Knitting is turning out to be a healing art. There’s starting to be more and more evidence of the ways in which it brings health benefits: repetitive activities make us feel more relaxed, can decrease stress, and may even ward off dementia. And it’s not hard to learn—just get comfortable with a basic knit stitch, combine with some of the fabulous yarn that’s available these days, and you can produce an amazing scarf. Check out this ShelfTalk post for abundant ideas about learning and fun projects.
Once you are up and running, you can use knitting in many healthy ways. One is helping others out (a proven happiness enhancer). The book Knitting for Good shows the many ways you can use knitting to benefit charities and social causes, and the book Knit Red is full of ideas for projects to raise awareness of the number one killer of American women: heart disease.
On a lighter note, you can also use knitting as a great way to do some armchair travel. Knitting Scarves From Around the World takes you from east to west, while Icelandic Handknits takes you to the far north. And don’t forget that laughter is the best medicine! Knitting time is also the perfect time to listen to an audiobook. Start with At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much for some great stories—and laughs.