So much about the world right now is stress-inducing—the technology, the political environment, the anger and tribalism coursing through social media. The thought of making instead of breaking, of quieting the mind rather than getting all fired up, and of feeling GOOD instead of down and blue has immense appeal.
Numerous studies have named activities such as crochet and knitting as a key to stress relief and as a means to counter depression. Kathryn Vercillo, author of Crochet Saved My Life and Hook to Heal, and writer at SimplyCrochet.com, says, “Crochet has been proven to reduce stress among all ages of people. It’s a low cost, easy, fun activity that you can do almost anywhere, allowing you to make the most of its benefits whenever stress strikes…. When I conducted my survey of 10,000+ crafters about the benefits of crochet, 89% of those surveyed said that they crochet to help with stress and / or gain the benefits of relaxation through crafting.”
TSB believes that busy hands, quiet time, and creativity are important to our well-being, which is why we have published instructional craft books for over 25 years. We have dozens of highly illustrated how-to titles in our online bookstore (check them out HERE).
Our newest addition to our craft list is a sunny introduction to the beauties of textured crochet! Author May Britt Bjella Zamori is firmly in love with the possibilities of dynamic openwork, playing with yarn weight, and crochet that’s sturdy and eyecatching at the same time. In her truly lovely book CAREFREE CROCHET, you’ll find soft, enticing crochet pieces for both summer and winter use. There are both big and small projects, like scarves and accessories, long and short vests, blankets and cushions. Zamori uses heavy, cozy yarns for long-sleeved sweaters and light, drapey yarns for dresses and skirts.
Ideal for all skill levels and with step-by-step instructions, these projects are a real treat! So if you are ready to feel good and think crochet might be a way to make you happy, don’t be shy…give it a try.
CAREFREE CROCHET is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.
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Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.