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The Truth About Knitting and Crochet….They’re Good for You!

How these crafts can improve your mood, mind and body

In January 2014, the Council released its Changing Global Health One Stitch at a Time video featuring interviews with a wide range of people from older adults to grammar school kids about their experiences with knitting and crochet.

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The video was produced by Lasch Media for CYC.

Since the mid 1990s the Craft Yarn Council (CYC) has surveyed hundreds of thousands of knitters and crocheters about why they enjoy these crafts. Consistently over time, stress relief ranks at the top, along with creative fulfillment. In addition, a growing number of studies have been completed and articles written about the benefits of knitting and crochet to one’s mood, mind and even the body by treating symptoms of some diseases. Read the article written by Leslie Petrovski that summarizes highlights of these studies and articles, along with personal interviews.

Has knitting or crochet positively affected your health?

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Tina Knitting calms me down and lowers my blood pressure.
Creative U Studios The rhythmic motion of knitting has been proven to change the brain chemistry so as to decrease bad stress hormones and increase the release of such good mood hormones as serotonin and dopamine. ...knitting is the perfect antidote to life in the hurried and harried world. It offers a very tangible way to connect with the past and to create something truly useful as well as beautiful. In a world whose technological advances-food processors, bread machines, online books-have deprived us of many of life’s tactile pleasures, the feeling of wool or cotton yarn and the steady repetition of stitch after stitch is a restorative tonic, producing not a virtual something that can be altered with a single click, but a real and tangible something….
Caley rhythmic repetitive acts help prevent and manage stress, pain and depression, which in turn strengthens the body’s immune system

Knitting better lives

Knitting is being used all over the world to help people knit themselves into better places.

Yarn Alive is a knitting group in Shichigahama, Japan that has knit together since the earthquake and tsunami in 2011. The members all lost their homes to the disaster.

Knitting Behind Bars teaches prisoners to knit in the Pre-Release Unit in Jessup, Maryland. The inmates knit for charity.

Project Knitwell provides knitting lessons to people undergoing stressful situations. Volunteers currently teach in hospital settings in the Washington, D.C. area.

Wounded Warrior Knitting Wednesdays on gives knitting lessons to family members, wounded warriors and staff in the lobby of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Knitamorphosis Karen Zila Hayes, a Toronto life coach, offers knitting therapy programs as part of her practice in Toronto, Ontario, including Knit to Quit (a smoking cessation intervention), Knit to Heal (for individuals and families dealing with health crises) and corporate wellness for stressed-out workers.