Crochet is my therapy, what’s yours? 


 I’ve always loved being crafty for as long as I can remember. In the holidays we would go to hobby craft with my Nan and pick something to make and often my Auntie and cousins would get involved too! It wasn’t until after I had Henry that I discovered crochet thanks to one of my afore mentioned cousins 😉 so I’ve been doing it for roughly 3 years, a relative newby. 

In the lead up to having Floss I made loads of crocheted items for her, mainly because I could barely move from a ginomorous bump (im aware I’ve made that word up) and the ridiculous heat of a Gibraltar summer! 

Baby booties that she may have never worn… but they were worth making just to look at!

You’re probably thinking.. a cardi, in summer? But the midwives assured me that it would be cold in the hospital!

But it’s been since I’ve had Flossie that I’ve found real value in my love for crochet.

After feeling a bit low after the birth of Henry I anticipated the same this time, especially with being away from family and friends. What I didn’t expect was to feel the absolute lowest I’ve ever felt, to feel I’d lost myself and to feel in, what I can only describe as, despair. I don’t hesitate using these words because I was, in total honesty, completely floored by the way I felt. 

Anyway I don’t want to dwell on those feelings too much, only to explain the situation as such. 

After speaking to family members and a lovely lady from the mental health unit here, I realised that one way I could make myself feel myself again was to not stop doing the things that make me, me! 

My adaptation of an amigurumi doll with the addition of a flowery bonnet and a lacey collar.

Crochet isn’t the only thing I love doing, I also love a good book and a Netflix series or two 😉. But I made sure I made time for these things, in between the madness of looking after a newborn and a 2 year old of course! Now, if I don’t have a project or a good book on the go I do feel a real sense that something is missing, so I actively search for a book or have a peruse of Pinterest to get my creative juices flowing. 

Of course there’s that usual mummy guilt whenever you don’t dedicate every waking second to your gorgeous children but I’ve found quite a good balance now. 
When Flossie’s in bed in the afternoon and Henry’s playing with his toys or watching a film, I’ll sit on the floor with him and answer his 57 million questions and talk ‘Thomas’ at the same time as a bit of crochet! Obviously it’s not always a smooth session, we have many wee and snack breaks or a quick sprint to re-insert a lost dummy but hey, is mummy’s are good at multi-tasking right?? 

I’ve also begun meeting up with a group of like minded ladies in the week to crochet and discuss our ‘therapy’ together. 

Making time for crochet and the things I love, wasn’t the only key to my recovery, but it was definitely a big part of it! 

What’s your ‘Therapy’? What do you do that makes you, you? Sometimes life gets in the way of us dedicating much time to these things but I feel it’s so important, for our mental health and overall sanity, that we really try to fit them in where we can. 

If you fancy having a go at the amigurumi dolls I got the pattern from the very talented lalylala. You can buy the pattern here https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/lalylala 

Unfortunately I can’t remember where the pattern for the little shoes came from.. but the cardi was definitely from a ‘Love Crochet’ magazine 🙂 

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15 thoughts on “Crochet is my therapy, what’s yours? 

  1. Mindfump says:

    Loving the crochet! Can’t say I’ve ever tried this but it actually looks like a lot of fun. I used to do sports for mental recovery but with a series of injuries I had to stop – now writing is my outlet. I’ve had a rough patch lately so I’m not sure it is the perfect remedy but it is helping. Thank you for the post!

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    • kategibson12 says:

      Thanks for leaving a comment and reading my post! I love crochet, it really is a lot of fun when you get used to it! Sorry to hear about your injuries, I’ve never been sporty myself but exercise is definitely great for the mind! Sorry to hear you’re going through a rough patch, anxiety and depression can be really tough can’t it. Actually your comment made me edit my post a little bit as I realised it sounded as if I was saying it was that alone, that made me better and it wasn’t! But it did help a great deal! Thank you again xx

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      • Mindfump says:

        I can actually image, plus you get a cool thing at the end of it which no one else has. And thank you – I hope I feel better very soon! This is starting to get annoying. Great post though!

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  2. Postcard from Gibraltar says:

    I couldn’t agree more Kate. Craftiness is what saved my sanity and it’s helped plug the gap left when I gave up my career to be a full time Mum. It’s so easy to get caught up in putting the children first but you need to put yourself first every now and then and remind yourself that you are more than just Mummy! Whenever I feel down or out of sorts it’s usually because it’s been a day or two or even longer since I created something. Lovely blog post xxx

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  3. Lin says:

    Kate, I am enjoying reading your blogs and think you are amazing for finding the time to write them….that is a big achievement in itself!!!
    I have seen some of your crochet so know how talented you are and it is good that it has been therapeutic during your difficult time xx

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  4. Create-A-Holic Writer says:

    Crochet is most definitely my therapy. I’ve dabbled in many different types of crafts over the years, but I’ve never been so hooked on any like I am with crochet! There are more techniques and projects to try than I have years on this earth… I definitely am addicted!

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