Kathryn Vercillo

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Kathryn Vercillo wearing a crochet shrug she made.

Kathryn Vercillo is a San Francisco based freelance writer, blogger and artist. She shares on her website, "I am a writer, a crafter, a daydreamer and a part of a community that starts in my San Francisco hometown and radiates out. I believe that self-expression is the key to self-realization and also the key to connecting communities."

Kathryn researches and writers about all areas of crochet, and she loves crafting a variety of different types of projects, but she is particularly an expert in the topic of crochet health. She is committed to the study of how crochet helps to heal people from a variety of different mental and physical health conditions. She is also committed to helping others share their personal experiences with crochet health to benefit the whole craft community.

You can contact Kathryn through her social media channels.

Experience

Kathryn Vercillo has been a blogger / author for more than a decade, writing across a diverse range of topics.

Kathryn launched her crochet blog, Crochet Concupiscence, in January 2011. Blogging daily, she provides researched information and inspiration across all aspects of the craft including crochet art, crochet fashion, crochet patterns, crochet books, crochet history, crochet health and more. If it can be done in crochet, she's covered it. She loves to use this blog to celebrate all of the amazing work being done in the crochet community.

In 2012 Kathryn published her book, Crochet Saved My Life. Combining intense personal stories (including her own battle with depression) with researched information, Crochet Saved My Life shows how crochet has helped people heal through a diverse array of conditions including depression, PTSD, schizophrenia, chronic pain conditions and more. Focused on, but not limited to, the craft of crochet this book really demonstrates how HANDMADE HEALS. Kathryn is currently working on another book, Hook To Heal, which is a set of creativity exercises for crocheters who want to craft to heal.

Kathryn loves self-publishing both online and in print, but it's also important to her to connect with the larger community by writing for other publications. She writes a column about everyday crocheters for Interweave's Crochet Magazine, has a monthly crochet interview column with digital magazine Happily Hooked and does monthly guest blog posts about crochet for the Lion Brand Yarn blog. Her writing has also been widely published around the web on sites including Crochet Today, Crochetvolution, Whip Up, Crochet Liberation Front, Craft Gossip, Elk Studio, Felted Button and Handmadeology.

Kathryn enjoys many different types of crochet projects. She almost always has a large crochet granny square blanket on her hook. She also especially enjoys creating crochet cowls, crochet shrugs and crochet dresses for herself. She usually doesn't work from patterns, preferring a freeform approach. She also enjoys creating crochet art. She has contributed her original crochet art to a variety of projects including Yarnbombing LA's Put a Ring On It and Granny Squared, Papergirl SF, and Yarnbomber's Lizard's Mouth Yarnbomb.

Education

Kathryn's education in social work and the mental health field have contributed greatly to her understanding of how crochet can help people to heal. She has an AAS in Social Work with Youth Emphasis from Pima Community College and a BAS in Public Agency Service with Community Service Emphasis from Northern AZ University. She is currently getting a Masters' Degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from CIIS in San Francisco.

​Some of her recent awards/ recognition include:

  • Named Black Sheep Wools Blogger of the Month, April 2014
  • Crochet Saved My Life was mentioned in Craft Yarn Council video on yarncraft health
  • Made the list of Craftypod’s Top 5 Posts I Refer To Again and Again, 2014
  • Crochet Lounge Top 20 Heart-Centered Bloggers, award for best curator and storyteller, 2014
  • Crochet Saved My Life received a 5 Star Review by Anne Boling for Readers’ Favorite, 2014. The book has more than 55 Amazon reviews with an average 4.5 star rating.
  • Sussle $1000 Scholarship Winner, expert (“savant”) in Crochet channel, 2013
  • eLit Awards Silver Medal Winner in Psychology sector for Crochet Saved My Life, 2013
  • Named in Top 5 Craft Blogs, Insider Crochet Magazine, 2012
  • Runner-Up for Flamie Award for Best Crochet Blog, 2011

Kathryn Vercillo

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you." - Martha Graham