A recent study found that 81% of subjects suffering from depression reported feeling happier after knitting, while more than half said they felt "very happy."
I've been knitting my life back together since I was a teenager. Things unravel, I pick up my needles. Stitches drop, I figure out how to get on track and reknit. It's my M.O. when life goes haywire. The perfect therapy -- a rhythmically, repetitive mediation that calms. And you end up with something beautiful and useful!
Can you get all that from a therapist? Well, I guess you can, but it may not be as relaxing.
Since knitting is my first emotional line of defense -- and calm and happy are always welcome -- as the seasons transition, I can almost taste the yarn.
Without further adieu...
Here are my latest knitting crushes:
- Favorite yarn shop: Purl SoHo
- Favorite knitting blog: Fringe Association
- Favorite knitting pattern source: Brooklyn Tweed
- Favorite sweater pattern: Trace by Shellie Anderson
- Favorite hat pattern: Westminister Hat by Blue Sky Alpacas
- Favorite scarf pattern, mine, always: Reversely Cabled
- Favorite fingerless gloves pattern: Colorblock Handwarmers by Purl Bee
- Favorite house slippers: Temple of Knit
- Favorite yarn: Shibui
- Favorite knitting inspiration: Chanel Backpack Vest via Vogue
- Favorite silly thing to knit: Eyeglasses.
- Favorite Pinterest knitting board: Econesting
- Favorite knitting illustration: Carol MacDonald via Maison Kasini (above)
What's on your knitting menu?