Hello Dear Friends! Today we speak about CROCHET! Crochet is a fantastic craft because you can make so many totally different kind of things! You can easily mix colours, materials and create something special and even with few basic stitches!
Few days ago Kathryn Vercillo contact me and I was very happy to meet her. She is the author of the book ‘Crochet Saved My Life’. Kathryn is also studying how crochet can heal and help. I think anyone who crochet, knows that beside the fun, it’s good therapy like all kind of crafts.
With Kathryn’s permission, quotation from her post:
A new crochet health survey has been launched to study how crochet heals people. This is a 27-question survey (mostly multiple choice) designed to gather detailed information about the physical and mental health issues that are helped through crochet work and to what degree the craft is helpful. The survey is produced by Kathryn Vercillo, an expert in the topic of healing through crochet.
Kathryn Vercillo is the author of Crochet Saved My Life, a book about the craft’s health benefits. In the book she shares her own story of crocheting to heal from chronic depression. She also interviews two dozen other women who share their stories of hooking to heal. In addition, she aggregates the available research into crafting to heal.
Several formal studies have been conducted that show crochet to be healing. The new study is designed to add to the available information on this topic. One unique thing about it is that the study focuses specifically on crochet as opposed to lumping it in with other crafts. Another unique feature is that it goes beyond asking the question “does crochet help?” (because we know that it does) and explores how it helps, to what extent and for what symptoms.
Kathryn Vercillo will do an in-depth analysis of the results of this study. She will use that information to publish a full report on the health benefits of crafting. She will also use the information in future publications and it will serve as the foundation for continued research into this important topic.
Back to me:
You can help support the craft of crochet by contributing your response to this new survey. The survey is available at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/crochetsaveslives
If you like, share Kathryn’s study and survey and your own experiences about crochet. Has it helped you through some difficult periods in your life? Do you feel it’s a therapy in your busy eveyday life? Have you found out if crochet has been healing you?
I have now opportunity to show you my latest crochet project: Flower Necklace. I’m so fond of those ‘old style’ crochet patterns that were used to sewn around the blouse’s collar and other cloths, tea towels etc.
What you think – sun tanned decolte, white or colourful summer dress – holidays – Crochet Flower Necklace – sounds great or what! I have many different crochet necklaces under process but this time crochet is not healing but bothering my wrist which has pain, so I have to be patient and not to crochet till it’s better. Instead of that I started yesterday new improvised slow motion quilt project but that need’s an other post.
Because crochet is really fun, easy to do, easy to carry with you (perfect summer craft) and also great therapy, I hope to give you some inspiration with few of my earlier projects:
Crochet stones are so much fun to make and wonderful decorations! Click HERE to read my post with lots of photos.
One very good way to start crocheting is to make granny squares or hexagons. They are easy and you will get hooked because it’s so fun and quick to make them and to plan what colours to use for the next one … and the next one … and you just can’t stop! You can make first pillow if the whole blanket scares you, but I couldn’t stop and ended up with ‘NERO’S BLANKET’!
My first try with granny squares was a little blanket to Foxy (the most sweet, little dog we had). I just picket some left over yarns and started – inspired by so many bloggers I just had to try.
I have made one of my favourite jackets with crochet squares. I just started to crochet squares during my trip to Finland and then back at home, gathered them to this jacket. Sorry this worst ever photo but I can’t find better right now and want to show you this idea. This jacket has wooden buttons front. I have on process new jacket with flower squares but can’t find time to finish it.
Then you can also crochet scarfs! They are lovely small projects and with different yarns you can make so dirrefent kind of scarfs. My latest is ‘SWEET PEA SCARF’. My pattern for this scarf is available in my ‘Craftsy Store’. I have used this pattern hundreds of time – for example around the edges of a shawl and knitted jacket.
You can crochet small things to decorate your sewings etc. Long time ago I found this butterfly from one Finnish blog and I have made ‘thousands’ of butterflies since then. I have sewn them on knitted jackets, on fabric pouches, make-up bags etc. I was asked so often about this pattern and English version that finally I translated it. The original Finnish pattern is not mine and unfortunately I haven’t been able to contact the lady who has made it. Unfortunately the Finnish pattern doesn’t have photos because some time ago vuodatus.net had a problem and all the photos disappeared. If you want the Finnish pattern I suggest you use together my English version.
White looks lovely on the linen pouch with some bright red polka dots …
I haven’t made these butterflies for a while and I think it’s time to make some and perhaps some new ideas where to add them.
When I made this rug in the beginning of my blogger journey, I didn’t have many t-shirts in my store (now getting wiser I have a big box). You can see from the photo that it’s old because Nero’s both eares are still up. After the surgery the other stayed down and made him look cool, shabby boy. If you like to start this project, read my post HERE.
Now I don’t remember what else I have crocheted?! So I leave you with my best inspiration, a crochet shawl made by my mother.
Thank you for stopping by! Have a great weekend – perhaps crochet creative! If you have a moment I would love to hear what crochet or sewing project you enjoy mostly in the summer.