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Kathryn over at Crochet Concupiscence is doing a survey about the health benefits of crochet. Here’s a little about Kathryn and her survey:
When and how did you learn to crochet?
I first learned to crochet as a child. My mom taught me, along with a diverse range of other crafts and hobbies. It didn’t stick at the time but it was always there in the back of my mind as something that I loved. I resumed the craft again in my late twenties, learning side-by-side with my mom (who had to re-learn since it had been so long) and teaching myself a lot using a children’s “learn to crochet” book.
What started your focus on crochet and health?
I began crocheting again at that time because I was going through a really dark period of depression and was trying to find hobbies that I could enjoy. Crochet really helped me get through that bad time. I began blogging a little bit about my experience of healing through crochet and I started receiving responses from many other people who had healed with crochet. That sparked my interest in learning more. In 2012 I wrote my book, Crochet Saved My Life, which includes my story and the stories of two dozen other women who crocheted to heal from a variety of mental and physical health issues.
What do you hope to be able to accomplish with this survey?
My primary goal with this new survey is to extend the research that already exists so that we can all better understand the ways that crochet heals. This survey focuses specifically on the craft of crochet (whereas most other research has looked at needlework or crafting in general). It explores the broad range of symptoms that crochet relieves and examines the extent to which it helps. I publish a number of online and print writings about healing through crochet so I’ll be able to use the results of this study to further assist people in finding ways to craft to heal. More than that, it is my hope that the study will be useful in terms of getting crochet more acceptance as a healing option in settings like hospitals, therapy groups, behavioral health homes and schools.
So what are you waiting for? Hop on over and take the survey.