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Friday
Jun152012

why people love to crochet - by jb anthony

 

"There are many reasons why people love to crochet. For one, crocheting is therapeutic. Because of its calming, rhythmic movements, many studies have shown positive results for people suffering from chronic depression, Alzheimer's disease, dementia and schizophrenia. Crocheting is also for ordinary people who simply enjoy the feeling of accomplishing something with their after-work time. Crocheting relieves stress and muscle tension after a hard day at the office as crocheting easily takes your mind off work and draws you deeper into a solitary hobby where you can collect your thoughts as you let your fingers and the crochet hook do their work.

Yarn colors also have positive effects on the eyes. Colors in soft, fuzzy materials provide a diversion to the cold, hard and glaring screens of your office computers that you have been staring at for the whole day.

Aside from the psychological and emotional benefits of crocheting, it also provides material benefits. I have known three housewives who have gone into crocheting, first as a hobby, and then into business, making sweatshirts, shawls and pillowcases in different designs and different colors. Of course, the income may not be as high as when you sell hotdogs during baseball season but it does add a considerable amount of cash into the household income, not to mention the personal satisfaction of having been able to consign and sell your own handiwork in small, local shops. Other items that can be made by crocheting are cellular phone cases, fashion bag parts, tablecloth, and coasters.

Crocheting can also bond people. It provides a healthy venue for women and even young girls to come together to share thoughts and exchange views while exchanging crocheting patterns. It is both a social and a solitary hobby. While some people like to meet friends through this common interest, some people are also more comfortable working independently and their work comes out just as fine.

Most of all, people who are into crochet simply enjoy the fact that crochet tools are small and handy and can be easily kept in purses to take out when a good crocheting diversion is called for."

(Gorgeous granny ripple blanket courtesy of Adele Marais, member of Craft Share)

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Reader Comments (3)

So beautifully summed up - crochet is beneficial on so many levels, it brings people together from all different backgrounds, whatever their geography. Just checking in to the 'i love pom-poms' blog makes me smile each time.

June 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara Sinaguglia

Thank you Sara! I appreciate your comment (and the link on your blog to mine!) Love from South Africa, C x

June 18, 2012 | Registered CommenterCornel

Amen! xxx

July 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermaryna

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