Competition time! Knitting and your health
From mental agility to reducing stress and depression, the health benefits of knitting have been widely studied and proven. To help celebrate this fact, we are giving away two yarn bundles worth £100/$150! Read on to find out how you can win.
If you have a story about how knitting has helped you through a hard time, or maybe improved your arthritis, we’d love to hear about it! To win this competition you simply have to upload a project to the community with the HotTag #HappyKnitter and tell your story of how knitting has improved your health or well-being. Our two favorite projects will win an amazing bundle of yarn worth £100/$150. The winners will be judged on the photographs and the completeness of your upload. To be in with a chance of winning you must write your story in the description! The full terms and conditions can be found here.
We’ve written about the many benefits of knitting before, but here is a quick recap in case you missed those posts:
The New York Times reported that “the repetitive action of needlework can induce a relaxed state like that associated with meditation and yoga,” and that knitting “can lower heart rate and blood pressure and reduce harmful blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol.” Who would have thought that knitting could actually reduce blood pressure? That’s a pretty amazing side effect if you ask me!
2. Physical health
On top of the soothing benefits, two doctors in America have been studying and lecturing on how knitting improves arthritis. They believe that knitting forces fluid towards your cartilage, keeping your joints hydrated, and reduces the risk of arthritis.
3. Mental health
A 2014 study released in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy said that 81% of survey respondents with depression said they felt happy after knitting, and more than 50% said they felt very happy. Another study, this one by CNN, said that knitting was a dopamine-releasing “natural anti-depressant.”
4. Memory improvement
A study in 2011 from the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, USA cited statistics suggesting that crafters benefit from improved cognition and a decreased risk of cognitive impairment. These results showed that crafting, reading, and playing logical games like chess decreased the odds of having a mild cognitive impairment by up to 50%!
How to enter:
- Upload a project to the community
- Check the box to use the HotTag #HappyKnitter
- Tell us how knitting has improved your health or well-being.
Click on the banner below to start uploading your projects today and be in with a chance of winning one of two yarn bundles worth £100/$150!!
Last updated: March 1st, 2017.