Tuesday, February 17, 2015

CNN: This is your brain on crafting

A few weeks ago, I came across this CNN story while reading the news. The reporters explore the potential therapeutic, meditative, and neurological benefits of knitting. As I have become more familiar with knitting techniques and the rhythm of the movements, I have started to find a comfort in the practice. I like to sit and knit as I am talking to others or listening to a podcast. In fact, every now and then, I start to feel a bit antsy if my hands are still. I am not sure if anyone has noticed, but sometimes I bring my yarn and needles to class, and knit while the professor lectures (the ball of yarn hides in my backpack, while a trail of working yarn leads to my desk). 

It seems, at least for me, that knitting can have a calming role in daily life.


  1. (This may be a duplicate - I can't tell if last comment posted). Kelley Lambert's book Lifting Depression lays out an interesting theory of "effort driven rewards" tied to hand work.

  2. Thank you for pointing out the connections in Lambert's work! There seems to be an interesting intersection between handcraft and healing.