Knitting can help our Well Being
A few month ago I stumbled upon a craft group in our local library. I was given some wool and knitting needles since I was keen to join in.
One of the ladies in her seventies told me that she is a co-ordinator for Operation Cover Up(OCU) group in the Rodney area north of Auckland. You may be able to imagine my surprise and wondering if I heard right. Yes, I did hear correctly.
Operation Cover Up is a charity organization under the umbrella of Mission without Borders.
The way it works is that people all over New Zealand donate their time to knit or crochet blankets and other items, which get sent to Eastern Europe to keep people in need, orphans being the main beneficiaries, warm.
Below are some of the photos of the blankets, etc. created by the Rodney OCU group.
Most of the creations, which help orphans to keep warm, are knitted with donated wool.
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Since I found that knitting again has helped me to calm down when I feel anxious I did some research online about the benefits of knitting and was astounded by the wide range of therapeutic benefits knitting and other crafts can have.
Carol Caparosa found that when she was in hospital with her young child she could not focus on anything. Fortunately she was reminded of knitting when she was given a hand knitted jumper for her child. When she started to knit she found that it had a great calming effect.
This experience inspired her to get people in hospital, patients and care takers, to start knitting and this developed Project Knitwell.
According to a research, which used the Project Knitwell, done over 13 weeks in Georgetown with 39 Nurses (in the oncology department) found that those who suffered compassion fatigue benefited greatly.
Alzheimer’s and dementia can also be decreased through a regular activity which includes crafts like knitting according to a study, published by Yonas Geda, associate professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, involving 1332 adults ranging from age 70 to 89.
Therapeutic benefits of knitting and other crafts might be:
- Reduction of stress
- Meditative effect
- Lowering of anxiety
- Improved cognitive function
- Better Memory
- Feeling less depressed
- Problem solving improves
- Coping better with life
- Feeling good
Find out more about the research at Stitchlinks.
If you want to find out more check out The Truth About Knitting and Crochet….They are Good for You!
Guinness Record for knitting with the largest knitting needles was held by Julia Hopson in Cornwell, who knitted ten rows of ten stitches with 3.5 metre long needles which were 6.5cm in diameter
Photo Credit: Wikipedia Knitting needle (you can find a conversion table for knitting needles at this page)
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