Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

The year 2008 has been the most productive year ever concerning knitting - for me at least. Here are some of my FO's - not including the most recent Christmas presents, which I will come back to in the beginning of 2009. More photos here.

May the needles be as active in 2009 as they have been in 2008. I hope to spend lots of hours together with them, some yarn, and other knitters who enjoy knitting as much as I do.

My favorite fibers happen to be natural fibers, so when I became aware that the UN has declared 2009 to be the International Year of Natural Fibers I couldn't be more thrilled. You can read more about it here and don't forget to watch the video.

See you in 2009 with an update on the Christmas knitting.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Knitting prevents stress, depression, pain and dementia

As knitters we tend to believe this but until now it has only been a claim. At the moment it is being further investigated and scientists are about to show us that it is not just the actual occupation that causes the positive effect.

Yesterday I read a small paragraph in the local university newspaper. It shortly introduced a research project about the therapeutic benefits of knitting and other needlework, which is currently up and running. A bit of googling lead me to other articles about this exciting project. Anecdotal evidence has been collected since 2005 by ex senior physiotherapist Betsan Corkhill, who launched the project together with scientists from various universities. One of the claims is that knitting activates the same areas in the brain as meditation because of the rhythmic repetitive movements. These kinds of movements has shown to prevent pain and depression.

Apparently, knitting also leads to improved communication. Personally I reckon that as a fact due to my experiences from the different knitting groups I participate in now and then. Another interesting view on the benefits of knitting is the effect of color and texture, which Corkhill counts as important influences on our lives. People who suffer from depression is said to live in a world of gray. So bring on the colors and stave off depression!

For further reading check out these articles. Betsan Corkhill also created the site stitchlinks and she has a blog too.

Happy knitting!


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