Crocheting in Difficult Times

When I opened the Interweave Crochet Summer 2014 issue I expected to find innovative patterns that begged me to pick up my yarn and hook and add them to my closet, in-depth articles on new or fundamental crochet techniques, and pages of beautiful photography that inspired me. That's just what I have come to expect from Interweave Crochet and is the reason I wait in anticipation for each new issue.

 
Free Spirit Tunic by Natasha Robarge  

But this issue included something else, something perhaps more inspiring. In this issue I read about crocheters who faced incredible physical and emotional hardships, but crochet led them down the path of recovery.

First there is Vicki Sulfara who learned to crochet when she was a young girl. In June of 2000 she was in a horrific car accident that left her with spinal injuries, chronic pain, and the fear that she would not be able to pick up her hook again. Instead crochet became an integral part of her healing progression.

 
  Hope Blooms by Jenny King

Then there is the story of LTC Samantha Nerove, U.S. Army, Retired. I'll let you read an excerpt in her own words.

Pistol? Check. Body armor? Check. Yarn, hooks, crochet books? Check. My Combat Crochet Basic Load (CCBL) was prepped for battle. . . . Night after night, I sat on my bunk holding on to life by participating in the wonder of yarns blossoming into flowers and other projects. Creating with fiber became my personal oasis in the desert of my disintegrating self. Crocheting helped stop the memories-the sight and screams of dying burn victims, AK-47s aimed at my face, and more-from replaying in my head. It directed my mind to a calmer place. Yarn over, pull through . . . . My hands were moving. I was still alive. . . . ­The ugliness and destruction of war pale in comparison with the power and beauty that yarn, hooks, and crochet books can create.

 
Wonder Wheel Top by Jenny King  

– LTC Samantha Nerove, U.S. Army, Retired.

I am looking at each pattern and crochet technique differently now. Each stitch is a story of my life; crochet comforts me when life is difficult and inspires me daily. Take Interweave Crochet with you anywhere and find comfort, inspiration, and amazing patterns by subscribing digitally today.

Best wishes,

P.S. Has crochet ever helped you overcome a physically or emotionally difficult time? Share your story in the comments.

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