Book Giveaway: “Crochet Saved My Life”

A little while ago, Kathryn Vercillo of Crochet Concupiscence emailed me about her new book “Crochet Saved My Life: The Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Crochet.” I asked if she would like to offer a free copy to one of my blog readers, and she said yes!

To be perfectly honest, I haven’t had time yet to read the whole book, but I have gotten about half way. I didn’t want to wait too much longer to set up this giveaway for you!

Kathryn shares her journey of how crocheting helped her overcome life-threatening depression. In reaching out to the crochet community, she also met others who experienced the healing and therapeutic power of yarn and a hook. You will follow Kathryn’s personal story, her scientific research, and the stories of 24 other women from all walks of life. Her writing is thoughtful, never saccharine, and her book is an uplifting and educational thank-you to a craft that most people see as just a hobby.

On, the book is available as a paperback as well as a Kindle download. If you are an Amazon Prime member, the book is free in the lending library!

Kathryn is kindly offering one of my blog readers a free copy: a paperback version for U.S. readers, and an electronic version for non-U.S. readers.

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57 Replies to “Book Giveaway: “Crochet Saved My Life””

  1. Heidi says:

    This sounds really amazing. I’m always so interested in seeing how people deal with their depression.

  2. Sara says:

    This looks like a great book too read, would love to win a copy!

  3. Wow! I’m definitely putting this on my reading list. I’m not much of a reader but have been lately since I have been off work from a neck injury on the job. It’s been hard for a busy body like me to lay low and take it easy since May. I get to crochet every now and then with breaks because I get so sore but crochet (or knitting) eases my mind so much. It would be nice to hear a similar story!

    Thanks for posting Twinkie!

  4. Kat says:

    My latest project was put down when the second part of the pattern turned out wrong (user error) and I was 7 rows into it.

    I’d love to win this book! Thanks

  5. Sounds like a great read! I hope I win!!!

  6. Sami says:

    I wont be entering as I think there are more deserving winners out there
    But the book sounds really interesting 🙂

  7. Heidi V says:

    The book sounds like a fun read! My latest project were crocheted Yoda hats for my boys who have just discovered a love for all things Star Wars!

  8. I recently just did an interview with her and her journey is amazing! This is definitely a great deal and a great book!

  9. Brittany says:

    Oh, I was looking for some new books to read and I saw this one on Amazon the other day. :3 Looks very interesting and I’ll be reading it eventually whether I win it or not!

  10. Christina says:

    I agree that crocheting offers great mental and spiritual benefits. I am a huge advocate and encourager if learning handwork for all of it’s benefits.

  11. Sarah N says:

    Wow, this sounds really interesting. I have/had a severe mental health issue for 20 months before I started crocheting on the 1st January this year. I have been so, so much better since then, I am no longer plagued by it constantly. It is still there, but has faded into the background and I feel like me again. I didn’t change anything else aside from starting to crochet, so interesting to know that others have found this too! Will definitely be checking this book out if I don’t win. Currently I am working on two blankets 🙂

  12. conny montes says:

    This looks like an amazing book. I am taking a psychology class and I just learned all about depression. I agree, crocheting is completely therapeutic. And it makes time go by fast.

  13. tara says:

    It saved my life too.

  14. Ellen Barth says:

    Sounds like an interesting book. Something I would like to read!

  15. Ellen Barth says:

    My last craft project was felting a wool sweater. Now I have to use it to make something!

  16. Katie says:

    Currently working on a Jayne hat. Have had to rip it out three times already, grr!

    I also suffer from depression, and I really understand how therapeutic crocheting can be.

  17. Susan says:

    the project i finished was a bunny rattle for a friends daughter. i am currently making a hooded baby blanket for my future son (due in dec)

  18. Natasha says:

    Currently I am working on 100 mini breast cancer ribbons and 25 breast cancer beanies all before october 18th! my friend asked if i would like to help in her benefit and we are giving everyone at the door a ribbon and people who donate get beanies!

    the book sounds like a good read. i know how much crocheting help me through issues in the past

  19. Crystal says:

    All I will say is I can relate 5,000% to this book, I could have written it. I’m happy someone wrote about this.

  20. Andi says:

    I have also used crocheting to help with my depression. The book sounds so inspiring :] My last crocheting project was actually making Twinkie Chan’s candy button scarf!!!

    Thanks so much!

  21. Amy says:

    I’m crocheting a lot of snowflakes! I have a two year old and need something quick and fun. I think ai might make your popcorn garland before Christmas…

  22. Claudia says:

    I would love to win this book, I love crocheting!

  23. cheryl says:

    I too suffer badly with depression and sometimes crochet and making is the only thing that keeps me sane!

  24. Yasmine says:

    Would so love to win. I have entered every single giveaway and haven’t won yet!! =[ This might be the one for me! I hope!!! Good luck to everybody else who entered!

  25. Yasmine says:

    Ooops! I have to comment on my last project?? Well it would be none other than Twinkie Chan’s Buttered Toast Scarf!!!!!!!!! =] =] =] =] =] =] =] =] =] =]

  26. gabby says:

    I have been crocheting fetuses! I totally agree though, crocheting, especially free form without a pattern, is so relaxing.

  27. Marina says:

    Same as all of the commenters above, crochet helps me to unwind, cheer myself up and get my mind off of stuff.
    My latest project is a scarf made with the Crazy Zauberball. Beautiful colours, but very thin to work with.

    Keep up the good work!

  28. Nancy says:

    It has been a pleasure getting to know so many wonderful people in the world of crocheting. Thanks!

  29. Fiona Skye says:

    I would love the chance to win this book as I feel a certain kinship with the author and find relief from my own battles with depression in crocheting…and recently, knitting, as well.

  30. Ona says:

    I am finishing up a pair of crochet/leather boots created in a free-form style I was introduced to in books recommended by Crochet Conspicuous. It’s my first time constructing boots, first time crocheting with leather and my first time working a project totally by free-form. This has been a healing project, as I got ill after beginning it, but I didn’t stop working on it, and we both came out better from the challenges 🙂

  31. I’d really like to read this book. I’ve dealt with my own depression through crochet. It’s a very soothing exercise with the counting and repetitive movements. Crocheting really gives a person and sense of control and power over their own life with the added bonus of making beautiful things. My latest projects have been gaggles of headbands in all shapes, colors, and sizes for coworkers and family members.

  32. niccupp says:

    The last project I worked on was….facial scrubbies made from cotton yarn. Something super simple.

  33. for the giveaway!! HAPPY CROCHETING 🙂

  34. Maureen says:

    This book sounds great!

  35. Heidi says:

    Crochet definitely has been therapy for me after the loss of my daughter. I have been lost without her and crocheting gives me something to do.

  36. Liz says:

    I would love a copy. I’ve been crocheting for over 5 years now. I recently went through a life-shattering crisis. My 5 year old daughter sufferend a massive asthma attack and passed away. Apart from my other kids, crocheting has been one of the only things that has helped keep me sane. I would really love to read other’s experiences. Even if I don’t win a copy, I’ll probably buy the book.

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      Liz, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. But I am glad crochet has been there for you!

  37. Angela says:

    I’ve been suffering from depression for years and it’s true! I started crocheting in April by following YouTube videos and I do feel so much better. I’m not sure whether it’s the feeling of accomplishment or the repetitive motion or whatever, but it does work.

  38. Stephanie Ann says:

    This looks like such a good read 🙂 The last crochet project I worked on was a baby set (blanket, booties, beanie, and mittens) for my sister’s friend.

  39. Frances says:

    I’m a very active person, meaning I always have to busy/ occupied to feel happy.. BUT, it it is very easy for me to “do” so much that I burn out. Knitting & crochet allow my body to sit & rest, while occupying my mind on something too. And it also satisfies my need to have something “useful” done. I have a beautiful product I can wear that I am especially proud of having made myself.

  40. Jenae says:

    I last worked on a Dallas cowboy colored blanket.

  41. Sarah Taylor says:

    Thanks for having this giveaway. I just finished a Drops Design crochet shawl the other night.

  42. Vanessa says:

    I’m currently in this Halloween swap and I’m almost finished crocheting a zombie. The pattern is something I just threw together, now I’m just working out the details.

  43. Tammy Fletcher, LMFT says:

    I would love to enter! I find crochet very therapeutic and recommend it to my clients all the time. I would keep this as an office copy.

  44. Alice says:

    I can’t crochet… yet! But I’m working on it, this book sounds great!

  45. Cheri Jackson says:

    I’m going to have to pick up a copy of this book. Depressed crocheter… sounds familiar ;D Thanks Twinkie Chan!

  46. Kelsey says:

    I would love to win this book just to give it to my friend who also suffers from depression. She used to crochet, but I think it would help her a lot more now, and this book could too! Thanks to both you and the author for having this giveaway 🙂

  47. Tracey Hussey says:

    It’s very kind of you to give away a copy of this book. My latest project is an afghan for my son’s Christmas present. I was going to do one for each member but other patterns keep popping up and shouting to be done and now I’m running out if time. Argh! 🙂

  48. Christopher says:

    Where would I be without crochet and my shih-tzu chasing my yarn balls around or sitting at my feet as I hook away? No idea. But I believe crochet too has saved me from depression, and improved my overall health. I’m HIV+ and since I started crocheting on New Year’s of 2011 (I made it my resolution) my anxiety levels have gone down, my viral load has remained undetectable, and my tcells have shot up. Could it be the magic of making something? I would like to think so. But I always have a hook and a skein on me, and it is so delightful to be able to tune out with mu Ipod on public transport for a long ride and just get lost in a project, or on a train ride for a vacation away from the city, the calming rumble of the axles as I again lose myself in crochet. I love the looks I get from people: a guy with funky coloured hair and piercings and tats, with a lapdog and he’s doing some needlework? THAT in of itself is worth living for 🙂 Thanks for the amusement and inspiration Twinks! xxx

  49. Christopher says:

    p.s. I hope I am in the running to win too! 🙂

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