Thursday, July 31, 2008

Knitting My Way Out of Depression


Is this a good way to start off a blog? Well, may as well be honest from the start. I am depressed. Clinically, diagnosably, unquestionably depressed. How long? Well, all my life it seems. Sometimes I have fallen into a deep, dark pit of sadness and hopelessness and other times it has only been a shallow ditch-if you will-of feeling poopy, sluggish and as though nobody liked me and certainly struggled to like myself. Depression was tough to accept, and hard to understand-never mind trying to get others to understand.

Anywho, I have been on sick leave for a total of three months now and what do you think the Queen of Crafting did? Well, she crafted of course! I knit sweaters, felted bowls, crocheted hats, embroidered pillows, beaded jewellery, sewed curtains, painted pictures, cut paper and spent countless hours in search of the perfect supplies.

Creating makes me happy, satisfied, accomplished. I love, love, love to make things. I have to tell you, if you suffer from depression, or illness (physical or mental) I highly suggest taking up a new crafting hobby. My twelve year old son told me "there are no mistakes in art". And I will tell you the same. Just try it and you'll see-I promise.


  1. thank you for sharing your story, your son said well too! best of luck with everything

  2. Thanks for your comment Rua. My life has been changed so dramatically since learning about my depression. I feel so much better since I received treatment. I thank you for your well wishes :)



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