Here is the article if you are interested: The Health Benefits of Knitting
All of this made me laugh out loud because, being a knitter myself, I have recommended knitting to patients as therapy countless times over the years and have pondered starting my own knitting circle at the clinic to teach those who are interested. I would call it my Stitch And Bitch group, because of the history behind the name.
AND because profanity by itself can be a bit therapeutic in its own right.
In fact, though, it is not just knitting. I have recommended crafting of all sorts. “Find a constructive hobby where you create!”
It will help.
To be honest I have only had two people to my knowledge ever take my advice. I taught one how to knit a basic scarf during office visits. It did help, they said, at least it helped until they had made all of their extended family Christmas scarves by July and then gave it up, not wanting to try more complicated projects. Often I get the argument that they don’t know how to start or that they don’t have time or that they could never possibly be any good at it.
No worries. We have pills for that….
I have connected with countless crafters/artists here on WordPress. Knitters, crocheters, woodworkers, photographers, quilters, painters, costumers, artists in other mediums… And I wonder, would they consider it therapeutic for them?
Crafting of various types has gotten me through super rough patches in my life. Making jewelry. Knitting and crochet. Sewing and quilting. I enjoy learning new skills and looking back on the beautiful things that have come from the negativity. The sense of pride I get from finished projects helps lift me up. I wonder if Lego would count as a craft?
Do you craft for therapy? If so, what do you craft? If not, if you were going to pick a crafting therapy, what would you want to try?