a productive distraction. Am enjoying the book very much.
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