Knitting, crocheting, sewing… These used to be the things you saw your grandmother do during the Sunday afternoon visits. In spite of the fact that those times are long gone, handicrafts are hip again. Young and old mingle during the numerous knitting classes that are organized in many countries. Youngsters are sharing top addresses to buy some special fabric or wool. Teddy bears for children are no longer bought in toy stores but homemade by handy moms. It’s obvious. Granny is hip again.
In times of busy agendas and always present social media, it can feel good to go back to basics. It feels wonderful to use your own hands to really create something instead of using them as a typing tool. It’s all about taking the time to make time for you. As the world around us seems to turn faster every day, it’s our guess that more and more people will turn to crafts like knitting and sewing to get some piece of mind.
From research it appears there is a wide range of ways in which knitting helps humans cope, physically and mentally:
Knitting is used for therapy as it is a powerful distractant,
Knitting is supremely relaxing, which is extremely important for reducing stress and anxiety,
Knitting connects people, knitting groups turn a solitary activity into a social one,
Knitting improves concentration and can provide an outlet for excessive energy,
Knitting can reduce the risk of dementia,
Knitting offers a break from busy schedules and a refreshing detox from a technology-saturated world,
Knitting makes people happy, those who knit and those who receive knitted items.
For more details on the above check this article (http://www.treehugger.com/culture/dont-stop-knitting-its-keeping-you-healthy.html)
Aside from escaping from the daily hassle, knitting and sewing is of course mainly about having fun! And why not share this fun with your children? They might not yet have the skills to use a sewing needle, but they will certainly be able to do some French knitting! How to do it? Just watch this video:
Conclusion: handicrafts are back and they are bigger and better than ever! Are you inspired by the thousands of people that re-discovered the art of sewing or knitting? Give it a try! If you have to begin from scratch, we advise you to check out some YouTube tutorials. They explain in detail how to start-to-knit. And if you appreciate some company while testing your sewing skills, do a quick Google search about handicrafts activities in your hometown. There must be plenty!