I Knit so I Don’t Kill People

We’ve seen that slogan on mugs, bags and t-shirts; and sure, it’s funny, but is there a grain of truth in there?

Maybe.

Clara Parkes, author of the just released book, The Yarn Whisperer, Reflections of a Life in Knitting, and founder and publisher of KnittersReview.com writes:

“Is knitting therapeutic? Heck yes. It’s a proven scientific fact, just like we know chocolate and red wine are good for us. Since turning my life over to yarn, I’ve talked to thousands of knitters who claim it’s cured everything from gout to their weight problems. I can’t speak to all cures, but it can certainly improve one’s mental health. I know it helps mine.”

Knitting has been called the “New Yoga” and is increasingly being used as therapy in hospitals, schools and prisons to help people lead healthier, happier lives.

Dr. Herbert Benson, author of The Relaxation Response reports that the repetitive action can induce a relaxed state like meditation and yoga can. It can lower blood pressure, slow heart rate and reduce dangerous blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Stress relief isn’t the only benefit. Oh no. Not by far.

Research suggests that knitting and crocheting can help alleviate depression, manage chronic pain and help control overeating. But the most exciting research finds that the risk of dementia can be lowered!

Two sticks and a piece of string can do all that?

Wow!

Read more at:
Craft Yarn Council
Sheep and Stitch
The Health Benefits of Knitting

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