Originally published on Unwritten
When we think of knitting, most people imagine their grandmother in a rocking chair hunched over a pair of needles. But there's something to be said for this meditative DIY craft. While Blake Lively took some time off after becoming a new mom, she found inner peace in knitting. Can you imagine being in her knitting circle?
Companies like Wool and the Gang have reclaimed "knitting" as a fun and accessible activity. They create the opportunity to make warm and stylish garments for you and your loved ones. The benefits to knitting are endless; here are just seven reasons to pick up a pair of needles and try it for yourself.
1. It Gives You A Sense Of Satisfaction
There's an amazing sensation of satisfaction when you're creating something with your own two hands: from a ball of yarn and two needles you have created a wearable (hopefully) garment that will last you forever. Wear it with pride.
2. It Can Make A Great DIY Gift
There's a reason Etsy exists -- people love handmade items. Look no further for the perfect holiday or year-round gift; something made with love in every stitch is always a winner at the gift exchange.
3. It Reduces Stress and Combats Depression
As a pastime, the repetitive action of knitting is very relaxing. According to an article from CNN, the act of knitting (or crafting in general) has "effects similar to meditation," which can "reduce stress and fight inflammation." Meditation can act as an antidepressant, and the "motions of knitting activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which quiets that "fight or flight" response.
4. It Saves You Money
Why spend hundreds of dollars on designer scarves and hats when you could make something of equally high quality on your own? Depending on the yarn you purchase (okay, fine, alpaca blends end up quite expensive), knitting your own accessories can save you lots of money. And let's be honest, you'll be a lot more careful about misplacing them!
5. It Keeps You Busy While You Watch TV
Ever get the urge to eat as you're watching TV? Knitting gives you something to do with your hands that's not too attention consuming and that will actually feel enormously productive. With a little practice you'll be able to create a scarf in, like, three episodes!
6. It Never Gets Boring
There are endless patterns to try -- as soon as you master one pattern, you can always pick up another. From sweaters to mittens to socks, a world of warmth awaits. You can even knit tank tops or bathing suits if you're feeling wild!
7. It's Social
The idea of "stitch n' bitch" is actually amazing. My college friends and I meet once a week to knit together and catch up. It's an amazing opportunity for a low-key hangout, and you can inspire each other with your projects.
Whether you're already a knitter or if you're inspired to get started, check out your local craft store to pick up some yarn and needles. There are so many books and YouTube tutorials to assist you in your knitting journey. You might just get hooked; don't say I didn't warn you.
Originally published on Unwritten by Annie Rubin.