It is already known to many that knitting is not only a special craft but also has a calming and healing power for your soul
. When knitting, our mind reaches its natural state. You switch off and forget all the stress around you. Head and body are in harmony with each other. Knitting can prevent many diseases or have a healing effect on many mental illnesses. It’s the new kind of meditation with which we can do something good for ourselves. The great thing is that there are no side effects when knitting, even if some long-time knitters jokingly describe themselves as "knitting addicts". It's just a pity that the healing power of knitting is missed by practically every second person because knitting is practiced almost exclusively by women. But did you know that knitting was actually a male thing before the First World War and only then was it increasingly practiced by women? It is believed that knitting was once invented by fishermen to tie nets. In this blog, we would like to give you 10 good reasons why you should start knitting today.

01. Knitting relieves stress
Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School found that knitting is calming and reduces stress. Similar to yoga or meditation, your mind can wander while knitting. The mixture of rhythmic movements, monotonous sequences, and the clicking of the needles has an effect comparable to that of a mantra.

02. Knitting trains the finger muscles
The interaction of both hands and the movements of the fingers are good training for the hand and finger muscles and thus also for fine motor skills. Knitting can even be an ideal therapy for inflammatory diseases of the joints, such as rheumatism, or for nerve damage.

03. Knitting promotes creativity and individuality
When knitting, individual pieces are made and each piece is unique. At the same time, knitting allows you to implement your own ideas.

04. Knitting is training for both sides of the brain
Both hemispheres of the brain are used when knitting. One-half of the brain has to control and coordinate the movements of the hands. At the same time, the other half of the brain is required in terms of concentration, logical thinking, and imagination. A study on knitting and memory was conducted at Cardiff University. It turned out that existing knowledge can be called up better if knitting takes place at the same time.

05. Knitting helps with sleep problems
When knitting, blood pressure and heart rate drop. In addition, knitting is relaxing and helps to leave the stress and hectic pace of everyday life behind. You can switch off while knitting. This in turn has a beneficial effect if you have problems falling asleep or staying asleep.

06. Knitting boosts self-confidence and makes you happy
A great thing about knitting is the visual feedback. Each stitch is a step in completing a row and therefore the entire project. A successful self-made part rightly makes you happy and proud. At the same time, self-confidence grows when a goal has been achieved and a task has been successfully mastered.

In the USA, doctors repeatedly advise seriously ill patients to reach for wool and knitting needles. Knitting distracts, keeps you busy, and helps you get through difficult times. When a piece of knitting is finished, the brain also releases a lot of happy hormones as a reward. Psychological studies have not only found that people who do manual work are happier. Instead, knitting also helps to set yourself tasks, set clear goals, and pursue these goals consistently.

07. Knitting trains stamina and promotes concentration
It always takes time to finish a piece of knitting. Sometimes it's only a few hours, but sometimes you tinker for weeks on a knitting project. However, larger and more complex pieces of knitting in particular are ideal training for stamina and increases patience.

Although knitting itself consists of quite monotonous movements, you always have to concentrate, especially with complex patterns. Increases and decreases, picking up and binding off the stitches or sewing knitted pieces together also requires attention. Therefore, knitting is a very good exercise for the ability to concentrate.

08. Knitting slows mental decline
According to The Washington Post, knitting helps slow mental decline and cognitive disorders like schizophrenia and dementia. Those who knit regularly reduce their likelihood of developing minor mental impairments by 30 to 50 percent in old age.

09. Knitting helps against anxiety
The always same sequences of knitting release serotonin in the body. It is also known as the "happiness hormone" and ensures calm and inner peace in the body. Also, because you have to concentrate so much on the activity while knitting, you don't have to worry about anything else and temporarily forget your fears.

10. Knitting can help break bad habits
Whether it's smoking or eating out of boredom, knitting will distract you from bad habits by focusing on your hands, yarn, and needles. It keeps you busy so you can't even think about lighting a cigarette or strolling to the fridge.

There are still so many advantages of knitting that we couldn't even list here. Our Mindful Collection knitting needles amplify all of these healing properties of knitting with quality knitting needles. Different Inspirational Words are engraved on each size of knitting needle and our stitch markers are marked with different chakra symbols. Check out our knitting needles now and order your meditation tools from Knitters Pride Mindful Collection.

"Stop trying to calm the storm. Calm yourself the storm will pass." - Buddha.

The best way to calm yourself is to knit with our knitting needles. Take a break from knitting and let knitting become your daily meditation routine.

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Author's Bio: 

The Mindful Collection offers a variety of high quality knitting needles and accessories. Our Mindful knitting collection is helpful in meditation, anxiety, and stress relief. The Mindful Collection: As a company, in a country, that has long known and appreciated the value of meditation; we felt it right to harness our knowledge of making superior knitting and crochet tools to the soulful aspects of the craft.