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