As a child I remember watching movies where sweet little ladies were knitting and chatting. Their needles clicking, yarn rolled up in balls, and smiles all around. I was so fascinated by this wonderful art! I did not personally know anyone who knew how to knit, though my mom did teach me to crochet, and I desperately wanted to learn.
Thank you Google!
When I was finally out with a family of my own, I decided I was going to learn to knit. I found knittinghelp.com and off I went. Now, I am definitely not a pro in any sense of the word, but it is something that I really enjoy doing.
Along the way I learned that there are actually some amazing health benefits of knitting, as well as it being enjoyable.
Health Benefits of Knitting:
- Keeps some focused during lectures, etc
- Induces a relaxed state like that of yoga and meditation (Dr. Herbert Benson @ The Relaxation Response)
- Lowers heart rate and blood pressure
- Reduces harmful blood levels of stress hormone, cortisol
- Used to quit smoking, drugs, harmful habits (Karen Zila Hays – Knitting Therapy Knit to Quit – Smoking)
- Loose weight, if you are knitting, you are not eating, especially the mindless eating that I do in front of the TV!
- Great exercise for fingers
- Staves off the decline in brain function
- Relaxed repetitive motions can calm the body and brain and create a better mood (Red Heart)
- Can help those who battle with depression and anxiety (Crochet Saved My Life by Kathryn Vercillo and Julie Michelle)
In my own battles with depression and anxiety I have seen the benefits of the calming and repetitive motions of both knitting and crochet. I can feel the peace just wash over me. Giving my brain something else to focus on helps to make all those other emotions fade. It is also a great time to focus on prayer and God. Which in turn will also help with all of the other areas.
If you are not already on who knits or crochets I highly suggest giving it a try.
How has knitting or crochet helped you?
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Here at The Quiet Homemaker I aspire to live a peaceful, quiet life as Paul urged the Thessalonians. God has blessed me with an amazing husband and three wonderful boys. He entrusted them into my care and I want to please Him by caring for them in a way that brings Him glory. I want to show them a quiet and peaceful life, where they work with their hands and tend to their own affairs and then reap the rewards of a job well done. The best way to show them this is through my example. Read More…
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