Why knitting?

Recent research shows what many weavers already know in their hearts, fabric has a measurable effect in calming anxiety and relieving stress. An international survey revealed a strong connection between fabric and feelings of calm and happiness. In addition to the activity itself, many weavers find benefits in the social nature of the fabric, whether they belong to a local fabric group or an online community. In a clinical setting, a study of a group of people who have eating disorders showed that tissue had a significant effect on reducing anxiety and calming obsessive thoughts or worries.

Knitting is a form of meditation for me. The repetition of the stitching is soothing, relaxing and allows me to stay still and concentrate. Sometimes I can “solve problems” while achieving a woven piece. A lot of satisfaction has been achieved in both efforts.

I have been knitting for more than 60 years, since I was 10 years old. I LOVED it all that time ❣. While it helps improve motor function and mood, knitting also stimulates the brain to stay healthy. The more you use your brain, the healthier it will become and last longer.

According to the Mayo Clinic, older adults who do crafts (including weaving) are 30 to 50% less likely to have “mild cognitive impairment” than those who don't.

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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