As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety issues, I needed something. I was never sure what it was but I knew I needed it. There was something out there that is going to make my daily struggles with depression and anxiety much better. My mom taught me to crochet and though I love it, it isn’t what I was looking for. For me, it was knitting. Knitting has become my go-to hobby to help me get through my tough days. Here is 6 reason why you should knit.
It’s a Beautiful Craft.
Knitting is a beautiful craft. You start out with this ball of yarn (or as someone once told me, a straight line of yarn) and you turn it into something absolutely beautiful. With knitting, the possibilities for designs are endless. No matter what you chose to make, it will be beautiful because you made it!
Knitting can be a lot of work but when the project is finished, it’s so rewarding. Recently I knitted the Pebble Beach Shawl for a friend and after I shipped it out to her, I have to say I missed it. I put a lot of work into my creation and was very proud of my hard work. I am thankful that it went to a good home where it will be taken care of. It may seem silly but a lot of hours go into knitting and it’s nice to know my work is loved.
It helps with depression and anxiety.
There are studies that show how knitting can help those who suffer from depression and anxiety. I do not take any medication for my issues so I am always looking for alternative ways to help ease my depression and anxiety. I can say from experience that knitting has helped me. Recently when I had a miscarriage I was knitting the Pebble Beach Shawl and if I didn’t have that gift to knit, I don’t know how I would have made it through with the positive outlook I had.
Your project will always be Original.
You don’t have to knit to sell or gift. You can knit just for you and the best part, it will be original. You and 100 other people may be knitting the same pattern but you all can have different colors and even the small mistakes make your piece unique. My pebble beach shawl has a big mistake. I couldn’t figure out how to properly fix it, so I left it, which now makes my creation unique.
It’s Good for the Brain.
Keeping your brain challenged is a good thing. You want to challenges yourself to learn a new task and solve new problems. According to a 2011 study published in The Journal of Neurospycharity, leisure activities, such as knitting, can help reduce mild cognitive impairment between 30% to 50%.
Knitting can be fun. You get to take a ball of yarn and turn it into something beautiful. You can create hats, scarves, blankets and even toys. There are so many different choices when it comes to knitting. You get to have fun and create something beautiful at the same time.
Knitting is my go to leisure activity. For me, there is nothing more relaxing than curling up in a chair or bed with my knitting, in my comfy clothes with a cup of coffee and some music. Being comfortable is important. I struggle with weight issue but thanks to prAna, I am able to be comfortable and stylish while I knit. My joggers are seriously so comfortable and I am completely in love with the color! Now my (top) is so soft and warm but what I love is it’s not heavy. I have some button ups that have weight to them and I don’t like it.
Have you ever heard of prAna before? You may be wondering why I am talking about prAna, a clothing company, in my knitting post, but here’s the thing. As a knitter, I prefer natural fibers over man made. I have some beautiful yarn that is made purely out of mohair (Angora Goat) hair. prAna is about Organic Cotton. It’s a much better quality of a product, like my fine yarns, and it’s much better for the environment and the people who work on these farms. Check out this video by prAna on Why Organic Cotton Matters.
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