Six Great Articles on Knitting for Wellness
When even Vogue is writing articles about knitting for health, you know something big is happening. Check out these fun reads all about one of the world's greatest hobbies.
1) Olympic Diver Tom Daley's Knitting Habit Has Mental Health Benefits, Experts Say, Very Well Health, August 16, 2021
"The one thing that has kept me sane throughout this whole process is my love for knitting and crocheting and all things stitching," Daley said.
2) The Doctor is Knitting, KevinMD.com, September 27, 2021
"Once my hands got past the clumsy feeling of the unfamiliar motion, I discovered that knitting felt relaxing. I heard similar sentiments expressed by some of the other beginner knitters in my group, none of whom were doctors, but all were feeling stressed by the pandemic."
3) Forget Sourdough. Knitting Is The Therapeutic Trend You Should Get On Board With. Vogue, December 15, 2020, by Alice Cary.
“Amongst established knitters, there was an immediate rise in demand for wool, as they retreated to the activities and habits they already had good reason to know would be comforting and reassuring during periods of anxiety,” Anna Feldman, owner of east London knitting haven Wild and Woolly, tells British Vogue.
4) The Health Benefits of Knitting, The New York Times, by Jane E. Brody, January 25, 2016.
"...I’m part of a national resurgence of interest in needle and other handicrafts, and not just among old grannies like me. The Craft Yarn Council reports that a third of women ages 25 to 35 now knit or crochet."
5) This Is Your Brain On Knitting, The Manifest-Station, by Bernadette Murphy, February 6, 2016.
"When people meditate or participate in a meditative activity like knitting...they increase their creativity, shut off their spatial awareness and time orientation, and they may experience oneness, unity, expansion, feelings of hope, and awe."
6) The health benefits of knitting, The Sacramento Bee, by Sammy Caiola, October 7, 2014.
"The rhythmic, mathematical nature of knitting and crocheting keep the mind absorbed in a healthy way, providing an escape from stressful thoughts but allowing for internal reflection," said Dr. Carrie Barron.
Might crafts such as knitting offer long-term health benefits? The Washington Post, by Amanda Mascarelli, April 21, 2014.
"...the McLean-based nonprofit Project Knitwell, which offers knitting instruction for caregivers, hospital staff, patients and patients’ relatives, has found that participants “are less worried and feel a great sense of accomplishment when they complete a knitted item,” says the group’s founder, Carol Caparosa.
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