healing with wool

Overview:

My late grandmother taught me how to knit when I was eight years old and I will always cherish the memory of that experience. I thoroughly enjoyed both the privilege of her tutelage and the item I created. In addition, something unique and precious passed between us as she shared her stories, anecdotes and worldly insights and attempted to ease my fears and growing pains.

For the next twenty odd years I dipped in and out of the process, without giving any conscious thought to the timing or motivation of these visits. In fact I only started knitting in earnest about 9 years ago, when a particularly challenging situation prompted me to return to it.

Since then, it has remained a close ally. I consider it one of my favourite crafts and utilise it daily as part of my routine.

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Why Knitting?

Kitting guides me through challenging times, offering me companionship and something positive to focus on. It reminds me that I have skills when I doubt myself the most. And it provides a small and manageable project with an ending that is both visible and achievable. I find it incredibly peaceful, rewarding and relaxing.

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Benefits:

  1. Research shows that the rhythmic movements of knitting induce a form of meditation which leads to mindfulness and encourages feelings of relaxation and calm. These repetitive movements also enhance the release of serotonin, an analgesic, proven to elevate mood and relieve pain.
  2. Knitting is good for coordination and the memory too, with those who practice it reporting noticeable improvement in both cognition and concentration.
  3. In addition, Knitting can be used to break free from habits and addictions, providing a constructive and enjoyable alternative that occupies the hands and mind.
  4. And speaking of exercise: knitting is a wonderful hand exercise, which can improve hand function and coordination for a whole range of conditions in both the young and the old.
  5. Knitting alongside others in groups fosters a sense of belonging, enabling individuals to come together, communicate and make friends. When the brain is occupied with a background automatic task, self-monitoring is switched off. Conversations become easier, deeper and more intimate quite quickly.
  6. Having a sense of purpose and structure to each day is also important: it motivates people to be active and gives a sense of achievement when tasks are completed or new skills learnt. A sure outcome that can be planned: knitting can give control over one area of life in an environment where everything else may be in turmoil.
  7. Accessible any time and in any situation, it can be done quietly, without stigma or mess.

In addition, it can also be beneficial for:

  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Migraines
  • Cognition
  • Concentration
  • Confidence
  • Isolation
  • Depression
  • Acute Pain
  • Medication Dependency
  • Recovery
  • Blood Pressure
  • Dementia
  • Negative Behaviours and Addictions

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For more information, please see:

The origins of knitting
A good yarn – knitting group
Knit, pray, heal – yarn therapy class

Additionally, if you would like to enquire about booking a session with me in private, please contact me with your request.

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