Only knitters understand how beautifully relaxing and therapeutic the rhythm of active knitting needles are to the soul. With hands engaged, your mind can wander and decompress. Knitting has even been compared to yoga when considering the mental health benefits. Watch a movie, chat with a friend, or listen to your favorite tunes all while busily knitting a beautiful piece.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, knitting has gained unprecedented attention. Even Forbes agrees that knitting has become a favorite pastime during the pandemic. The general public is beginning to realize that knitting is not reserved for little old grannies using old fashioned knitting patterns. Harnessing the ability to create your own garments is part of a self-sustainability movement that is continuing to grow in popularity during uncertain times.
Research shows that of the 45 million Americans who knit, one third of them knit regularly and purchase supplies at least once per month. These numbers have undoubtedly increased in the past few months since the stay-at-home orders have been issued across the country.
Patience and time are the essential elements necessary to learn knitting. Like most skills, it is important to learn the basics and build off of them. Once you master knit and purl stitches, learn to combine them and grow from there. Start with a small project and some chunkier wool and continue to improve. Watch tutorial videos, make mistakes, learn from them and keep knitting.
Here are some great resources to make staying home simple:
Comfy Sock Kit. Pass the time at home with a simple, but super comfy, composition sock kit.
Free Knitting Videos. Instructional videos are a great way to get started or expand your skill set by learning a new stitch.
Staying home for extended periods of time is especially difficult for those who are accustomed to being social. Add knitting to your daily routine to enjoy several benefits that can ease the burden of staying home. Some of the benefits include:
The knitting community has thrived through the pandemic. The simple act of knitting has brought millions of people together from around the world in solidarity.
How has knitting eased your time at home during COVID-19? Let us know in the comments.