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Posted in Senior Wellness, You | June 2016

Take your hooks and needles out

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We usually associate yarn crafting with comfy nooks, cozy couches, and the hum of the television in the background. That’s because knitting and crocheting are often solitary pastimes that crafters enjoy in the comfort of their own homes.

In June all that changes with Worldwide Knit and Crochet in Public Week (WWKIP), celebrated June 11-19. A global movement to get yarn lovers knitting and hooking in public is the perfect excuse to pack up your WIPs (works-in-progress), and head to a park, a community center, a library, or any public space to knit or crochet right out in the open.

There might be an official knit-and-crochet-in-pubic event in your area (poke around online or check with your local yarn store to see if there’s anything planned near you), but if not, that shouldn’t stop you from proudly playing with yarn where everyone can see you – because that’s kind of the point! WWKIP is an opportunity for those who normally work alone to bring their art out into the world and have it seen and appreciated by others. You never know who you might inspire with your talent, what conversations you might have with other craft lovers, and what new friends you might meet as you happily enjoy the hobby you love.

Ways to celebrate WWKIP

  • Find an event near you. Ask your local yarn store if they know of any events being held this week, or check out WWKIPday for a list of events taking place in North America and Europe.
  • Create your own event. If there isn’t an event planned near you, create your own! Invite your fellow fiber fanatics to join you at a coffee shop, park or other public space at a designated time so you can all participate together.
  • Start a knitting or crochet group. If you’ve never knitted or crocheted with others, this is a great time to consider planning a weekly or monthly gathering of your yarn-loving friends. These sorts of groups often gather to make items for a specific charity they have chosen to support together, like chemo caps or infant loss items, but sometimes they simply gather to turn what is often a solitary hobby into something more communal, making it more about human connection and community than the actual work itself.
  • Donate what you’ve made in public to a favorite charity. Knitters and crocheters are known to be among the most generous crafters, and there are hundreds of organizations that are happy to accept handmade items to give to those needing comfort. A quick search online will help you find the organization that’s right for you.

While you’re happily knitting away on that sunny park bench, keep in mind that what you’re doing isn’t just fun – it’s also good for you. Studies have shown that knitting and crocheting can actually act as a natural anti-depressant. They can also reduce stress and protect your brain from aging.1 Those are pretty compelling reasons to keep playing with yarn!

So grab that hook, pack up those needles, and go knit or crochet in public June 11 – 19!

 

SOURCES

1 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2589296/Want-shift-winter-blues-Studies-KNITTING-cure-depression-Ryan-Goslings-fan.html

 

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