Recently there have been several articles about how knitting reduces stress and improves other physical traits —
From the New York Times:
Dr. Herbert Benson, a pioneer in mind/body medicine and author of “The Relaxation Response,” says that the repetitive action of needlework can induce a relaxed state like that associated with meditation and yoga. Once you get beyond the initial learning curve, knitting and crocheting can lower heart rate and blood pressure and reduce harmful blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
But unlike meditation, craft activities result in tangible and often useful products that can enhance self-esteem. I keep photos of my singular accomplishments on my cellphone to boost my spirits when needed.
From Collective Evolution:
According to a study published in 2011, elders who participate in arts and crafts are up to 50 percent less likely to experience a decline in brain function or a mild cognitive impairment compared to those who don’t.
And in the Chicago Tribune:
“Even if people have a bad week or don’t feel well, we encourage them to come,” she said. “A lot of the people here don’t have a lot of family nearby, and this provides them with some company.”
Of course we agree with all of this positive news about knitting! We’d love to see you in the store (whether you knit or crochet). You can schedule a private lesson, join a clinic, or considering visiting during our monthly Urban Knitters group which meets on the last Saturday of the month from 3-5pm.
RSVP to join on Facebook and let’s keep the fun conversations going online!