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Happy National Crochet Week! To lovers of crochet, there are only two types of people in the world: people who crochet, and people who don't ... yet.
And there are two times of year: National Crochet Month when wielding the hook is celebrated and the other 11 months when ... well, it's celebrated then too.
The Crochet Guild of America decided to celebrate one week of National Crafts Month. In 1998, National Crochet Week was declared by CGOA to fall on the second week of March. This year it's March 16-22, 2015.
Things must have caught on nicely because in 2000, March was declared National Crochet Month. In 2005, the celebration was extended to the whole month of March as National Crochet Month.
Crochet is not knitting. Knitting involves two needles, while crochet uses only one hook. Like knitting, crochet can be used to create blankets, baby clothes, hats, scarves, shawls, mittens, just to name a few items.
All this grand creating can have be good for your mental, emotional and physical health as well.
Author Kathryn Vercillo of the book "Crochet Saved My Life" describes some of these benefits in a Lionbrand.com article:
1) Crochet can decrease depression by increasing serotonin production.
2) Crochet can ease anxiety.
3) Crochet can hike your self-esteem as you learn new skills and become productive with them.
4) Crochet promotes better sleep.
5) Crochet reduces stress.
6) Crochet helps process grief with its soothing, rhythmic motion.
7) Crochet may even delay or decrease signs of dementia.
To crochet is to set off on an optimistic undertaking. The crocheter picks up a formless skein of yarn, with a full-blown scheme or sometimes just the germ of an idea in mind to create something out of nothing.
Want a new hat? Make it in the style and color you want. Feel a little chilly in the evenings? Wield your hook, and create a warm and cozy shawl to cuddle in.
Does that new sweater or blouse need a little extra something? Crochet a unique trim that just fills the bill, and matches the picture in your imagination ... or comes close enough to make you happy.