How knitting helps ease the mental strain for those who find themselves isolated or imprisoned by health problems or other physical barriers – Rhythms that soothe part 2
Rhythms that soothe part 2:
How knitting helps ease the mental strain for those who find themselves isolated or imprisoned by health problems or other physical barriers
We’re well under way with our ‘Rhythms that Soothe’ blogs now and we love the responses we’re getting from you all! It means a lot to us to hear your stories about how knitting has helped you and others around you. Keep the feedback coming and please share these articles with anyone you think they might help. We need more recruits to get the knitting revolution happening!
Part two in the series looks at how knitting can help those who may feel isolated or confined – be that mentally or by actual physical barriers such as injury or imprisonment. As we all know, humans are highly complex and social beings and feelings of isolation or loneliness cause sadness and a loss of self-worth very quickly. In part, this blog is inspired by some of the stories we’re heard from you. In part it is inspired by all the amazing stories we found online.
During our research, we came across stories of prisoners knitting clothes and blankets for charities and their children on the outside. We read about medical reports and patients of dementia, stroke survivors and people who have faced life-changing injuries. They say that knitting has aided their recovery and improved their quality of life. We heard of people battling addictions who praise knitting as helping to keep their minds and hands busy when cravings became unbearable. We also heard stories of how knitting has helped people who were relocating from one town or city to another. They found knitting to be hugely beneficial in helping with feelings of loneliness and offering the chance to meet people in a friendly space. Undoubtedly, there will many other stories that you’ve heard, seen or read about. But the one thing that stuck out for us in all these stories was this:
Knitting makes people feel good about themselves because they are achieving something.
Earlier in the series, we talked about how humans are creatures of habit and our brains just adore patterns. It’s how we’ve managed to survive and adapt to situations throughout the ages. So, when you suddenly find yourself not able to do the things you’ve been doing without a second thought your whole life, boredom and the feeling that you are just ‘a burden’ to others can quickly take hold and manifest in your psyche as depression.
Whether you are knitting something for yourself or for someone else, you are essentially creating something from nothing – and that’s pretty damn cool! You should feel proud about yourself and recognise that you’ve created something that not everyone can. Uniquely, you are actually in a position where you have the time to focus outwardly on others and how to make them happy. And it’s not just that. You’ll get to feel comfortable in your own skin and learn to channel your energy into positive endeavours. It may become easier to accept your new state of being once you realise that it doesn’t have to mean a more limited or less full life – just a different one.
The constant repetition in movement forces you to live in the moment and the loud, self-doubting thoughts in your head start to recede and get softer. Soon, you won’t even remember what you were so worried about a few hours ago. We’ve heard many times from people that knitting for an hour or so before going to bed, really helps aid sleep. We can testify to that one as well.
We realise that dealing with a sudden, traumatic change in your physical or mental state will be a massive shock and knitting might be the last thing on your mind! We’re not saying knitting is going to fix all the problems; but from the stories we’ve heard, we think it could help with some.
If you think you may want to give knitting a go to help you adjust or recover, we recommend using chunky yarns that are easy to handle and generally better for beginners as well. Our friends at Plump & Co do fantastic chunky yarns and our aptly named ‘JOY’ range has been developed specifically with beginners in mind. Check out Plump and Co. here or view our JOY range or yarns here. Our knit kits are also an excellent way to get into knitting – they have everything you need to get started – a pattern, yarn and needles! Check them out here.
We hope this blog may help you or someone you know. We’re looking forward to hearing more stories and seeing some of the projects you may have started! Remember to send us pics and updates of the things you’ve been working on – we love seeing them.
The final part of our series, which focuses on how knitting can help us reconnect with our true selves, will be getting posted towards the end of the month. Keep your eyes peeled for that!
The Woven Team xxx