I haven’t been around much lately for a few reasons, including that this blog was in the process of switching to a new host for a bit there, but the main reason is because I’ve been super (happily) busy promoting my new book, Crochet Saved My Life. The book has gotten a really good response so far so I thought I’d share some of that with you here:
2 Amazon Reviews
“This is a fabulous book detailing not just the author’s, but many others’, personal struggles with mental illness and highlighting how crochet (and crafting, more generally) served as a shining light. This book weaves personal stories with scientific research in an easy-to-read style. And, let me say, her personal story is shocking and fascinating! If you (or someone you know) struggles with a mental illness, you will instantly relate to the people featured in the book. And as a crocheter myself, I completely acknowledge the healing ability of the craft. However, the author’s key point is that doing concrete, hands-on work is therapeutic, and therefore would apply to a wide number of crafts/skills: gardening, cooking, sewing, painting… My only regret is the title of the book… I think having ‘crochet’ in the title limits the perceived audience of this book. It’s much bigger than just crochet … A wonderful read. I highly recommend it. – Anastacia
“Crochet Saved My Life starts out with Kathryn’s history of depression and moves into the science of healing from mental illness. This book is filled with story after story of people healing from tragedies and illness all with a hook and yarn. I saw myself in each story and I applaud the women for being brave enough to share in such a public way. My preference was for the stories so I did gloss over the science of depression and other illnesses. That was a bit of a slower read for me. But I enjoyed it because it’s great that science is taking notice of something crocheters have known for a long time, Crochet heals.” – Sara
CrochetKitten says: “Kathryn Vercillo gives many accounts in Crochet Saved My Life of how crochet has helped others, from empowering a woman who was a victim of rape, to helping a woman who suffers from hallucinations keep her grip on reality, to comforting a woman who is going blind. This book is a must-read for any crocheter who has ever felt alone or like no one else understands. If you only have time to read one book this year, make it this one.”
Thornberry says, “I encourage you to have a look at Kathryn’s website and further information about this book, and possibly even order a copy! It’s a great way to support someone who is doing her utmost to explore and promote a popular handcraft in a way that hasn’t been investigated before, and it’s an interesting read as well.”
Moogly says, “Crochet Saved My Life discusses how crochet can be a healing tool used by individuals as well as in group settings. It outlines the specific therapeutic benefits and uses of crochet, making this an invaluable resource for occupational therapists, mental health professionals, and teachers – even those who do not crochet themselves.”
Thanks to all of the early supporters! It’s so very appreciated!