The New York Times recently published an article about the health benefits of knitting. You may not be surprised to learn that there are many.
Jane Brody, one of the NYT’s experts on health and nutrition joined a knitting group and found herself quickly hooked on stitching. “As I’d discovered in college, when my hands are busy, my mind stays focused on the here and now.”
The Craft Yarn Council’s campaign to stitch away stress last spring was a huge success. They have noticed a growing number of new knitters that include school children as well as men and women of all ages. Knitting is not just for grannies anymore.
Knitting has been reported to help some folks lose weight, others to quit smoking, and manage stress and anxiety. Arthritis pain can be minimized and it can establish a creative outlet that provides a rewarding sense of accomplishment. Nothing beats the warm glow of finishing a project! Having a tangible product can make the meditative practice more rewarding for type A personalities not drawn to sitting quietly as its own reward.
And there is more! We hope that you’ll take a moment this week to read Jane Brody’s article. You may find that if you are not already knitting, you may feel inspired to pick up needles; or perhaps share your stitching skills with a friend or family member who could benefit from it’s advantages.
Let’s all cast on this spring!