The book "Crochet Saved My Life" by Kathyrn Vercillo is all about crocheting and how it can help in combating depression one stitch at a time. With a hook and yarn she replaced her depression with focus and the results were beautiful and creative.
Through her teen years and into her twenties depression plagued Kathyrn's life. Undiagnosed and fighting to cope with reality, you will hear her story as well as two dozen others who have fought the battle through crochet. Kathyrn provides research and stories to show how crochet has healing benefits.
From the feel and touch of the yarn to the rhythmic repetitive motion helped soothe and quiet her mind and reduced stress. Crochet and knitting are very much like yoga. It is a mind body experience. Kathyrn also talks about color therapy and how the yarn color can play a role in your mood.
Crocheting can be seen as a coping strategy in many of the stories. You feel you have no control in your life and then by deciding on a yarn and pattern you have regained some. The book shows how the mental and physical health benefits can change your life. It did for Kathyrn and the other 24 women.
The next time you see someone struggling with life, suggest this book and add to it needles and/or hook and yarn.