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Mad Whimsy talks a lot about the many reasons that crochet made sense as a healing tool for her. I hope you’ll read her full post to learn all about it but I’ve pulled out four major reasons to highlight here: 1. “Counting stitches + invisible patterns made by hands twirling and swooping through the air = a very happy activity for one with OCD.” 2. “Many of us with OCD also like repetitive movements and crochet affords many types of repetition.” 3. ”It’s easy for a wandering mind to get lost in the movements of the stitches and the feel of the yarn slipping through the fingers the same way a thousand times an hour.” 4. “I wasn’t creatively juicy enough to make things out of thin air, but something was itching at the back of my mind to make something. So crochet, with its seemingly exact instructions, could tell me step by step how to make something without my needing to flex a creative muscle that had all-but atrophied from lack of use.” I especially like that last point. Crochet provides endless opportunities for creativity when you’re feeling like being self-expressive but it also offers easy-to-follow patterns that make it possible to create something even when you don’t feel creative at all. This is useful for people during any fallow period regardless of whether or not they’re dealing with such issues as OCD or depression. Source: www.crochetconcupiscence.com
Contributed by Kathryn Vercillo