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As a young child I was taught several different...
Created By: Erica Krueger

As a young child I was taught several different crafts by my mom. Plastic canvas turned into cross-stitch, then crochet and knitting were added. At the time I would pick up a needle or hook and yarn and had very little idea as to what I was doing and my attempts to crochet square potholders came out as triangles. I quickly became frustrated with knitting and crochet that I didn't spend much time on it. Add being a teenager in the mix and the crafts were quickly forgotten.

In later years I felt the crafty bug again and picked up cross stitch. Aging has not been kind to me and seeing the little holes have been a slow and frustrating challenge. The next choice was yarn arts. I picked up one of those teach yourself to crochet DVD's from the local craft store and off I went. Then once I learned to crochet, a friend of mine and I traded knitting lessons for crochet lessons, so now I finally have the basics for both.

Then my health took a turn for the worse. No energy left very little option for passing the time. In three months I had at least eight doctor's visits, meaning lots of time sitting doing nothing. After the first lengthy wait, it was time to start bringing my projects with me. I have found it to be very mentally healing because I am not stressing out about the waiting times and when I'm at home it keeps my mind away from the illness. There was a scheduling issue with one visit where I ended up waiting over an hour just to get into the exam room and another where the doctor's office had a crisis with another patient as I was waiting on the doctor to write the prescription before I could leave. I could have been upset or stressed out about the wait time, but instead I pulled out my yarn and kept myself busy.

Most recently, I have had some wrist pain and finger stiffness. If I knit or crochet for at least a half hour a day, the pain and stiffness isn't as bad or not even noticeable.

Knitting and crochet is healing in many ways. From strengthening friendships, to reducing mental stress, to increasing movement in the hand and finger joints. It truly is a life saver.

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