I've mentioned before how much I love to crochet. Yarn is some of my most serious therapy. The rhythm of the work, and the joy of making something with my hands is just incredibly soothing. I try to do it every day, although I'm not always successful.
I realized earlier today that I've never shared pictures of some of my projects. My most recent one is an afghan for my parents for Mother's and Father's Days. I started it in early March, although I worked on several other projects in the meantime. I'm now almost finished--I just have to finish the trim around the edge and then I'm finally (!) done.
I first learned how to crochet when I was in residential treatment. We were stuck inside one day, and I was bored out of my mind. I knew the basics of knitting, but nothing of crochet. So my friend E taught me the basics. I could never master anything more than the basic knit stitch, no matter how hard I tried. Nor was manipulating two needles that easy for me. But I took off with crochet. It's just wrapping yarn around a stick. All you have to do to make the different stitches is wrap the yarn a different number of times. I'm not practically giving myself stigmata with knitting needles, either.
It's become a huge part of my recovery. When I get stressed or upset after eating (which has been known to happen a time or two...) I just pick up my yarn. It takes enough of my concentration to tone down the obsessions, but it doesn't take so much concentration that I can be too upset to work.
How about you? Have you found crafting or creative projects an important part of your recovery? Share your thoughts in the comments!