Want to Be Happy? Learn Knitting!

Want to be happy? Learn knitting plain and simple.

One of my pet projects for this month of March, which is National Craft Month, btw, is to get my knitting ORGANIZED! That will take some doing.

armoire stuffed with my knitting thingsB-U-T . . . there is nothing I love more than to surround myself with all my knitting attachments. Because that’s what they seem like to me. They are attached. Almost physically. Because I love knitting so much! 🙂

I can happily sit for hours going through all my books, magazines, yarn, needles, kits, and the like putting it all in some kind of knitting harmony just for me. It helps to calm me, de-stresses me, brings my sometimes chaotic life into a better perspective.

Which brings me to the reason I wrote this blog piece; I found the perfect article for anyone who is still on the fence (wouldn’t that hurt?!) about knitting.

TitledHappiness is a Needle and Thread Away: New Data on Mental Health Benefits of Knitting” by Sid Lipsey, it says very simply that

KNITTING IS GOOD FOR YOU!

Clinical psychologist Ann Futterman-Collier is studying what she calls “textile therapy”, aka the emotional benefits of knitting. Also crocheting, weaving and quilting, but that’s another story. Here, she shows us proof that knitting and other hand crafts are mood changers! Stress relievers! Yes!

In the world we live in which is crowded with smartphones, tablets, and computers, there are other more important things to touch. To learn about. To be involved with. To take up our time with. To live for.

Staring into a phone all day doesn’t do much for you. Oh, it may show you what’s happening on Facebook or Twitter or help you to check shopping or to-do lists, but after all is said and done, WHAT have you achieved by this?

Answer: not much.

Sit and knit and when all is said and done, what have you achieved?  Huh???

Something, if not for yourself, then for someone else.

A family member, new baby, a close friend, or a complete stranger. But, you WILL have something to show for your TIME.

And so will your brain.

SO much more than merely staring at a phone screen for hours on end. What satisfaction do you get from that? Truthfully now! Isn’t it merely a way to waste time. But you could be doing such good things with that time.

Making a difference.

You want to know how to make a difference in this world? Everybody’s always talking about that particular thing.

“It’s all about making a difference in someone’s life” you hear all the time. But, what can I do? I’m one little person with no talent. No skills, nothing special. Really!

That’s one way to look at it. But, I’ll tell you it’s the wrong way. The very wrong way! We ALL have talents; God-given talents and if you don’t know what yours are, try thinking about those things you love. What attracts you, interests you? What do you feel drawn to? What lights up your life and if you could do just one thing in your life all day long, what would that be?

Learning new skill sets, trying new things, taking on new challenges are things that we should be doing every day. Expanding our horizons, stretching our limits, digging in our heels, making a mark.

It doesn’t have to be spectacular, by the world’s standards. It doesn’t have to be shiny and bright, a glitzy meteor that captures all the attention. After all, meteors may burn bright, but they burn out just as quickly. And you’re left with nothing.

Brainy quote "sun is new each day"Turn nothing into something. Learn a skill. Learn a craft. Learn knitting.

And here’s the good news.

Starting in May you will be able to LEARN KNITTING here at Scarf Knitting. Bit by bit.

Step by step. One step at a time.

I’ll show you what it is, and tell you how to do it. To knit. To purl. And everything in between.

As Spring turns into Summer, there’s lots to do with those long days and warm nights. There are people and pets and ways to fill your life with good things.

Make knitting one of those good things.

As always, take your knitting to heart!         Glitter heart

P.S.  In case you missed it, here is one of my FAVORITE scarf patterns! I call it Seafoam Lace & Eyelets and I just love it! Make one (or two or three) in the colors you love best! You know what they are!

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