Knitting for your brain – one way to rest and relax
I began knitting as a way to recover from trauma and traumatic repeating visions. Here’s the post about how I got started with knitting.
Over time, I have come to rely on this seemingly simple activity to think things through.
When I knit I become calm and the activity helps me to ruminate over decision making.
Sometimes, you end up with a beautiful end product! Or not – but it’s the process, not necessarily what you produce, that counts, with knitting.
Knitting for your brain does these things –
Research shows that knitting and other forms of textile crafting such as sewing, weaving and crocheting have quite a lot in common with mindfulness and meditation — all are reported to have a positive impact on mind health and well-being.
In an online survey of more 3,545 knitters, by Betsan Corkhill, a UK-based knitting therapist who has done research on the therapeutic effects of knitting, more than half of respondents reported that knitting left them feeling “very happy.” And many said that they knitted solely for the purposes of relaxation, stress relief and creativity.
The study found a significant relationship between the frequency of knitting and respondents’ perceived mood and feelings. Frequent knitters (those who knitted more than 3 times a week) were calmer, happier, less sad, less anxious, and more confident.
Corkhill’s study concluded, “Knitting has significant psychological and social benefits, which can contribute to well-being and quality of life.” Source: Why Crafting is great for your brain.
Start small with knitting and then you’ll find your jam
My main interest so far has been learning lots of different stitches. I started by knitting almost all the scarves in one book! (45 Scarves to Knit: The Best Collection of Warm & Cozy Scarves Ever!-Techniques Include Cables, Lace, Fair Isle, Simple Pattern Stitches, and Felting). I’ve given most of the scarves to friends who I hope love them and wear them.
As I was knitting, I thought about all the happy times I had with my oldest daughter, who passed suddenly in 2017.
Sitting with this activity and focusing on the happy times has definitely helped me redirect my thoughts away from the distress of losing her. Knitting as an activity is a process that I am finding both positive and healing. The fact that I found, and use, my mother’s old knitting needles is also a great comfort. I use her row counter, too.
I have discovered that I love doing patterns that involve slip stitching and different textures and combinations of wool. Following those creative routes, I also found an excellent book that enables me to create modular pieces and turn them into shawls (Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps, and Stoles: An Easy, Innovative Technique for Creating Custom Designs, with 185 Stitch Patterns). You never know where knitting may lead you!
Learning how to let go
Over the Christmas season, I started knitting a pair of lacy gloves but just couldn’t seem to get the pattern right. After two or three starts (knitting is a great way to learn to stay patient) I discovered that the pattern had two or three misprints in it. There I was, thinking that the mistakes were down to me, but they were really down to errors in the original pattern. There’s a lesson if you like.
I tried one or two more times with my own corrections but was still not happy with the results. So I unwound it all and let it go!
Being me, I may well revisit the pattern in the future after more rumination and find a way to turn it into a success, but for now, I have let it go and have added a new frame of reference to selecting a pattern – check for errors first.
Knitting for your brain and the entanglement theory
The scarf I am starting (see picture at the top) is one I have knitted once before with a reasonably easy yet very interesting slip stitch pattern. It’s definitely one of my favorite patterns to date.
When I’m knitting, I sometimes find myself thinking about my Akashic Work and find myself looking at knitting as a metaphor for the entanglement theory (stick with me here).
When I read for clients, I often explain your Akashic Record as an individual data thread, which can be tuned into energetically speaking when I work with you. Now, imagine that thread as the knitting wool, entangled with other people’s data threads.
You have more going on than just your present life (and your past lives, if you believe in that concept). Your Akashic ‘thread’ is entangled with everyone else’s lives, just like knitting.
The field of energy looks like knitting
In fact, when Kryon (channeled by Lee Carroll) discusses the field of energy, he says it looks ‘like knitting!’
Now imagine your thread just being one of many different colored threads in a long, long knitted scarf. When you look back, you can see your own special colored thread. You can also see how it is permanently in contact with many other threads, and entangled with them.
We definitely don’t create our lives in a vacuum, they are all entangled with each other, just like knitting! Now perhaps you can see how complex karma might be, both genetic karma and soul-level karma.
All because you took a few minutes to entertain the idea of knitting for your brain!