We were all incredibly moved by all the stories you submitted to our survey. Thank you all so so much for your honesty and bravery in sharing the tough times you’ve been through. We’ve included just a small sample in this blog post and will be sharing more over the months to come, so that these knitters’ and crocheters’ words can inspire you as much as they have us.
‘Following a spell of depression/anxiety/stress last year, whilst I’m not sure you ever fully recover, I found crochet very therapeutic. I was able to relax. De-stress. And forget all the negativity that had such a draining effect on my well-being.’
‘Knitting, spinning wool, learning to crochet have all helped me in times of stress. The concentration required when learning to knit and crochet took my mind away from my problems and was a meditation in it’s own right. Whenever I knit or crochet I am transported to a happy place! Everyone should craft.’
‘It has! I went through a very difficult, stressful time in my life that lasted over a year, and my one escape was knitting (and also sewing) — there is something so therapeutic about mapping out a project and then working it step by step until it’s finished. It’s perhaps the predictability of it all — that if you follow each step, you will get the outcome you expect. If only all of life would be that way!’
‘Very busy with my master’s degree, working a stressful job and a spouse going through depression and starting his own business…I needed something to calm my nerves and would use my creativity. Knitting and crocheting helps me have small victories, whether it’s finishing a small project or learning a new technique, at a time when life’s challenges seem too big and I feel too powerless.’
‘I find knitting to be very soothing. Over the years when I’ve had periods where very stressful things were happening I’ve been able to turn to knitting and other crafts to calm myself. I also get a sense of accomplishment from learning new skills and finishing projects.’
‘Yes, especially after having my second child. I experienced a lot of anxiety and depression during my pregnancy and had postpartum depression. My husband is in the military and is gone A LOT it helps me relax and have something to focus on besides being alone with my kids and missing my husband at night.’
‘I quit my job that I had been in for the past six years recently due to stress and a desire for change. Knitting and crafting have helped me with my anxiety and made me more confident in my creativity, and have helped me be more confident in my new career search.’
PS If you feel like adding your story too, please just write in to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions will be anonymous unless you would like it to be otherwise!