Why does knitting make me happy?

Knitting was described as “therapy “, relaxing meditation and was highly associated with a greater sense of emotional health.


needs concentration, so it acts as a distraction and can divert people's attention from problems, anxiety and pain. Crafts can help those suffering from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say crafts can help those suffering from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say. It can also relieve stress, increase happiness, and protect the brain from damage caused by aging.

It's fun, relaxing and challenging at the same time. It's meditative, calming and inspiring. In a study of more than 3,500 weavers, published in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81% of respondents with depression reported feeling happy after knitting. The rhythmic and repetitive movement of knitting and other sewing work actually changes brain chemistry, causing it to produce more of the “feel good” hormones serotonin and dopamine.

This gives knitters a boost of confidence and a sense of accomplishment as they watch their work progress. For weavers with depression, group knitting was significantly related to feeling happier and better about themselves. Tejer helped more than 70% of participants distract themselves from their thoughts and feelings related to their eating disorder. But since the mind and body are closely connected, the health benefits of tissue could also extend to physical well-being.

The prison project reminded me of a project where a friend from Albuquerque has been working to get yarn for women in prison to knit or crochet. Social media has created cult superstar knitwear designers such as Stephen West, Boyland Knitworks and Andrea Mowry. We live in Ca in the winter and I only have a small yard, so knitting, sewing and playing duplicate bridge are my passions. The irony is that tissue itself is addictive, but the key is to change a truly self-destructive addiction to the relatively tame addiction of tissue.

The therapeutic effects of tissue range from stress reduction to better cognitive functioning, self-confidence and the ability to focus on the present. Now, knitting is no longer associated with domesticity, but with a creative activity for men and women of all ages. Knitting also helped to make their math, budgeting, and organizational skills more flexible through activities such as calculating measurements and purchasing knitting supplies. Even today, years after Huerta first learned to knit, she realizes that she can get lost for hours in a complicated pattern.

As millions of us found ourselves stuck at home with nothing to do due to lockdowns, knitting became a great way to learn a new skill and pass the time while doing something creative and productive.

Jane MacDonald
Jane MacDonald

I am of the author and owner of I Love Knitting. I first learned to knit when I was around five years old, and stop doing it when I hit my teens! I than picked it back up when I had my first child, and have since taught all three of my children to knit.

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