Knitting will help your brain!

Catherine Whittaker COM0011 Blog #3 close up of knitted woolen sweater

As the days shorten and the evenings grow longer here in Canada, folks start knitting.  All across the country, socks, mitts and scarves will stack up, just in time for Christmas gift giving.

Knitting is not your grandmother’s pastime anymore! Knitting is growing in popularity with knitting clubs, social groups and even a IWDworldhat-smlittle bit of activism. Remember the Women’s March and those pink pussyhats!

Learning a new skill, being creative and making things with our hands all contribute to improved levels of self esteem. Nearly all knitters report that they feel a sense of accomplishment when they finish a project.

In addition, according to a recent survey conducted by the Craft Yarn Council, 85% of knitters reported reduced levels of stress and over two-thirds of participants claim that their mood improves while knitting. Over 40% of survey participants reported that knitting contributes to better concentration, and nearly a quarter noticed improved memory.

Knitting needles and yarn.There are plenty of online videos that will help you learn to knit. You can join a knitting club. Members get together and share tips and techniques. These can be in trendy coffee shops or in a someone’s living room. Knitting is social.

So during these winter months, do your brain a favour, and knit something.

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Further reading

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/stitch-stitch-history-knitting-activism/

http://www.lifehack.org/314247/6-unexpected-benefits-knitting

3 thoughts on “Knitting will help your brain!

  1. Great blog post! I agree with you, knitting does help with the brain, and it certainly does help with my self-esteem! I’m sad I haven’t found time to add knitting to my schedule this year. There are so many gifts I want to make for Christmas. YouTube is such a huge help for me if I get stuck on a pattern and need clarification on how to move forward with my project.

  2. I love knitting! I did a lot when my kids were little, but now that they are grown, I don’t seem to have as much time anymore. Thanks for reminding me – I will have to look up my knitting needles, once this course is finished.

  3. Thanks for the comment. I agree; so many things compete for our time these days, including home work. The solution would be to join a knitting group and book in an hour or two each week to knit. Maybe we have to devise a way to do that via skype or something! That way we don’t need to leave the house.

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