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Knitting for well being

Knitting scarves, like this falling leaf pattern, can give the knitter a sense of well-being.
Knitting scarves, like this falling leaf pattern, can give the knitter a sense of well-being.
Holli Friedland

All people who knit knows that it can be both calming and aggravating. In the end though, having a finished product that can be used or worn goes a long way to help people feel proud. Think about the last time you completed a project. Didn’t it feel great?

Knitting humorist Sephanie Pearl-McPhee said, “The best reason for a knitter to marry is that you can’t teach the cat to be impressed when you finish a lace scarf.”

The pride felt when creating something and the feeling of accomplishment when finished, cause most knitting enthusiasts to get that warm, fuzzy feeling. The soothing rhythm of the needles, pulling the yarn from the skein, that is a comfort. Even the texture and feel of some yarns can conjure up a sense of well-being.

According to famed knitter and pattern designer, Elizabeth Zimmerman, “Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.”

There is no age limit on this hobby. More and more young people are learning the benefits of knitting and creating a gorgeous piece of fabric from a simple ball of yarn. It is a nice hobby that can be transported easily, done quietly and is a wonderful alternative to video games.

Buying unique items as gifts is becoming very popular as so much clothing and accessories are identical, and unfortunately, mass-produced in other countries. Most knitters will agree, hand made gifts are always the best.

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