Healthy Knitting!

Grandmother with granddaughter getting ready to knit Pic: Istockphoto

Research by charity organisation Knit for Peace, shows that knitting isn’t just fun to do, it also:

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Induces a sense of wellbeing
  • Counters depression
  • Slows the onset of dementia
  • Can be continued into extreme old age, despite deafness, loss of sight or reduced mobility

The main barrier to continue knitting is what to do with the results – a keen knitter can produce 15 baby hats in an afternoon! Knit for Peace (an initiative of The Charities Advisory Trust) provides an outlet for 20,000 knitters in the UK, distributing donated knitted blankets, clothes and twiddlemuffs to those in need including refugees from Syria and Iraq in Kurdistan, street children in India, homeless projects and hospitals in the UK; in fact to over 300 organisations.

The Report, The Health Benefits of Knitting, backed by a survey of over 1,000 knitters shows for the over 60s, knitting makes them feel more resilient, better able to cope. Knitting for others makes them feel part of the community, still of use and less socially isolated. This means fewer visits to the doctor – so it saves money for the NHS too!

Interested? Read the report online,  or ask us for a printed version.

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Audrey Patterson

Having started my career at My Weekly on Real Life stories, for the past 8 years I have been Beauty and Fashion Editor. I also write Travel and Homes features, plus the odd book review. We’re a flexible team! I also write features for Your Best Ever Christmas covering a variety of topics.