I believe strongly in the health benefits of crochet. And I’m always looking for different ways that people describe those benefits. I was especially intrigued a little while back when I saw an article by Stephanie Kuehnert of the Forest Park Review that touches on this topic. Kuehnert was writing about a yarn store that celebrates the contemplative benefits of the craft and she herself identified five unique reasons that yarncrafting (in her case knitting) has proven to be beneficial for her.
Kuehnert’s Benefits of Yarn Crafting
Five of the benefits that Kuehnert mentions in her article are:
- Yarn crafts help you pace your drinking. This is great if you get together for crafts and cocktails with your friends. With busy hands you imbibe less, taking in fewer calories and reducing the likelihood of drunkenness while still enjoying your girls’ night.
- Crafting gives you something to do while watching TV. This one isn’t a new idea to me. En fait, when I was dealing with my own depression I used to just sit there and watch hours upon hours of crime drama TV shows. This increased my anxiety and made me feel like the laziest, least productive person in the world. At least if I was crocheting while I watched TV then I felt productive despite the long hours in front of the TV.
- The ability to “relax while feeling creative and productive at the same time”. Relaxation is a really important part of our every day lives. It is healthy to take time to be still and quite, to give both mind and body some time to rest in our waking loves. So often we want to stay busy and be creative and productive; crochet lets us achieve that while simultaneously resting, which is amazing.
- Offers a break from workaholism. Kuehnert mentions that she’s prone to working too much and that crafting is something she can do to actively get away from constant work. I understand this one because as a self-employed individual I’m prone to overworking as well and often I will turn to crochet as something that isn’t work but fuels my work in a way.
- It is a zen solution to almost all of life’s problems. There are many things in this lifetime that you have no control over. You have control over your hook and yarn. Sometimes immersing yourself into creating with yarn is all that you can do – and surprisingly, it is often enough!
The Knit Nirvana Store
Kuehnert was inspired to write about her experience with yarn crafting in an article about a specific LYS called Knit Nirvana. This Illinois based yarn store is co-operated by two women who bring decades of knitting and crochet experience to the table. The store sounds lovely with it’s promise of, “We strive to inspire and teach you to enjoy both your finished handmade object and the entire crafting experience. We hope to impart the bliss of knitting and crocheting within a relaxed, friendly and fun environment; to enable you to create artistic, singular garments and objects.” I love the idea of crafting being a path to bliss!
What is the most unique benefit you’ve derived from crochet?