Agreed. When I had to give up crochet for 15 (!) years--it was either that or give up working as a word processor/technical editor--almost no one understood that the crochet had been a stress reliever, a pretty essential "life skill" in itself.
I eventually replaced it with quilting, which can be done these days via rotary cutting, machine piecing, and long-arm quilting (sometime$ sent out to a professional long-arm quilter), with almost no handwork needed.
But when I was able to venture back into the World of Yarn in January 2008, it was like meeting a long-lost love again. And just in time....I didn't know it, but the next four years were going to be absolutely dreadful, and *quiet* non-machine-type handwork has been essential.