I felt compelled to write this post after I received a comment from a reader that really resonated with me. I realized that this was a story I had heard many times, people who have used crochet as a lifeline after suffering a loss. A woman, who bought some of my yarn at a garage sale, started talking to me about the role crochet played in her life and her story actually encouraged me to start crochettherapy.com. Keep reading after the tag!
I want to let you in on a secret. If you have landed on my site, you are probably a crocheter or thinking about learning. Did you know you are not ‘just’ enjoying a hobby but you are actively taking care of yourself? Numerous studies have shown just how good knitting and crocheting are for your mental and physical health. So, congratulations! If your New Years resolution was to take better care of yourself and improve your health, you are already doing it! Read more about Crochet and Happiness after the tag!
Crochet and happiness have an indisputable connection for me. I am continuously on a quest to find out more about this link. If you have read all about crochet and healing, you will know we have been exploring the top ten happiness inducing emotions and why they connect so perfectly with crochet.
Let’s talk about an emotion a lot of us feel a little weird about. Pride. We learn that it’s a bad character trait to be boastful or braggadocios. At the same time I teach my kids to feel confident and be proud of their achievements. This double sided approach to pride can get in the way of deriving pure happiness from an accomplishment and makes this emotion a little difficult to navigate.
What is Pride and how does it connect to crochet?
Do you know the feeling you get when you are truly grateful? The way gratitude can open your heart and make you connect with someone? Or the way unconditional giving can make you just as happy as the person you are giving to? In the spirit of the season I want to explore another distinct positive emotion and how crocheting for charity can be a tool to achieve and practice it.
Crocheting for Charity
Keep reading to learn more about crochet related charities and how you can help!
Crochet and amusement
Silliness as one of the ten most common positive emotions we can use to boost our happiness and why crochet is great in times like these. Keep reading for a list of a few of my favorite silly crochet patterns.
In light of recent events I feel I need to write about this happiness inducing emotion. Life around us has been pretty bleak and I find it difficult to stay on track with trying to improve my happiness level. This is where silliness comes in. Taking a break from reality and redirecting your attention to something irrelevant and amusing might be more beneficial than you’d think! Read more after the tag
Crochet causes happiness
Next on the list of the top ten positive emotions you can link to crochet is Serenity. The feeling of peace and calm that comes from repeating a pattern, feeling the yarn between your fingers and watching your project grow ever so slowly is one of the secrets to why this craft induces long term happiness and health. Some crochet patterns achieve the perfect balance of repetition and complexity. They can keep you interested and won’t take too long, but can get you into a state of crochet bliss. Sprinkled in this article are a few of my favorite Serenity inducing patterns, like:
How crochet can help boost your happiness.
This post will touch on another not easily recognized positive Emotion. Interest. In crochet I have found that once you start to know the basics a whole little Universe will open itself up to you as there is a sheer endless list of new techniques. This old craft comes with it’s own language and is incredibly versatile.
Interest makes you sit and frog a project over and over again, because the pattern is so complicated but you still really want to learn how it works. It makes you hunt down a technique because you saw a headband somewhere and you just have to figure out how to make it (it’s Tunisian crochet, btw). This is where the self described obsession people in this field talk about so often comes in.
Crochet to stitch away stress!
All around the country crocheters and knitters have been busy stitching lemons with the simple message to #stitchawaystress.
Did you know April is stress awareness month? This is Probably because in the US the dreaded tax filing deadline falls right on the 15th and that may just be the most stressful things on our yearly calendar (especially if you are one of the many people who actually wait to do it until the deadline!). The Craft Yarn Council has taken this as an opportunity for its “if life gives you lemons…” campaign to share the knowledge of crochet and knitting’s stress reducing qualities.
Crochet and knitting are proven stress reducers.
Crochet Stitch Inspiration
There are literally thousands of different crochet stitches or stitches used in different ways to create unique textures or fabrics. The versatility of this craft will never cease to amaze me. And just as you think you have seen it all, along comes overlay crochet, like the stunning mandalas from Caro Created, the Mexican mandala from Melody Macduffee, or Tatiana’s Mandala on her site. (hint: there is a great tutorial to start your own overlay crochet adventure on her website!)