January 24, 2019, 2 comments

Healing through crochet

Categories: Chunky Crochet, Chunky Yarn, Creative Happy Life

If you’re familiar with my journey, you will know that I have suffered from chronic fatigue. You will also know just how much crochet saved me at this time in my life when carrying out the most basic tasks seemed impossible. Throughout my experience as a business owner of HomeLea Lass, I have encountered so many beautiful customers, some of who have also experienced chronic illness.

When one particular client, named Amber, reached out to me it was as if she was walking the same path I once had. Amber told me of her health struggles and how crochet helped to heal her through creative therapy, and it reminded me why I started this company in the first place. There’s so much more to being creative than simply making things. We get so much more out of it.

Here’s what Amber says of her creative healing from an “invisible illness”:

“Crocheting gives me something tangible that I can see and touch and know beyond the shadow of a doubt that I made and that I was productive. It may not be what I expected or wanted. It may not be pretty. Hell, it may not even be useful. But I made it. I produced it. I used and gained skills.

Crocheting also gives me a way to be creative without having to drag out all of the tools in the house and 27 different kinds of beads. I don’t have to worry about anyone (cat, dog, fianće, etc) tipping it over. I also don’t have to worry about whether I’m going to feel up to putting everything up when I’m done.
Crochet has truly become an outlet for me and I’m sure I’m not alone.”

Spring Cowl - soft merino wool cowl scarf snood made in Australia | Homelea Lass

If you know someone who struggles with chronic illness like Amber, think about suggesting gentle creative projects to them – it’s important we all take care of eachother. It could give you or a friend the same satisfaction and accomplishment that Amber has experienced. If you have any questions about chronic illness and how crochet helped me, you can read more about my story here.

With love, Lynda.


2 responses to “Healing through crochet”

  1. Paula says:

    I suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I was diagnosed 3 yrs ago. I love crochet because I a kn able to do something when I feel like I cannot move. I love to feel the difference textures. it is something soothing to me.

  2. Jayne says:

    Hi Thanks for sharing your personal story. I too experienced the joy that crochet, knitting and embroidery bought to me when I too, had Chronic fatigue 16 years ago. I now find myself with a chronic pain condition from an injury at school when teaching, and once again have turned to craft to help.
    There’s a body of evidence based research now that proves that doing a craft with a repetitive motion helps with pain. It’s a similar base to mindfulness in a way. Google will going up some articles. It’s been wonderful to have our thoughts and discoveries validated by science!
    Stay calm and enjoy your crotchet, fellow crafters.

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