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Knitting as stress relief

Lime & Violet’s Daily Chum » Blog Archive » Answer Me This: Comfort

I wish I had knitted more as a student and when I was working - when I was the most stressed. Personally it is a meditation, something for my hands and subconscious to do when I veg in front of the intarwebz or TV and a better use of time and achievement than doing nothing while I do said vegging. Read the comments on the above post/link. Very interesting.

Also interesting is that, personally, I find crochet less relaxing. I can knit by feel with my eyes closed (as long as it is stocking stitch or a nice 2x2 rib - although I have been known to slip into that zone when knitting Monkey (my all-knit Monkey on Ravelry - that I gave away to someone who was an online friend) - a simple lace pattern). When I crochet I have to look at what I am doing to see where to put the hook. I cannot read or watch TV when I crochet. I actually end up having to concentrate pretty hard and, although that is a pretty 'zen' meditation in itself, I am less able to just glaze over and relax.

YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary) but this is my experience and opinion. What are your thoughts about yarn-crafts, other crafts and relaxation/stress-relief?

P.S. I forgot to add that crochet makes my wrists and finger joints hurt and that knitting does not seem to - maybe it is the knitting method that I use (one of many)...
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