The joy of knitting

In the nineteenth century, knitting was prescribed to women as a cure for nervousness and hysteria. Many new knitters find this sort of hard to believe because, until you get good at it, knitting seems to cause those ailments…especially when unpicking becomes a part of the project! A modern update from Betsan Corkhill – a qualified health care professional states that “knitting has significant psychological and social benefits which can contribute to wellbeing and quality of life.”

We suggested that some of our group share something of what knitting means to them:

  • The support of my crafty friends helped me through the pain of losing a loved one and then the isolation of the pandemic.
  • Sitting doing your creative crafts helps to alleviate stress.
  • Yarn bombing spreads the love and raises a smile especially in the darkest days.
  • Care homes and hospital staff have welcomed the bags of little red hearts to cheer them up.
  • In my younger days I found knitting to be a waste of time and very boring but today it is my newly discovered craft – enjoyed amongst wonderful like-minded friends, that has started me off on an exciting journey of discovery!
  • Socks especially – Christmas baubles – and large fairisle Christmas stocking are some of the things I never imagined being able to do.
  • I love being able to send home-made gifts to my family and friends. Despite the horrid lockdown – periods of the pandemic knitting became therapeutic – good for body, mind and soul.

Another quote (credited to Stephanie Pearl McPhee – the Yarn Harlot):

“Sometimes people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh I wish I could knit but I`m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be a waste of time? First, I never just knit; knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren`t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.”

Are you stressed, anxious, bored or longing to find something to help you? How about coming along to see what we do and how much fun and laughter is part of knitting? Contact us if you are interested in finding a taste for knitting on 0744 3575539.

Here are a couple of books for you to read:

  • Knit yourself calm, by Betsan Corkill and Lynne Row
  • At knit’s end: Meditations for women who knit too, by Stephanie Pearl McPhee.

And the last laugh: “SABLE” – A common knitting acronym that stands for Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy!”

Lorna Raye

April – May 2022