Why knitting is good for you?

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. Knitting is good for the brain, but it can also be good for the body. Many older people experience difficulties with hand-eye coordination as they age.

When you knit regularly, you force your brain and hands to work together, maintaining your fine motor skills. It can also improve and maintain dexterity and strength in the hands, which can be great for those who want to improve their grip. In addition, there are schools across the country that incorporate fabric into the curriculum. The activity is said to develop fine motor skills, among other skills such as learning to read, since the tissue exercises on both sides of the brain.

Once you overcome the initial learning curve, knitting and crocheting can lower heart rate and blood pressure and lower harmful blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol. My mother had taught me to knit when I was 15, and I knitted in class throughout college and for a few years after that. A neuropsychiatric study found that participating in activities such as knitting could reduce the likelihood of developing mild cognitive impairment by 30 to 50 percent for older people. Instead of wasting your energy on things you can't control, grab a pair of knitting needles and eliminate your worries.

For English physiotherapist Betsan Corkhill, she saw the positive results of tissue in her patients. A recent email from yarn company Red Heart titled “Health Benefits of Crochet and Knitting prompted me to explore what else could be known about the health value of activities such as knitting. At Magnolia Gardens, the knitting club creates a storm all year round, and its work benefits everyone in the residence, as well as community members. The Craft Yarn Council, a trade association for yarn crafts, conducts surveys every year to find out who knits and crochets, why they do it, and to ask about the benefits they feel they derive from yarn craftsmanship, according to Sarah Guenther-Moore, spokeswoman for the group.

Among them is the father of a premature daughter who reported that during the baby's five weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit, “learning to knit preemie hats gave me a sense of purpose during a time when I felt very powerless. Like any other sport, knitting establishes quality individual time to do something you consciously want to do as a leisure activity. Surrounding yourself with other community weavers encourages you to turn a hobby into a social environment. The trial and error aspect of weaving teaches you to remember and remember your mistakes so that you can devise strategies to avoid them in the future.

Buckridge's experience with weaving has been confirmed in studies and surveys of weavers, said Cammie Larson, an occupational therapist at the Marshfield Clinic. At Sunridge Gardens, one of the residents, Hannah, has the entire Perls and Chains Knitting Club working on hand-woven dolls that they ship with a non-profit agency to Africa.

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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