We saw a tweet a few weeks ago that grabbed our attention, and spoke to how important crafting can be for wellness. Rosey, a mother of three living in the UK, wrote about her experience with Postnatal Depression. She writes a blog pndandme.co.uk, advocating for great awareness for mental health issues affecting mothers during and after pregnancy. Her therapy of choice? Crochet. Keep reading to see how exploring a creative habit has helped her combat her ‘lows’.
My name is Rosey, I’m a 29 year old, mother of three, living in Scotland and crochet helps me cope with my depression.
It started after my first child was born and I was suffering with Postpartum Depression (PPD), I found this experience extremely challenging. I lost who I was and struggled to cope. I didn’t feel like I was good at anything, least of all being a mum. I’m a very creative person, I love to be making, experimenting with colours and different media, from yarn to Harris Tweed. However, in the depths of my journey with PPD, I lost all that. I didn’t feel inspired or inclined to create anything, and that left me with a deep sadness.
My mum was the first person to introduce me to crochet. She sat patiently with me one day, helping me get the hang of a few simple stitches. Just to keep things simple; we made flowers!! But that was it I was hooked… literally.
I began making granny squares, then onto hats. Those early days were all about experimenting and discovering all the beautiful yarns that were out there! A whole rainbow of ideas and colours were flooding my very being. I was good at this; well maybe not so great in the early days. I didn’t know my dc2tog from my triple crochet, but I carried on regardless. I enjoyed choosing a pretty yarn, finding a pattern and getting to grips with reading it and seeing my projects coming to life. There is something extremely satisfying being able to make something and being able to tell anyone who might ask, “I made it!”
So as my journey with crochet continued (and my yarn and hook pile became bigger!). I realised just how therapeutic it was for me. I struggled through PPD a further two times. The hooks and yarn would gather dust from time to time, but I knew it was there, for when the fog in my mind cleared and the creativity awoke from its hibernation.
During a particularly tough year, I made my biggest project, a large blanket, using pinks and purples. This blanket was quite literally made with blood, sweat and many tears. It was a way to cope with whatever the day had thrown at me, I could put my children to bed and just disappear with my thoughts for a while. I would sit with music on and crochet. The mindfulness that occurs for me during crochet is a really therapeutic experience. I have to concentrate on the pattern, counting the stitches and so on. It allows me to relax and to let the worries of the day be processed gently.
Over the years, crochet has increasingly become my go to when my mental health hits a metaphorical wall! So now, instead of losing my creativity when I don’t feel particularly great, it inspires me. I am able to put what energy I have into making something, whether it’s a bag, a little mouse or a flower brooch. The process gives me confidence at a time when I often feel worthless. I can look at something I’ve made with pride (even more so when one of my children likes it and request I make something for them!).
We’re honored that Rosey has shared her personal story with us, and the role crocheting has played in finding her ‘fight’. Has crafting played a role in your mental health and wellness? Let us know in the comments below if yarn work has contributed to your wellness.