The Health Benefits of Knitting: Knitting Your Way to a Happier You

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Although the history of knitting is one that is still contested and discussed, it cannot be denied that the craft has become one of the most popular pastimes in the world. And no, it is not only practiced by old women; a study, in fact, found that there has been a hundred and fifty percent increase in the number of women aged between 25 and  35 who knit from 2002 to 2004, alone. For good reason, too: the health benefits of knitting are too good to miss out on.

The Health Benefits of Knitting

About 15 years ago, I was invited to join a knitting group. My reluctant response — “When would I do that?” — was rejoined with “Monday afternoons at 4,” at a friend’s home not three minutes’ walk from my own. I agreed to give it a try. Read More…

If you do not know how to knit, fret not! You don’t have to live your life not reaping the health benefits of knitting. You can:

  • Learn to knit. Knitting is not a hard thing to learn. Once you get past the initial learning curve, you’ll soon be crafting scarves and sweaters. There are a ton of handy resources that you can check out to get started, complete with step-by-step instructions from making a slip knot to ending a weave. If you have someone who can teach you personally, that’s even better.
  • Find other ways to get creative. Harnessing the health benefits of knitting is not limited to practicing the craft itself; these benefits are, after all, available to anyone who lives a creative live. If you don’t think you’re the kind of person who can find five complementary colors for eggshell in less than a minute, you still have a chance. There are several ways you can encourage yourself to be more creative, including:
    • Don’t run away from any idea. Embrace the bad, and the good.
    • Channel a kid’s curiosity every once in a while.
    • Brainstorm with other people.
    • Take a breather and find inspiration from nature.
    • Engage in a little healthy competition, with yourself or with other

Image Credit:  The Health Benefits of Knitting – The New York Times

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