Crochet Saved My Life

The Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Crochet


Author: Kathryn Vercillo

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781478190455

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 303

View: 4725

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”. - ShelliThe 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.

Hook to Heal!

100 Crochet Exercises for Health, Growth, Connection, Inspiration and Honoring Your Inner Artist


Author: Kathryn Vercillo

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781519300447

Category: Creative ability

Page: 254

View: 1050

You are an artist. Yes, you, with your crochet hook and yarn! And you can use your art to heal yourself and the world around you. Hook to Heal is a one-of-a-kind crochet book designed to infuse your crochet with healing energy. You will not find crochet patterns, tutorials or images here. This book will not teach you to crochet, although it suggests resources for learning, but it is designed to be adaptable for use by anyone with even basic beginner crochet skills. What you WILL find here is a set of more than one hundred creativity exercises that use your crochet skills as the vehicle to take you on a creative journey to a magic world of whimsy, art and openness. These exercises will help you take better care of yourself, face fears, embrace adventure, create abundance, improve relationships, find balance, and make art that heals you from the inside out. All of these exercises are from author Kathryn Vercillo, a San Francisco based writer, artist and daydreamer. She is the blogger at Crochet Concupiscence ( and she's the author of Crochet Saved My Life, a book about how crochet helps with the symptoms of both mental and physical illness. Kathryn has done extensive research into the benefits of crochet, and she has applied that research into the experience of improving her own life through the craft. Kathryn has worked with each and every one of the crochet exercises in this book; they have helped her and she hopes that they will help you. Trust yourself. Believe in yourself. Honor yourself. Give yourself over to your crochet!

Hooking for Trouble


Author: Betty Hechtman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698187598

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 1837

Molly Pink can’t help seeing a pattern of trouble in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of Seams Like Murder. The Tarzana Hookers’ Yarn University has been a big success, and the classes have drawn in a slew of new crochet devotees. A less welcome arrival is the boxy monstrosity in the yard behind Molly’s house. She hasn’t met her new neighbors, but when she sees a couple struggling on the balcony and later spies what looks like someone lying on the ground, Molly wastes no time calling in her ex, homicide detective Barry Greenberg. To Molly’s shock, Barry reports that nothing is amiss with her neighbors and asks her to lay off with the amateur detecting. Molly knows she wasn’t just seeing things, but with no body to prove her case she’ll have to unravel the evidence on her own—because someone in Tarzana is tangled up in murder... DELICIOUS RECIPES & CROCHET PATTERNS INCLUDED! From the Paperback edition.

Paths to Happiness

50 Ways to Add Joy to Your Life Every Day


Author: Edward Hoffman

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452149313

Category: Self-Help

Page: 240

View: 4564

From positive psychology expert Edward Hoffman, Ph.D., Paths to Happiness guides readers through 50 fun, stimulating, mind-opening ways to achieve greater joy and feel more fulfilled. From dabbling in watercolors to expressing gratitude, embracing nostalgia to power napping, each suggestion in this ebook has been shown by scientific research to increase happiness and support well-being. Every topic is explored in a digestible manner and invites readers to reflect on their lives, with easy ways to cultivate a happier mindset. The easy dip-in, dip-out style and engaging activities make this accessible guide to finding happiness in daily living one that people will want to revisit again and again.

Mindful Crafting

The Maker's Creative Journey


Author: Sarah Samuel

Publisher: Leaping Hare Press

ISBN: 1782406484

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 144

View: 2665

Apart from the sheer enjoyment of using our hands to create something new, crafting helps us to connect with who we are. Mindful Crafting explores our relationship with our creativity and self-expression, and reveals how the act of making is the beautiful epitome of conscious living. Sarah Samuel casts fresh light on how the basic human need to create is often forgotten as mass-consumerism grows, and how we can all still find our unique path, craft and our own means of individual, joyful self-expression. Through personal anecdote and expert insight, this book unearths the true value of craft, and how we can meet our soul’s yearning to be creative and open ourselves up to infinite possibilities.

When Grandma Isn't Crocheting, She's Hunting Big Game

And 33 Other Stories of 2011's Most Awesome Elderly Ladies Who Crochet!


Author: Kathryn Vercillo

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781468026047

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 56

View: 2227

Picture a gun totin' granny who shoots a seven foot tall bear before heading home to crochet. Or a 92-year-old woman who puts down her hooks to get her GED. Or a woman who keeps crocheting after turning 106. These are all true tales of awesome crocheting women who made the news in 2011. Read their stories and those of other inspiring ladies in this collection of short articles.

Mandalas for Marinke

A Collaborative Crochet Art Project to Raise Awareness about Depression, Suicide, and the Healing Power of Crafting


Author: Kathryn Vercillo

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781978252288


Page: 238

View: 5983

After the death by suicide of crochet designer Marinke Slump, the online crochet community came together to create the Mandalas for Marinke project. This was a response to her death designed to honor and share the legacy of her work as well as to raise awareness about depression and suicide.This book is a sampling of that project, a curated compilation of the beautiful crochet mandalas handcrafted by more than 300 designers around the world. It shares snippets of their stories - stories from people whose own lives have been touched by depression and suicide in a range of ways, stories from people driven to reduce the stigma of mental illness and encourage compassion in a sometimes-cold world, stories about how craft heals us individually and as communities.May you find within these pages words that resonate, images that inspire, information that educates and above all a sense of hope, beauty and interconnectedness.

Cracked Wide Open

Essays, Musings and Observations from My First Year As a Counseling Psychology Grad Student


Author: Kathryn Vercillo

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781500407971


Page: 278

View: 9934

In the fall of 2013 I started an intensive graduate school program to get a degree in Integral Counseling Psychology. My first year in the program gave me a solid foundation in the basics of psychological counseling. At the same time, it allowed me to delve deep into my own soul, cracking open my own misperceptions of myself and offering me the opportunity to recreate my personal narrative into a story better suited to my current self. This book is a collection of my academic essays, creative writing, journal entries and thoughts from the first year of that program. It is part-memoir, sharing my journey as a growth-in-process. It is part academic, introducing the basics of psychological theory through my own writings about what I read. And it is part just a human story, the story of what we are all going through and how confusing and inspiring that journey is.

Michael Scarlett

A History


Author: James Gould Cozzens

Publisher: N.A


Category: Male friendship

Page: 318

View: 1279

Set in Elizabethan England, Michael Scarlett, a well-educated and wealthy young man, and his friends move to London and become the proprieters of the Golden Asse inn. Michael becomes a leader in London's anti-Puritan faction.

We Owe You Nothing

Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews


Author: Daniel Sinker

Publisher: Akashic Books

ISBN: 1936070553

Category: Music

Page: 350

View: 314

“Collects some of [Punk Planet’s] best interviews from the past half-decade . . . serves as a reminder that punk is not just music but a movement.” —The A.V. Club Updated with six more interviews and a new introduction, the expanded edition of We Owe You Nothing is the definitive book of conversations with the underground’s greatest minds from the pages of Punk Planet. New interviews include talks with bands like The Gossip and Maritime, a conversation with punk legend Bob Mould, and more . . . in addition to the classic interviews from the original edition: Ian MacKaye, Jello Biafra, Thurston Moore, Noam Chomsky, Kathleen Hanna, Black Flag, Sleater-Kinney, Steve Albini, Frank Kozik, Art Chantry, and others. “We Owe You Nothing made me feel vital and alive.” —Seattle Weekly “The magazine Punk Planet has quietly been one of the most intelligent voices in the kingdom of punk and post-punk . . . [and] anyone with the vaguest interest in music would be well-served to learn from these captured moments [in We Owe You Nothing].” —Detroit Metro Times “No book has illustrated this relationship between punk and its believers more than We Owe You Nothing.” —Daily Herald “Straight talk with no bullshit, no spin. The result is an airblast of honesty, an antidote of attitude. Music fans will love this book, and so will fans of independent thinking.” —Flagpole “A wholly unique vision wrought not by consensus but by cultural cynicism and never-say-die musical populism.” —Magnet