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Crochet and Healing: Enjoy the Podcast, and Give Kathryn Your Thoughts
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Hi! This is Kathryn Vercillo of Crochet Concupisence. Diane is generously letting me guest post here today to tell you a about a survey I’ve launched to examine how crochet is helping people. And she’s being even more generous than that by bringing the podcast we did together about this subject out of her subscriber archives so you can listen! (It'll be here for the next 30 days.)
You’ve actually met me here before, first in the podcast above, and also in this Image-Only Interview. I’m a San Francisco based crafter and writer. I blog about all things crochet at Crochet Concupiscence. My emphasis is on helping people improve their health and quality of life through intentional crafting.
Crochet Saved My Life
In 2012 I published a book, Crochet Saved My Life. I survived a debilitating bout of deep, dark, chronic depression in my late twenties. Crochet is one part of a comprehensive wellness plan, a very important part. The book shares my story as well as the stories of two dozen other amazing women who crocheted to heal. The craft has helped people heal from a variety of mental and physical health issues. I share a lot about that in my podcast interview.
The New Survey
The new survey that I’m running is designed to get a more in-depth look at exactly how crochet is helping people. It looks at:
- • What the most common symptoms are that people are reducing through crochet
- • To what extent crochet is helping relieve those different symptoms
- • How crochet compares to other similar crafts in terms of its benefits
- • The other ways that people are benefitting from crochet (besides in regards to health issues)
I will be publishing the results of the study and using it to supplement my own writing to help others improve their lives through crochet. It is my hope that the results of this study will also be used to encourage an increase in crochet programs in settings like hospitals, schools, prisons, therapeutic group homes, etc.