I came across this interesting article on archive.org by biggandesign. You can watch it on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD7dVjcI4pY
Knit Your Way to Good Health
If you have issues with stress and find it difficult to relax, you may want to consider taking up knitting. Knitting has helped many people relieve stress and relax because the repetitive motion helps to calm them. The repetitive motions involved in knitting create the same brain wave state as those who practice meditation. Meditation has been found to relieve stress, reduce blood pressure and affect the areas of the brain that are known to produce joy. It seems as though knitting has this same affect.
Stress can have a detrimental affect on your health, as well as your mental state. Stress can help contribute to diseases such as hypertension, coronary disease and even the common cold. It can even affect how our body ages, namely making it age prematurely when we are under a great deal of stress. Crafts like knitting can help relieve that stress, making us healthier and helping us to live longer lives.
If you want to take up something like knitting to relieve stress, you can go to a local crafts store and pick up knitting beginner kits to help you get started. They usually come with the instructions, a set of needles, the yarn you need for the project and the knitting pattern that helps you create the project. You might even find classes that are available at your craft store to help you get started and meet other knitters such as yourself.
Knitting is a great way to not only unwind, but you can make gifts for your friends and family or make sweaters and scarves for yourself. Once you learn how to knit, you can purchase other kits to complete different types of projects as well. To find what is available, browse your craft store or go online to find patterns you might like to try. If you know someone who is pregnant, surprise them at their baby shower with a handmade gift for the baby by selecting from baby knitting patterns for booties, caps or sweater sets for the new arrival. A handmade gift will be something that a child and its parents will cherish for years to come.