Why it’s good to KNIT!

Did you know that pick­ing up your knit­ting nee­dles could im­prove both your phys­i­cal and men­tal health? Here’s how…

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It’ll im­prove your mood

Mas­ter­ing the tech­niques, com­plet­ing a project and mak­ing some­thing com­pletely from scratch pro­vides a real sense of achieve­ment. It’s also proven to be an ex­cel­lent calm­ing tech­nique and you may find that just half an hour of knit­ting a day can help re­duce stress and anx­i­ety.

It boosts brain power

Adding up stitches and rows and fig­ur­ing out new pat­terns can stim­u­late many dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the brain – in­clud­ing mem­ory func­tion, at­ten­tion span, cre­ativ­ity and prob­lem-solv­ing. This will keep your mind su­per sharp and help pro­tect your brain against the ef­fects of age­ing.

It can help to ease pain

The repet­i­tive move­ments re­quired to carry out a knit­ting pat­tern re­lease a calm­ing chem­i­cal called sero­tonin – which can lift your mood and dull pain. Knit­ting it­self also re­quires a good level of con­cen­tra­tion so you’re likely to be dis­tracted by what you’re do­ing and may not no­tice any mild feel­ings of dis­com­fort or pain.

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