Hello loves –
2 entries in one day! 🙂 Just been thinking about some things – one of them was the dishcloth, the photo attached is the dishcloth I make when I am sitting down watching TV, Road trips (longer than 20 min car ride), at work talking to people during breaks, even when I am reading (normally doing break times) I had bind off a bunch of dishrags I previously made, and added it to the box of stash, for Christmas I handed them out I had a bag, maybe 20 some with 3 tied together various of colors, it is simple, easy to make, some uses it for their faces, some uses it as dish rags, I do not know who does not use them – but if they don’t they have not said anything to me, but if I known they do not want or use them, I would not give them out to them. Not because they don’t “deserve” them, but it is a waste of space, time and money for those not to be enjoyed.
I saw how many I had, ready to be tied together (waiting to get more colors since most are the same) there was about 25, and I could not help to wonder, is it even helping me at all? with my anxiety, my self esteem or my pain? as a coping method. I even take it to my therapy sessions, I do not have to look on it, for one, it takes about a movie & half length, so about 3 hours for one. I hope I am not wasting my time or money for this. I am building a stash once again for Christmas & birthdays –
One day I hope to be able to sew again, I have not touched my sewing machine (AKA Mista J) in about 2 some months.
Still need a reason to try your hand at the craft? Therapeutic knitters say you might especially benefit if:
- You feel helpless.
One of the first things Maynard did when her husband was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer was to visit the yarn shop. The hobby saw her through many hours in hospital waiting rooms. “It helped me feel productive at times when I otherwise didn’t feel productive because I was ‘sitting around,'” she says. Her organization, Project Knitwell, has helped facilitate that feeling among parents of sick children, too.
- You’re stressed.
Meditation can be hard – especially if you’re dealing with health problems. “Your brain doesn’t feel like learning anything new when it’s highly stressed or in pain or when it’s depressed,” Corkhill says. Knitting, by contrast, is easy. “It seems a meditative-like state seems to happen as a natural side effect of the rhythmic movements of knitting,” she says. A survey she conducted in partnership with Cardiff University in Wales of more than 3,500 knitters worldwide found that the more frequently they knit, the calmer and happier they felt.
- You’re anxious.
The way knitters must arrange their arms – in a sort of protective arch in front of their bodies – creates a safe zone that can be particularly comforting for people who have anxiety problems, Corkhill says. She’s even helped people cure panic attacks by teaching them to take out their knitting whenever they start to feel anxiety rising. “If you combine that instantaneous sense of calm with portability, then you’ve actually got a really powerful tool,” she says. Eventually, anxiety-prone folks can learn to merely visualize themselves knitting to achieve the same effects.
- You’re down in the dumps.
If your aim is happiness – not, say, to create a Christmas gift – make sure you pick yarn that feels good to the touch and, ideally, that’s one of your favorite colors. “Touch elicits an emotional response, and touching something good makes you feel good,” says Corkhill, whose survey also found that the yarn’s texture matters twice as much as color when it comes to improving mood.
- You’re lonely.
In addition to helping her feel productive, Maynard, whose husband died a couple of years ago, appreciated how knitting in hospital waiting rooms served as a social lubricant among patients’ loved ones and hospital staff alike. “If I pulled out my knitting, people would actually make eye contact and begin to talk,” she says. Social knitting groups also seem to facilitate more meaningful conversation than, say, sitting around for tea, since the mental energy it takes to knit reduces knitters’ tendency to self-monitor, Corkhill says.
- You have chronic pain.
Corkhill wasn’t surprised to read that first letter about knitting’s pain-relieving effects; qualitative research has supported it. Since the brain causes the experience of pain when it perceives fear, knitting can help reduce that sense of fear and increase the sense of safety, Corkhill says. The sense of success can also release feel-good chemicals in the brain that dull or inhibit the sense of pain, she says.
- You need a confidence boost.
Save for people with medical limitations, almost anyone who dedicates a little time and effort to it can learn how to knit – an achievement that, like learning any new skill, can fire off the brain’s reward circuit and inspire people to take on other challenges, Corkhill says. “[Knitting] instills confidence, it reduces fear, it reduces worry,” she says. “It makes people feel worthwhile again.”
Have a great Friday Afternoon!