I would like to say a huge welcome
A stitch in time...
...saved my mind.
There is no way I could have known when I picked up my crochet hooks after years of not touching them, that I would become a different person. Several years prior, I had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The pain and fatigue that I lived with had robbed me of vitality to the point that my employer "suggested" I take a leave of absence. That was a wake up call to a new life.
She took me shopping for yarn after I found a pattern for a simple cardigan, and was I ever surprised at the glorious selection of colors and styles. And this was just at Michaels; we hadn't even been to a yarn store yet! We started attending groups together, like Stitch and Bitch, and I began honing my rudimentary skills learned at my grandmother's knee.
In the author's press release is the following quote:
Crochet Saved My Life
uses a combination of memoir, biography and research to explore
how crochet has been used both historically
and in modern times to help people heal from
depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia,
pregnancy complications, chronic pain conditions and even early Alzheimer’s.
You can read more about the book on Kathryn's blog, Crochet Concupiscence.
Ravelry Store: http://www.ravelry.com/stores/anna-murphy-designs
Thank you ever so much Anna.
I hope you will check out her sites.
I will most certainly be trying out her basket weave scarf!
It is fantastic to meet and learn about someone else that
has found the healing powers of crochet.