As someone who loves to knit or crochet, chances are, you have already experienced the calming benefits your hobby can provide. The often repetitive stitches can create a relaxed state of mind like yoga and meditation. This "relaxation response" has even been found to lower blood pressure, heart rate, and reduce harmful hormone levels of cortisol, according to cardiologist, Dr. Herbert Benson, founder of Harvard's Mind/Body Medical Institute.
Did you know yarn crafting has been scientifically proven to improve cognitive ability? Crafters studied by Mayo Clinic in 2012 were found to be 30-50% LESS likely to experience cognitive impairment because they were engaging so many areas of the brain at one time!
Yarn crafting can also act as “an antidepressant,” according to Carrie Barron, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, because these projects take hold of us in a positive way. They become “life-affirming,” creating a sense of pride, satisfaction, and accomplishment.
Not only is knitting beneficial to YOUR health and well-being, it can comfort the hearts of those less fortunate in your community.
Please consider donating your knitted creations to Words & Warmth. We would love to have you join our mission!
Volunteers have knitted scarves, hats, lap blankets, slippers, and wash cloths. A scarf is an easy way to begin.
This pink scarf is simple to knit! The following specs will help you size a scarf from child to adult.
Yarn Type: Acrylic
Stitch: Garter Stitch; Cast on 20 - 25
Needle Size: 7 - 9
Length before fringe: 36 - 48"