Knitting and the Mind
Hi there, this is me, your knitting, talking.
I know you love me. Your fingers thrill while building me, stitch upon stitch. I challenge your intellect with complex patterns when you need brain stimulation, though with a simple rote pattern I can slow you down into a relaxed, meditative state.
However did you know there is solid evidence of much more I can do to help keep you healthy, sane and intellectually stimulated?
Here’s a cool one. There is an undoubted relationship between math, geometry to be exact, and knitting. Scientists at Smith College and at Cornell have independently researched mathmatical principles that can be visualized in no other way than by me, your knitting. See another paper on Adventures in Mathmatical Knitting by Sarah-Marie Belcastro. http://tinyurl.com/cmlwydm
Documentation exists that shows how knitting can reduce stress and anxiety. It’s been postulated that because knitting requires the use of two hands, each doing something different, it takes your mind off troubles and enforces concentration on the task at hand.
One of the very best uses you can make of me, your knitting, is teaching children. At the Waldorf Schools knitting is taught to 5-year-olds before they are taught the alphabet. See this excellent paper by Eugene Schwartz explaining why knitting is such a strong part of the curriculum and what the benefits are. http://tinyurl.com/mzqrlrn
Keep pulling me out of the basket at your feet and work on me a little bit every night. You’ll be healthier and happier for it. I, your knitting, promise.