Amigurumi as therapy

I have really been trying to make this blog a COVID-19-free space, for my own sanity if nothing else.

But it’s overtaking everything I look at, every conversation I have. There seems to be no escaping the chatter, and that combined with living with an immunocompromised person who could be seriously affected by it has sent my anxiety skyrocketing.

So I did what I always do when I’m anxious (aside from hugging my favourite person); I got my crochet hook out.

To make a little COVID-19 virus.

It might seem counter-intuitive to spend time focusing on the thing that’s causing anxiety, but crochet is magic and I felt my shoulders relax as soon as I started.

Plus it’s hard to worry about something so cute.

The pattern is from Once Upon A Yarn, I used some Rico cotton from stash, and I filled it with pellets rather than stuffing so it also works as a stress ball.

I was going to put the usual “I know this doesn’t actually help anything so please don’t lecture me” bit, but you know what? Anxiety and stress have a negative effect on the immune system. By crocheting and lowering my anxiety I am doing something to help.

So I’m away to take some deep breaths and play with my yarn some more.

Stay safe, everyone.



19 thoughts on “Amigurumi as therapy”

  1. Oh, I love how yours came out. I’m glad you found some benefit from making it – I was actually quite surprised how much better I felt after I designed it. It’s hard not to talk about COVID-19 when that’s all anyone wants to talk about. Crochet really is magic. Thinking of you, stay healthy and safe!

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  2. I love its little grumpy face! I’ve been thinking about crocheting some amigurumi too recently, it’s funny how making a cute toy is such a great way to reduce some stress, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

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  3. This is such an adorable way to manage the fear and frustration. Vent all you need to! This is a stressful, unprecedented situation. If anything, I feel more solidarity reading these posts and knowing that my friends all around the world are going through the same thing. ::hugs::

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  4. Heeheehee! Oh, I love it! And yes, craft IS magic, so do what you have to do to keep your spirits up and your anxiety down. Plus that oh-so-cute scowly face really made me smile, so thank you! Stay well 😊


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