Published on February 16th, 2017 | by Eric


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.


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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:

1. Calming

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:

    1. Upload a project to the community, and select the HotTag #HappyKnitter
    2. Tell us which yarns and pattern you used.
    3. Share your story of how knitting has improved your health or well-being using the description box.

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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!!


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About the Author

is a photographer, copywriter, rock climber, skier, traveler, and aspiring knitter. His work has been been published in many international newspapers, magazines, websites, books and even a billboard in Brooklyn. Crochet is the best.

Last updated: March 2nd, 2017.

72 Responses to Competition time! Knitting and your health

  1. Alyssa Whitacre says:

    I am so excited about this!!! Can’t wait to share my story and *hopefully* win all that glorious yarn! 😀

  2. Angela wilson says:


    I started back knitting after learning in my teens.
    I found myself working longer and longer hours with the stress levels ever increasing and no release
    I then hit a major bout of depression where getting up each day was a struggle until my daughter mentioned knitting her an aran jumper
    I am currently nearly finished and has taken me 4 months but since starting ive come off my anti depressants i started speaking to new people at work who also knit and have helped me get back up to speed with some of the more complicated part and i come home and look forward to picking uo my needles and watching her jumper take shape

    Next project will be for me

  3. Heather Wood says:

    I have been knitting on and off for many years. I have always found that it helps me reduce stress levels. I knitted/crochet something for all my family last year for Christmas. I have now decided to start my own knitting business. I am so happy and have found that I am so much happier and content with my life.

    • Heather says:

      I couldn’t have said it better myself! I wish you the best of luck in your knitting business and in winning this contest!

  4. Veronica says:

    Knitting it’s my life , can’t see my life without it . I’m 42 and start this passion early on my childhood, love to see my family members happy with one of my project, but most of all give me the relaxing and calming feeling .i Ce just pass a miscarriage and knitting was helping me to find back my balance

  5. Pat Bridger says:

    I’m 70 in April and have been knitting for 65 years. I’ve lost count of the amount of things ive made over the years, big and small (I .ove knitting Aran jumpers). Until recently I’ve never had a problem butmive judt started knitting socks, and I’m well and truly hooked! The only problem is that I’ve just developed Tennis Elbow and now can’t finish the second my my latest pair, I need to rest my elbow, I may well cry!

    • TerryLee says:

      Dear Pat

      I have had both of my wrists done do to carpal tunnel I also have arthritis in my hands. I use Tommy Copper gloves and let me tell you they make a big difference. The carry all kinds of products. I have a back sleeve also and they have ones for tennis elbow. Please try they may make a difference for you.

  6. Liz Gray says:

    I’m 76 now and in the last 18 months have rediscovered the love of knitting. I knitted many of the items for my 3 children and continued knitting somewhat sporadically over the years. In October 2015 I had a major heart attack and had to have a couple of stents inserted in the affected arteries. I have to say it knocked the stuffing out of me. I had always been very active and was very scared as to how I’d cope but I put my thinking cap one and decided what I wanted to do and how to step back from the activities which caused stress. I discovered a Group in my home town called “Crafternoon” and haven’t looked back since joining and now have taken over running the Group. Many of the ladies knit and so I began to knit again. I’ve made so many different and challenging items from hats to baby blankets and all things in between. This rekindled interest in knitting has opened other opportunities such as working with groups of children in the local primary schools on a project and now making a hanging for the stage in a play about the First World War. Both of the latter items will ultimately hang in a £3.4m community project which will finally open in June. And so rekindling my interest in knitting has opened so many doors and opportunities and prevented depression setting in following the heart attack. Life is full of different crafting projects with local groups but most days there’s always a place for picking up my knitting.

  7. Marion Ahmedzai says:

    I’ve just turned 69 and have been knitting since I was 10 years old, taught by my maternal grandmother. I find knitting makes me sitting down and relax rather than dodging about all over the place.i now have three grandchildren to knit for, twin girls and a grandson plus another grandson due any time now. Used to do Arran sweaters and lots of cable patterns but tend to stick to less demanding patterns now due to my eyesight not being as keen as when I was younger.

  8. Donna calley says:

    I have knitted for years I do suffer with anxiety and have had really bad bouts of it over the years, when I get so anxious I get my knitting out and it calms me down as you are taking your mind of other things that are troubling me, a very lot of my best work has been done in the early hours of the morning 1 2 3 o clock in the morning time !! I call a lot of my projects anxiety projects etc anxiety blankets or whatever as it is a art that really helps me when I feel wound up and fidgity

  9. Lies Koster says:

    This seems to be a nice place to tell my story, but do I do it well by sharing it in this blog when I want to join the competition? I also like to add the pattern (not available in this site) and a photo. But how? Please help me out
    Lies Koster

    • Eric says:

      Hi Lies, if you have a LoveKnitting profile you can click on “Community” button on the top of the page and then click “Create a project.” You can upload your project there, even if you don’t have the pattern. Can’t wait to see it!!


  10. Irena says:

    I quite enjoy knitting. It’s a lovely feeling that you can make an unique garment, and that it is a ‘one off’, and nobody else has one like you.

  11. Doreen Gardiner says:

    My sister and I are twins who celebrated our 80th birthdays in January. although I am a knitter for charities and knit for the “fish and chip babies abroad my sister who didn’t knit had a severe back problem and was sitting all the time and reading then falling asleep again so I suggested she knit one of the tops and now there is no stopping her and even trying a bob hat,
    I cant say how much it has improved her health and awareness of people around her.
    Thank you for all the friends who have kept us supplied with wool .

  12. Chaventre says:

    Perso j’aime le tricot depuis ma tendre enfance
    Je vais sur mes 70 ans , incomiaque , je passe mes journées et les nuits à tricoter
    Je souffrais de la maladie de Dupuytren , le tricot m’a beaucoup aidé à me soigner
    Certes je tricote pour moi mes petits enfants ne veulent pas de mes œuvres
    Invente des modèles
    Qui ne seront jamais sur un cite c’est mon côté caché
    Oui Adore le tricot

  13. Janet McGugan says:

    I have knitted all my life, knitted for my family, then all my Grandchildren, now my Great Grandchildren, and also for the Prem Babies in Hospitlal, I find it very rewarding. More so when I knit Shawls

  14. Anne says:

    I work part-time at a Group Home for people who have various mental illnesses. A few of the residents have started knitting, and those that don’t, have said that it is relaxing for them to watch and listen to the click of needles!

  15. Harriet boyd says:

    I have what is called reflex sympathetic dystraphy in my right hand and left ankle. It’s a nerve problem that sends the wrong signals and causes pain and involuntary motion. When I knit the shooting pain and movents are not there. If I keep my hand still it is very uncomfortable. Besides helping the pain it helps my heart to create beautiful things to give my 5 daughters grandkids neices and nephews. I knit socks slippers afghans sweaters scarfs hats. Many socks for my brothers.

    • Kathryn says:

      What a wonderful way to help relieve the painful and distressing symptoms of your condition and be able to share the garments and other items you’ve made to give others pleasure.
      Maybe they’ll find a cure for you one day, but until then…Carry on Knitting! :)))

  16. Karen Johnson says:

    Knitting for me is an outlet for my creative side. I really enjoy a no brainer project for the most part so I can relax with the rhythmic click of my needles. I sit face to face with clients all day long doing their nails. It’s nice to pick up my knitting in between appointments to relax myself, waiting for my next client.
    I have been knitting and crocheting since I was 9 years old.

  17. dawn kitchen says:

    I left south africa 18 months ago leaving my children behind. I found out i was going to be a grandma about 9 weeks after we left. It was so difficult not being there for my daughter. Once i knew i was getting a grandaughter i set about knitting a shawl and toys and cardigans. I now am busy with next size jumpets for when she comes to visit me. Keeps me busy and gives me a purpose, otherwise i would have gone stir crazy fretting and worrying

  18. Judith Smith says:

    I soon realized that I would need something to keep me busy after retiring from teaching to be with my husband. As a child I had not loved knitting, always handing half finished projects off to my patient mother to finish. I remember knitting ONE baby bootee for a cousin who is now in his late 50’s. (My mother kept it till she passed away.)
    I was so bad that even when my husband and I raised sheep, whose fleece I spun, I let the resulting yarn lie rotting, eaten by moths!

    Along came the first grandchild and now I had a reason to knit and plenty of spare time. I’m even contemplating spinning again.

    What a joy it has been to rediscover something and also find out I am can see it through.

  19. Anita Looper says:

    I learned to knit in 6th grade, we knitted mittens, chest protectors, and wristlets in kaki green for the military (world war II was on).
    I have knitted ever since. I knitted Christmas stockings for my children and their partners, their children and now starting on my Great-Grands!! None live near me so this is a great way to keep in touch.

  20. NORAH CRAIGIE says:

    I am 84 years old and still knitting every day. Over the past five years I have made over 100
    pairs of mitts for the Snowsuit Fund that provides snowsuits for children for those who can’t afford them or there is no one to provide them. We all know how often they loose them!

    I was taught to knit when I was ten years old by my greatgrandma and haven’t stopped yet.
    I knitted for 5 children of my own, 2 Grandchildren and 5 greatgrands. I will probably pass away with needles in my hands

  21. Norah Craigie says:


  22. Dorothy says:

    I lost my husband a few years ago to heart desease and to help with the loss and the despair I started knitting. I sit on my sofa with the tv on and I knit almost every day. I have lots of grandchildren so never run out of things to knit and I also knit for myself. At the moment I am knitting myself a sweater out of a silk yarn I found in my stash and when finished I am going to make toys. I would like to add that I never start a new project until the one I am working on is finished.

  23. Norah Craigie says:

    I am 84 years old and was taught to knit by my greatgrandma when I was 10. Since that time I never stopped. I had 5 children, 2 grandchildren and 5 greatgrandchildren. In the past 5 yeara I have made 0ver 100 pairs of mitts for the snowsuit Fund. They provide snowsuits for children whose parents can’t afford them or for those who don’t have parents. And we all know how often they get lost.

  24. Patricia. Welcome says:

    I am 64 have been knitting since I was in my early 30’s. I learned to knit from a friend of mine who was an avid knitter. I started knitting a sweater designed by Perry Ellis that wss in a 1987 Vogue Knitting magazine.

    This began my love of knitting and it has lead to my teach in others to knit. For 15 years I taught knitting to children in an After School program, that allowed both girls and boys to knit from 2nd grade through high school.

  25. Anne Sanderlin says:

    I started knitting in 8th grade when a friend’s grandmother started teaching me. She had rheumatoid arthritis and it amazed me how fast she could get her aluminum knitting needles going. She was already in a hospital bed when I met her. She had a way with thread needles and crochet also. She taught me both. I have always been told that the first one you learn is the one you like best. For me it is knitting. It relaxes me and when I am angry and mulling something in my mind it helps me to relax and realize why I may be mad and to let it go.

    Anne L. Sanderlin

  26. Jacqueline Brown says:

    Rather than speak how and what knitting means to me, I wanted to share this video… It will speak for itself.

  27. Jenny Share says:

    I am 70 years old so can well remember as a child having just the one set of clothes for school, one for play and one for best. Not the vast wardrobes my daughters and grandchildren now have. I was very fortunate because my. Mum and aunt were always knitting and sewing. It was nothing to see mum carefully unpicking a garment to remake it for either myself or my brothers. It was therefore natural that I should learn to knit and sew. I wasn’t all that good at it and my mum frequently hoisted out my latest project from the back of the sofa to finish it off! As the years went by I took it up now and again, especially when the grandchildren arrived. However I know find it a godsend as I have Parkinson’s and find that if I am knitting I am not twitching. It works and is also very productive. Best thing ever and the family love the benefits.

  28. Paula Dreyfuss says:

    My mother taught me how to knit when I was about 5 years old. I am now 63. I have knitted off and on my whole life and always enjoyed it, which is why I have always been drawn back to it. When my mother was ill and her time was limited, I would visit her everyday and she would always be knitting and crocheting. She had limited vision and knitted by feel. She used to tell me it soothed her to feel the yarn between her fingers. My mother has been gone for three years now and shortly after her death I started knitting again. After a bit I thought about why I was knitting and I think it was a catharsis. It helped get through my mourning as I was very close to her. Today, I can’t go more than 2-3 days before I miss my yarn. I always have several projects stacked up waiting for my fingers. I get excited to think about how the yarn will work up. I pray my gauge will work so there won’t be too much adjusting which will affect the integrity of the yarn. I have an extensive library of my own (all digital, of course) of patterns and yarns and knitting techniques. I always want to learn more and try new concepts. Even when I am on vacation I take a little project with me that won’t take up much space in my suitcase. I have to knit! It’s my therapy. It’s a part of me. I guess the yarn soothes me to feel it between my fingers. Everyday when I knit I get to think of my mother and that makes me happy. When I finish a project I always say, ” What d’ya think, mom?”

  29. Suzanne Eastman says:

    Knitting and now crochet help me keep my hands and wrists flexible. I have had rheumatoid arthritis for over twenty years, and find that when I keep my hands moving gently I have less stiffness such as trigger finger, and less overall pain. Also…it is a GREAT stress reducer!

  30. Martina says:

    I just uploaded my project! Check it out “Knockers” – great charity project: volunteers knit “knockers” for women who had a masectomy. I got the Paintbox DK cotton from loveknitting 🙂 So soft & gorgeous colors!
    When do you announce the winner?

  31. Denise says:

    I rekindled my love for knitting a couple of years ago. My work situation had changed and I was very unhappy. I decided I needed to do something in my spare time to lift my spirits and knitting came instantly to mind. I started knitting toddler jumpers and cardigans and giving them to friends as gifts when they welcomed a new baby.
    The feeling of joy and pride in accomplishment was exactly the tonic I needed for my mental well being and health. It was also good to keep my hands moving and helped the aching neck.
    Last year it was a try element in helping me cope as I supported my husband through a cancer battle. I knitted busily as I kept him company in hospital and at home through his recovery. As I was now knitting for our expected grandchild, my husband also took joy knowing it was our future family. Kept both our spirits up on bleak days.
    When my family no longer are interested in my knits, l will keep the needles still clicking and donate my projects to charity. Every little one deserves a pure wool item, knitted with love and passion for the craft. I can only hope I can teach my grandchildren to knit and continue the skill I learnt from my mother. A skill that fills the heart and soothes the soul.

  32. Hildegard Schaefer says:

    Hello, I have been knitting since I was 16 and learned from my Mom, and for a while I put it aside, picked it up again in a while. In 2004 I was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins lymphoma, and did surgery and radiation treatments, all the while knitting my projects at the treatment center, Then it came back as stage 4 in 2009 and did 8 rounds of chemo, and my knitting was so important to me while sitting 5-8 hours of chemo treatments, I would not know how I would have gotten through this without my knitting, it kept my mind off my illness, have been in remission since December of 09. Thank God , what a blessing ,

    • Julie Dray says:

      I am sorry to hear about your illness and the battle you have to combat it. I hope that you will fully recover and find happiness in your knitting. I know when I get stressed or fill unhappy then I pick up my knitting. I am not a good knitter but I find it very therapeutic.
      All the best

  33. Andrea Schachermayer-Payton says:

    We learnt to knit in art classes at school. I was total rubbish at it and had to employ my grandmother to finish things for me. That, of course, didn’t go down well with our teachers and landed me in all sorts of trouble. What reintroduced me to knitting is my love of colour and handling wool in all its glorious varieties. Knitting has become my creative expression, causing sleepless nights during planning stages of new projects, but ahhh – the joy and intense excitement is better than any sugar rush. The knitting stage, in contrast, is a completely different type of joy and happiness; slow burning and deeply gratifying. I knit every day now and take it with me on all my travels – a Happy Knitter indeed.

  34. Jan Tonole says:

    My father taught me to knit when I was 8 – he had learned while in a hospital during WW II. All I had was one pair of needles and one ball of yarn, as we were rather poor. I must have knitted and unraveled that yarn a thousand times!
    Twenty-four years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy, very strong chemo and radiation. Thought I was done with all of that, but the cancer came back 10 years ago and had another mastectomy. Two years later, oops! lung cancer! I had my left lung removed. Two years later the cancer was back – chemo was my only hope but I was allergic to the chemical, so was sent home with a six-month life prognosis. A few weeks later, my oncologist called with a new hope – cyberknife radiation! After just 4 very strong treatments, my cancer is “gone” (even shrinking!). I am so extremely grateful!!! However, my particular tumor was located next to a large bundle of nerves that control all feeling and movement of my left arm, and for the past 5 years I am no longer able to move my arm, hand or fingers.
    That has not cancelled my love of knitting, though!!! Although I am no longer able to do the delicate lace knitting that I love, I can still complete the basic knit and purl stitches, holding the left needle between my knees. I’m not fast, but, like the “little engine that could”, I can still knit simple scarves and blankets. Life is good!!!

    • Paula Dreyfuss says:

      Your story is very inspiring and a tribute to you and the ability of one’s inner strength. Thanks for sharing.

    • Linda says:

      You are amazing….and such a determined fighter. Thank you for sharing your inspirational story with others.

  35. Linda says:

    My 3rd grade art teacher taught me how to knit. I have loved making loved ones hats, scarves, wedding afghans, and sweaters. Knitting has helped me to stay calm until my teenagers got home at night, sitting in the nursing home with my sick mother, and sitting at the hospital for weeks when my husband had a tramatic brain injury. I want to continue my love of knitting for years to come! It is a lost art.

  36. Tracy Mudway says:

    I became disabled nearly 5 years ago and after being a very active person found it very difficult to adapt, I must say I was in a very dark place, then in the first year of being disabled I decided to pick up my knitting needles again, to start with I think I was just making sure I could remember how to knit. Then gradually I decided to start knitting toys again, was never very good at knitting jumpers haha. I started creating my own toys well you could say letting my brain do the knitting. This really stated to help my health mentally, people started to ask if they could buy my creations. Shock horror were they actually good!!!! Then the following year something very tragic happened, my best friends 14 yr old daughter had a massive stroke and died. People were raising money for the 3 charities that helped them through this by doing sponsored swims, running marathons etc. What could I do to help, oh yes knit…. I started my teddies etc. Eventually raising £1600 which gave me an immense boost to my confidence as well as my mental health. Now every year I chose a charity to knit for. This year it is Worcester Breast Unit at my local hospital xx

  37. Wendy Mead says:

    I have a condition called Ehlers Danlos syndrome which is also known as Hypermobility. It means the connective tissue, muscles tendons etc, lack the elasticity that they should have and my joins and muscle ache to the point of tears. I can do very little in the way of activity as it causes me a lot of pain in the whole of my body. I have tried other crafts to keep my mind active as I can’t do much with my body. I used to make clothes but am unable to sit at a sewing machine, card making is the same, I can’t sit at a craft desk too long, cross stitch made my arms ache due to the constant pulling of the needle through, just typing this message has taken me half an hour and my arms are beginning to ache. I turned to knitting and crochet. I have found I can still do it with little or no pain. The small movements don’t tend to aggravate the condition. Knitting has been the saviour of my sanity. I can’t just sit and do nothing, I have to have my mind occupied even when watching the TV or I become restless. Knitting also helps with the depression I went into due to the pain and total hopelessness I felt when I was diagnosed. I have even taught myself to crochet. I feel I can still contribute to life through making gifts for my friends and family. I have a grandchild due in July and have been making clothes and toys for it which is so rewarding and fulfilling. I would be lost without my needles and yarn, thank goodness this craft exists.

    • Eric says:

      Hi Wendy, I’m so sorry to hear about your painful condition, but I’m glad that you’ve found some comfort in knitting and crocheting. We would love for you to share your story so that you can be entered into the contest. If you haven’t entered already you can do it here: Don’t forget to use the HotTag #HappyKnitter

  38. Kim Phillips says:

    In December 2015 my niece suffered significant head injuries in a road traffic accident. Until the end of August she fought every step of the way for her life. At the end of August, almost out of nowhere she started talking again. since then she has come on in leaps and bounds. Today at the time of writing she is on the verge of walking.

    When she started to use her hands again, I took in some knitting. At first I stood behind her, put her hands on the needles and moved them for her. Later she was able to move the wool with her right hand, and then the needle whilst I held her left hand on the other needle.

    Today she can knit independently. I believe that knitting has helped her regain the use of her hands, and some of her brain functions. It gives her something to do. It makes her happy.

    I have also got her mum and dad knitting as well – it has helped them relax and deal with the trauma of the last 14 months

    • Eric says:

      Hi Kim, what an amazing miracle for your niece! I love hearing stories like this, especially when knitting plays such an amazing part in a recovery! Have you uploaded a project with this story in the description so that you can be entered into the contest? If not, you can do so here: Don’t forget to use the HotTag #HappyKnitter

  39. Sheila says:

    Knitting helped me when I lost my job due to situational depression and went through a nasty divorce. The symptoms of depression and/or medications along with a controlling and belittling husband changed my outlook on life. Without the soothing repetition of knitting and the intervention of a friend who saw the calming effects knitting had on me, not to mention the desire to have multiple hand knit socks and hats of his own, I truly believe that I would not be here today. I can honestly say that I donate more than I give away or keep. The knowledge that comes with knowing that someone will have a hat, cowl, scarf, and/or mittens to ward off cold weather adds to my peace of mind. In addition to the health benefits, knitting has increased my math skills and creativity not only in the craft world but in other life situations.

  40. Caroline says:

    Knitting helps to keep me calm and lower my blood pressure (when I don’t drop a stitch, LOL). I needed a distraction after a cancer diagnosis, and soft warm hats 😉 Now a 5 year survivor I continue to knit and enjoy the calm. SnuggleNests are my current project for the many cats in my life (not all under my roof mind, I just have 1 cat [along w/ 1 dog, 3 Rats & 7 tiny frogs])- and nests for the Rats are next 🙂

  41. Susan says:

    My knitting has helped me through a lifetime.
    I knitted my way through long dull summer vacations during my school years. Yes, I was a bookworm and loved school. I read while knitting. That’s a skill I learned before the age of 10.
    I knitted my way through a marriage that was doomed, through my dad’s losing battle with cancer, through the years of recovery from a work-place injury.
    My doctors have always wondered why my blood pressure is so low and I have no health issues at the ripe old age of 59.
    Now, my knitting is keeping me calm during the tough days of early retirement. 😉 It’s tough, right?

  42. Jan Belfield says:

    Last year I found myself in the ICU of my local hospital. I had developed a neurological condition which had caused my chest muscles to collapse and I went into respiratory failure. First of all I was on life support and then I had a tracheotomy. As an avid knitter I was terrified I’d never knit again! Eventually I recovered enough to be taken to a neurological ward and it was here that the OT encouraged me to knit again. At first, I was so shaky, it took me about 15 minutes to complete a row. Even when I came home, after a nine and a half week stay, I wasn’t much quicker but I persevered and knitting became my lifeline. I couldn’t leave the house at first but I managed to knit. Now, seven months on, I am back to being a crazy knitter which is wonderful for my seven Grandchildren!

  43. Alexandra says:

    After an accident my shoulder was “out of order” . During my rehabilitation I began to knit, this was 11 years ago… I’m not really good in knitting an crocheting, but it’s good for me. My shoulder is blocked/stiffened since the accident and now i became arthrosis.., but still knitting and crocheting on …
    Making sometimes hats and scarfs for friends and their kids. That’s fun to see the reactions. Or an felted Ball for our dog.
    Never give up my dear Knitting-and Crocheting Friends !!!
    Many greetings

  44. Judy Aiken says:

    I was diagnosed with Psoriatic
    Arthritis at age 28. I am now 63. My rheumatologist has told me that if it weren’t for my knitting, my hands would have been crippled years ago. I am an avid knitter and plan to keep n knitting!

    • Eric says:

      I’m glad to hear that knitting has helped with your arthritis! We’d love to hear more about how knitting has helped you, if you’d like to enter the contest you can upload a project and share your story in the description if you haven’t done so already here:

  45. Janet Paranzino says:

    In may i fell down a flight of stairs. I could not remember how to read
    Knitting instructions or to knit. I had fluid in my head.Had a burr hole procedure and after a short while my memory came back and I’m kinthing every day.what can I tell you knitting ,keep on knitting it helps.

  46. Karli says:

    Myself and a friend go for a 3-day knitting weekend every year (2017 will be our 13th annual knitting weekend). We plan and discuss for months ahead – deciding where to go and what projects we will work on. On the drive to the hotel we stop for a supper and at the liquor commission to get wine. We always get a hotel room with two double beds so we have enough room for ourselves and our enveloping/developing projects. Cozy! We pass the weekend chatting, watching rubbish on TV and sipping wine while knitting and encouraging each other’s work. Wonderful to have this weekend together each year, away from everyday stresses and responsibilities. Wearing pyjamas, ordering in food, drinking wine and passing the hours together knitting must add years to our lives, better than any health spa getaway! 🙂

  47. Lori says:

    I learned to knit in my teens and knitted alllllll kinds of items from very simple to very difficult. In my middle 30’s I started a business and the knitting became less and less and then stopped. In 2010 I had Thyroid Cancer and in recovery I picked up my knitting needles again and it was like riding a bike. Right back onto 4 knitting needles like I never hadn’t not knitted. I put the knitted items in our gift shop and they added a real nice touch and items sell from time to time and that is fine as I said they add a nice touch to the shop. In 2013 as I was just getting back on my feet from the Thyroid Cancer I had a near fatal fall off a landscape wall 8′ onto a concrete driveway and my leg blew out my hip which while I am doing much better I am still in recovery from. Crutches for months, physical therapy for years as I had to have a hip replacement in 2015. People ask me how I got through this difficult time in my life and I replied that I am lucky to be a live and knitting. Most don’t get it. Knitting sure was a key factor in my recovery and continues to be. The finished pieces go into my shop and are available to be purchased or I ship them any where’s with in the United States. I only knit for the most part what I want to and do not take orders as it is not another job for me it is my therapy. Much needed therapy. I try to knit every evening no matter how tired I am to relax. I have several projects going which isn’t unusual for a knitted from simple to difficult and depending on how tired I am is what I knit on. Though often I find the simpler the pattern / project the more difficult for me 🙂 I know with out the knitting the last 6 years I would of lost my mind and so thankful that I picked my knitting back up and so many new yarns and fun to knit with I would of missed out on if I hadn’t.

  48. Hessine Lee Brown says:

    Hi, I started knitting after watching a TV advert for Simple Stylish Knitting. At the time I was very stressed and feeling very tired and generally not happy at all. In fact it was at the point of having a melt down 🙁 It had been a very long time since I had done any knitting at all and that I needed to find something to relive my stress levels etc.

    Anyway, I sent off for my first pack. It arrived (woohoo) 🙂 I then started to read about knitting and what knitting can do for me. So before you know it, I was knitting my first square for my throw (woohoo). And now I have already knitted a scarf from the Simple Stylish Knitting (which I have given to my mum who is unwell at the moment) and of course she loved it, because I made it for her 🙂 So now, I am making myself a throw with 10mm needles Love them. Since I started knitting again, I cannot put my knitting down at all, I just wanna knit and knit and knit and knit. Now I have got myself a pair of 15mm needles with the plan to make blankets with them in the near future.
    I love watching all the YouTube channels about knitting and learning about the different types of yarn and needles to use for each project. I can now say that I am in a very good place right now all because of knitting, I am now more relaxed and very happy and all I talk about is knitting and nothing else. I knit everywhere, I take my knitting to work with me. I take it on the train when I am travelling, now this is what is keeping up late at night (Knitting) that is 🙂 I just can’t put my knitting needles down 🙂 I’m in love with Knitting all the way. Woohoo 🙂

  49. Julie Grant says:

    My Gran Mother taught me to knit over 60 years ago and I can still remember where we were so whenever I knit it takes me back to sitting be side my granny and learning to knit, Now days I knit Aran jumpers for my son, picture knitting for my grand children and all the time I am thinking abot the 9 year old with the Gran knitting far away in Tanganyika. I just cannot just sit and watch TV I have to knit. Thank you Granny. Knitting just relaxes me and settles me donw for the evening. Don;t know what I would do without knitting, as it gives you ways of inventing new and cosy winter wear.

  50. Jenny Evans says:

    I have added my project but I am a tad confused about entering the completion. I couldn’t add all my project details and I can’t find # happy knitter, but that’s ok. 🙂

    The project I have entered is such an emotional knit, but it is also such an uplifting project. To know that I can be part of helping parents grieve the loss of their Angel in such a small way has given me a sense of purpose and serenity in my life. With all that is bad in this world, to take a moment to help someone else is such an honour and privilege that any feeling of self pity and despair are dispelled by the joy of making something beautiful for a beautiful and loved baby. Making memories that are not as painful as they might be.

  51. Jenny Evans says:

    Trying to edit my project I have managed to find the # happy knitter, but I can’t add my yarn details, so I shall put them here. 🙂
    I used Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 4ply Mint. which is a pretty pale green. Bendigo Woollen Mills is an Australian company which has the most beautiful wool at very reasonable prices The luxury wool is just perfect for making baby items.

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