Health & Knitting stress

Published on April 12th, 2018 | by Merion


#stitchawaystress with the Craft Yarn Council!

Does your busy life stress you out? Are you looking for a new way to unwind and relax? Our friends at the Craft Yarn Council have the perfect solution!

We’ve been talking about stress awareness throughout April, and to celebrate and educate people about the health benefits of yarn crafts, the Craft Yarn Council is hosting its annual #StitchAwayStress campaign: make life’s lemons into lemonade by knitting a lemon stress ball and squeezing it when life gets tough!

This year there’s even a new spin on the lemon stress ball – a lemon pillow! This new lemon is the perfect companion to the lemon stress ball and even doubles as a pillow! Knit or crochet your way to the cutest pillow around and keep it for yourself or give it to a friend in need of some relaxation.

“This lemon pillow offers double benefits because the process of crocheting or knitting it is relaxing too and research proves it,” explains Jenny Bessonette, CYC’s executive director. “Eighty-five percent of crocheters and knitters surveyed in our research reported reduced stress was a benefit of yarn crafting.”

During the month of March, the council promoted a survey on social media to gauge the habits of knitters and crocheters and to find out how yarn crafts contribute to their wellness:


The Craft Yarn Council have also created three fabulous video interviews – with Dr Perri Klass, Betsan Corkhill, Carol Caparosa that you can watch below:

We’ve created our own selection of Stress Reducing patterns just for you!  Explore them here, and tell us all about how knitting helps you to beat stress in the comments section below!

Find out more about the Craft Yarn Council on their website, Instagram and Facebook!

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Merion admits that her stash is wildly out of control, but has many projects in dream-form! She loves knitting, crochet, Shire horses, cake and garden swing-seats.

Last updated: April 16th, 2018.

9 Responses to #stitchawaystress with the Craft Yarn Council!

  1. Silvia says:

    Leider ist es so, dass neben der Arbeit tatsächlich nur eine Stunde Stricken oder häkeln vor dem Fernseher übrig bleibt. Zum zweiten sind sowohl die Hände, als auch die Augen und nicht zu vergessen Schultern und Rücken durch die viele PC Arbeit belastet, so dass ein bis zwei Stunden Handarbeit pro Tag leistbar und gleichzeitig entspannend und emotional ausgleichend. Wie schön ist es zu sehen wenn das Projekt wächst und man sich mehr und mehr vorstellen kann wie es fertig ausssehen wird.
    Euch Allen eine gesunde und kreative Zeit

    • Merion says:

      Hi Silvia, I’m so glad you get the chance to work on your knitting, even if it’s only for a short time! It’s so soothing – I hope it helps! Kindest, Merion x

  2. jeanette Porter says:

    I have been diagnosed with depression. anxiety and stress. The job I do, is working with people with Dementia. which can be very difficult.

    Knitting and crocheting helps me to relax in such a positive way that I find that I can sleep better if I have an hour doing this.
    I do have to be careful though, as I find that I have ended up doing projects for work which has caused me stress as I want to finish them fast. Therefore a crocheted a project for easter which I could use for work, but I brought home as it was a family project that I was doing for myself.

    • Merion says:

      Hi Jeanette – I think that is one of the hardest things to conquer, as a knitter or crocheter, is not to keep working on projects for other people! Sometimes it’s so important to work on something for yourself or someone in your family – something that you can enjoy once you’ve finished it! Working with dementia patients must be so emotionally and mentally draining – thank goodness that knitting and crochet helps! Kindest, Merion x

  3. Jo Rowe says:

    I have arthritis and PTSD love really simple knitting it helps focus my attention and blocks out unwanted thoughts but not sure I would make your lemon lovely as it is as I find the process of using dnps frustrating

    • Merion says:

      Hi Jo – we made a few lemons here at LoveKnitting HQ, and the dpns are fiddly to begin with, but once you get going, they are really very do-able…. saying that, I have just ordered the yarn to make a big lemon, so we’ll see how that goes! You can always try the magic loop technique (with long circulars) if you prefer that to dpns – it can be much, much less fiddly! When I need some gentle knitting, I always choose a variegated yarn so that I can watch the colours change all on their own – even a gentle garter stitch scarf is fun with a multi-coloured yarn! Kindest, Merion x

  4. Elizabeth Uren says:

    I have anxiety and depression and feel stressed most of the time. Knitting helps me big time and also helps me to feel better and calming.

    • Merion says:

      Hello Elizabeth, I’m so pleased to hear that knitting helps with your anxiety and depression – it’s the soothing, repetitive motion that helps me when I’m stressed – and the world just disappears if you can curl up with a knitting project. Sending our kindest wishes from LK, love, Merion x

  5. Kevlyn says:

    Thanks for sharing. Your post is a useful cottirbunion.

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