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Why Knitting is the Best Therapy


The therapeutic power of knitting



Knitting is an excellent stress-reliever. It might be easy to feel intimidated if you've never tried it, but it's worth a go, whether by hand or machine. Knitting is the action of using two or more needles to loop yarn into a sequence of interconnected loops in order to produce a complete garment or some other type of textile. The word is thought to have its origins in 'knot,' but the craft of knitting itself originated in Egypt between 500 and 1200 AD.


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Humans might have been knitting for centuries, but for me, it all started a few years ago when I had time on my hands while looking for a job.


In 2019, my New Years' Resolution was to make sure I had my knitting every time I sat down to watch TV, and I have come so far with my skills since then; I didn't even stop while I was working six days a week during lockdown.


I have gifted many scarves, helped charities and events working with children (and even hedgehogs!) to raise money for their cause. As a Shondaland article states, "Knitting for others isn’t just a nice thing to do, it will make you feel better. You’ll not only have the pride of creating something amazing (after a long, meditative session making it), but you’ll have the glow of knowing you’ve helped someone out."


Mum and I make a good team. I knit the scarves and mum finishes them off, sewing the buttons on and joining the strips by crochet. The first blanket I made was a birthday gift for dad, made from leftover yarn. It is one of a kind. After we lost dad, I needed to keep busy and concentrate on something, so I relied on knitting as therapy.


I highly recommend knitting as a therapeutic activity. To begin with, you'll need the most basic tools and a simple project to work from. From there, you can build up your toolkit and discover more patterns, and you'll be a pro in no time!


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