Lots has been made lately about knitting being therapeutic which I am sure is no surprise to us seasoned knitters. No matter what part of this blue and green orb we live on, there are pockets of us knitters and crafters that if you inquire (nicely) will tell you how relaxing and or beneficial working on a project can be.
Negatives To Positives
Just on the outset the ability to take a negative and turn it into positive would fall directly into the domain of knitting. The ability to create beautiful and artistic pieces that are tangible can contrast in a good way when one may be dealing with a case of the blues for whatever reason. It reminds one of one’s ability and talent and ultimate creativity. It is also depending on the piece being worked on a reminder of a STILL useful skill that while many engage in, many more are unable to grasp fully.
Knits and Purls
It’s hard to remember or focus on the lies he or she told, or the thing that made you cry when one is engaged in navigating through a pattern and stitches. Successfully doing so, however is its own reward. Navigating through a project to the end leaves the owner with the reward of something useful, beautiful and reminds them that they can make it through adversity.
My personal assessment aside, there are loads of studies being done on the therapeutic aspects of knitting –
Knitting Has Proven Therapeutic Value – Mentions the Wounded Warrior Project
Of course creativity can chase away the blues, If however you find yourself unable to shake them you should seek the help of a professional who can make an assessment and help guide you through the process. Then you can knit the knits and purl the purls…