Yarn Over Pain: How Crochet Helped Me Heal from an Injury

Hello everyone in the Crochetree family! Today, we've got a special treat for you—a real-life story from one of our amazing customers, Karla Roy. After an injury shifted her from kickboxing to crocheting, discover how Karla found a new passion in the gentle art of yarn. Let’s jump straight into her journey. Here it is, in her own words:

Part 1: A Twist of Fate

Part 2: A Hooked Beginning

My crochet saga kicked off with a starter kit, and boy, did things escalate quickly! I have made many amigurumis, a blanket, a couple of sweaters, and some other little items. But then, the game changer: Crochetree dolls. One glance at those beauties in an ad, and it was love at first sight. 

Ten months ago, I found myself grappling with a torn calf muscle, a souvenir from a kickboxing mishap. Stuck at home and drowning in boredom during my recovery, I realized I needed a change of pace—something calmer. That’s when I stumbled upon crocheting. Little did I know, picking up that crochet hook would open up a new world of creativity and tranquility for me.

For my 44th birthday in September my children bought me the pattern and yarn for Chloe. Honestly, I didn’t actually get to start on her until Christmas rolled around, but let me tell you, I was hooked—pun very much intended! Crochetree's soft cotton yarn was a perfect find, especially since I'm allergic to wool and acrylic.

Part 3: Crafting Peace

Crocheting has become my sanctuary. As an operating room nurse at the main trauma hospital in my province, my daily life can be overwhelming. Crocheting these beautiful dolls, particularly when my boys are at school and I have a day off, offers a precious escape. It helps lower my stress levels significantly. The act of sitting down, crafting, and listening to music transports me away from the horrific things I see on a daily basis. It is a wonderful escape for me to relax and refresh my mind.

Part 4: Lessons of Patience

I have definitely learned to be more patient through this new hobby. It's okay to go slow. It's okay to have to take rows out after miscounting and redo them, and it's okay to have flaws in the final project because that's what makes it unique and homemade with love. If I do hit a spot that is more tricky I am always quickly helped by either posting in the Crochetree World Facebook page or sending a message directly to Crochetree. This truly is a family of amazing crafters willing to help each other create beautiful dolls and I love being part of it. I have since bought the patterns and yarn for 4 more dolls and am in the process of making Freya for my friends' little girl.

I really am thankful I started this adventure and that it led me to Crochetree dolls. I have no doubt I will eventually make them all.

In Conclusion

As we wrap up Karla’s story, it’s clear that crochet offers more than just a hobby—it’s a pathway to peace. At Crochetree, we're here to help turn every challenge into a chance to create. Remember, a few knots along the way just add character to your creations, and our supportive community is always here to help smooth out the tricky parts. Ready to start your own crochet adventure? Check out our range of patterns and high-quality yarns. Let Crochetree be part of your journey and see where your hooks can take you!

Happy crocheting, everyone!

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